It's no mystery; the Scandinavian car enthusiasts create some of the craziest concepts ever seen when the long winters force residents to stay inside. For people like Jan Erik from Norway, that means staying in his home garage. For the last two years, Jan has been dedicated to building this insane Mk2 VW GTI 16v. The DTM-style widebody conversion is unmistakable. But look inside and you'll see this Mk2 is a mid-engined masterpiece. And unlike most VW racecars, the power from the 16v isn't being pushed to the front, but the rear wheels instead!
Jan started the project from scratch by completely stripping the car. As you can see in the photos, the body still has some work ahead but the skeleton is there. In the trunk is a built 2.1 liter with Pauter rods, Ross pistons, ARP studs, Autronic ECU, ported head and Garrett GT2871R turbo. Once finished, Jan plans to compete in the Norwegian Special Saloon racing series.
You'll remember DM Motorsport from its 10sec Mk2 Jetta with big-turbo R32 engine and drivetrain (et 3/09). The Canadian tuner is working with Unitronic to build this Mk5 Rabbit racecar. In a nutshell, the '07 Rabbit will be receiving a quattro drivetrain, built motor, big turbo and full roll-cage. DMM and Unitronic are developing their own turbo kit for the 2.5 liter five-cylinder, which will feature a T3/T4 turbo, TiAL 38mm wastegate, stainless manifold, 2.5" downpipe, 550cc injectors and software. Stage two will include the front-mount intercooler and stage three will have a head spacer and ARP head studs.
However, bigger plans are in the works for this Rabbit. It will get a GT3582R turbo, Supertech pistons, Pauter rods, ported head and a custom triple-disc clutch to hold the power. A new drivetrain is being taken from a six-speed Audi TT as well.
In a nutshell, the '07 Rabbit will be receiving a quattro drivetrain, built motor, big turbo and full roll-cage.
We've followed the build of Allen Briere's VW Corrado over 2008-09, which he used to promote his company, 53 Motorsports. For personal reasons, the car is now up for sale. Under the hood is a 2.0 16v 9A block with forged pistons, crank and rods matched to a 2.0 ABA crossflow head, which has been port and polished and equipped with Techtonics 288° cams.
To lighten the car, Allen stripped it and made wider fiberglass fenders. A carbon hood was also added. The ABS, PAS and A/C were deleted, while the brakes downsized to 9.4" from a Mk1 Rabbit.
After owning the car for six years, Allen's grand scheme to prepare the Rado for drag and road racing was cut short. If you're interested, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll pass on the enquiry.
Turner Motorsport (TMS)
received this '03 BMW M3 with a very specific assignment - to do a full interior rebuild for road-racing. Although the suspension and wheels were left untouched, the TMS crew tore apart the interior and removed the factory roof - this would help with the fabrication of the elaborate rollcage, which was tied into the rear suspension. The design of the cage is similar to the factory Motorsport cars, with the A-pillars and cross-brace being gusseted for strength. Once the cage was done, Turner fitted a CSL carbon roof in place of the metal one. Two Recaro seats were also installed for future track use.
Mrs Shifty's Jetta For the last two months we've been following this '01 VW Jetta GL 2.0 from Shifty Spraywerkz in Wichita. However, instead of owner Robert Lackey doing the work, his wife Tosha has been the leader of this project.
Because Tosha is in the process of obtaining her Masters degree, she's been pre-occupied with her studying. So her son Quentin has taken the reins and contributed to the project. With no prior experience, Quentin has wet sanded the bumpers and learned how to use a sawzall to delete the DTM-style exhaust tips.
After months of preparation, the Jetta made its way to the paint booth and was blasted with Vapor blue from the '00 New Beetle. The family team is now setting its sights on finishing the 16v build-up but are looking for stronger rods after trying two failed sets.
It's not often we find a Swedish ride that catches our attention. But when Andrew Schmidt from MapTun USA in Elizabeth, CO told us about this '97 Saab 9000 Aero, we were naturally curious.
The 9000 came with a 2.3 liter turbo motor boasting 225hp and 325 lb-ft. But it now sports a stage 4 MapTun upgrade that produces 310whp and 375 lb-ft. This is done with inhouse software, Forge turbo accessories, 3" turbo-back exhaust, larger injectors and new FPR. To handle the power, a Spec stage 3+ clutch was installed along with an aluminum flywheel.
Not just about power, the 9000 has handling upgrades with springs and EBC brakes. There's also 19" wheels and a full stereo using Orion components.
Thirsty for more, the Saab is under the knife again, receiving MapTun's stage ten upgrade which includes a six-speed race tranny, GT3071R turbo, cams, tubular manifold, ported and polished head plus more. According to MapTun, this will put the car around 550whp with 650 lb-ft. We'll keep you updated on this unusual project.