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Mk1 Clio Mid engined VR6 Turbo build



Some of you may have seen this posted on Clio16valver.co.uk. Thought i'd come along and let you guys have a read and a look her.

Unfortunately i lost alot of the early build pics due to a shitty Samsung hard disk failure, I managed to recover some from friend that i had sent stuff to.

So i bought the car August 2007, with the sole intention of hacking her to bits ! The timing belt was broken, so the purchase price was nice and cheap
We towed her back from Northampton one evening and proceeded to strip the parts i either didn't want or need...... Grey leather, Full magnex and rear axle and konis were all up for dibs and by the time i'd finished selling, i'd nearly covered my purchasing costs.


Over the next few months the floor was cut out, and mucho fabrication performed to mount a Corrado VR6 front subframe and front Weitec coilovers , Mk2 Golf 16v wishbones / anti roll bar / and hubs. Again sorry about the lack of pics


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Gradually it began to take shape and after several engine fitting tests, i decided the offside rear chassis rail needed to move to allow clearance for the VR6 Crankshaft pulley. The removed metal was replaced inside the offside rear arch / chassis rail. A firewall was built and provision made for a rear window.



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Eventually the time came to paint the rear engine bay


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Silent_Scone

ClioSport Club Member
  Evo VIII MR FQ340
What a trooper you are! Massive fan of the Corrado VR6, this will be brilliant :)
 
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By now i had a fully painted rolling chassis. Look at the rear track !!



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Ok, so now lets get that motor back in the bay



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By this time, a list of 'other' jobs was starting to build. The project had to go on hold to clear the backlog.


Time passed on, and every day i had to see her sat, cold and miserable on the drive , waiting, waiting and waiting.......until April 2011. Since then, some real progress has been made. this was how she looked around April this year.



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Will post more later
 

-J-

  RS2'ed 172 Cup
Wow!

Subscribed.

Wish I had the knowledge to do something like this (or the one the chap is doing with the V6 lookalike and Scooby engine)
 
  Listerine & Poledo
this is going to be superb.

what are you going to put in the nose to keep some weight over the front?
 

DaveDreads

aka Philomena Cunk aka Barry Shitpeas
ClioSport Club Member
  172, E46 320D
This is going to be awesome, keep at it! :approve:
 

DaveDreads

aka Philomena Cunk aka Barry Shitpeas
ClioSport Club Member
  172, E46 320D
This maybe a silly question as i'm not a mechanic or anything,
but won't the car suffer from understeer due to having no weight over the front?
 
I realised that the Clio had a cable driven speedo, and the VR was electronic so some sort of conversion was needed. I did consider 5 GTT clocks, but opted for some Astra GTE digital clocks as i'd had a set gathering dust for some years ! After stripping both of the clusters down, i modified the astra unit to fit inside the clio one. The end result is a perfect fit, shame about the spare trip counter hole
I actually bought some slightly smoked perspex sheet, 3mm thick ( the thinnest i could find ) to make a new front for the clocks, but it's not flexible enough to deal with the clio clocks contour.

A couple of nights wiring up and the were fully functional, i even tested the speedo with a drill on the sensor !




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After a trip to see Scoff @ Efi-Parts, Runcorn to finish off the mapping and hopefully get some decent results, the outcome was 430 hp and 430 lbs/ft of torque @ 1.3 bar boost pressure. The injectors were pretty much maxed out at that boost, so since then i've changed to some 850cc siemens units. Just on with some suspension tweaks currently and then i can try some more boost !! :p


 
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DaveDreads

aka Philomena Cunk aka Barry Shitpeas
ClioSport Club Member
  172, E46 320D
Did I just see the exhaust blow away the extractor pipe? lol
 
  Hondata'd EP3 Type R
Amazing! Wish I had an inkling of the skill required to do this!

The most difficult part to me seems getting the drive to the rear wheels as opposed to the front lol!
 


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