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The MaxR concept began months ago with an idea from our friends at BFGoodrich tires in Greenville, South Carolina. The plan was simple: build the ultimate daily driven Golf R and document every step of the way. Volkswagen gave us excellent platform right from the factory floor, but there's always room for improvement. Every build thread on the planet tries to fill the void missed from the factory. Some focus on looks, some focus on handling and some focus on power, but ours will focus on all. Part of the driving experience includes a passionate connection between your vehicle and the road, and that's where APR and BFGoodrich tires step in. The entire driving experience will be enhanced, and we'll show you how to take your Golf R to the next level.
You may be wondering how BFGoodrich Tires fits into this build. Tires are one of the most crucial upgrades anyone can make, yet are often the least discussed. With so many tires to choose from, it's difficult determining what tires work best for you. Months back APR tested the BFGoodrich Tires G-Force Sport Comp-2 tire on employee and fleet vehicles before green lighting the MaxR project. The results were quite amazing as the tires gave superior acceleration, cornering and braking ability over other high performance tires and completely transformed vehicles running on bargain brand tires.
MaxR will be outfitted with an APR Stage 4 engine build capable of over 500 horsepower. APR Motorsport's and Volkswagen Racing UK's vast catalog of race-proven parts will increase chassis rigidity, sharpen handling and maximize braking power while still maintaining daily drivability. ADV.1 light- weight wheels will shave weight off each corner and make room for a wide set of BFGoodrich Tires G-Force Sport Comp-2 tires. Volkswagen's and Audi's catalog of European and S/RS model parts will be used to lighten and strengthen many OEM components and increase MaxR's visual appeal. We are not leaving anything out on this build so stay tuned for many more updates along the way.
To show how far MaxR has progressed, testing will take place at Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds. The fully built MaxR will go head-to-head against a completely stock Golf R on a set of stock tires and BFGoodrich Tires G-Force Sport Comp-2 tires. Then to show the importance of tires to the entire build, MaxR's BFGoodrich Tires will be removed and the same tests will be performed on the stock tires. This data will be far more valuable than any single dyno graph or straight-line acceleration test and should make for some exciting photos and videos! It's time to show the world what the Volkswagen Golf R can really do!
Any build is not complete without stock photos. We took delivery of our Golf R on a rather foggy morning and after only a few miles, were ready to pull the motor and get to work! Here's how it looked on day one.
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