In todays world of import drag racing, filled with turbo- and nitrous-squeezing four-cylinder cars, its not often you find a stock-displacement, naturally aspirated VR6 that runs 12s. When you do find one, its a tuners moral imperative to find out how the owner did itand to try twisting as many secrets out of him or her as possible. That is exactly what we did.
Lets turn back the clock five years and find out how this started. Anthony Dowd, the owner of this beast, was looking for something that could beat up unsuspecting Mustangs on the street, yet also compete on the track. He was determined to keep the car away from forced induction. With this in mind, he located the 95 Jetta GLX you see here. With a lot of experimenting and helpful advice from Dave Schouster at Eastside Motorsports in Edgewood, Missouri, he has gotten closer to his goal. What that goal is exactly, he wont tell us, but he says hes close, and we believe him.
If you see it on the street, the car looks like most other modded Jettas with a set of Mk IVlook headlights, a GEEK carbon-fiber hood, and a Kamei sport grille. The wheels are 15-inch Speedlines that were sourced off a Corrado, and they retain a very tasteful and understated look. In the interior sits a set of Summit Racing sport seats, Simpson five-point harnesses, a MOMO steering wheel, and an array of Auto Meter gauges. None of its real threatening-looking, but all the mods were done with nothing but performance and weight reduction in mind. Due to variances in drag racing rules, some venues allow Anthony to install his custom aluminum trunklid (made by Contour Metal Shaping in New Jersey) and gutted rear doors.
The real treat is when he turns the key and you hear this monster come to life. The motor uses the stock bottom end and stock displacement, but thats about where it stops. This engine has a CCH big valve head with oversize intake valves by Schrick and Techtonics HD valvesprings. Anthony also opted to use the Schrick 268 cams, which are a great choice when combined with head work, and this car has plenty of it. To get enough air to the head, he used a custom-built ram air system, which leads up to the EIP big-bore throttle body. An MSD soft-touch rev control, through Moroso 8mm plug wires, controls the spark. With all this air rushing into the motor, Anthony needed a better way to expel it, so he chose the Techtonics 2.5-inch exhaust system for the task.
Now we run into the problem of transferring all this power to the ground and getting the motor to spool into the powerband fast enough. Anthony turned to AWE Tuning in Philly to replace the stock clutch with a Clutch Masters Stage 1 and the weakest link in the stock tranny with a Quaife limited-slip differential. He then changed the ring-and-pinion to a 3.94:1.
Every stock mount in the car was replaced with polyurethane mounts from Turn2. To get the motor to spin up faster, Anthony used Unorthodox underdrive pulleys. All of these, plus a few top-secret mods we arent allowed to discuss, propel Anthonys car to 12.7s at about 106-107 mph with timeslips and video to prove it. So we give you fair warningif you see this car on the street, just wave politely and ask for a smoke show.