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A Golf I with 1000 PS

Brutal acceleration

18/06/2014 10:37 |  Comments: 


Our heavyweight champion, Balázs, or better known as Assur on the premises is the news writer of the mother site, Oh yes, he’s an automotive engineer too. They say there isn’t a data that has ever escaped his mind, all we know is that he can drop into any conversation about any car that was made after the war, and he’ll be able to add a ton of details you won’t ever be able to find in books. He has been thinking of selling his longserving Volvo for years, so he always has some used car adverts open on his computer, just in case. Has a wife and two (almost grown-up) children.

The Golf I is almost a rarity by now, so it’s particularly surprising to see one reinvented as a top notch race car. But that’s exactly what this model is: with an engine of 1000 HP the car probably outruns everything, including all production supercars.

The figures are amazing: it does 0-100 km/h in 2.2 seconds, goes from 100 to 200 in 2.79, and 8.8 seconds after start it reaches 280 km/h. On the quarter mile speed racing track it is capable of covering the distance in 8.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 270 km/h. Surprisingly, all this power comes from a four-cylinder, 2-litre turbo engine.

Of course, the blower fits in your palm, and the engine itself does not contain many VW-made parts, but the car still pulls it weight and delivers in spite of a boost pressure of 4.5 bars, partly due to the fact that the boost pressure is significantly increased by E85 Ethanol Flex Fuel. The transfer of the 1000 PS to the asphalt is not easy, of course, which is why the builders of the car have opted for a heavy-duty four-speed gearbox, 4WD, and tyres without patterns.

You have to watch the video to see what all of this means in practice. The homely, unassuming grey-silver Golf I always starts with a bit of delay, but still beats all of its rivals easily.

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