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Trackday Testing at Castle Combe with Volksworld

July 11th, 2011

Had a fun days testing at Castle Combe Circuit with the Volksworld crew - but it wasn’t all without incident !

Volksworld Race Car in the foreground - Monster in the background

Simon’s Car failed the noise testing, and then with the friendly support of Merlin Motorsports (Who supplied several back boxes, mufflers and noise restrictors for us to test), and the Whiltshire Motorsport College (also based on the Castle Combe Circuit) who lent us its state of the art workshop space, well equipped fabrication shop and oodles of enthusiasm and support to concoct a mutant beast of an exhaust to slip through the circuit noise restrictions. It ended up so quiet you could hear the spectators laughs as they pointed in disbelief! (It stuck out the back so much that we inadvertently collected multiple orange traffic cones between the muffler and the rear wing whilst re-entering the scrutaneers bay!)

Argh look at that exhaust!

The Volksworld Car was having a few teething troubles, an after the mornings testing sessions, it was decided to head back to the workshop to fettle with the bug, ready for the next testing day.

Several people ended up having a drive in the No.48 Car ‘Monster’.. Simon (Owner of the Bug), Trigger (Thingamies), Nigel Howe (VW Heritage) and last honours went to the publisher of VolksWorld Magazine Richard Marcroft (With the rest of the Volksworld crew looking on from the pitwall saying “Oh no… what have you done!” )

Ultimately all was well, everyone had a blast and we brought the car home in one piece, having the opportunity of a back-to-back comparison between the VolksWorld race car and ‘Monster’.

Both cars are the same year / model. The Volksworld Car was recently fitted with a custom weld-in RNJ Motorsports cage, and had stiffened the car up significantly, the pay of was improved handling and driver feedback.. However ‘Monster’ has an  IRS conversion with a Bears Motorsport Built ‘box complete with a Quaife Mechanical Limited Slip Diff, and back to back track sessions gave direct insight into the handling differences between the Swing-Axle and IRS configurations

Also up for debate was Monster’s Tarrox 6-Pot Billet calipers on Vented Disc’s, compared to Volksworld standard disc set-up  (Albeit with racing pads and stainless braided hoses) - unquestionably the Tarrox setup gave better performance on the anchors, but could be improved more in terms of balance with the rear brakes - so that is next on the list of developments!

Also fitted was a Bug-Tech shifter, again this needed dialing in to get a true representation on its performance, so we will undertake more specific reviews of this superbly engineered billet aluminum shifter, with it’s direct competitors at the next round of testing.

Anyhow t’was a great day out, and we saw the laptimes drop consistently from the 1:30’s, with Trigger getting into the 1:20’s on his final trip out onto the circuit.. much to the dismay of some of the Scoobys etc..  that were on the trackday.

Lifting the nearside front wheel under hard cornering. The benefits of the IRS rear end can be seen!


Photo Credit:  M J Edwards who was spectating on the day

More air under the drivers side front wheel over the rumble strips, the bug was handling fantastically, and the day was a great opportunity to tryout different tyre pressures and configurations to dial in the bug.


Photo Credit:  M J Edwards who was spectating on the day


Above is the Bug-Tech shifter being prepped for some real-world testing on the circuit - more on that later!


Just check out the Aluminium door card that prowagen.com had produced for the race car - the quality of the workmanship and detail are truly stunning - you have to see them in the flesh to fully appreciate the intricate detail (the checkered flag motif follows through to the rear quarter covers aswell!)

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videos are from  M J Edwards who was spectating on the day



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