Words and Photography by: Sid Fligel
Running furiously down the mean streets of NYC, screaming around turns, avoiding pedestrians, making his way to the FDR to head home, it’s a R32, it’s a S5, it’s a…Beetle?
“I’ve had this car for 6 years and just been recently putting the car back together for the 2011 season.”
That’s right, a Beetle. Derek Harvey is the proud owner of this 2000 Beetle 1.8L Turbo. Boasting a 5 speed tranny and a TDO4-19T Greddy tuned turbo with Giac programming and Tt Maf-tt blue 380cc injectors as well as other goodies like its custom Forcefed engineering 3in downpipe, this Beetle rips through the city with ease.
Keeping it safely on the ground, Derek went with FK Streetline Coilovers with Koni Yellow adjustable rear dampers. Also, Derek is sporting a B&M short shifter and a Sachs VR6 clutch with a lightweight single-mass flywheel to keep the car from spinning out. Derek also added Porsche Boxster S 4-Piston monoblock brakes with slotted ECS 13′ 2-piece floating rotor set and ECS SS brake lines paired with rear slotted rotors and Hawk HPS pads all around to ensure maximum stopping power.
The wheels are iconic for the VW community. Mercedes Ronal Alphard wheels,18×8.5 front 18×9.5 rear with a final et of 20 all around. Derek opted for 205/40/18 f 215/40/18 Nitto Neogen tires.
Derek, by trade, is an aquarium designer. Customizing aquarium show pieces for hotels, restaurants, museums, clubs, and luxury homes in the tristate area, he understand that style is everything. For exterior aesthetics he chose the European Votex front end, Caractere side skirts and rear whale tail spoiler, Turbo S Rear bumper and diffuser with shaved blinkers, as well as shaved and smoothed all of the emblems off. The paint is actually not the original Beetle paint but rather, custom paint conversion from Silver Arrow to Reflex Silver. Derek complimented the new paint with a black roof and shaved antenna.
“Nothing is better then cruising this down park avenue in the summer and having constant looks and smiles from the ladies or seeing the stupid look on the Porsche drivers faces as I take them in a passing lane. This is why I Drive a Beetle.”
2000 beetle 1.8t
Tdo4-19t greddy tuned turbo on kinetic highflow manifold with Giac bigturbo programming
Tt Maf-tt blue 380cc injectors-4bar fpr-boostvalve mbc
Custom Forcefed engineering 3in dp with 100cel cats to a custom2.5in exhaust to Ansa muffler
B&M short shifter with tt knob
Sachs vr6clutch with lightweight singlemass flywheel
Specialty dyed black interior with Recaro Euro Seats..rear seat delete
Beetle black mojo matts
Newsouth Performance boost ..oiltemp..oilpressure gauges
Front european Votex front end
Caractere side skirts
Caractere rear whaletail spoiler
Turbo S Rear bumper and diffuser with shaved blinkers
Shaved and smoothed front hood with emblem delete
Shaved and smoothed rear hatch with all emblem removal
Depo Blacked out headlights with
2400k yellow Hid fogs
Custom paint conversion from Silver arrow to Reflex Silver with black roof and shaved antenna
Porsche Boxster S 4piston monoblock brakes with slotted ecs 13inch 2 piece floating rotor set..ecs ss brake lines
Rear slotted Rotors
Hawk hps pads all around
Mercedes Ronal Alphard wheels
18×8.5 front 18×9.5 rear
Final et20 all around
205/40/18 f 215/40/18
Motorsport tech lightweight Aluminum Adapters with duel hubcentric and stud conversion
Fk streetline coilovers with koni yellow adjustable rear dampers