'90 VW Corrado
Driver: Ty Smyth
Torque: 252.19 lb-ft
Quarter-Mile: 13.092sec @ 109.48mph
Contact Info: Bahn Brenner Motorsport, 253/833-2299, www.bahnbrenner.com
Engine: Euro-spec 1.8-liter 20v l-4, Schrick cams, Ross pistons and rings, ARP fasteners, Pauter rods, Euro big-port head, BBM screw compressor, intake manifold and custom fuel rail, intake, throttle body, exhaust, header, cam gears, spark plug wires, blow-off valve, wastegate, intercooler, boost controller, copper head gasket and oil pan, Tech III ignition, Bosch 80-lb/hr injectors
Driveline: Peloquin LSD, BBM short shift and shift lever, Spec Stage III clutch, Drive Shaft Shop axles
Tranny #1: VW 02A Eurospec Sport six-speed manual
Tranny #2: Kraftswerk 02A six-speed manual with VW Motorsports gears
This car needs no introduction. If you've been reading et and enjoy the "Old School" issue as much as we do, you'll know all about it. Bahn Brenner has been working on it yet again, and the company came well prepared for etGP04. With the 20v motor in place, everybody present (including some of our Corrado-loving staff members) was drooling over this car and waiting to see how it would do.
The car looks the same as it has for a few years, with the addition of some Mk2 G60 flares to fit the extra-wide Kodiak race wheels under the fenders. John Betz, the owner of Bahn Brenner, has been prepping it in anticipation of the event since last year. In 2004, the beast was housing a European-spec 1.8-liter 20v engine with a gianormous version of the Lysholm screw charger bolted to it. The exhaust was loud enough to literally blow your eardrums.
It started with the car being pushed out of the trailer, and John asking us if there were any noise restrictions. Less than a minute later the car fired up and we knew why he'd asked. This car set a record for the loudest car to ever compete in etGP, beating its own record from last year.
Once the car was strapped down, the motor was fired back up, and those of us who were smart inserted earplugs. John went through the gears slowly, and then came fourth. The car's low-rpm thumping quickly turned into a roar that earplugs were useless against. The car revved and revved, finally hitting a hard cutoff at around 8,000rpm. People stood and stared in either horror or awe, then clambered to see what this monster had put down - 317hp was a very respectable number.
Bahn Brenner is by far the most haunted of all the competitors. Fresh off an oil delivery issue that took this Corrado (with a supercharged 16v motor) out of etGP03, the Bahn Brenner crew came prepared. Driver Ty Smyth blasted off the day's best reaction times, actually setting the reaction time record of the day in his first run with a 0.530. Just before lunch, Ty powered out a 13.101, a 13.099, a 13.123 and a 13.092, all with a reaction time no worse than a 0.684. Sadly, just past 1pm, the Corrado's transmission decided it had taken enough abuse and promptly broke (just after the car had set the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive car). The team headed to Kraftswerk for a new tranny in the hope of running the following day on the road course.