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  • Michael's Rising Blue MkVI Volkswagen Golf R

    Rising Blue MkVI Golf R

    Michael is no stranger when it comes to Volkswagen and what the German company has to offer. The passion began early on in his driving career, when he first bought a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle. From there, he caught the "bug" and has continually upgraded and modernized with each following car purchase, all while retaining his alliance with VW. After the Beetle came a MkII 16v GTI, followed by a MkIV GTI VR6, then a MkIV R32, and currently his MkVI Golf R you see here. To put it simply, when asked what he likes most about his car, Michael provided as straightforward an answer as possible, "It's a VW" he replied.

    Modded Mk6 Golf R

    There's something to say for this cult-like following Volkswagen has developed over the years with their compact cars. From the very first MkI GTI produced, up through today's MKVII available at your local dealer, these hatchbacks are undeniably fun. They contain just the right recipe of usability and efficiency for the daily commute, along with reasonable power in a small chassis for canyon-carving bliss.

    Lowered Golf R on VMR V810 Wheels

    With a car as good as the MkVI Golf R from the factory, there aren't many weak points that need addressing. Out of the box, the 2013 Golf R came equipped with the potent, K04-equipped 2.0T FSI motor producing roughly 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque linked to the Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Couple that drivetrain with a four-door hatchback and you've got the makings of an incredible car that can actually do everything! That being said, all of us "car guys" and "car gals" have the soft whisper in our ear of which modifications we can do to improve upon our existing vehicle. This doesn't happen out of necessity, but out of a burning, constant desire to find out how much better we can make it.

     Stage 2+ Tuned Mk6 Golf R

    Upon buying the car new in June of 2012, Michael immediately knew he wanted to hunker the car down and give it a lower ride height. Lowering springs were fitted with Bilstein dampers to firm the ride up, and an intake and Stage 1 tune were added to squeeze a little more pep from the FSI motor. Following the initial bite from the "mod bug," a set of VMR V810 wheels found themselves on the car along with a turbo-back exhaust system to make the most of the K04 under the hood. Due to the all-wheel drive system, Golf R's can have a tendency to understeer when pushed to the limit. Recognizing this, Michael fitted an upgraded rear sway bar to make the chassis handle a bit more neutral through the corners. To round out the chassis upgrades, a pair of 034Motorsport Street Density Motor Mounts were installed to lock down unwanted drivetrain movement.

    Mk6 Golf R with Upgraded Engine Mounts

    With all of the power gained via cold air intake, turbo-back exhaust, and stage 2+ tuning, the factory clutch had seen enough and was beginning to slip. To ensure he can continue putting the power to the ground, Michael opted for a Sachs Race Engineering Stage 2 clutch with single mass flywheel. Overall, the upgrades made to this MkVI Golf R have been purposeful, and never without reason. To that same logic, Michael has attested that he will try not to modify the car unless things wear out and need replacing in somewhat of a "while you're in there" mindset.

    MKVI Golf R with Turbo Back Exhaust

    We all know our cars are never considered done or complete. There is always one more thing we as car enthusiasts want to change, adjust, modify, etc. In light of this addictive trait we all have, I'm curious to see where Michael takes his car next, and ultimately what Volkswagen he will move to in the future. He has successfully upgraded with each new car he finds, but I see it being difficult to make a distinct upgrade over the car he has now. Based on his track record however, I'm sure he will find one fun VW. What do you want to bet it will be a hatchback?!

    MkVI Golf R on VMR V810 Wheels

    Additional 034Motorsport Products for Volkswagen MkVI Golf R Include:

    MkVI VW Golf R Upgrades Rising Blue MkVI Volkswagen Golf R Rising Blue Mk6 Golf R 4 Door on VMR Wheels

    See more performance upgrades for the MkVI Volkswagen Golf R

  • Gary Sheehan joins Liqui Moly Team Engstler in Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

    Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Clubsport - Gary Sheehan - Liqui Moly - VW Motorsport

    Gary Sheehan, 034Motorsport's Director of Operations, has joined Liqui Moly Team Engstler in a third Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR for this weekend’s TCR International Series race at Oschersleben!

    Gary's trip to Germany started as a test day award from the 2015 USTCC championship. This season's USTCC champion (Beau Borders) couldn't attend the test, so the award went to Gary, who earned 2nd place in the series.

    Gary tested with JBR in their Seat Leon yesterday, and was scheduled for two 55 minute sessions back-to-back. After about 7 laps, the car developed a fuel pressure issue and the team was forced to return to the paddock.

    JBR Seat Leon Race Car

    By the time Seat engineers arrived to diagnose the issue and make necessary repairs,  there were only 30 minutes left in the last last session. Gary managed to squeeze in another 8 laps, and was able to turn a couple of quick lap-times a that made an impression on the head of TCR,  who worked with Engstler to secure a seat for the USTCC veteran in one of the three Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen GTI TCRs.

    Liqui Moly Team Engstler GTI TCR Race Car

    "This is a dream coming true for me. I am super-excited to be debuting in the TCR International Series this weekend and I am thankful to TCR, USTCC, Liqui Moly Team Engstler and everybody who made this possible. I also thank JBR who gave me the possibility to test for a couple of laps yesterday with one of their SEAT cars. It will be a great opportunity to be at the wheel of a TCR car and I look forward to the fun and to seeing where I stand with respect to great drivers racing in the series," Gary said.

    Races 1 & 2 will be streamed live on the TCR International Series website, so don't forget to tune in this weekend to catch the action!

    Mk7 VW Motorsport Golf GTI TCR Race Car Render

    Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Technical Data - See more on VWvortex!


    • Type - Inline 4-cylinder engine with turbocharger and intercooling, transversally mounted in front of the front axle
    • Displacement - 1,984 cc
    • Power - 243 kW (330 hp) at 6,200 rpm
    • Torque - 410 Nm (302 ft-lb) at 2,500 rpm
    • Bore/Stroke - 82.5 mm/92.8 mm
    • Engine Control Unit - Continental SIMOS


    • Gearbox - Six-speed sequential racing gearbox, shift paddles on steering wheel
    • Gearbox Final Drive - Front-wheel drive with multi-plate differential
    • Clutch - Multi-disk sintered clutch


    • Design - Strengthened production steel body (in accordance with FIA regulations)
    • Front Axle - McPherson struts; height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages
    • Rear Axle - Multilink axle, height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages
    • Steering - Rack-and-pinion steering with modified software and hardware


    • Braking System - Disc brakes with all-around inside ventilation (Ø 362 mm front; Ø 310 mm rear), aluminium brake calipers (six pistons at front, two pistons at rear)
    • Wheels/ Tires - 10 x 18 inch; 27/65×18 Michelin


    • Length/Width/Height - 4,365/1,960/1,195 mm
    • Wheelbase - 2,665 mm
    • Minimum Weight - 1,280 kg (including driver)

    About Gary Sheehan

    Gary Sheehan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a US Touring Car Championship veteran,  having won the series in 2000 with a Honda Civic and again in 2014 in a Hyundai Genesis. He also finished as a runner up four times, in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2015. He has also raced in US Formula 2000, Grand-Am, Speed World Challenge, and the Global Time Attack series.

    When Gary isn't driving fast around a racetrack or ensuring that 034Motorsport's operations are running smoothly, he enjoys spending his time with his family and cycling outdoors.

    Gary Sheehan of Motorsport joins TCR in Mk7 VW Golf GTI TCR Racer

    About USTCC & TCR International Series

  • Mk7 GTI Intake Testing: Stage 1 GTI + X34

    With the arrival of our production X34 Mk7 GTI Intake Systems last month, we had the opportunity to perform further dyno testing on an employee-owned Stage 1 2015 Volkswagen GTI!

    Mk7 GTI Intake Installed - X34 Carbon Fiber CAI

    During development, the beautifully-crafted Carbon Fiber Mk7 GTI Air Intake System yielded impressive increases in horsepower and torque on completely stock vehicles, but the gains when paired with a Stage 1 tune are truly astounding!

    With no other changes made besides the installation of our intake system, Laszlo's 2015 GTI showed gains of 10 horsepower and 9 foot pounds of torque at the wheels, with peak gains of over 25 WTQ and 30 WHP toward redline!

    Mk7 GTI Intake Dyno Comparison

    The X34 MQB Intake System was engineered to eliminate any restrictions present in the factory EA888 Gen 3 1.8T/2.0T engine's intake tract, effectively reducing pressure drop before the turbocharger compressor inlet.

    In addition to the phenomenal power gains the X34 system provides, it offers OEM+ fit and finish and is made using the highest quality materials and processes. The X34 also provides a pleasant increase in induction and turbocharger sound, as well as an improvement in throttle response over the factory intake system.

    Since the 034Motorsport MQB Audi/Volkswagen 1.8T/2.0T Intake System reuses the factory lower airbox, the install process is extremely straightforward and can be performed in minutes using the supplied installation guide.

    Mk7 GTI Intake Mod Info Sheet

    Looking for the best Mk7 GTI intake on the market for your Volkswagen? Look no further. X34 MQB 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 Carbon Fiber Air Intake Systems are in stock now and ready to ship!

    The X34 Intake System also fits many other Audi and Volkswagen vehicles using the MQB platform, including the models listed below.

    Application Guide

    • 8V Audi A3/S3 1.8T & 2.0T (2015 - Present)
    • 8S Audi TT/TTS (2015 - Present)
    • Mk7 Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R (2015 - Present)

    Mk7 GTI Intake Testing 

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