"I completely rebuilt the car from top to bottom in the time I have owned it."
Initially the plan was to simply restore the car to its original state and enjoy it, after all, a supercharged hot-hatch that weighs very little will always be good fun - however the further Ryan got into the restoration the more issues he found. It was at this point he decided to go all-in on the project - "I was getting more confident with modifying cars and understanding how everything works" - therefore it only seemed natural to put these newfound skills to the test.
After stripping the engine out the car and dis-assembling the block, it was discovered that the cylinder bores had been damaged by standing water as a result of failed gaskets. Ryan took this as a sign to upgrade the power for this pocket rocket, re-boring the block and upgrading to forged internals, allowing a much higher level of power to be pushed through the engine.
The chassis has received extensive modifications to transfer the uprated power onto the road, including GAZ adjustable coilers and Camber adjustable top mounts, re-enforced front chassis legs, front and rear scrub braces, a full PPP Stage 3 front subframe (with camber-adjustable from arms) adjustable TCAs and homemade front radiator support and bumper bar. To keep the car in a straight line (most of the time!) a Quafie LSD has also been fitted, along with a helix 4-paddle clutch, uprated driveshafts, short-shift gear mechanism and a lightened and balanced flywheel.
The underside of the car has been fully restored and detailed, with any rust patches eliminated, and a coat of black stone chip applied to the entire underside of the car. Take it from us when I say the underside of the car is as clean as the rest of the bodywork - everything has been powdercoated or zinc plated (as appropriate) and it looks like this Polo has just rolled off of VWs production line!