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April 2015 Ride of the Month

Written by Nicole James

Photos by Hans Marquez 

[dropcap style=”style1″]”M[/dropcap]y dad was a mechanic growing up, so I grew up around cars,” said Chris Senkow, the owner of a beautiful 2002 Volkswagen GTI which has raced its way into our April 2015 Ride of the Month spot.

A Volkswagen guy at heart, Chris’ first car was a 1968 VW Beetle. From there, he progressed to a 2003 VW Jetta 1.8T. However he remembers the first car to break his neck wasn’t of German decent, but rather a 1969 Chevelle SS, “I loved that car when I was a kid.” In his later years he even spent time working on a 1989 Chevy Camaro IROC Z.

For Chris Senkow the best part of his 2002 Volkswagen GTI is the Turbo because he loves hearing it spool. “I wanted the hatchback” Chris said when asked why this model appealed to him so much. The original goal of the build was for the car to be a high power show car, but two years later with a brief intermission of the build when his Son was born, Chris is getting the car set up for track use and plans to add a roll cage, race seats, harnesses, battery relocate, and add lightweight wheels and slicks. In between race events, Chris likes to find himself next to V8’s on the freeway.

The GTI has been mostly garage built with some help from different shops around the valley. The most frustrating part of the build for Chris was the catch can set up, “It was difficult figuring out how I wanted to route the hoses and fittings.”


The Exterior of the car sports shaved front and rear bumpers with a 20th anniversary valance, and MK5 style hella headlights give the car an aggressive look.


The interior of this car is a stunning combination of black suede and leather with gray sticking found in the doors, shift knob and boot as well as the custom Konig K5000 seats.


Under the hood leaves us near speechless as we couldn’t take our eyes away from the AGP Zeta 3.0 Turbo.


See below for a complete list of Exterior, interior, and engine modifications.


Shaved OEM front bumper with 20th anniversary valance
Shaved OEM rear bumper
Shaved door rub strips
Gloss black roof
MK5 style hella headlights
BBS CH wheels 18×8.5
Euro Image rear wiper delete
Shaved antenna on roof
Drilled and slotted rotors

Custom black suede headliner and pillars
Custom black leather door cards with grey stitching
.:R-Line shift knob with black boot and grey stitching
Custom black leather with grey stitching Konig K5000 seats
Pioneer DVD receiver with 7″ monitor

Stock forged 1.8 crank
Integrated Engineering (IE) forged rods
JE pistons
Calico coated bearings
ARP studded mains
ARP head bolts
Custom intake manifold
80mm Hemi throttle body
Custom top mount tubular exhaust manifold
AGP Zeta 3.0 turbo with stage 3 billet wheel
External Tial 38mm wastegate
Custom 3″ downpipe with dump pipe recirculated to down pipe
APR muffler with custom turn downs
2.5″ Top flow intercooler
034 Motorsport high density motor and transmission mounts
Raxle Axles
Unitronics custom wideband tune
870cc fuel injectors
IE billet fuel rail
IE billet fuel pressure regulator housing
DeatschWerks high flow fuel pump
Red top coil packs with NGK copper core spark plugs
42 Draft Design Stealth catch can
HPA short throw shifter
Wavetrac 02J differential
Clutchmaster FX300 stage 3 clutch

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