September 26, 2022

One of the featured automobiles to look in Efficiency VW magazine, Vic Sharma definitely is aware of how you can reinvent in the case of his tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 Turbo. 

Function from Efficiency VW journal. Phrases & pictures: James Wallace.

Vic Sharma has appeared within the sacred PVW archive a number of instances earlier than, again in February 2009, September 2003 and in addition March 2002 with this exact same tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 Turbo. There’s no different manner of placing this, few individuals have managed to realize the identical feat with the identical automotive 4 instances in 20 years.

Again in ‘09 the automotive appeared like a typical 90s Brit looker –  huge arches, a Rallye entrance finish and a set of Worx splits rims, however over the course of the final 13 years Vic has systematically rebuilt and refined his VR6 monster producing one thing new from one thing that was already fairly flawless. It’s a testomony to altering fashions and the gradual evolution of the scene, to not point out the modern-day  expectation for ever extra energy. For Vic, this most undoubtedly shouldn’t be his first rodeo.  Whereas the 12v VR6 is arguably a little bit of a forgotten dinosaur now, thanks in no small half to the introduction of its 24v youthful cousin, there’s nonetheless life within the previous canine but, and what a life it’s proving to be for this explicit AAA motor.

By no means one to shun enchancment, Vic and his brother Sunny, amongst others, have spent many painstaking hours turning this automotive into a very present stopping little bit of package, simply because it has all the time been actually. A eager member of the Westside VW collective, Vic has loads of inspiration and unhealthy affect to attract upon from his fellow membership members, to not point out loads of data and spanner twiddling craftsmanship amongst the collective. Having progressed from a VR transplant when it was featured for the second time in September 2003 Vic swiftly moved onto a Vortech supercharger setup in order that the underside finish would see round 8PSI of increase.

Since 2009 although it has been on and off the highway for lengthy durations at a time as Vic’s life grew to become barely extra sophisticated and household centric, “Regardless of a pair children and every thing happening round me I used to be by no means going to promote it, it was saved largely at my storage with out electrical and we simply labored on it after we had an opportunity to as I began accumulating components for yet one more monster rebuild,” he advised us.

Motivated by a minor incident the place the underside finish determined to let go on the way in which to a present in 2009, Vic reveals that the meltdown was possible on account of that loopy static stance, “I used to be having teething points with the engine which was the supercharged VR6 on the time. That week I took off the oil pan and noticed the oil choose up pump had smashed to items ensuing within the oil not circulating correctly. Perhaps that serves me proper for operating the automotive so low?” mused a practical Mr Sharma. By no means one to be deterred he managed to supply one other VR6 lump after which received chatting with good friends Rakesh and his dad Ramesh at PJ Motors in Forest Gate. “Ramesh mentioned, ‘carry me each motors and I’ll make you one good one.” It was a suggestion Vic couldn’t refuse.

VR6 turbo engine in tuned Mk2 Golf

Whereas the bay was naked he couldn’t assist looking at it considering, “That is the proper time to easy all of it out.” So with chisels, drill, hammer, grinders and the rest Vic might muster he set to eradicating the coolant bottle bracket, drip tray, energy steering brackets and every other merchandise that stood in manner of cleanliness. Hell bent on a full-on present stopper, it then dawned on him that it now wanted to be painted following an terrible lot of crash, bang, wallop. “


Fortunately he noticed a VW Scirocco at a dealership across the identical time, so performed it cool enquiring about mentioned automotive so as to extract the color code from the salesperson, “I knew it was the correct color as quickly as I walked as much as it within the solar,”  As luck would have it, Vic’s Bro, Sunny, had a bodyshop on the time (SS Autobody) and as Vic set to stripping the automotive right down to the naked bones, “For the umpteenth time,” he says barely exasperated, the automotive was moved to Sunny’s workshop prepared for the pointless holes to be welded and stuffed over. “Sunny received caught into the mess I had made,” quips Vic, “the plan was simply to do the ‘bay and do the remainder of the physique at a later date,” so then consideration turned to getting the wholesome motor again into its rightful residence.

The entire bolts, aux components akin to alternator, brackets and many others have been despatched off for chroming, a compression decreasing spacer gasket was additionally fitted whereas the engine was out as fellow Westsider, Sajjad, had determined to steer away from his turbo VR6 and gone R32 as an alternative, “I didn’t realise I wanted a turbo setup on the time, nevertheless it was too good a mate’s charges deal to show down.”

With the automotive again in Vic’s storage the block was painted black, the higher inlet, rocker cowl and gearbox have been additionally color coded to swimsuit and he received caught into extending and hiding the wiring loom within the chassis legs. “it was time consuming however not too sophisticated to do because it splits off to every element because it must.” There’s additionally a 6-puk racing clutch in there that Vic says, “is surprisingly straightforward to stay with,” however the actual artwork within the bay comes within the type of the cooling system, turbo setup and PAS plumbing, all of that are brilliantly packaged and stealth like.  “I needed to completely redesign the cooling system with out an enlargement tank.

The higher and decrease rubber radiator pipes I made a decision to ditch and get them made in ally as they’re the principle point of interest within the engine bay. I wanted to get the increase pipes made up additionally, so off went the automotive to a spot known as Flowtech. Paul, Terry and Stuart did a tremendous job for me.” says Vic. When hooked as much as a Corrado excessive movement ally rad and a Rallye Intercooler it’s genuinely fairly tough to inform that there’s a Garret GT32 turbo hanging out the again in any respect from sure angles.  Mapped and refined by Vince at Stealth Racing the VR6 AAA ECU stays in place, however with some nifty abilities on the rollers there’s an extremely helpful and secure 352hp and 426ft.lbs of torque now on provide, which Vic believes is, “Greater than sufficient for any entrance wheel drive Mk2.”  The noise from turbo again 3” stainless exhaust can be extremely civilised, till Vic pins it and all hell breaks free.  “Not unhealthy for a house constructed motor, eh?” muses Vic.

Side profile tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 turbo

With the engine purring alongside and with ample energy to make it effortlessly quick in any gear at virtually any level within the rev vary, it was now time to finish the outer pores and skin, and Vic was eager to retain a lot of the 90’s look this Mk2 has sported for the reason that early noughties, not one of the OEM+ vibe we’ve come to know and love not too long ago, “It retains the Audi A6 door handles, completely easy bumpers and deleted facet repeaters, however I needed to return to a (dare I say it) uncommon Bonrath single headlight grille in order that the Bonrath single wiper conversion wouldn’t look misplaced.”

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Mixed with ’90 spec entrance arches and G60 spec rear arches Vic has christened this look the, “Tremendous 90” spec and there’s little doubt these {custom} constructed 8×17″ BBS E50 rims positive do fill them up reassuringly.  With Sunny on the weapons, the Scirocco inexperienced hue was dusted on and the automotive was again in no unsure phrases. “To see it wanting full was fairly emotional,” says Vic. “There have been instances after I thought I’d by no means get it again on the highway, however all the time, vitality and emotion that goes right into a construct like that is undoubtedly worthwhile, at no level did I ever even take into consideration promoting it.”

Dropped on old-fashioned AVO coilovers (if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it – ED) the experience top is kind of actually psychological for a static machine with such a honking powerplant up entrance. Actually, we naturally assumed it was on air after we arrived for the snaps. The brakes have been uprated, too, with Tarox B32 6 pot calipers and matching 320mm discs up entrance and Tarox 280mm rear discs with Mk4 Golf ally calipers out again.

Tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 wheels

It’s an all-consuming machine this tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 turbo, there’s actually no stone left unturned and each doable ingredient of the automotive has been lovingly reworked. So, with every thing wanting as much as spec, Vic quickly realised that flogging his Audi S3 inside maybe wasn’t such a intelligent transfer. Then the thought got here to him, An early Corrado sprint is for my part the best-looking sprint in a Mk2. Some good bucket seats, no rear seats and a few kind of boot construct – sounds very easy, proper?” Questions Vic. He already a Corrado sprint within the loft so he began trimming it down the place the sting meets the windscreen, this needed to be performed completely to go away no gaps because it’s an space that’s nicely uncovered by the windscreen. He additionally needed to transfer the brackets barely which undergo the majority head and modify the steering column bracket for clearance for the clocks, however the match and end inside stays top notch. Let’s not overlook both that the Corrado makes use of the identical four wheel drive chassis because the G60 and the Rallye, so even the gear shifter encompass needed to be altered so there wasn’t an enormous hole between the gear selector encompass and the centre console. The beautiful dashboard and centre console fitment stays the realm most frequently requested about when Vic is on the present floor.

With a pair of GT3 seats mounted on customised Corrado subframes, so that they’re decrease within the tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 Turbo, Vic had to consider some moo cow to extend the opulence inside. However earlier than that might occur, he set about bolting within the Flowtech rear cage and making the false flooring that conceals the place the starter battery now lives. Long run trimmer and buddy, Junior Grant, at In Automotive leather-based and leisure, had trimmed Sunny’s Audi 80 property again in 2012, so he was the pure selection for the stitching. The dashboard, below trays, door playing cards, gear shift and handbrake encompass together with a few of the boot construct panels and the Audioscape door pods have been initially set over, however after additional talks it was additionally determined that they might trim the straight sections and Vic would have a pop at carbon skinning the extra sophisticated compound curves of the intersections.

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Interior of tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 turbo

With endurance, time and wonderful consideration to element, Vic has turn into fairly the carbon fibre professional, and his carbon craftsmanship can now be seen all through the automotive. “I researched the procedures and received cracking on with it, and to this present day now I’m so glad that I did it as I get jobs out of this.” Having made some tweeter pods utilizing the present door mirror inside covers, the carbon fibre twill now additionally wraps round inside seize deal with inserts, door lever, rear ashtray lid and the entrance seats seize handles – he turn into fairly the connoisseur. The top results of the moo cow with a nasty chilly (it’s inexperienced!) is actually second to none, and since Vic is all about that again to the 90’s vibe, there’s additionally a hearty dose of bass as nicely, because of a boot construct that advantages from an Audison VRX420 amplifier, 3 ten inch Rockford subs and a few Infinity elements up entrance for the tingling, excessive finish stuff.

All in all it’s only a complete triumph and automotive that we’re virtually sure we’ll see right here once more in one other few years as soon as Vic will get itchy fingers as soon as once more. Every thing about it’s epic. The noise, the scent, the workmanship and Vic’s extremely laid again, humble angle about the entire thing. With one thing this particular we’d count on the proprietor to be correct cocky, however Vic is something however, he’s a VW stalwart who we hope to fulfill once more, and once more, and once more! The top.

Rear of tuned Mk2 Golf VR6 turbo

Tuned VW Golf Mk2 with VR6 Turbo engine pictures

Tech Spec: Modified Mk2 Golf


2.8 VR6 (AAA), GT32 turbo, {custom} increase pipes whereas retaining the usual 3″ MAF housing, {custom} 3″ down pipe and exhaust system, twin 4″ pipe Remus again field, head spacer gasket, {custom} made water pipes,  F1 six puk racing clutch, hidden wiring loom, Golf Rallye intercooler, Mocal oil cooler, Corrado alloy radiator with twin Spal followers, easy bay. Corrado energy steering bottle hidden behind the grille, with new strains additionally added


8×17 BBS E50 with 185/35 R17 all spherical, Avo coilovers, Eibach anti roll bars entrance and rear, Powerflex bushes all spherical, Tarox B32 6 pot entrance calipers with matching 320mm discs, Tarox rear 280mm discs with {custom} made carriers and Mk4 ally rear calipers, new braided brake strains all through


Bonrath single head lamp grill and wiper, completely smoothed bumpers with recess strains, foglight, indicators and rear tow eye erased, facet indicators eliminated, entrance ‘90 spec and rear G60 arches, facet skirt jacking flaps smoothed, Audi A6 handles. Ariel, rear wiper, badges, rear plate plinth eliminated and smoothed


Corrado sprint, centre consoles and below trays, gear knob, Porshe GT3 carbon fibre entrance seats all retrimmed in inexperienced leather-based. false flooring and custom-made rear boot construct, Flowtech rear custom-made roll cage wrapped in leather-based and skinned Carbon fibre. Customized made tweeter door pods, door lever and seize deal with skinned in carbon fibre. Bbs steering wheel leathered with the centre trim skinned in carbon fibre


Alpine head unit, Audison vrx420 amplifier, Infinity kappa tweeters and mid bass, Rockford Fosgate 10″ x3 sub woofers