Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Well, the long winter is finally over and we are getting ready for our first SCCA race of the season at Mid-Ohio on May 22. After some time off I got busy fixing stuff and making improvements to the VW.

First, I traced a fuel delivery problem and replaced the hi pressure pump and filter, then installed the rebuilt 5-speed with the correct 5th gear in it. With the tranny out, I dropped the pan and installed an Ishihara-Johnson crank scraper. I found a head gasket that would give me half a point more compression and replaced the clutch and throttle cables with new ones. I added a belly pan to the spoiler and cleaned up some of the aerodynamics on the grille and air intake and replaced the bogus "tuner" air filter with a real K&N.

I found some places to move some ballast further back, this should help handling and braking. I got a free used fiberglass right front fender from a Vortex member, good for a 5 lb weight saving on each side over the steel ones. And I had the left side fender off to clean up the gear oil from Watkins Glen, so I thought it would be an idea to pull a quick mold of of it so that I could make a matching glass fender in the future. This turned out to be a grand make work project as the fenders are a bit complex with returns and bends. The resulting mold is a bit rough, but good enough to make a part from with a little bit of work. But the paint on the original fender took a beating and had to be repainted. While doing this I decided to paint the black Rabbit GTI fender flairs while I was at it. I think the car looks wider, more integrated now.

We are almost ready for Mid-Ohio, just an alignment check and the sorting out of some spares and equipment. I cant wait to be racing with my old Mini friends again, Keith and Chris.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New VW Club Racing Facebook page

I have started up a Facebook page for SCCA Club Racers.

It's the place for anyone who is racing or building a water cooled VW for SCCA Production, IT or GT racing. The intent of the group is to be a place to ask questions, post information, exchange ideas and discuss racing VWs in SCCA Regional and National racing.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Michael Auer - VW Scirocco GTR - Pöllauberg 2009

Hill climbing in the rain.

Thursday, February 11, 2010