18s on a hatchback? You've got to be kidding me! Sam kept quiet. The race against M was the next day, and the reigning champion walked around his car like it was a big piece of rotting cheese, smirking and jeering with his entourage in tow.
What he didn't know was this was Sam's very own backyard creation-an all-wheel-drive, 280 hp little beast that promised to be one of the most surprising cars at this year's Green Light Street Racing Championship, the most prestigious street racing event for road cars in the small city's otherwise subdued calendar of annual events.
His car didn't have the most power when compared to the other bigger German and Japanese sedans and sports cars in the Open Class, but he was quietly confident she would be able to hold her own. Because this Golf R32-inspired AWD baby weighed only 760 kilograms, giving it lightness for superb handling around the corners and an impressive power-to-weight ratio that should allow it to keep up with the bigger-engined competition.
And keep up she did! Sam's No. 21 machine finished the 10 laps of the 1.8-kilometre street circuit in spectacular fashion, since she consistently made up time around the 9 corners of the technical circuit where the straights caught her out a touch. All in all, a fifth place finish for a car born out out of a garage was extremely heartening stuff-second-place-M didn't have much to say about the huge wheels suddenly.
Next stop, St. Ursanne.