It was an excellent day for Ian Bass and Josh Hurley at the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Grand-Am KONI Challenge ST Race. Ian Bass put the #171 Volkswagen GTI third in line during qualifying and they managed to stay there in the end. This was Hurley’s first pro race at his home track. Quotes from the drivers after the jump.
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GIAC tuned Regal Autosport RSS GTI takes the title of Fastest MK5 at GTI international 2008!
GIAC would like to congratulate Regal Autosport and VF-Engineering for taking top honors at the 2008 GTI International Sprint Competition in Leicestershire, England. Regal brought out their in-house Mk5 GTI equipped with the VF-Engineering/GIAC RSS turbo upgrade for some friendly competition in front of a gathering of enthusiasts. Continue reading ‘Fastest MK5 at GTI international 2008′
We found a great video from Garage419 which focuses on the new 2008 APR Motorsports effort. The video features footage from the Daytona Test Days, interviews with Randy Pobst and Ian Bass. Randy even breaks down the GTI for us in terms of the class regulations. *Hint: stock
It’s a great insight about the series, the car or APR Motosport.
Here’s to a successful, fun and safe season.
One of the leading VW, Audi, and Porsche tuning and engineering firms in the world, APR, is entering professional racing with the formation of the APR Motorsport. Garage419 met up with Team APR, including drivers Randy Pobst, Ian Baas, and Mark White, during pre-season testing at Daytona Speedway as they were fine tuning the three VW GTI race cars which they have entered in the Koni Challenge ST class for the 2008 Grand Am Series.
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Friday’s race came and went, almost overshadowed by the Rolex 24 of Daytona. We were even to busy to watch or report on it, live.
Thursdays first practice saw an Acura and two Chevy Cobalts go 1-2-3. The first GTI was that of APR with Pobst/White in 10th. The second was Bass/von Molke in 23rd. GSM’s GTI was 34th with the last APR entry posting no time. The GSM Audi TT posted no time as well.
The second practice was much better with Pobst/White placing 3rd. Bass/von Molke was 15th and GSM’s GTI 46 with the TT in 47th. No time posted for the third APR GTI.
Qualifying saw Acura TSX got 1-2 and a Honda Accord take 3rd. The top GTI was that of Pobst/White in 8th. Bass/von Molke came in 31st, GSM’s GTI in 34th, with no times from practice the APR GTI of Tucker/ Zabinski pulled in 36th and the Audi TT posted no time.
There was another practice on race day but in the end it was Acura’s taking the top 4 places. APR’s Pobst/White placed 21st, Tucker / Zabinski 23rd and Bass/von Molke 41st.
GSM Motorsport’s GTI placed 42nd and the Audi TT 47th.
We have no official follow up’s from the teams/drivers but will post if we do.
Mark your calendars/TiVo’s for Feb 2, 8:00 PM SPEED *
Interesting product from Forge. We haven’t heard of this “twintercooler” concept. THe New Beetle is kind of a pain to get a FMIC on but it would be interesting to see.
If your driving an MKV, this kit/review is for you. Head on over to Deviant:Speed for the rest.
Let’s look at an install of Revo Stage 2 software combined with a Forge Twintercooler. A twintercooler is the addition of a Front Mount Intercooler in parallel with the factory intercooler. Quite an odd design, but not only does it work well, you will see a similar setup on VAG cars in the near future where intercoolers are used in parallel.”
The new GTI has been reeling in the awards, compliments, articles etc. It’s great that Volkswagen nailed it and brought back that emotion of the first GTI which started the hot hatch movement!
Starting with 55 vehicles and narrowing down to 10 shows how well this GTI is.
The GTI returned to the 10Best list last year after a 21-year absence. Perhaps this hiatus seems strange for the progenitor of a species we’ve loved since the 1983 original, but the evolution of the series tended toward bigger and softer, with a little more room and considerably less fun. The latest generation is a long way from the no-frills original, but VW has effectively addressed the fun-to-drive factor without diluting the sophistication, roominess, and high-quality feel that are characteristic of this family.
VW’s eager 2.0-liter turbocharged four—200 horsepower, 207 pound-feet of torque—provides brisk propulsion, and the optional paddle-shift twin-clutch DSG lends a racy feel. But the GTI’s most compelling dynamic element is a chassis that delivers the composed, precise responses that come from autobahn breeding. To quote from our May 2007 comparison test: ‘The GTI pours itself down the road, a fluid stream of disciplined control.’
Available in three- and five-door versions, the GTI has an attractive base price, although tempting options such as the DSG can quickly bloat the bottom line. But even at $30,000, the net is still a sophisticated German sports sedan at a bargain price.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 3- or 5-door hatchback
BASE PRICE: $23,370–$23,870
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4
Power (SAE net): 200 bhp @ 5100 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 207 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed manual with automated shifting and clutch
Wheelbase: 101.5 in
Length: 165.8 in
Width: 69.3 in
Height: 58.4 in
Curb weight: 3200–3250 lb
EPA city driving: 21–22 mpg”
Excellent news rom the crew over at APR! I do enjoy watching the Grand Am racing and now it will be even better. Pobst is Pobst and no one can argue with that. Ian Bass has been tearing it up in the Speed World Challenge TC series. I’m not familiar with Mark White but it’s great to see a driver mature and move up in his/her career.
I do hope they campaign one DSG!
Las Vegas, NV – October 30, 2007 – APR, LLC, the world’s leading Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche performance engineering firm, is entering professional racing with the formation of APR Motorsport, LLC. APR Motorsport is excited to announce that it will campaign three Volkswagen GTI race cars in the Koni Challenge Sport Touring class of Grand Am in 2008.
Pulling off what might be the coup of the year in racing, APR Motorsport has signed ten-time national series champion Randy Pobst to drive for the team. Pobst, fresh off his third World Challenge Speed GT Championship in six years, narrowly missed the famed “double,” coming close to winning both the Speed Touring Car and GT Championship in the same year. Pobst narrowly missed out on this yet to be accomplished feat, only after being punted off the track in the final laps of the final Touring Car race of the season. In hiring Pobst, APR Motorsport brings one of America’s top talents back to the Grand American series, where Pobst has won two Daytona 24 Hour championships and has 9 Grand Am race wins.