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The legendary Clubsport S in Malaysian soil

I took a long leave from writing, perhaps a bit lack of motivation but anyway, I am more into photography these days. Pictures paint a thousand words and its more fun than writing.

Having said that, all the researching does put something back on the learning curve which is probably going to fall flat. Maybe time to find a new job but then again, I am enjoying my space, sitting at home, watching TV and putting in this entry.

Back to topic proper, so we all know that the MK7 GTI has a Clubsport S edition, which is the top gun GTI spec available in the market, some say its the fastest of them all and only 400 units are available worldwide.

In December 2016, the Clubsport S (CSS) clocked a respectable 7 min 47 second lap time around Nurburgring and only to be beaten later in Apr 2017 by the Honda FK8 Type R (FK8R), clocking a 7 min 43.80 second lap time. Despite the record beaten, demand for CSS never fall short with all 400 units sold out before they were rolled out of Wolfsburg.

Coincidentally, one just landed in Malaysian soil a few weeks ago and I have the opportunity to go behind the wheels (even celebrities need to queue but since I am not one, i get first dibs). Despite what conspiracy theory that one may conjure, the car is not mine.

We have seen quite a few FK8R on Malaysian soil and I have driven one for a few days – you can read about it here  but why I mention this is because the CSS is a direct benchmark to the FK8R; both manual, both turbo-charged 2.0t, both going neck to neck at nurburging, both FWD, both created from racing bloodlines and hence a lot of reference will be made to FK8R in this post.

The first question that came to me as I started the engine and put it to “Reverse”, why no reverse sensor! then I said to myself “because race car” haha…. but seriously, my first thought was, how does the power fare against the FK8R?

Both cars were similar on paper, both running 2.0t platform and both manual. Yes, the steering came wrapped with alcantara suede and so does the panels. It does look more premium but I am not sure if it will withstand Malaysia’s humidity.

Not being bias but I do feel that the CSS runs a little stronger compared to the FK8R, if you read my earlier post, I did mention that the FK8R power delivery is very linear and smooth but on the CSS, the power delivery is more brutal despite running a little less boost than the FK8R; CSS 1.2-1.35 bar boost at 2600 rpm onward from my log files vs FK8R 1.5-1.6bar boost on the Multi Function Display.

Boost Request vs Actual CSS

As you all probably have guessed, I took the car to the dyno – just to back up my butt feel and here’s the dyno result.

On brochure, the CSS produces 306hp using the EA888 gen 3 2-litres four cylinder turbo that powers all high performance MQB Golfs and what we are seeing on the dyno is quite close to the brochure.

Unlike the MK7 GTI – I believe the CSS will be using the Golf R engine; as all the Anniversary Golfs i.e. Edition 30 / 35 and hence CSS as Edition 40 using Golf R engine with IS38 turbo wouldn’t be a coincidence.

I slapped the FK8R stock dyno onto the CSS just for fun and this is how it looks;

Conclusion, sorry type R fans but the graph says it all but I am surprised that the 1.2-1.3 bar boost from CSS managed to put on 300hp – I was expecting somewhere around 280-290hp. For a FWD car, 300hp in my honest opinion is sufficient to make a 2.34-2.35s lap time sepang with street tyres and a good handling setup; 300hp as a daily car is more than sufficient.

I am more surprised that with such power, I did not experience much wheel spin – OK, I admit I didn’t floor it, again, not my car! If its my car, I would have uploaded a launch control video. Wait a minute, will it launch control?!? hmmm

I didn’t do much high speed cornering, because I didn’t want to break the car but on comfort setting, it wasn’t too harsh, not as bad as the A45 and pretty much a regular Golf R. The online material did say that the suspension is developed to withstand the bumpy Greenhell and I wish I could push it a bit more – then again, 400 units worldwide… enough said.

As far as specification is concerned, CSS comes with an electronically controlled limited slip differential – in short, e-LSD which I believe should be controlling wheel spins. For a FWD car, traction is everything and CSS has nothing short of it and with that much torque and still going straight – didn’t get much torque steer, that’s what i meant.

In terms of braking power, CSS comes with standard Golf R brakes (booo! Compared to the brembo 4 pistons on the FK8R) with uprated pads and 340mm cross-drilled disc but what’s interesting on the CSS is the aerodynamic system which funnels air to the brakes for cooling, definitely works for Nurburgring since its 16 degrees in summer but lets see how it handles Sepang.

The CSS has a different exhaust setup vs the usual boring Golf MK7 GTI and like the Golf 7R, its has burbles (some calls it pop bang) when you throttle off at higher RPM. A very nice one I must say, not the intrusive loud type and its addictive. It doesn’t have auto blip like the FK8R which I find rather annoying – someone told me you can turn it off but I can’t recall how or what now.

Interior wise, its no match to the FK8R; I mean its a semi-race car, ready to take on Sepang / Nurburgring anytime. Never mind that it does not have rear seats, who needs extra passenger in track anyway and you get a pair of awesome GTI bucket seat that will blow any Volkswagen fanboy away.

Overall, I am quite impressed with CSS. No doubt it is only a 2 seater and the fact that it doesn’t have reverse camera, sensor and etc, its going on my wishlist but there’s only 400 units worldwide and it cost RM 330k or more to get it here, so maybe I need to find a new job after all.

Its rare that it found its way to Malaysia and I am privileged to have spend a day with it; definitely, time well spent!

I know what you MK7 GTI owners going to say, you can make your own CSS with an upgraded IS38 turbo, tune it to 360hp and kick a CSS butt. Yeah yeah, but a CSS will never get a Actuator Stuck EPC! 😜

Definitely a collectors item for any Volkswagen fan boy. Remember, its not expensive if you can afford it 😁

 

 

 

Volkswagen Golf MK7.5R Sunday Morning Drive

The only reason that I have not put a down-payment on the new 7.5R is because I couldn’t afford another one which looks quite similar; I posted a picture of me washing the car and I guess no one realized, its a different car, other than it having an additional door.

Follow me on instagram @k3v_7r

I don’t blame them, its like asking me what’s the difference between a pair of NMD and Yeezy, which until today, I have no idea.

Having said that, I must say, the new styling on the MK7R is growing on me – especially with a new set of wheels – well, its not new but I swapped it from the Golf 5 R32 for the heck of it and look at that!! 

If you spot someone in the car, don’t worry – that’s my “human” lowering spring

I am sure you have read about the spec of the car from the world’s automotive blogs so there’s no need for me to share on that. I have driven the 7.5R in Nurburgring, Sepang and now for a short back route driving – the result is the same, I love it.

The only reason that I did not take the Ulu Yam route is to save it from stone chips – the car is for sale still, but its a test drive unit – perhaps the only test drive unit available.

Whenever my friends and I have a conversation about the Golf R, I always get the same question  “DSG7 safe anot?” The 7 speed gearbox fitted on the Golf R is not similar to that on a dry clutch DQ200 DSG7 found on the 1.4tsi (except the tiguan mk2) / 1.8tsi Volkswagen models in Malaysia.

The 7.5R with a wet clutch DQ381 7 speed gearbox, feels is a lot more smoother overall vs the DQ250 6 speed gearbox. In fact, I always tell my friends that it felt like driving a CVT gearbox sometimes. On hindsight, I do miss the RAW DQ250 on the 7R but the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

The 7R in my opinion is already a very versatile car, drag/track/daily; been there, done that. I don’t know how else I want to elaborate on its versatility but once you drive it, you will understand what I mean.

Its a keeper, really,  and that’s why I am not selling (unless you offer me crazy price… please?) and the 7.5R provides the needed interior improvement for Volkswagen Golf fans.

Well, there’s only one way you can find out more about the car, head over Wing Hin Autohaus and get a test drive. Call +603-9076 6628

Volkswagen Golf MK7.5R on Performance Box

I was just chatting with a friend yesterday; he aspires to be a social media influencer and so the conversation goes –

Friend : Dude, hire me as your ambassador for instagram?
Me : How many followers you have?
Friend : about 400-500
Me : Fxxk off!!
Friend : Why?
Me : Lets face it dude, you have no followers, VWClubMalaysia Instagram now is close 15,000 so why would we use someone who has less followers as ambassador? It makes no sense  – like wearing pasar malam level clothing and telling everyone you have money.
Friend : You help, I help you lahhhhhhh
Me : Why don’t you buy us all a Golf Mk7.5R and we will consider doing a video for you but bear in mind, NO ONE WILL WATCH IT!  bwahhahahahahhah

And then we decided, to go shoot the MK7.5R and for some reason I decided to put a bit of colors to it – some say art but for me, its trial and error and I like what I see.

A special note to thank Wing Hin Autohaus for the car – my second Golf 7.5R “project” and because its white, it holds a special spot in my heart. Having said that, I will change that wheels before Volkswagen can say Das Auto.

Anyway, back to topic proper, I am in a holiday mood (again) so please don’t mind the extra comments. A few post back, I took the FK8R out for a spin and I wanted to benchmark it to the Golf R – of course I anticipated that I will get a 7.5R a few months later (15 years in the finance industry wasn’t a field trip you know).

Lets look at the FK8R P-box stats but before that, let me mention a few “facts”;

  1. FK8R is manual and I shift worse than your grandmother because I haven’t driven a manual for ages;
  2. FK8R has 20″ wheels;
  3. FK8R has more power on paper vs the Golf 7.5R;
  4. The Golf R is running on ” wheels (edit).

Why use a Performance Box like race logic? PBOX (in short) is a GPS device and unlike the OBD devices, you can’t cheat – with the DBscanner software, they take into account slopes and corrects the time to give a more accurate reading.

I have misplaced my raw data somehow but thankfully I have had screenshots done for the FK8R. I did not log the century sprint because I did not know how to launch the car and I didn’t want to call the owner at 12am to ask him how to do it.

In summary, FK8R completes the quarter mile mark at 14.69s and a very slow 100-200 at 18.46s. Honda fans, don’t flame me because I suck at shifting but fact is, you can’t shift as fast as DSG – ok ok, then you will say DSG fails, agree! but my point is, time is subject to my shifting style, so don’t bring guns yet.

For the MK7.5R

0-100km/h at 6.14s corrected
100-200km/h 14.48s corrected
Quarter Mile 13.20s corrected

I had to record 0-100km/h because someone told me, its 4.8s on the brochure without launch control! Of course i said its impossible so i had to try it but I did not launch the Golf R. I need a donor!!! Please let me launch your car!

MK7.5R is entirely stock and my prediction was correct, the DSG Mk7.5R will beat the FK8R on 400m – but of course, if MK7.5R manual, I believe the FK8R will lead.

More pictures after the test

The Volkswagen MK7.5 R Dyno-ed

Forget what the brochure says, we put the new Volkswagen MK7.5R on the dyno.

The question that we are going to address is, how much improvement of power vs prior generation of MQB platform MK7R. Its busy day for me and more things to do before end of the day so I will keep it short

Lets take a look at the graph of two different dyno – Blue belongs to the new MK7.5R and the red one belongs to MK7R (my car). Both cars have clocked under 1,000km for dyno, using Ron 97 fuel with equally stock hardware. My 0.02 cents;

  1. 7.5R is rated 310ps but detuned to 290ps in Malaysia and runs 277hp on the dyno – which gives us around 5.5% power loss. Don’t ask me why some use 15% powertrain loss to calculate BHP or how a GTI from 230bhp to 340bhp;
  2. I noticed that the 7.5R is choking at the end of the RPM, i reckon it needs more air;
  3. My datalog (no time to study thoroughly but i recall very briefly) the intake air temp is on the high side and we should get a better HP with better temp;
  4. Note also the AFR is a little bit lean and from my logs, the Golf R is pushing 1.3bar boost stock – will look a the data again later;
  5. Overall, i find the transmission on the 7.5R much smoother than the 7R DQ250 but I did not do a full out test mode – why? because contrary to believes, the car is NOT MINE.

However, I would like to get one to do FULL ON test mode but I guess that’s going to be tough unless someone kind enough to lend me for a few days – free stickers for you ok?

The question that everyone is asking – how does the Golf R benchmark against the Honda FK8R?

A few months back, I had a FK8R for a few days – I did say that I am going to compare the car, but this is not a review – at least not now. Based on this chart that i extracted from the same dyno; my 0.02 cents again;

  1. FK8R peak power (green) seems to be higher than Golf R (blue) but from early to mid range, the Golf R seems to be better than the FK8R;
  2. It does felt the the FK8R has more power at higher RPM when I drove it;
  3. For drag, I reckon both cars will be quite similar depending on the distance – 200m, launch control, I think the Golf R will emerge as the winner but anything more than 400m, I believe the FK8R may have advantage.

Anyway, that’s just my very tip of the iceberg view – without looking at data / performance boxes, its hard to make a conclusion – heck, I did not even push the Golf R through corners but I do note that the 7.5R feels more agile vs the 7R – something I noticed at Nurburgring too.

Till the next update.

 

The all new Civic FK8 Type R

The new FK8-R has been the talked of the town with its 310,000 price tag and I really don’t understand why people wants to make so much noise; its a free market, if you want to buy it, by all means otherwise, just go find another car to buy, right? Anyway, as I said it earlier, I quote my friend “if you can afford it, its not expensive!”

Coming back to topic proper, a buddy of mine owns a FK8R and we spoke about each others experience and decided to do a swap for a few days. I was actually hesitant to pen this down, knowing that if I said anything negative, it would spark an infinite debate between Volkswagen and Honda fans.

As usual, my opinions are solely mine and not representative of anyone or the club’s view and I mean no offense to anyone, if you believe my opinion is bias, please do not continue reading….. then again, I have a lot of good things to say about the FK8R.

Long before I had the MK5 GTI, my brother did loan me his Honda Integra DC2 Type R for daily use, for about 2 weeks. For that period, I braved KL traffic – my office is at KLCC area and I drove to work everyday and often waited till 10pm before I go home so I can let loose the VTEC. I loved the B18C, heck, everyone loves it; I even get stopped by patrol cars because they wanted to know if its an original B18C.

Since then, I wanted to placed a deposit for the Honda DC5 Type R but after test drive, it was no B18C. In fact, the K20A engine is much more refine – not that I have any issue for it, but the “VTEC kick-in yo” was missing. I chance upon a pre-reg Volkswagen MK5 GTI and I never looked back despite both my brothers are huge fans of BMW and Honda. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the FK8R.

Exterior of the FK8R
I don’t really fancy the design initially but its growing on me. I am not sure why they put a 20″ size as a standard set of wheels. The offset is a bit “high” hence the wheels sits further into the fender; its like skipping leg days for gym but I reckon a 10mm spacer will make the car look better. Well, to each its own, its just my personal preference. Having 20″ wheels in Malaysia can be a pain in the butt though but surprising the ride wasn’t that harsh.

I like the spoiler and the whole works, really gives me the boy racer feel.

Interior
Not much comment here, but if you are coming from a continental car, you probably wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about the interior, otherwise, its a big difference from the older type R. An interior that doesn’t creaks – ok fine, its a new car and it shouldn’t have crickets.

I personally think its much more refine than earlier version and it somehow gives me a premium feel honestly, but I find it difficult to remove that mindset that I am in a Type R, the legend of Honda that prowls in local racing circuit ready to rip apart the wannabe continental racer boys and while all that is taking place, you are listening a relaxing jazz on the stereo. A very mixed feeling in short but I loved the bucket seat though.

Performance
This FK8R is no match on a straight line to any properly tuned Golf GTI/R – I must stress “properly” but of course on a stock to stock comparison, an FK8R will have the advantage given that its already boosting 1.4-1.6 bar which should put close to 300hp on our local dyno.

I have measured the 1/4 mile time using Performance (Pbox) and the FK8R will nick a 14ish time whereas my Golf 7R will clock under 12s. I have also point out that, I sucked at launching the FK8R, not to mention that my rusty manual gear shifting didn’t help much either and my Golf R  has 100hp more than the FK8R so its not really a good benchmark.

I felt that the delivery power from the FK8R is surprisingly late, as opposed to the usual 2800rpm full boost on example, the MK6/MK7 GTI. However, the power is very linear, not abrupt which makes the ride smoother, less wheel spin, more power to the higher rpm but its missing the “VTEC Kick-In Yo”. I did try the R plus mode  which does make a huge difference compared to the default Sport Mode but to be honest,

I am not thrilled with the power. it could be better at 1.4-1.6 bar boost but maybe because its RON 95 compliant and thus, its potential is limited.

Handling Performance and Brakes

This is where I feel the FK8R shines, even my Golf R is no match, not even Quattro on the TT-S MK3 feels this good in corners. The feedback from the steering is good, very responsive and eager to go faster.

I never did get to drive it inside the circuit, but the owner clocked 2.38s in Sepang with its current setup, stock tyres, stock everything which is super impressive. Sure, its not as fast as the veedubs on the straight, but its making up time in the corners.

I have never seen a veedub capable of clocking under 2.40s in stock mode, Golf R/GTI, whatever. Of course I stand to be corrected, and if anything, MK7 GTI Club Sport or Club Sport S which is the nearest Nurburgring challenger to the FK8R should be the best mark.

The brakes are solid performer, you wouldn’t expect anything less from brembo but I have to say, it squeals but don’t wet your panties yet, all performance brake kits squeals, sooner or later. I like the braking bias, unlike those upgrade ones and most importantly, the car is not nose diving.

If I were to buy the FK8R, i will never tune this car, because the chassis setup is just perfect for its power, no understeering like the GTI and its very comfortable as well; I almost forgot that its Type R. The balance is achieved and tuning the car may disrupt the entire setup, not to mention more issues to crop up.

Heat and Other issues
Heat is always an issue with turbo charged vehicles; in fact, Honda enthusiasts (at least my friends) poked Veedubs for their poor performance in circuit due to high oil temperature. Well, we would like to welcome FK8R to join the club. LOL

Yes, the FK8R has heating issues but I didn’t had that problem, because I didn’t drive it like I stole it for simple reason, that the car doesn’t belong to me. The owner himself has confessed that he has experienced rising water temp up to 124 degrees after one hot lap in Sepang, sounds familiar? LOL, yes veedubs owner now can rejoice that we are no longer the community of track goers that can’t do more than 2 hot laps – no offense Honda fan boys.

What is more surprising is, the car hitting 124 degrees on a hard drive up to Genting via Ulu Yam. I am totally shocked! On a stock form, overheating? So the question is, what is the oil temperature? We don’t know. The FK8R does not have oil temperature reading – the FK2R does though but on the Golf R/GTI, if your water temp hits 124 degrees, your oil temp is no less than 130 degrees and at the limit of 138 degrees (before you hit limp mode), you will noticed the water temp gauge rising above the 100 degrees mark.

I have read online some issues with the transmission on the FK8R, I never noticed any problem with the clutch. In fact, I love the transmission. The clutch is so light, driving is so pleasurable. Gone are those days, driving manual in the city is dreadful and I actually don’t mind going into the city.

Overall experience
I love the FK8R for the weekend, never mind that it overheats or slower than all the tuned veedubs that I had, the handling just supersedes them all. If you are looking for a fast straight line car, you will be disappointed but if you love driving b-roads, this car will light you up.

I had a lot of fun driving it up to Genting and I didn’t have any overheating issues. Maybe its an isolated issue, maybe only happen to certain driver (LOL) and it didn’t happen to me.

I get a lot of questions about whether I would pick this over the Golf R for my daily. Frankly, its hard to part with 310,000 for this car with so many options available. If you are a Honda fans, sure why not, the FK8R gives you entry to the new premium world and still maintain the “real men drives three pedals”, so much feedback from the steering compared to a “muted” veedub steering and how this car is like “this is how they should make car like they used to”. Its really an all rounder even with the manual transmission.

I can’t afford 310,000 but given that I could, I would get a FK8R. I am saying this because I have a Golf R which fulfills my need for speed on the straight line. Its definitely has the exclusiveness in its own segment and it has all the space for a family and the ride has improved so much from is previous generation. You don’t get any reverse sensors and cameras but who cares.

To be honest, the comparison thus far is based on all the tuned cars that I have had the opportunity to own/experience but I personally felt that this is a benchmark error. In fact, the correct benchmark should be Clubsport GTI which we are unlikely to see in Malaysia. What I am looking forward though, is the launch of MK7.5R which is rumoured to be around 300k mark as well and how it pans out against the FK8R.

I have a feeling the new Golf R may disappoint me, given that I am already Golf R owner and I love my ride.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 Experience

Originally named as a “review” post but I guess, its a little bit too serious when you say its a review. Experience seems more appropriate, after all, I don’t have any equipment to scientifically quantify my findings.

I have used a few sets of tyres across price range, I personally can’t tell which is better in terms of rating – actually, i think that’s BS coming from someone like me,  rating a set of tyre 1-10 if its not measured scientifically.

Which is why, I have left this post in “draft” since 2017; I couldn’t finish this posting because I find it difficult to rate something that I can’t quantify, so instead, let talk about my 2017 experience with Goodyear Asymmetric 3.

Wet Performance

Long ago, I have had the Goodyear Asymmetric 2 as well and also a big fan of it. I love it because of its wet and dry grip. I think we all can agree that most incidents happen when its wet or when there is insufficient contact to the ground and rarely when its dry.

Prior to having the Asymmetric 3 (A3), I have had cheaper tyres on – I have nothing against cheap tyres but it rains and you are travelling around 110km/h, hydroplaning is not something you want to happen.

I am not saying expensive tyres doesn’t hydroplane but in my experience, it happens less and I believe in what you pay, is what you get. No offense, just my personal opinion.

Anyway, AWD or Quattro, once you start hydroplaning, there is a high chance it wouldn’t end pretty. Fortunately for me, I managed to escaped unscathed previously and since then I have always preferred bigger names in the industry.

I managed to get a set of 235/35/19 Goodyear Asymmetric 3 and after installation,  the boys and I went for a damp night drive. I was impressed, it felt more consistent vs. prior set of tyres in damp conditions which definitely fuels my confidence. Those of you who have heard about the story of a Golf R down karak at high speed that evening in the damp is probably true.

Honestly, if you ask me how this performs vs. similar category of tyres, I can’t give you an answer but I can say this set of tyres, grips well not only damp but also in the wet.

Dry Performance

So about 6000 km ownership, on a very last minute decision , we brought the Golf 7R in as a “taxi” (some say fake taxi) for VWClubMalaysia October 2017 track day – because my GTI wasn’t ready in time and the Golf 7R is already running on A3, it was the perfect choice.

What started as a fun ride, ended up being a time trial with Jay Choong on the wheel. Jay Choong is no stranger to the motorsport scene and often regarded as a fast driver.

He was skeptical that the 300 treadwear A3 is capable of dipping under 2.34s, not with stock brakes, street coilovers, full interior with no camber settings done.

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His mission of the day was to taxi participants but clocking 2.36s on his first lap, with a passenger, things escalated quickly and he ditched his taxi riders for a well deserved 2.32s solo hot lap.

For some of you who are not into motorsport, the same Golf 7R has gone through many time trials, which we have managed to clock 2.27s best using an ultra high performance (UHP) 180 treadwear tyres with a track coilovers, big brake kit setup and slight interior lightening.

Comfort and Noise

To be honest, when you run 235/35/19, you wouldn’t expect much comfort from it and its hard to put a notch on the scale for this. I am not going to BS anyone, half of the community knows I have a loud exhaust setup, the blow off valve that sounds like a whale breathing, so what noise?

On the other hand, I do appreciate at times when you put on “jazz” mode on Spotify and it does not have that humming note like those 180 UHP tyres.

Conclusions

I like the A3 for its all rounder performance, in fact, I was going to get another set of tyres for my 18″ setup, but haven’t got to it because I am trying to gear up for my trip to Wolfsburg (next post, I will talk about this).

Tyres usage / feedback can vary by individual but what I feel makes the A3 a good contender in the comfort / performance segment is wet condition performance over 180UHP rivals and the fact is hums less is a bonus to me.

If you have read all the way to here, thank you! Today’s generation of youth wouldn’t have made this far, apparently, a video with anything more than 3 minutes is too long 😛

Take care and drive safe folks. Till the next blog post. We are heading to Worthersee!! Yay!

Edit : The Goodyear Asymmetric 3 is 300, not 200 as I mentioned earlier.

Motorsport Project for 2017

I used to blog a lot under my own blog page at iamk3v.com but I find it difficult to draw the line between personal rant and what I post for sharing in the club so here we go again. I intended to start with a few DIY stuff and etc but I need more material before I start so that is currently KIV.

Anyway, our motorsport project for 2017 story continues with the Mk6 GTI, which I admit that we have neglected because of the focus on MK7 Golf R and also because it is more cost effective to work on 7R than the 6GTI. The strategy paid off as we managed to beat the record of 2.24s set by the MK6 Golf R with a 2.23s lap time with much lesser mods.

A little history on the Mk6 GTI aka Fatboy which we have named him such earlier – to be frank, I am not very good names so don’t give me crap for funny names, was meant to be a track focus car with its wider body and handling setup. The project was a collective effort from the owner and myself, an entry to Motorsport from the club’s level, in short, this is a VWClubMalaysia track warrior alongside with the MK6R and before the Mk7R came into light.

We did pretty well in 2015, a second place ZTH Time to Attack Euro Street Category, clocking 2.34s on the Yokohama AD08R with Boy Wong behind the wheel before its clutch burnt and ended our journey; or rather a new journey begins. I personally love the GTI, the power from REVO Stage 3 Ko4 330hp was more than enough for spirited driving and light tracking but with the widebody, i personally felt that it was overwhelmed.

Overwhelmed because we should have more power to match the wider grip and etc. Imagine a stock standard GTI with a similar mods doing 2.35 vs a pro doing 2.34 on a widebody. Facts don’t lie, its apparent that what we did on the GTI is not smart, but life is always a learning curve.

I have a confession too that I was aware of the clutch issues prior to the race, but I took for granted and on top of my head, 2.34 should seal the deal. I underestimated the competition and a Scirocco GT beat us with a fraction of second and coming to second heat, the clutch was gone and there is nothing much we can do; noob mistake and hopefully we don’t repeat it. If the car is not fit, we should never run it; inside the track, at 50 plus degree, wear and tear is guaranteed.

The dying clutch actually kick-started the entire project in 2016, basically the GTI was ripped apart; the ko4 sold, the KW clubsport sold, brembo brakes sold, intercooler sold…. but in the end, the money went to the 7R! It was a tough call but right one because it will take too much time to rebuild the engine – because we are going for bigger power and check wear and tear. It will be another disappointment to run it and come short again.

The escalating USD is making this project a little hard to take off – our motorsport “advisors” have in fact advised to direct the fund towards the 7R, which now suffers fuel starvation and to go even faster, we need to lose weight which is something that I am reluctant to do. Also, this has been our project since 2015 and if I don’t work it out, its like breaking a promise, so for 2017, here’s an overview of the plan;

  1. Engine Rebuild – new pistons, new connecting rods, new valvetrain kits, new arp bolts;
  2. New Turbo – still considering options GTX28 / EFR6758  / GTX30 / EFR7163 and to be detailed in next post;
  3. New set of coilovers;
  4. New Brake Kit – likely to settle with endless brakes;
  5. A new set of intercoolers;
  6. I think I sold the intake too;
  7. Racing Seats;
  8. New clutches;
  9. New exhaust system;
  10. Maybe change the meth kit;
  11. Maybe new intake manifold.

Till the next update!