Hi all, long time. Sorry for the lack of updates, been a wild year! So when I started really looking for more performance, I decided I had to ditch the 2016 and move up to a 2019. More battery and slightly bigger motor, why start with the smaller motor if I'm looking to go faster. It's also nice having the full driver aid suite, OBDeleven for more customization and CarPlay.
Anyway, I found my perfect spec a 2019 SEL in Urano grey and got to work.
I brought over the Avanti Storm's, Michelin Pilot Sports and lowering springs from my 2016, but this time got bilstein sport shocks and struts meant for a lowered car. With the stock struts I was just banging off the bump stops too much. With the Bilsteins, I still hit the bump stops if I get caught by a harsh bump, but its massively improved. I also got the full revozport RAZOR 7E aero bits that were developed for the eTrophy race cars. Quality stuff, I opted not to put the rear wing on, but all the rest is on and looking great. Last bit is a set of grey tartan GTD cloth seats, rears are in, but I need to swap some things over on the fronts to get everything to work with the OBDeleven n this car.
I still haven't been able to crack into anything on the drivetrain so all my upgrades are really handling only, but I really do love the car. I've had the good fortune of driving a lot of amazing cars, everything from Shelby Cobras to Mclarens and even the Porsche Taycan and honestly, I look forward to getting behind the wheel of this golf every time I get it in. While it's not sickeningly fast like the higher end EVs, it's quick, instant and handles amazingly. I aslo really appreciate that without hauling around a massive battery pack that I don't have a need for, the car is so much lighter than the rest of the EVs out there which pays massive dividends for effeciency and handling performance. I also run blizzaks on the stock rims in the winter. Driving through four seasons on winter tires in the cold weathe and sticky Michelins in the warm weather I'm acheiving between 3.5 and 4.5 mi/kwh and can regularly get to 115-120 miles of range. While I'm sure there are plenty of people making it to 130-140 miles or more with the stock setup driving conservatively for my purpose the losses are minimal when compared to the performance gains and fun factor.
I've even had some contact with members of the product team at VW. i've pitched the idea of giving me some support crack into the drvetrain and get a bit more performance out of the drivetrain. I'm not sure if anythign can be done with "tuning" at risk of reducing longevity of the motor and battery, but I'll keep pushing the idea and see if I can get anywhere. With a little bump in performance, this car would truly be an electric GTi and if I ever find a way to follow through on my fantasy plan of putting a second drivetrain on the rear axle, I cold have an electric GolfR.
That's all I've got for now, but if I make any progress to crack in the the divetrain I'll be back.