NZ Performance Car - - V 4&rotary South Island Champs -

Al­though it may not look like much to the un­trained eye, this Volk­swa­gen Golf R32 Mk IV is a se­ri­ous piece of kit. Tom Hawthorne of Eurologik is be­hind the bonkers, no­ex­pense-spared VW build, which is owned by Paul Field­ing of Warmup New Zealand Ltd. Tom found his in­struc­tions for this build were sim­ple: he just had to build the Golf as he would for him­self.

The NZ en­gine was re­built us­ing forged low-com­pres­sion JE pis­tons, In­te­grated En­gi­neer­ing rods, and an ARP head-stud kit to han­dle the boost that will soon come its way. Turbo Care NZ built a hy­brid turbo set-up that can pro­vide am­ple boost to give a re­li­ably stout 447kW (600hp) at the wheels, should Paul want it. Eurologik tuned the fac­tory ECU, adding fea­tures such as launch con­trol and flat shift­ing. Tom added Yel­lowspeed coilovers, Yel­lowspeed ad­justable rear arms (up­per and lower), a Yel­lowspeed six-pis­ton brake kit, and H&R front and rear sway bars. An HPA Mo­tor­sport wire­less Haldex con­troller that al­lows ad­just­ment to the front and rear drivetrain bias on the fly has also been fit­ted. This Golf truly is a supercar beater. “The ini­tial road tune has proven to be quite po­tent. The turbo al­most seems too small, as there is no lag what­so­ever,” Tom told us. A 447kW power fig­ure, with no lag, in an im­mac­u­late hatch­back pack­age? Yes please!

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