We love the Mk2 Volkswagen Golf as much as anyone, but the vehicle has never exactly proffered up baskets of horsepower or straight-line speed. One owner has set out to change all that by building a 1.8-liter LZ diesel block to suck down E85 gasoline. Boba Motoring has thrown in a billet steel crank shaft, Pauter connecting rods, forged pistons and a 16-valve cylinder head. A Garrett GTX420R turbo shoves a stack of boost down the engine's throat and the finished product is said to be good for around 900 horsepower. The muscle gets dropped to the pavement via a six-speed manual transmission and a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

The monster Golf can hit 62 mph in a scant 2.7 seconds – quicker than the Bugatti Veyron – and the quarter mile dashes by in just 9.34 seconds. Those numbers sound impressive, but they fall short of actually watching the German econobox launch hard off the line. Hit the jump to check out a couple of videos of this Mk2 laying waste to the strip.





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      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ultimate sleeper... god good it looks like a POS on the outside lol
        Alex Butti
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        You're right. It doesn't look that great...lol but I love it !
      LilCe003
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite Impressive!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      SPcamert
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be curious to know just how much this cost to build. It almost doesn't matter though because that is right up there with the 728 HP Camry. Also, was it just me or did it look like that thing was pulling the front wheels off the ground on the last few runs?
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what it could put down if it had some wider tires... Pretty crazy though, I wonder how beefed up that 4Motion drivetrain is.
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Leave it to a hip-hop/rapper to ruin an exceptional classic song.
        Agent55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @anonymous guy
        followed by a horrendous excuse for metal in the second vid...
      Tolitz Rosel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh... you'll only smell good in the drag strip... on the highway, it's just another Golf following the speed limit... it's not just about horsepower... I'll take a stylish 200 horsepower car over this any day of the week and twice on sundays...
        lostincake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tolitz Rosel
        You don't have to have expensive badges on your car to be stylish. [ on a sidenote: round headlights ftw - wish VW would bring these back on a retro version or something ]
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tolitz Rosel
        [blocked]
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tolitz Rosel
        AutoBlog Green is right over there ->
          Tolitz Rosel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Whoa, easy there partner, where did I mention fuel economy or being green anywhere? You think anyone who says they don't like a crappy car that spent thousands of dollars to get 900 horsepower so they can race in a drag strip during weekends is green? Grow up.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Hey I'm a greenie fan but I still appreciate this! Don't hate on us... j/k. I wish I could push my mr2 spyder to 300whp without having to change all the internals. On the freeway I relax in the Prius. 50+ mpg and quiet comfy ride. Plus as an outside sales person I look responsible and honest. When I want to tear it up, take out the spyder on the autocross. Last winter project was the lsd and upgrade clutch/flywheel. This winter will be the turbo, short throw shifter, upgraded pads and possibly moroso oil pan/koyo radiator.
      Sid Hatfield
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, all this time, money , talent and fancy parts and you still have an ugly little economy car which now happens to be really quick. I'm reminded of a local guy who spent a bunch of money and time building a 9 second Gremlin. Sure it was suprisingly fast but, at the end of the day....It's a f*cking GREMLIN! He tried to sell it a few years later and and came nowhere near getting his money back out of the thing.
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sid Hatfield
        You're just pissed because it would suck the headlights out of your 3-Series ...
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sid Hatfield
        definitely don't mod a car to ever get your money back. Hell even motorcycles - EVERYONE puts an aftermarket exhaust on it.. but NO ONE is willing to pay extra for a bike with an exhaust already on it. This is a sick sick car. SID - If this guy owns a vw tuning shop (like AWE Tuning etc) think of all the business he will get from this! Hennessey (crook or not) makes a living off of tuning cars into rhelms they shouldn't be. People go there to get their cars done. So him putting 800hp into a station wagon is a waste BUT when someone has a CTSV or a ZR1 Corvette and want to dump money to make it faster - where will they go? VW has much more options / aftermarket and customers to throw money towards. Now a gremlin is just silly to dump money into. So this guy and the gremlin guy are 2 different markets.
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sid Hatfield
        Sorry you don't get it. People don't do it for financial gain. They do it for fun. They do it because they passion for things unique.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      It should be illegal to put music into a video that features the engine note of a car.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      But, he's still driving a $hitty Golf.
        CLASSIFIED
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny Trailerpark
        A "$hitty" Golf that would absolutely demolish any car you could ever possibly hope to own in your lifetime.
          Tolitz Rosel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @CLASSIFIED
          only in the drag strip... I won't lose sleep over this one beating me in a place that I don't go to ;)
      gary
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like the performance, love that it still looks like a lowly Golf GL you'd pick up on craigslist for $500.
      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously impressive. All it needs are a dual clutch, paddle shifters and someone behind the wheel who can get a good start off the line and it'd be running in the mid-8's, I'd wager.
        donnieorama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        You think that driver can't get a good start off the line? He was toying with the competition.
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        No, it doesn't need those.
          oRenj9
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MyerShift
          @Cruz An SMG is completely worthless on a drag racing car as has none of the benefits of a torque converter - not to mention one that wouldn't break under that much power would cost a ton. If you are going to go with an automatic for drag racing, do what the pros do and pick up a high-stall TC. They are cheap, plentiful and reliable. An SMG is none of those.
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