Back in April 2007 I bought this MK2 Golf CL shell to replace the previous one I`d crashed at the Nurburgring.



I`ve spent the last 16 years continually modifying the Golf from a pretty standard MK2 with a 2.0 16V engine from the MK3 Golf GTi, adding Megasquirt and GSXR 750 Throttle bodies and then the Turbo back in 2014.

I`ve spent a lot of time learning as I went. The Aero development has been going on for several years now and pretty much every passenger who sits in it comments how stable it is at high speed.

The name `Pinderwagen` actually came from Dale Lomas who runs .It was a throwaway comment he made when following me in 2014 and the name stuck.

Before then it was just `The Golf` or `Nige`s Golf` but the step increase in performance from adding the Turbo took it to a new level and the #Pinderwagen was born.

I`m not a mechanic I`m just an enthusiastic amateur who likes to learn new skills and will have a go at anything. Some things have worked out, others haven`t but that`s the case in pretty much everything and my view is that the important thing is that I learn from my mistakes. By doing everything myself I`ve been able to try things I wouldn`t if I had to pay someone to do it and I`ve been able to keep the overall build cost to sensible levels.


Overall I`m a pretty positive person and when things go wrong I just try and make the best of it. There is no point getting upset about things beyond your control so I try not to bother. Sometimes that is easier than others…


A 7:23BTG laptime whilst chasing a friend in his Cayman GT4 MR is the fastest MK2 Golf around the Nurburgring by some margin. That was with the standard H pattern shifter.


Current Spec. August 2023.



  • 1990 Golf MK2 Non Sunroof CL 3-Door Shell
  • Comprehensive Custom multipoint welded roll cage tied to front and rear turrets
  • Engine bay Chassis strengthening
  • Cobra Sebring Side Mounted Bucket Seats
  • Schroth Profi II 6 Point 3″ Harnesses
  • Flocked MK2 dash with Custom gauge and switch panels
  • Standard Rear Beam, no additional ARB
  • 25mm Stub Axle Spacers
  • Polo Stub Axle for improved wheel bearing life
  • Polo Rear Discs
  • Raysbestos St45 Rear Pads on Golf MK4 Calipers
  • Standard stitch welded MK2 Subframe
  • Subframe lower brace.
  • MK3 Power Steering Rack
  • Vauxhall Astra MK5 Electro Hydraulic Power steering pump (greater assistance than the previous Mercedes A Class pump)
  • Custom wider track Wishbones with increased Caster (7.5Degrees vs 1.5 Degrees Stock)
  • AP Racing CP9660 6 Pot Calipers
  • Reyland Custom Caliper Carriers and Bells
  • Floating BTCC 364mmmm x 36mm Discs
  • Raysbestos ST45 BTCC Front Pads
  • Spherical steering Tie Rod Ends
  • Standard MK2 Front Hubs
  • Roll Centre Correction Balljoint Extenders
  • ACS Pro Series 90mm Bullet Nose Wheel Studs
  • 17″ x 8 ET35 Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 Alloy Wheels x 12
  • 17″ x 9 ET35 Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 Alloy Wheels x 2
  • 225/45 R17 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Wet tyres
  • 225/45 R17 Dunlop Direzza DZ03G H1 Dry Tyres
  • 245/40 R17 Yokohama A052 Dry Tyres
  • 235/610 R17 Dunlop Slicks Medium Compound
  • KW Clubsport Coilovers Front and Rear
  • Eibach Pro Race Front and Rear springs.
  • Spherical Top Mounts
  • Polybushed throughout
  • Stock MK2 Front ARB


  • 2.0 16V ABF Block
  • Stock Cylinder head with 3-angle seats and valves and ABF camshafts
  • Inconel Exhaust valves
  • Stock Crankshaft
  • Wiseco Forged Pistons
  • ARP Headbolts.
  • Integrated Engineering Rifle Drilled conrods with Genuine ARP Bolts.
  • Custom Baffled sump with windage tray
  • Custom KR & 1.8T Inlet manifold with ABF Throttle body.
  • Setrab 52-12864-01 Proline oil cooler
  • Custom SERCK 50mm triple pass radiator
  • Toyosport 70mm Intercooler.
  • 2.5″ Turbo to Intercooler pipework
  • 3″ Intercooler to Throttle body pipework
  • Comprehensive cooling ducting
  • DTA Fast S80Pro ECU Controlling Fuel, Spark and Boost
  • Bosch 1000cc motorsport injectors
  • DTA ECU Loom and Custom Fuse and Relay board with independent ECU Loom.
  • Littco G25-660 Hybrid Turbo
  • TIAL Genuine external Wastegate
  • Custom Tubular Stainless Steel SCH40 Manifold
  • Custom 3″ Stainless Exhaust with 2 large Silencers


  • SQS 02Q 6Speed Manual Gearbox with 1-6 Dog gearset
  • Lightened Flywheel
  • Alcon Paddle Clutch
  • LUK Pressure plate
  • SQS Seqshift (Converts H Pattern to Sequential fore/aft movement)
  • Spherical Rod ends on Shifter cables
  • SQS Plate Diff
  • Custom Satchell Engineering Driveshafts
  • Golf R32 Bolt through Outer CV Joints with Redline CV2 Grease
  • 108mm Inner CV Joints with Redline CV2 Grease
  • SKF Front Wheel Bearings repacked with Redline CV2 Grease


  • Trackslag Fibreglass bonnet with Custom reverse vent for improved cooling.
  • Custom Front Splitter with integrated Brake Duct Air Scoops
  • Custom Aluminium Flat Floor
  • Custom Aluminium Side Skirts
  • Custom Fibreglass Roof Scoop
  • Custom Fibreglass Diffuser
  • Custom Fibreglass Widened and vented front wings
  • Aluminium Rear Wing

The entire build was carried out by me, in many cases learning as I went and making mistakes along the journey. All the Custom parts were designed and fabricated by myself often using examples taken from elsewhere as a starting point.

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