Watch: 1150hp Golf R32 smashes 190mph during 1/2 mile
The Volkswagen Golf 4 has always been a solid choice for a project car due to the wide availability of tuning parts and modifications, particularly the high-performance R32 model. It used a 3.2L naturally aspirated VR6 engine to produce 238bhp and 236 lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. In its stock form, the car will achieve 0-62mph in a swift 6.6 seconds. However, one individual by the name of Kevin Buczior found these figures inadequate and decided to create something out of this world.
The tuned R32 in question claims to produce 1150hp and over 885 lb-ft (1200Nm), crushing the 1/2 mile in a fraction over 17 seconds. It clocked in at an incredible trap speed of 189.75mph (305.38kmh).
It achieved a supercar-humiliating trap speed
For reference, the McLaren 720S achieves the 1/2 mile sprint in 15.8 seconds at a speed of 174mph (280kmh), 1.2 seconds quicker than this R32 Golf but with a 15mph slower final speed.
Meanwhile the Ford GT, with a slightly higher top speed than the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at 161mph (259kmh), still fell short of this Golf by 28mph. It is safe to say that this makes this modded hot hatchback from over a decade ago an incredible engineering achievement.
What modifications have been made?
Many of the performance parts are by Don Octane, a German tuning company that specialises in Volkswagen Group parts. To commence, the car was stripped down and had its roof, fenders and hood removed in favour of carbon-fibre to help reduce weight. The engine was also replaced with a custom R30 VR6 engine, which is said to have a 3.2L block and 2.8L crank. All you need to know is that it has a "Garrett - Advancing Motion GTX4202R" turbocharger fitted to it and a class-leading ECU called EMU Black, making it ludicrously powerful.
There is no evidence of the car being driven on a racetrack, making it unlikely that this drag-monster is built for ferocious cornering.
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