VAG 2.0 Kit
Z Cars Classics Re-Imagined
The appeal of these new turbo engines and embracing the forced induction era – as F1 have done – enables you to get comfortable with a powerful shorter wheelbase setup and be able to pursue higher outputs throughout your ownership.
Furthermore with a decent ECU, switchable maps and tapping into traction and launch control are practical options allowing the driver to extract more from the package being able to approach the maximum.
Tune and Configure
The 2.0 VAG unit is an exciting new addition to the product range on account of its tunability and interchangeable parts throughout the group. Again referring to the timeline of the VW Golf in GTI form, the Mk 5 GTI with 197 BHP and torque of 281 Nm, 207 ft-lb evolved into the Mk 7 Clubsport S with 306 BHP and torque of 380 Nm, 280 ft-lb.
With these engines in a Mini, BHP per ton ranges from 250 – 390 BHP before you even delve into the tuning market be it a turbo K03 for a K04 swaps or a stage 1 – 5 map. Earlier Mk 5 and 6 engines do require uprated internals if going over stage 3 with the intention of extracting circa 500 BHP. For Mk7 however circa 500 BHP is possible without having to rebuild the engine. BHP per ton would be in excess of 600 BHP at these levels.
With the standard gearing, you can expect a top speed of circa 130 mph, on account of the drop to 13” wheels. As you might expect this also has the effect of shortening the gearing improving acceleration still further over the donor car amplified by the a circa weight saving in excess of 500 kilos over the donor car depending on the generation of the donor engine selected.
Given the aforementioned interchangeability of VAG parts across the group, sourcing a diesel gearbox for lower power outputs allows for lower engine speeds for cruising and a higher top speed, although acceleration will be marginally affected if taller ratios/final drive are preferred.
Modular Engine Cradle
We have moved away from the HSS or ERW seamed tube where we now manufacture our frames from the stronger seamless CDS tubular steel, ROPT510. The rollcage kit has a universal section namely; the roll hoop and mounting loop for cradle, the rollcage and door bars. Furthermore there is an option to have tie-in bars joining the side hoops to the top of our optional front subframe. This element is common to all our Mini kits. The rear section is now modular in the form of a self-contained engine-specific cradle for each kit which allows the all the critical elements in the rear of the car to be removed in one-go, such as; the engine, gearbox, rear; suspension and brakes.
There are a number of distinct advantages of having a removable cradle, which are covered under the ‘modular engine cradle’ overview.
The cradle for the 2.0 EcoBoost comes with engine mounts and a sway bar as additional brackets for mounting the ECU, and room for expansion if you were considering future upgrades such as a heat exchanger for a charge-cooling system, a rear mounted intercooler as mounting possibilities for a dry sump or an oil cooler. The cradle can also have provision for the engine loom within the cradle so the engine loom can be disconnected easily and remain attached to the cradle as it is removed or fitted. The rear section of the roll hoop and frame can also have bracketry for a bulkhead to be fitted and to run a wiring loom.
Technical DataSheetVAG 2.0 Kit
- Seamless tubular steel construction using ROPT (Rollover Protection Tube).
- Kit weight. Circa 100 kilos
- Donor engine figures:
- BHP 197 - 306 BHP
- Torque from 281 Nm, 207 ft-lb to 380 Nm, 280 ft-lb
- Stage 3 (various options are available)
- BHP 300 - 510 BHP
- Torque from 416 Nm, 307 ft-lb to 549 Nm, 405 ft-lb
- Mini Kerb weight (basic specification). Circa 780 - 800 kilos.
- Power to weight: 250 – 625 per ton.
Complementing the kit are as follows
The 2.0 VAG group is a new option for the modular engine craned and is available throughout the 4 VAG marques in a variety of models in TSI and TFSI guise. Ideally the non-quattro, FWD variants should be sourced to avoid complications and cost swapping out the gearbox and transfer box to switch a Quattro setup to a 2WD setup. Using the VW Golf as a timeline, the era of engines corresponding to the Mk5 – Mk 7.5 which are also present in; the Skoda Octavia, Seat Cupra and the Audi A3 amongst other models in those brands. For example one of our demo cars is using an engine from a VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI turbo from a 2009 model.
Engine outputs range from 197 BHP up to 306 BHP.
We are currently exploring being able to virginise the ECU to negate having to run a standalone aftermarket ECU.