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Shoehorning a truck engine into a sleek precision-engineered German auto like a BMW Z4 seems like the height of madness, but this is precisely what this car builder did. Anybody who has transplanted an engine will appreciate the incredible work that was necessary to put this car on the road.
We all know the story of how Facebook was created. Just a couple of brilliant college friends that had nothing better to do, but they were not the only ones with over the top inventions. Two men named Barry Eastman and Mike Hand are credited with creating one of the fastest drag racers ever. While they may not have gained as much popularity or made as much money as Facebook it is still a very appealing creation in the racing world.
In contrast to the R18 e-Tron we recently featured, the next project car is a study in good old-fashioned knowhow, dedication and a huge helping of elbow grease. For several years now, a popular grassroots-focused car magazine has been holding a competition for a car that can perform best in an autocross, a drag race and a car show. A car that gathers the top points in each of these events is then awarded top honors. Easy enough, right? Just don't think though that whipping out your checkbook will do the trick, because a devious rule limits competitors to a total outlay of a little over $2000 dollars. In fact, the limit is based on what the current year the competition is running. So, for this car that was run in 2010, the total budget had to be limited to $2,010. But you can sell parts you don't need to recoup part of the budget, and safety items like rollcages, harnesses and OEM brake hoses aren't counted towards the car's cost. Still, there's only so much creative thinking you can do, and a lot of compromises have to be made to find the best balance between performance and cost.
Once in a while, a build comes along that simply takes one’s breath away. Forget about the numbers generated by the car, because they are just a consequence of the painstaking work and amazing detail that it took to put this car together. Not to mention the insane amount of money that went into making it happen. First of all, this Audi S1 replica uses a space frame chassis which integrates the rollcage, suspension mounting points and powertrain mounts. To this tube frame is attached the wishbone suspension which uses spherical links throughout and Bilstein dampers with remote reservoirs. Front brakes are 8-pot monsters while the rear uses an inboard brake system. Wheels are 18-inchers shod with racing slicks.
Sharp-eyed readers will immediately notice what's wrong with this picture. But read on if you don't get it now. First of all though, Volvos are not exactly the first choice when it comes to modding a car, although when professionally built and raced, this particular marque has had numerous successes, notably when they entered the 850 wagon in the BTCC. The owner of this particular car seems to be a Volvo fanatic, as his previous project car was a 242 model with a 315 hp V8 from an XC90 swapped into it. It's since been sold to give way to this 2JZ powered C70
Golf Sportec R sc 350 - For car lovers from the family of Volkswagen Golf VI, of course you know how they are to through increased with the two top models, drive 207hp GTI with front wheels and R. In the line-up wheel-drive Golf-r this is indeed the fastest and strongest. Golf Sportec R sc 350, this is one of the ways used by Volkswagen to their line-ups. In this case there were some changes made ??by Volkswagen on this new product, R sc Golf Sportec 350.
The idea of swapping in a 3-liter V6 into a small hatch isn’t really new. The Ford Shogun (of which only 7 were built) would be this car’s spiritual forebear. But the Shogun only had 220 horsepower. The Audi V6, stock, has 250, which Javad says is nowhere near the output they wanted.
Boost heads are people who have been bitten HARD by the boost boost bug. These are people who look for boost in everything that they do, they befriend people with high boost cars, they spend most of their online time looking at dyno graphs, compressor maps, and talking to people about big boost mods, on the weekends they are at the track or at cars and coffee ignoring the Ferraris and Lambos and looking for that Golf with a GT40 strapped to it or the Z06 with the T88.
When it comes to wringing every last ounce of performance out of your engine combination (within the limitations of a specific displacement or a set of racing class rules), some engine designers head to the little known secrets of messing with the engine’s rod length to achieve an ‘ideal’ rod length to engine stroke ratio (which I’ll call RSR from here on out). Most designers like to simplify engine design by sizing engine parts (such as camshafts, headers, intake systems...etc) based on horsepower figures or based on ‘average airflow’ through the part. However, more advanced simulations break engine flow into 4 distinct regions corresponding to the four strokes of the engine.
The VW Golf has become a classic hotrodder’s car due to its ready availability, cheap cost and well-balanced chassis. It helps too that savvy enthusiasts and tuners know which parts to mix and match in Volkswagen‘s huge parts bin. This featured project car is a street car build belonging to a long-time VW enthusiast. He had owned a few different VWs before coming back to a Mk2 Golf as the basis for a build. Owner Tom was able to purchase this Golf with a 1.8 20V turbo engine already swapped in. A year into owning the car, he crashed the car heavily enough to warrant replacing a door and fenders. Upon removing the engine and the damaged parts, some rusted areas were found, so it was an easy decision to repair that part of the body too. At the same time, Tom tired of the existing color for the car, so he decided to change to a BMW factory color which he saw applied to a Toyota Supra. In short, the body was not only freshened up but also built up, which paved the way for modifying the engine and drivetrain.