CARBON COLLECTIVE / #VW-Typ-5G
What you’re looking at here was one of the most talked about cars at this year’s Wörthersee that wasn’t an Audi R8. But you’ll have to get pretty close to really see why… Words Matt Zollo. Pictures Igor Vucinic.
Smoke and mirrors. It’s a beginning-of season tactic that Andy Pfeffer has put into practice to great effect on many occasions over the years, all to maximise the impact of his latest creation when he finally wheels it into the breach of an expectant scene on the ever-earlier first day of that show by the lake.
Most of you will be able to recall ‘his’ Riviera blue Mk6s, both affectionately known as Dixie (actually, one was owned by his brother-in-law and the other was his mate Hakan Koc’s). The first was a tin top GTI with full R imitation and 20-inch Ultraleggeras, which came on to the scene in #2012
, and the next was the – shrouded in secrecy until the day before it was revealed at Wörthersee 2013 – almost identical 1.2 FSI cab version.
The various reveals of this Mk7 have seen the smoke and mirrors tactics used on an even more comprehensive, and consequently successful, level. After showing the car with a Martini-style wrap, Gepfeffert’s own KWs and 20-inch OZ rims at Wörthersee Reloaded in 2013, Andy told everyone that he had sold the car and replaced it with a Mk7 R. He hadn’t, of course, instead turning up with the GTI sporting such an authentic R replication (along with some 20-inch Ferrari rims) that he had absolutely everyone fooled. No mean feat considering the expertise of the collective that was duped.
Later in #2014
the car was pictured on Facebook sat on a trailer, apparently going off to a new owner. But, as you might have guessed, this was nothing but a ruse. Instead, Andy had shipped the car off to his friend Arpi (of RS Tuning fame) in Hungary...
It takes a lot to surprise a close knit group of car enthusiasts, particularly in this liking, sharing, commenting and following day and age of social media, so to be able to genuinely do so come that first public outing of the year is quite the valuable tool to have in a car owner’s arsenal – particularly when the car being exhibited is tasked with advertising the owner’s business, as Andy’s is. For demo cars it’s all about making a scene on the scene, and maximising the attention they get is of paramount importance – and not just for the good of a business but, let’s be honest here, also the owner’s ego.
Well, Andy’s ego must still be bulging large even as you read this because, as you’ll already know if you went to ‘The Lake’ this year, his car was pretty much the talking point of the event. That is undoubtedly because of the carbon fibre which adorns it. And when we say adorns, what we really mean is envelopes, like a (nice) parasite that has (pleasantly) infected its host to such an extent that it has taken over its body and now calls the place its home.
Arpi and Zsolt, of www.rs-tuning.hu and www.rs-carbon.hu, had covered a Mk3 VR6 in carbon years ago, so they had some previous experience with this kind of undertaking. Even so, it wasn’t ever going to be the work of a moment, the car eventually staying with them for six months. Literally every external component that didn’t have to flex or be seen through has been covered (except for those red mirror caps and grille slat details), even down to the internals of the headlights.
“We’ve made a huge amount of carbon parts for different cars, a lot of carbon fronts (hood, bumper, fender), but this is only our second full carbon car,” Zsolt tells us. “Carbon covering requires a lot of patience and very detailed work. A full carbon car needs approximately two months of solid work.
“The most difficult and the least enjoyable part is to really pay attention during the covering to the carbon direction, to make the chassis and edges with the least cutting or, when it’s possible, without any cutting. Detail is very important on these cars, so it must be perfect down to the last centimetres as well. It needs a lot of time!” All of you who saw the car for yourselves at the show will know that the result of Arpi and Zsolt’s patience and attention to detail is nothing short of stunning.
All other bodywork mods – the Mücke front wings that provide an additional 25mm of clearance (the rears remain standard, just copious amounts of camber achieving the required clearance), the cleaned bootlid and bonnet and the removal of the VW emblems – had been carried out for the previous iteration of the car, so there was little else to do to the outside. Save for the rims, of course...
They are one-offs, made by Wheelworkx and based on OEM Q7 BBS Speedlines. A substantial change in construction has seen them transformed from two-piece to three-piece, with half-inch negative outer lips and custom dishes narrowing the 10x20 ET44 wheels to an 8.5x20 ET70 fitment. With the centres painted BBS gold crackle finish and the lips polished for the timehonoured, classic motorsport look, details like the BBS logos sandblasted into the outer rims finish them off.
The inside has seen its fair share of carbon laminated into its surface area too, though these add up to mere details rather than the main event; dash inlays, the seat backs of the Recaro buckets and the Wiechers roll-cage are all covered in the glossy grey weave, just as they were in the car’s previous guise.
As with all of Andy’s cars, the brakes are what is known – technically speaking – as ‘whopping’. Previous setups have been: 400mm A8 W12 discs with C63 six-pots on the Dixie GTI; 390mm RS6 discs, again with AMG six-pots, on the Dixie cab; those 390mm RS6 discs again, this time clamped by 997 GT3 calipers on the Martini Mk7. The latter combination has been retained for this iteration of the car as well, with the same rear setup consisting of 356mm Audi RS6 discs and Porsche Panamera fourpots. Of course, all editions of Pfeffer Golf have featured his company’s own modified KWs, along with a hydraulic lift system, and this version is no different.
It may not be an actual R, but it has the performance to match the R facade thanks to a remap by HGR, an HJS downpipe and a F-Town Streetmachines system with Golf R-style quad pipe outlet. All of which Andy says is good for 309bhp. The DSG has also been remapped by HGR for faster shifts.
The really observant amongst you might have noticed something specific about this car by now. That is, if Andy so wished, he could return it to stock without much effort at all – it would just be a case of swapping over the relatively uncomplicated aftermarket parts for their stock counterparts. He has always followed this ethos with his cars, evidenced in practices such as using adjustable camber plates rather than pulling arches out.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this car, however, and indeed all the best cars that appear at the start of a new show season, is where the owner can go next. It’s certainly going to take something pretty damn special to trump this Mk7. It goes without saying we really can’t wait to see what that something is, and what it is that Andy has done to it. Just as it goes without saying, of course, that we didn’t even bother asking him for clues to either…
Andy was a carpenter before he got involved in cars professionally. Modifying them in his spare time, it soon became apparent that he could make a living from it, and thus he started in a small workshop at his parents’ place. In just a few years the company had grown big enough for him to relocate into a bigger, better-equipped workshop, and now Gepfeffert is a well known brand not only in Germany but also in Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, the UK and many more countries besides.
Dub Details / #Volkswagen-Golf-2.0TSI-VII
ENGINE: 2.0 TSI , Golf 7 R engine cover, remapped by #HGR
downpipe, exhaust by #F-Town
Streetmachines with Golf R-style quad tail pipes, #DSG
remapped by HGR for faster gear change
CHASSIS: Gepfeffert.com #KW
coilovers with adjustable camber mounts and #HLS
for 3cm lift, 390mm Audi RS6 discs with six-pot 997 GT3 calipers up front and 356mm Audi RS6 discs with four-pot Porsche Panamera calipers at the rear, adapters and custom handbrake by #Vandit-Performance
, steel brake lines, custom Audi Q7 BBS Speedline rims modified from two-piece 10x20 ET44 to 8.5x20 ET70 three-piece fitment, centres painted in BBS gold crackle finish, BBS logo sandblasted in outer lip, 18mm front and 15mm rear 5x115 to 5x130 adapters, Nankang 215/30/20 tyres
front wings, VW badges removed, bonnet smoothed, custom grille, Golf 7 R body kit with front and rear bumpers and side skirts, smoothened bootlid, complete car coated in carbon fibre done by www.rs-carbon.hu
INTERIOR: Carbon fibre dash inlays, carbonbacked Recaros custom trimmed with R logos, Wiechers carbon-covered roll-cage, rear seat bench removed, BBS spare wheel, original Discover Pro Navigation with Dynaudio audio system and DVD
SHOUT: Simon Stracker, Jacko, Andy (Sehrgeijfährlich), Steve Danzer, Bernd Seiler at Vandit Performance, Stephan at F-Town, Autolackiererei Sitter Andreas, Arpi at rs-carbon.hu, AVP-Gruppe Roman Müller, my wife Tanja and daughter Amelie Pfeffer
Carbon-coated bodywork took two solid months of hard graft by the guys at RS Tuning in Hungary and is a work of art. It’s hard to believe this car is running static suspension, although the #KW
HLS hydraulic lift kit up front enables Andy to take it on all roads, even those with speed bumps. A crazy car that is totally usable. This is the future…
Interior is pretty low-key on first impression but look closer and you’ll see a whole host of carbon goodies!
One-off wheels are based on 20” Q7 #BBS
/ Speedlines narrowed to 8.5” and converted from two- to three-piece.