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robchalmers 06-30-2009 07:16 AM

Hi from the UK

I'm Rob - I drive a '98 VW polo (6N for all you dubbers). I don't think it was sold over in the States but its kinda cool - basically designed for cheap family transport, true VW idIology, and Cruising on the german autobahns at high speed so its quite slippery for a mid ninties hatchback.

I bought it as a project car as My last Hypermiler (vauxhall astra diesel) was totalled when i was tailgated on the highway.

a few aero tweaks mainly out-of-sight-out-of-mind stuff like undertrays, skinny tyres, lowering, stop/start button etc wheel trims

Pics to follow

UfoTofU 06-30-2009 07:19 AM

Welcome, looking forward to the photos

Daox 06-30-2009 08:36 AM

Welcome to the site. Definitely looking forward to the pics. I wish we got the Polo over here, I believe its smaller than our Jetta.

robchalmers 06-30-2009 05:03 PM

OH YES!! much smaller, it runs the MK2 golf suspension but in a more compacted layout. nothing compared to the LUPO though, thats tiny - yet feel weirdly big inside!!
Inbuilt spoiler (barely see it) in the metal work
crying out for a microKAMM !!

Sorry no front shots but my fiancee was blocking the driveway with her cars so i couldn't move it back far enough.

Plans are simple - going to do a few simple aero and mech mods so that the car can be driven by a lay person and still return 50MPGus on the highway with no special techniques. thinking about linking a stop start to the Neutral location on the gear shift( its manual so that could be difficult)

feel free to add suggestions!

cfg83 06-30-2009 05:41 PM

robchalmers -

Welcome to EM! Cool Polo. If I had one, I'd put a "Marco" sticker somewhere on the car. But that's just me.


vinny1989 06-30-2009 06:03 PM

Nice Polo, it looks in good condition too. (And i like the colour)

Oh, for the MoT, i believe you only legally need one side mirror, and the internal rear view one. Check at your local garage before removing any though.

robchalmers 07-01-2009 02:26 AM

Yeah the whole '2 operational mirrors' deal - tbh I want/need two outer ones for the amount off highway driving I do so I'm gonna look into some smoothed ones.

Going to put some standard 155/70/13 tyres instead of these 175 scrubbers! also Going to get the tracking checked, it looks ,visually, like its got alot of toe-out currently.

I've put a duct tape grill blank on to test seeing how its so hot at the mo!

robchalmers 07-01-2009 12:12 PM

Front shots

not really set up for aero at the mo just testing the running temps as we're getting 100+degF here! (for once!!:D)

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