I just want to express my deepest appreciation to Bob and his team at Torque of the South Motorsport in Southend.
11 years ago I wanted to buy a Sunny GTI-R; but living in the Netherlands didn’t make this easy as there were just about 600 LHD GTI-R’s produced in LHD. By 2005 most of them were crashed or already hidden away in a collection somewhere. After a long search I bought a red GTI-R that was originally delivered in Italy. Rebuild the car with a few friends and had lots of fun with the little pocket rocket. I was still a student at the time and I had to sell the car in order to pay for University. After finishing University I have owned many special stuff, ranging from Maserati’s, Audi’s and even some Ducati’s. However; the only thing I ever truly regretted selling on was that Sunny from 1992, mainly because of the sheer driving pleasure it delivered.
Then, early 2014; I ran into another Red GTI-R right here in the Netherlands, didn’t think twice and bought the car straight. The car had 240.000 KM’s on the clock, was standing still for 2 years and was in need of a lot of work. I did what I could do, but in the end I decided to bring the car to Bob in Southend. Me and my father drove the car over to the UK on a trailer. It has been in Bob’s hands over the winter. Last week; I flew with my old man to Southend Airport; where Bob picked me up with my own car. An amazing feeling; the little Sunny has been completely transformed.
A short list of modifications that have been done by Bob and his team; custom GTX2871R .64 turbo, 3 inch elbow, Mongoose, Z32 MAF, Gizzmo IBC-R, custom equal length manifold, injectors, HKS 264 cams, Nistune, Ext. Tial wastegate with screamerpipe, BOV, AEM FPR, ARC TMIC, rebuild gearbox, strengthened selector fork, strut braces, some powder coating, etc. etc.
Besides that; the car had a full service and was mapped (for hours on the Dyno) in order to get it spot on. Pushing over 500 HP, but Bob turned it down a bit to the 480 range in order to increase drivability.
I drove the car back on its own wheels from the UK; Dover-Duinkerken, France, Belgium and then finally bringing the car home after 800 km’s of driving with a smile on my face. The car didn’t miss a single beat and drove like an absolute dream. I even had the old man driving it through Belgium
. Bob kept me posted on the progress he was making on the car. No shock bills; the labor costs have been very reasonable (understatement!).
Anyway; this is not an advertisement; just my experience. If anyone ever needs work done on a GTI-R; I cannot imagine another place that has better expertise and service quality then what you can get at Torque of the South Motorsport!
I uploaded a small video made by a friend. A short trip down memory lane with my old R back in 2005, 2nd half of the video shows the new ride.
Thanks Bob (+ team)!
Hope to see you next year in Spa or at the Nordschleife!