The P-cubed Golf GTi will have to prove its mettle this week, when it undergoes its official performance tests at Wesbank Raceway on June 20.
This one-of-a-kind car, built to showcase the talents of tuning company, Sportech, will be piloted by a yet-to-be-named celebrity driver. This driver will, on the same occasion, put the standard car through its paces for comparative purposes that will include hot laps on the Wesbank raceway, a standing quarter mile, 800 m sprints and 100 km/h to standstill brake tests. Both cars will be fitted with Racelogic VBoxes.
A team from the SABC3 motoring programme Car Torque, as well as representatives from headline sponsor P-cubed, will be in attendance.
Dubbed the Mean Machine Makeover, the Sportech project left very little on the Golf unchanged with the car sporting not only radical suspension and engine modifications, but also a high-end sound system, in-headrest DVD players, mobile internet, a unique 2+2 seating arrangement and head-turning bodywork.
The car will eventually produce around 280 kW but currently only puts out 250 kW pending the arrival of further performance-enhancing engine parts from VW specialists APR in the United States.
Mid- June also marked the start of a promotional journey where the car is shown a various News Café outlets in Gauteng.