A huge amount of work over the past few months went into the planning and building up of the re-debut of the vaporado build. Every little detail, new motor build, finishes, interior, and to cap off the debut, about a year and a half of planning for you guessed it: our very own wheel line Invitational.SpinFab #001.
Walt put the corrado in the garage about 2.5 years ago with a damaged VR big turbo motor and a huge look of disgust across all of our faces. It took a while, but we decided about a year later, that the car was done looking sad in the corner of the garage and a much needed re-debut would be huge… and so far it has been just that. A huge undertaking, but a huge debut to finish off 2013.
The Vaporado project started for Walt just about a decade ago when this particular corrado (yellow ’91 G60 car), went over to the dark side with a much more potent VR powerplant. This was pretty much the starting point of the build as we know it. The VR was good for a little while, but soon needed a large turbo to complement the motor build, and it went on from there. The mod list had grown to be a few pages long between 2004-2011. The body panels became wider, color (vapor blue) was shod on every panel, interior was stripped out and built to aim toward its future track use, bay and the body was stripped down and shaved to perfection to create a very simple silhouette to match the powertrain. With all of these details getting attention, it remained very clear from the start that the car was never meant to be a non driven show queen… The current burn marks on the firewall from the turbo and the exhaust stained rear bumper show that thing has always had its hand in activities of the fun kind.
Fast forward a few years and a few VR motors later to that 2011 moment when the car stood lifeless in the corner of the garage, and when all of the VR rebuild options seemed illogical as none held up to the task (almost as if cursed), it was decided over some drinks that the car would get a new powerplant… a 1.8t build of sorts. and that is where the plans started getting interesting for us. We knew that going direction of a different motor (never intended for a corrado) would mean basically changing and fabricating just about every detail over on this build. But thats the fun in a build which keeps everything interesting.
The car underwent a ton of fabrication work, full bottom end up motor build to a little over 2.0l in size, full ferrea valvetrain, cams, custom one off 62/62 turbo setup with custom tubular manifolds, intercooler setup, water meth, etc.. all done by a good friends shop, FFE Racing. Then lots of wiring, management, and details had to be sorted through prior to the eventual start up and tuning time. The car wound up being a test subject for Lugtronics standalone tuning along with Kevin Black, the master at the computer. It is amazing the level of specificity one can set up for just about every parameter in order to get this thing to perform at its fullest potential. Very very nice to be able to do things like plug a laptop in and make modifications to things like curing an erratic idle just minutes before leaving for a 5 hour drive.. ask us how we know
AEB 1.8T to 2LT Stroker
FFE Racing Custom Intake Manifold
FFE Racing Custom Tubular Topmount Vbanded Turbo Manifold
Precision 6262 Billet Turbo
Precision 46mm Wastegate
Tial Q 50mm BOV
FFE Racing Custom Intercooler Plumbing with Precision Core
FFE Racing Swirlpot
JE Pistons 9:5:1
Full Ferrea Valvetrain
Cat Cams 3658′s
Cat Cams Adjustable Cam Sprocket
Injector Dynamics 1000cc Injectors
FFE Racing Custom Fuel Surge Tank
FFE Racing Custom Stainless 3″ Exhaust
ECU/ tuning through Lugtronics standalone_Kevin Black
Clutchmasters Lightweight Steel Flywheel
Wavetrack LSD with ARP Hardware
H&R Ultralow custom s/r
r32 control arm bushings
seam welded and reinforced rear subframe
manual steering conversion
anti rear roll bar
wrd lower front strut brace
ABS system removed
DE calipers/audi tt front rotors
mkiv rear brake setup
recaro fixed back buckets
autopower 4 point roll cage
sparco camlock 5 point harnesses
euro rear parcel shelf
a/b pillars for manual seatbelt
beetle vapor blue exterior color
metal widened fenders
slc bonnet with welded in mkII vents
shaved front bumper
shaved rear bumper
90mm euro chin spoiler
side moldings shaved
abt side skirts smoothed and trimmed
passat b4 sunroof
The corrado a few years back was sitting on a set of color matched Schmidt 3 piece modernlines. The vapor blue/polished combo matched the car beautifully, but tended to sway the cars overall look away from the raw, violently powerful driver that the car is. This is the the reason for sorting out the last of the major details… the suspension components and wheels. A new set of coilovers with dampening to match the higher spring rate replaced the outdated set on the car. All while the in house design/ engineering was going on for our spinfab 012/012a. The 16″ 012 was originally designed around this build, and were designed in a way to capture and mimic the rawness of the corrado build. Just like the car, the wheel design evokes a simplicity in its design to simulate rotational movement almost as if cutting through the air like a spinning saw blade, but while up close showing off its complex machining path to route out each of the 12 triangular windows. The wheels needed to have that same look and feel as the car.
3 piece forged 6061 t6 faces, radially hand brushed and reverse mounted behind our forged wheel halves that are mirror polished and chromed stainless steel assembly hardware to top it all off.
many thanks to Jon Schusteritsch for the wonderful shots as always
The finish on the faces is hard to describe unless one sees it in real life. Again, subtle and raw on purpose. The faces were powdercoated a 2 stage metallic silver to cover the triangular windows of the face. Next, the flat part of the face was then machined back down to raw aluminum, and radially brushed with a heavy grit paper to keep the heavy circular brush marks on the aluminum. Gloss clear powder could have been the final touch, but it needed just a little more. So in with the gloss clear powder, we mixed in a bit of blue and silver metallic flake. By being shot with the clear, its a very subtle difference, but when the sunlight hits the wheels face, it becomes apparent the wheels are not raw aluminum. Also keeps upkeep to a minimum as it needs a nice soap and water bath to keep the wheels looking perfect after some heavy use. Sized in at 16×9 and 16×9.5, the wheels are wide enough to get some grip to the ground, but not overly wide for no apparent reason. Camber set at about -2 degrees all around for that same reason, no excessive camber to adversely affect anything. It is a fwd car, so keeping the wheels close to square with some decent sized rubber was a must. no need for a 12″ wide rear wheel dragging around out back for no purpose at all..
Since we are on the subject of brushed aluminum wheel faces, it was only right that the wheel faces started a trend that made its way into the engine bay. Most of the engine bay aluminum fabricated bits were pulled back off once the motor had a few hundred miles on it, and hand brushed/ powdercoated with the same treatment to keep all in line aesthetically.
One of the best parts about this car is that outside of the vw community (and even inside of it sometimes) most have no idea what this thing is as it screams past you in the left lane.
enough with the chit chat.. pictures
To finish off the small build article that will go into the builds section of the site shortly after this article is complete, the reasoning for the title! Our Invitiational.SpinFab #001 set on the re-debut vaporado build won best wheels at First Class Fitment 2013! Huge honor to have taken this top spot! I have to say there is a lot that went into this, as it is all a learning experience for us, and taking home such a huge award when up against many of the huge wheel manufacturers putting out some crazy things makes us at the studio very happy. I have to thank the Canibeat crew for another amazing show, and to Walt and Karyn for making projects like this happen. Keeps us all going having builds like this to keep us all busy.
This is just the start of a list of upcoming builds @ Invitational.SpinFab. A new concept. A new way to look at a wheel line
More info to come 12.23.13