Jon Saxon's Mk1
Engine – Re-worked KR-based GTI Engineering RE2000 2.0-litre 16v, knife-edge crank, ARP studded, ported head, TSR cams, Magnecor competition leads, Jenvey DTH throttlebodies, Emerald ecu, 4-1 Ashley manifold, Powerflow 2.5 inch twinbox system.
Power – 159hp at the wheels (188hp at the flywheel) @ 7,400rpm.
Transmission – ACD coded 020 gearbox fitted with a 4.25 final drive, 210mm Helix paddle clutch, Quaife ATB differential and Volksport rear gearbox mount.
Steering & Suspension – Quaife quickrack, SuperPro poly-bushed throughout, AVO coilover dampers front and rear, Eibach springs; 350Ib (front) 300lb (rear) and Eibach anti-roll bars, front and rear.
Brakes – Custom Tarox front disc set-up (race pads) with Tarox rear-disc conversion (fast road pads), Goodridge braided lines and Scirocco 16v cables.
Wheels & Tyres – 7x15 Team Dynamics Pro Race 2 with 195/45-15 Vredestein Sport2 tyres.
Interior – Caged multi-point bolt-in rollcage, Magnum Motorsport fibreglass seat, 6-point Sabelt harness, SMITH Motorsport F1 tacho, JMR linkage and Performance-Trim carbon trim.
Exterior – 1983 DRIVER, Smith & Deakin fibreglass bonnet, tailgate and wings, rolled rear arches, Plastic4Performance polycarbonate window kit.
Highlights – A bit of a magazine whore this Mk1; starting life as a project car for the now defunct VW Motoring magazine, then 18-months on EVOs Fast Fleet. Since leaving EVO the Golf and then Editor, Jon, can be found at RubberDuckMag.com Now under the wings of JMR with many new developments to come, to suit hillclimb and sprint use.