Here We R [Again]

Photos/Video by Melissa Curtis

Over the winter, we picked up a 2015 Golf R. It didn’t take long before a wheel choice was made,  a trunk setup was drawn up, and parts were ordered. You see, this isn’t the first R in the Curtis family. The generations of different Rs and R32s have a special place in our heart here at Wheel Lab. Our original was the infamous Tornado Red MKIV that was spray bombed “Urban Camo” by our good friend Benji. It was set up for the track finely tuned with every possible suspension modification that you could think of under the sun.

This time, we took a bit of a different approach.

Melissa took it to photoshop to decide on the car’s first set of wheels.It didn’t take long for us to speak with our friends at Air Lift and Rotiform about what we wanted to do.

Alas, we decided to put in the order for a square set of 19×9 et42 Rotiform WRWs and then the waiting began.

As the anticipated ship date of the wheels approached, the snow began to melt. Our good friend Dan Pendleton (@danjpendleton) listened to our idea and got to work like a mad scientist in his laboratory, ahem, garage. Dan is an absolute genius and is extremely meticulous about what he does. With the help of our friend Al (@kap0ne), the car was put together – trunk setup and all – just in time for Dustoff.

We absolutely cannot thank Dan and Al enough for all of the hard work that they put into making our vision a reality. Cheers to the start of a wonderful new project!

2015 Black Magic Pearl Golf R
Modifications to Date

  • 19×9.5 et42 Rotiform WRW
    Gold hardware, polished lips, brushed clear faces, and red/gold center caps
  • Air Lift 3H Management
  • 3/8″ Air Lines
  • Brushed aluminum hardlines
  • Dual Viar 444C Compressors
  • Polished 4 Gallon Skinny Tank
  • Air Lift Performance Series Front Struts
  • Air Lift Performance Rear Kit
  • Unitronic Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake

This is Melissa’s second Volkswagen; the first being the 2010 Malone Stage 2 Jetta TDI also pictured above