1959 VW Euro Fully Built Turbo Air Cooled Beetle, Controlled by an Electromotive Tec 3 ECU Tuned by FLI

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This very special, beautiful 1959 VW Euro Beetle was built by a customer who is a perfectionist, which is displayed in his amazing show car.  Not only has this bug been in VW Trends magazine, but he attends all types of car shows around the country.  Attends, meaning he drives his car to the actual show, no trailer required or desired.  At first glance, this show car seems too pretty to drive hard.  I was actually nervous strapping her down on the dyno.  However, this car is FAST on the street, as the owner showed me first-hand, this bug gets driven hard.  Sure you have a little bit more maintenance, but you get heads turned on the street.

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Power Results

Sae is off, t is 72, h is 41, 10 psi maxBLOG

Custom 59 VW Euro Bug built by customer, powered by Electromotive Tec3 Stand Alone ECU tuned by FLI Dyno Graph:

Baseline – Fully Built 2.1 liter VW air cooled engine, tuned by FLI – Sae is off, temperature in room was 72 degrees with 41% humidity with 10 psi max (Dyno boost gauge – 30 ft. of plumbing).

Test – Fully Built 2.1 liter VW air cooled engine, tuned by FLI – Sae is off, temperature in room was 72 degrees with 41% humidity with 10 psi max (Dyno boost gauge – 30 ft. of plumbing).

Here is the complete Spec Sheet of this unique Bug:

Engine:

  • VW case, 2110cc w/ 8.5:1 CR, blueprint & balance by R&R Machine
  • CB Performance forged counterweighted crank(82mm)
  • Jet titanium rods, 5.5” chevy journal
  • Cima/Mahle P&C’s w/ Total Seal 2nd rings(90.5mm)
  • Engle TCS10 cam w/ straight cut gears
  • CB 044 heads(40×35.5) w/ dual springs & titanium retainers
  • Scat 1.25 pro comp rocker arms w/ Manton tapered pushrods
  • 10mm Raceware studs
  • modified Garrett VNT25 variable vane turbo w/ water jacket cooling
  • Tial 38mm wastegate w/ dash adjustable Hallman manual boost controller
  • Electromotive TEC3 full sequential engine management w/ 60lb. injectors
  • blow through EFI turbo w/14psi boost & AIS water/meth injection
  • custom exhaust and intake w/ CB 48mm throttle bodies & manifolds
  • Bergman 911 fan kit

Tranny:

  • type 1 gusseted swing axle w/Berg 5 speed & Quaife LSD by Harold Carter
  • 3.88 R&P, 3.78 1st, 2.21 2nd, 1.58 3rd, 1.21 4th, 0.89 5th
  • Sway-a-Way long spline long axles (‘68 only)
  • larger type 3 rear drums
  • custom hydraulic clutch
  • 12lb. flywheel w/ Kennedy Stage 2 pressure plate & Kush Loc disc

Suspension:

  • modified 4” narrowed, adjustable front beam by Airkewld
  • CB 2.5” dropped spindles w/ CSP wide 5 disc brakes & Hurst Line Loc
  • Sway-a-Way 26mm rear torsion bars
  • custom 0.75” rear sway bar by Addco
  • CSP torque bar & Berg traction bar
  • custom one-off aluminum wheels(15×5 front, 15×6 rear)

Body & Interior:

  • VW mouse grey PPG single stage urethane and clear coat
  • original style interior w/ German square weave carpet & Haartz stayfast canvas ragtop by West Coast Classic Restoration
  • 1.25” widened fiberglass rear fenders by Creative Car Craft
  • Dynamat throughout
  • custom wiring w/ blinking semaphores & front/emergency blinkers

Check out some of the amazing work performed by the customer and his network:

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