Toby's Track-Ready Daily 197

tobydavis34

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Hi guys!

New to this forum and owning french cars in general... so, a bit about me before we delve into the car.

I have been racing cars since 2016, and karting before that. I currently race in the VW Racing Cup and I've always wanted to make my own track car that I can use for customers.

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The opportunity came up with Team-HARD, who are my racing team, to swap my trusty 2.0 Diesel mk5 Golf (mostly used for spare parts for my racing car!) for a Clio 197.

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Luckily for me, my brother Ben races in the UK Clio Cup. He has access to a lot of spare bits here and there, so I decided to turn my bog-standard 197 into a track-ready car, with the goal to get her ready for a trip to the 'Ring with some mates in May.

I'll keep you updated with the mods that I do to achieve this! :smile:
 

tobydavis34

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First thing we've done is to add some racing seats and semi-strip the back. I asked the team to do this before I picked the car up if they could find some old racing seats and harnesses lying around! I want to keep this as a daily so I want the dash to pretty much stay as it is, although I've got a few plans / ideas for this moving forwards. Anyway, out with the rear bench, in with the Sabelts.
 

tobydavis34

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Having now collected the car, the next job has been a simple de-badge. I prefer a clean look, but I have kept the badges (and templated them) both for future resale and also in case I fancy adding the RS badge back again.

Bit of cheesewire, and a fudge wheel on the end of a drill (to get rid of the adhesive) works perfectly for badge removal, by the way chaps.
 
Just be aware, unless the Germans have relented, you won't be allowed on a TF day with those winged seats as they are not TUV and not approved for road driving. If it is a closed Trackday event you will be fine.
 
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tobydavis34

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Just be aware, unless the Germans have relented, you won't be allowed on a TF day with those winged seats as they are not TUV and not approved for road driving. If it is a closed Trackday event you will be fine.
Oh really? Thank you.

I’ll speak to them. I’ve got a friendly MOT garage who has said they would pass it to be fair.
 
Oh really? Thank you.

I’ll speak to them. I’ve got a friendly MOT garage who has said they would pass it to be fair.
It is not about a UK MOT it is about what the German authorities will allow on their roads. You will be highly likely to be turned away at the barrier. I am sure a quick Google will bring up all sorts of stories. Unless you can show a TUV approval on the seat, it will be a long trip. It will mean you can spend the entry you save on beer though.
 

RSRowe

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Nicks bang on 'unfortunately'

They're particularly stringent on things like cage padding (or rather, the lack of), detachable steering wheels, tow eyes, bonnet clips.

Get yourself booked on a trackday over there. They're mint for the money, plus there's no third party liability
 

tobydavis34

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Few bits of wrapping done here guys. First off, the windscreen.
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Then I saw some gloss black eBay badges that I felt were over priced. Time to get the heat gun out again!

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Finally, I am not a huge fan of the smiley grille area, so time to add some wrap to the front - make it look a bit meaner? I like it!

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Finally, rear badge.

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Must be at least a second a lap right there.
 

Beany

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Very controversial front bumper! Surprised you didn’t stump up for a 200 as that has the “nicer” looking front end*

Seems to be coming along nicely.. be interesting to see what else you have planned for it.

*Contenious view I know :smile: lol
 

tobydavis34

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Very controversial front bumper! Surprised you didn’t stump up for a 200 as that has the “nicer” looking front end*

Seems to be coming along nicely.. be interesting to see what else you have planned for it.

*Contenious view I know :smile: lol
I did a swap for this car with my racing team, who have repurposed my mk5 Golf into racing bits I think!!!

So whilst a 200 would have been nice, I quite like the look of the modified bumper on this 197!

Next to show you guys - splitter!!!
 
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tobydavis34

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I decided my grey handles and RS badge on the side would look better in black, so I’ve wrapped them gloss black! Also added cheesy insta @ decals. Not sure if they’ll stay...

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tobydavis34

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Right then! Splitter time.

Ordered one from cmcomposites.co.uk, as although the standard one is nice, I wanted to do something slightly different.

This splitter comes with all you need to fit and it cost £130, not too bad.

Started off by taking the front bumper off - there’s loads of guides for how to do this, so I didn’t bother taking photos. Strongly recommend pulling the arch lining loose though to access the 10mm wing to bumper nut. They were a bit rusty so I replaced them whilst doing it.

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Bumper off, I drew an outline of the bumper onto the splitter and tested how far forward I wanted it.

Then I drilled the centre hole and screwed on the splitter, measuring it to ensure it was central and STRAIGHT!

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The rubber trim was being a bit of a dick so I put a dab of silicone in to hold it on semi-permanently. The kit comes with spacers that are optional, so you can choose to keep the rubber or remove.

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Drilling a few extra holes and fitted the rest of the nuts and bolts. (Feat my missus legs)

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Before I reattached the whole bumper I clipped it on to make sure I was happy and also installed some stays - again, two drill holes each and the adjustable stay made the process really easy.

I went with angled stays within my black wrapped area but it would have worked with these anywhere to be fair.

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Very happy with the final result! I shortened the spacers slightly so that the rubber trim was slightly warped. Now it looks kinda like it was supposed to be there! I really think this looks cool. Just need to get her lowered now, it’s a bit high off the floor. 30mm lowering springs ordered accordingly!!!

What do you think?
 
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Big Ben

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Didn’t think I’d like it but I do!

Nice effort doing it yourself. Possibly would’ve preferred straighter stays myself but that’s here nor there.

Looking forward to more updates
 
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