VW Golf 1 - the worlds most recognized car. Either you own one or know someone who does. The reason I chose this golf to be my very first feature on durbandrags.com is because it looks good, has a banging audio system and has performance upgrades as well.
Akhil Haluman was presented with a stock standard Golf 1 on his 17th birthday. It wasn’t long after that the bug had bitten and the modding began. The exterior has been tweaked with a number of aftermarket goodies the most noticeable being the 17” LENSO BSX rims fitted by the awesome guys at G-Force Tyres. To make the car stand out even more it was brought closer to the ground with a custom 60/40 drop. With the ride height sorted, Akhil decided on having the Vw logo blacked out and also added a set of angel eye headlights coupled with an H.I.D kit, so no more dark nights lay ahead of him. The front end received a color-coded eyelid and the striping on the grill and bumper has been dipped in orange. The bumper sees the addition of the Golf 2 lip as well as smoke indicators.
Onto the interior - orange in all the right place. The seats, door cards & subwoofer enclosure was covered in orange and black leather and orange vinyl was added to the accents on the dash. The car has an array of L.E.D lights all around the interior as well as orange under dash lighting .The driver’s side air vent has been customized by Akhil himself and now houses a digital voltmeter that keeps an eye on the voltage when the bass drops. The audio setup consists of a Jenson in-dash DVD player that sends signal to a Targa 4 channel amp and a Audiogod monoblock. The 4 channel amp powers a pair of Pioneer 6” coaxial speakers while the monstrous monoblock powers the 2x12” Targa Street Series subwoofers which are housed in a custom built fiberglass enclosure that consumes the entire boot. Everything is linked together with 4gauge wiring and the outcome is a really impressive street system.
Finally we come to the engine bay. The engine bay is spotless and that’s hard to come by when a car is daily driven. The engine cover has been chromed and various parts have been sprayed black and orange. That’s not all - the entire engine bay has been given a lick of clear coat and when I say entire engine bay I mean it all , from the rubbers to the hoses to the battery , it all has a coat or two of clear on them. Akhil is a hands on guy so he fabricated a battery cover and wrapped it with orange carbon fiber vinyl while the underside of the bonnet received a splash of orange plastidip. Performance wise the cars 1400 lump has been fiddled with. It now sports a cold air intake with a STK 272 cam, branch and Wildcat exhaust system.
Akhil’s ride has won various trophies over the years in both show and shines and sound off competitions and with regards to future plans we just have to wait and see…