Where to begin...
I bought my GTI6 in 2004. Pretty much from my first go behind the wheel, I could see why these cars are as highly regarded as they are. I still remember taking mine home for the first time and enjoying the drive so much, I just had to turn around and do it again! It wasn't long before I was persuaded into doing my first trackday (thanks Ash!) and discovered how much fun it was having the space and conditions to really learn how to drive the car to the limits.
Over time, I gradually worked on improving areas that I felt needed attention (first and foremost the nut behind the wheel ). Brakes were uprated, suspension was tweaked, pretty soon I ended up with a "fast road/track" setup I was very happy with.
I don't need to tell you how, in the right conditions, you can easily pester more expensive and supposedly "superior" machinery in a GTI6. But if anything was holding it back, it was a (comparative) lack of poke in the straights against newer stuff. These days even the most numb-chassised hot hatch still packs a good 200+ bhp out of the box. Of course, it takes minimal skill to go fast in a straight line, but when you're dealing with an annoying punter on a trackday who you're all over in the bends but you can't get past on the straights... well, wouldn't it be nice if you could "stick it to 'em" in all areas...?
So I started wondering, what would the GTI6 have become if Peugeot had carried on developing it? What would the spec be these days? Of course, we all know the actual Peugeot of today would have given it fugly styling, a mediocre chassis and 175hp to go with its 1500kg but you know what I mean!
I had been keeping an eager eye on Rich W's supercharger conversion. There were some things I'd want to change - keeping my aircon, for example, but overall it seemed like the ideal solution: adding enough power to bring it "up do date", while retaining driveability and the basic characteristics of the car that I liked so much. With that in mind, the 230-250bhp achievable from the low boost conversions would be perfect, especially given the starting point of ~1250kg (which is Corsa VXR/Clio 197 weight these days).
________________________________________Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch..
..Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
Project é - my 306 project thread.