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.
What 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 (retrimmed with original seat fabric/material). The heater 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