Is your GTI a pre cat version? If it's not I'd be tempted not to bother. Although the power only dropped 8 bhp, the engine lost it's real grunt over-night http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/sad1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
I had an early version 10 years ago, they are very under-rated cars. Great power, brilliant predictable handling and a good set of anchors [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle > . I wish I still had it or one of those Fiat Strada Abarths.
I'm sure if you turn up at a track day in your 309, you'll give a lot of people a surprise through the twisty bits.
I looked at a 309 for track day use before I bought my 16v Astra for the same thing.I'd had a brand new astra back in '89 when the 16v version first came out, and always had fond memories.
I've had as much fun in the Astra , and probably more 'cos I don't have to worry about it breaking or me trashing it !. I tried a J-plate GTI - it wasn't as quick as the Astra, so I bought the Astra.
The real difference (apart from about 140 BHP missing !!) is the front wheel drive - really bad understeer (working-on, and improved with set of Yokohama semi-slicks), but RS Pilot is right ; You'll give lots of people a surprise thro' the corners ! - Trouble is they'll all #### on you in the straights !
Still - its great fun, and with a set of racing pads and silicon fluid, the Astra will outbreak anything else I've driven (including my EVO, cossies, 3000gt, etc.)
Get it out there - maybe we'll see you at Cadwell in (?) April
Thanks for comments guys ,car is a precat im planning on having the engine rebuilt by L.A.D motorsport whom also tune lotus elises .
Will get around 160bhp for a rough outlay of 1000 pounds .Brake and chassis mods /koni adj,new discs pads etc should come to around 700 pounds .
Fuel consumtion on my rs450 has stopped me doing a lot of track days due to distances to travel,and proper maintainance etc so will stick to oulton park .
Hopefully running the pug will enable me to do more trackdays for a reasonable budget .
I have had dealings with LAD motorsport over the last 5 years - have had the engine job you refer to on my 205 GTI, plus the suspension kit. Result - road legal go-kart http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/Happy.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| middle > . Still own the Pug, although the wife is now using it now and I have had the std exhaust refitted (this is the only obvious external clue to the mods) so she doesn't get too many XR's having a go. If you want more details drop me an e-mail: [email protected]
I was at Trax in my 309 GTI last year and yes I am an MLR member my second car being an EVO 6! The 309 makes an excellent spare trackday car as seen at Siverstone. The 309 has a standard engine (soon to be replaced by an MI16V) stripped out inside with a bucket seat and harness. Suspension is Koni with some LAD springs up front all rubber bushes replaced with nylon and a strut brace. Its superb cheap fun and it suprises a few people too being the underdog!