Dayne Ferris was revealed as the winner of a one-of-a-kind modified VW GTI valued at R500 000 at a star studded event at Johannesburg’s Montecasino. The 26 year-old won the car by entering BP’s popular online Ultimate Ride competition. The event was attended by a number of local celebrities as well as well known names in the motorsport industry, including local rally ace Gugu Zulu, who came together to celebrate South Africa’s growing passion and excitement for cars.
Ferris was one of more than 45 000 fans who competed for the exclusive prize over a six month period that included gamers customizing virtual rides, racing against others online and judging others’ cars.
BP’s Ultimate Ride creation was modified by the best customizing crews in the country with features that include the special Viper ultimate exhaust conversion for maximum gains in power, torque and reduction in turbo lag, an unmatched hot hatch sporty tone, a full JL Audio system with 2 x 12”WO- 4ohm on a G1700 mono-block and specially installed brake calipers with a signature BP themed coating which has heat transfer properties that cool down the calipers. Other modifications include custom-made silicone hoses for the engine, one-of-a-kind 19 inch wheels with a custom-made green strip and Pro Kit suspension with sway bars for better handling and lower seating.
After winning, Ferris said: “I have always had a passion for cars and can’t wait to hit the tar with my new wheels, and it’s certainly not just going to be driven on Sundays”. Ferris’s biggest problem will be keeping the keys away from his friends who already have their eyes on his brand new ride.
Volkswagen has released the new 2012 Jetta GLI. The car features typical German refinement and performance – and also strikes a balance between the two. The trapezoidal headlights and the front grille add to the looks, cooling air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler tucked beneath the front bumper round off the macho look.
The Volkswagen GTI has also been an adorable hatch but that is not enough at times to draw admiration. Certain power-upgrades can do the trick and that is what UK Tuning House APS has done with the Golf. It has made the iconic hatch touch 250 horses courtesy of a turbocharged engine. The upgrade has also picked up the torque to 395 Nm which gives this commuter a breath of fresh air as far as the engine is concerned.
The tuning house calls this power upgrade-Stage One, which is reflective of the higher power upgrades to come. APS outfitted the Golf with a turbocharged engine that helps achieve 250bhp with 395 Nm and 5800 rpm. Courtesy of this engine, this car clocks 0 to 60mph in 6.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 155mph. The price of this ECU is £599.
Since we got no sight on the new Scirocco R20T in Geneva, the Brits from CAR reported that the Germans are preparing to show off their Volkswagen GTI-R in September at the Motor Show in Frankfurt. Although it doesn’t look as fun, you can be sure this one just as hot. Housing an Audi S3 turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that is supposed to sport close to 260 hp (and also does AWD), the new GTI-R has been put on a diet to deliver more than you can imagine. If you like it expect to sell late 2009 or early 2010. You game? [via Autoblog]
Images: Volkswagen GTI