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Owner: NachtRitter
Helga: 2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Displacement: 1.9 L
Fuel type: diesel
Transmission: manual
Curb weight: 2960 lbs
Coefficient of drag: 0.31
Frontal area: 22.68 sq.ft.
Instrumentation: ScanGauge
Description: Purchased from 3rd owner with just over 300,000 miles on the odometer.

Helga was purchased with the goal of using her as a donor for the economy kit car being designed by the founder of FFR (Factory Five Racing), Mark Smith, as part of a new venture called Smythe Performance (see thread here:

Goal is to get familiar enough with Helga and TDI's in general so that there are no (or at least "few") surprises during the kit car build.
Build Thread:
Current Mods: The following mods have been done:
  • Goodyear Ecopia LRR tires at ~50psi
  • Grill block
  • Metal skid plate under engine
  • Rear axle-back belly pan
  • High temp thermostat
    - 205 F t'stat, but keeps temps at ~213 F
  • Low viscosity oil
    - 0w-30 Castrol Syntec Eurospec
  • SMIC ducting
    - OEM piece; was missing on my car (and probably is missing on the majority of early MkIVs)
A few drivetrain mods:
  • Larger fuel injectors (from transporter)
  • Stage 1 Rocketchip tune
  • Taller 5th gear (0.681)
  • Mufflerectomy (muffler removal)
    - Doesn't do anything for FE, but does allow the belly pan to fit better
  • Lowered by 1.5 inches
    - H&R Sport springs with Koni STR.T shocks & struts

Planned Mods: Since the goal is to convert this to a kit car, only mild aero mods are planned:
  • Make hubcaps completely smooth
  • Complete belly pan
  • Rear wheel skirts (which look nice)
  • Wheel spats
  • Wheel strakes
Official Fuel Economy Ratings
EPA city 35 mpg(US)
EPA highway 44 mpg(US)
EPA combined 38 mpg(US)

Actual Fuel Economy Performance
Lifetime 54.6 mpg(US)
Last 3 tanks 52.6 mpg(US)
90 days 53.91 mpg(US)
View Fuel Log
Last updated: Jan 17, 2016

Trip Log
Kid school round trip 62.9333 mpg (US)
Kid school 'To' 59.7447 mpg (US)
Kid school 'From' 84.6243 mpg (US)
Other 62.1667 mpg (US)

(Created: 2010-12-03 02:14:22 / Modified: 2016-02-15 02:12:08)

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