I’m Chris, from South Wales in the UK, and I’ve owned ‘Heidi’ for 16 years.
When I was in school this car was parked not far away and I always told myself that one day I would buy it. Sure enough, when I turned 18, the car came up for sale and I scrambled all my cash together to go buy her.
The panels’ color were a bit faded, and it had a misfire at 3000rpm (which turned out to be the head gasket). I ran her as a stick GTI 8v for a few years, and I installed a set of coilovers, and lights, keeping her a bit cal look.
After my daughter was born I took her off the road for a rebuild, and turn her into something unique that I loved and wasn’t done before.
I love muscle cars and Nascar, so that was the basic inspiration for how she looks now. The build took 7 years, with a bit of wiring help from friends. And after those 7 years, I finally achieved a look that I love and wanted.
Let’s get started! What has changed after you bought her?
So, from the factory, this was a big bumper Tornado Red GTI on BBS RAs. But I then changed a few things and ran her with a set of ATS Cup and FK High Sports for a few years. After she came off the road, I stripped her back completely.
Here’s the list of parts she now has:
- Fk Street Line Coilovers
- 8×15 Extreme Offset Wheels, painted and detailed at home
- 205/50/15 595 RST Tyres
- Smoked X-hair headlights
- 16V Rear Lights
- G60 Arches
- North Viking Brake Ducts
- Custom Chin Spoiler
- One off fully adjustable nascar wedge
- One off grill badge
- Full Custom Motorsport Prospeed Exhaust
- Cult Society Rear plinth
- Boot Top Spoiler Delete
- Custom Side Trim
- Custom Headlight Covers
She started with a modest 8V… but she deserved a VR6 growl — it went with the muscle car theme!
So it’s a 2.8 Obd2 VR6, with a stainless steel 6-1 exhaust manifold (ending with a stainless steel twin-tip in the back), and a Pipercross air filter. It’s currently making 182bhp and 172lb of torque.
To get the most performance possible, I stripped away everything that wasn’t needed. So the whole interior went off!
The carpets and rear seats were removed, and in the front I’ve installed a set of Sparco seats with fixed bases (retrimed with original seat fabric/material). The heather core and sound system were also removed.
It has carbon fiber door cards, vents and speaker blanks, an OMP deep dish steering wheel, the battery was relocated to behind the driver’s seat and the washer bottle was placed under the dashboard. And for extra safety, it has a 6-point Sparco Roll Cage.
Next plans? Is it finished?
To be honest, it will never be finished. I’m hoping to add some more things, as I’ll never sell her.
I hope one day I can get a throttle body setup and some real Nascar wheels and wider arches. But the main thing for the future is a re-spray, and then is just a matter of enjoying the car.
Got to mention my good mate Gareth Leyshon and Jon Chapman for all their help along the way — top friends!
Thank you for reading! Keep an eye on Chris’ fabulous build in his Instagram: @thatnascarmk2