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AlexGrantUK

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In Topic: Polo GT-G40

19 October 2014 - 10:04 PM

Of all the weeks to end up without a work car, this one couldn't have been better. One trip to Liverpool, one to Llandudno, mostly spent off the motorways.

 

Wales is amazing.

 

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In Topic: Polo GT-G40

17 September 2014 - 09:24 PM

Not sure where to put this, but the Polo is currently sharing a driveway with this:
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Tesla Model S, in P85+ spec. Probably the best all-round electric car money can buy.
 
In a nutshell, this has 416bhp, reaches 62mph (silently) in 4.2 seconds and offers a real-world range of 250-260 miles from a fully-charged battery. Once Tesla has its Supercharger charging network rolled out, you'll be able to claw most of that range back in half an hour. For free. 
 
Honestly, it's like nothing else on the road. One gear and peak torque available whenever you go full throttle. Quite an experience!

In Topic: Polo GT-G40

14 September 2014 - 04:33 PM

I barely remember that! 

 

It's been a GT for five of the years I've had it, and a G40 for nine.


In Topic: Polo GT-G40

13 September 2014 - 02:07 PM

Long time with no updates. It's been a hectic six months in at the deep end with child number one, and very little time to do much with the car unfortunately. Especially as it doesn't have ISOFIX, and our new Kia Sportage family wagon does.

 

I can't see it getting much love on here but it's from the same brain as the Mk4 Golf, Audi TT and 2k Beetle so there is a VW connection. And it's four-wheel drive so there's potential for me to use it as a track day tow car. We'll see.

 

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What this does mean is that I've had a year where every mile I've done (pretty much) has been fun stuff, blowing the cobwebs out. 
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I did a least make it to one show this summer, though. Over at Pembrey Circuit.

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With limited cash (babies are more expensive than modified cars...) I've been tying up loose ends when I get time. So things like the finally ditching that battered tinfoil air feed and replaced it with something a bit neater. 

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And I've tidied a few loose ends. So I now have an uprated headlight loom again (which bypasses all the original wiring and gives a direct feed from the battery). It's one of the best cheap mods you can do, and means I can see at night, rather than squinting at the candlelight the headlights normally put out. I've also got a dimmer for the gauges, which means they're much nicer at night too:

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Oh yeah, and having worried that my thermostat was stuck open on my oil cooler, it turns out I've been over-cooling the engine. So I've downgraded from a 235mm, 13-row cooler to a 235mm, 7-row cooler and it's cured the problem.

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There's quite a size difference!

 

Finally I've decided to soften the front end slightly, moving from 275lb, 7-inch springs to 225lb, 8-inch ones. They've settled slightly higher than before but it's made the car much easier to drive on normal roads, not only riding over bumps better but cutting bump steer too. As much as the old springs were perfect for battering around a track, I rarely have the time or money to do that at the moment so a more road-ready setup is what I want.

 

I'm chuffed though, it's nice to have tied up a few loose ends. The car feels really well sorted, there really isn't much else that I want or need now. 


In Topic: Polo GT-G40

25 January 2014 - 09:47 PM

Forgot to post a pic of the manifold before it was fitted  :wub:

 

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