GTO UK

Why I joined/use GTO UK – NAS

I looked at the forum for a while, trying to get some answers for my car problems.

Eventually I braved going to a meet and pop along to JAE where I met some great people who made me feel welcome straight away.  Since it’s the best money I spend in a year and I won’t go anywhere else, nice genuine people, everyone knows everyone.

The club doesn’t have any of this I have 1bhp more than you, go on prove it bulls*&t.

We are all in for the love of cars, whether it’s a NA, standard GTO or crazy modified car.

The biggest love for the club is the meets; no club tries harder to entertain.

The club also regularly invests to make sure everyone is catered for, whether its event tents, flags, merchandise, forum technology, the club keeps moving forward.

GTOUK is the longest standing club in the UK and has a massive database of problems which to me was priceless.

 

The final thing I love about the club is the family friendly atmosphere.

 

 

Over 100+ modifications later – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 takes shape – NAS

My GTO

I imported the car as I was after a body kit for my silver GTO and sadly in between my Silver GTO got destroyed beyond repair by some kids who tried to steal it and failed. To top it off as it was being put onto the low loader and lady drove around the corner and drove in to the back of it.

 

NAS - Mitsubishi GTO MK1 -Twin Turbo -  560bhp

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 -Twin Turbo – 560bhp

So while searching I saw this GTO with the kit I wanted on it (Varis body kit).  It actually worked out cheaper to import the car with the kit which to me was crazy.  When the car come in and drove and loved it, so I sold what was left of the silver beast and said I would never modify it was performance parts again (mainly because of the stress I had was tuners)  🙁

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 - Red - Day of Purchase

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 – Red – Day of Purchase

Well that didn’t last long.  The first hour of owning it I broke down clutch went, no warning it drove fine, no crunch no clutch slip, it took 8 hours to rescue 🙁 Since then it has been a good car and I have loved every almost every minute of owning it.

So since I have been on a modifying mission, trying to build something difference, I am still on that mission and nowhere near finishing.

External

So the mods started with:

  • body styling
  • spoiler
  • fibreglass bonnet which is very rare
  • Alloys which has changed twice since
  • Kaze twin light conversion (the genuine ones are very rare)
  • Lambo doors (they open normally as well)
  • 99 sail panels
  • purple and black sparkle wrap and graphics
  • Kaze headlight duct cover
  • Personal number plate
  • clear indicators front and side
  • smoked rear lights
  • After market light weight mirrors
  • Front splitter
  • side light delete
NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 - Purple - suicide doors

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 – Purple – suicide doors



Engine/performance

  • 13T turbos
  • Map ECU 2
  • Blitz ID 3 boost controller
  • CX racing FMIC
  • Blitz induction kit
  • fpr
  • Walbro fuel pump
  • AEM Air fuel ratio sensor and gauge
  • Spare engine 4 bolt to be forged or just fitted
  • Evil Empire fuel rail
  • Some bling
  • B/C suspension (previously tien HA)
  • Tarox brakes
  • Exhaust twin exit s/s which is now single

NAS - Mitsubishi GTO MK1 -Twin Turbo - Engine in hoist

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 -Twin Turbo – Engine in hoist



Internal

  • Bride racing seats
  • Momo wheel
  • Gear knob
  • Takata harness belts
  • roll cage
  • gauges
  • pillar pod

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 - Purple - Bride seats

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 – Purple – Bride seats


NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 - Purple - roll cage

NAS – Mitsubishi GTO MK1 – Purple – roll cage



Other

  • Weight saving
    • on top of all the fibreglass panels
    • Bride seats
    • etc.

I am removing a lot of items that is not need to save weight, for example all interior panels, air-con, inner skin from inside, active aero and motors, Rear wipers and aerial, ECUs (will work on wiring one day).  Lots of brackets, cruise control, carpet and probably many more.



Power Achievements

Still setting up the power/weight saving and not ran a ¼ mile as yet.

Future plans

I want to add a rear diffuser to balance the front splitter, a lot more weight saving, full re-spray, more engine bling, new wheels, better brakes, wide arches and get the car mapped.

The Top 5 Mitsubishi GTO’s I have owned and other cars – NAS

I have also previously written about buying my first Mitsubishi GTO, now I’ll share some of the other cars that have owned over the years.

GTOs I Have Owned

Red – MK1 NA – owned in 1999-2003

Silver – MK1 twin turbo – 560bhp with a big set of Garret turbos – fcon pro – owned in 2004-2006

Red – MK1 twin turbo – (little use mainly for parts) – owned in 2006-2006

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Red – MK1 twin turbo – (heavily modified) – owned in 2006-present

This is my current car, yes it has turned purple – and has be come extremely modified including suicide doors. You can read about some of the gore and details about all the many modifications so far.

Black – MK1 twin turbo – (parts) – owned in 2013-2014

Other Cars I Have Owned

Two old school minis, Renault Clio, Renault Mégane, 2x Daewoo Nexia, Suzuki Swift, Mazda MX5 RS, Fiat Bravo, Jeep, Citroën Saxo, Audi A6, BMW Mini Cooper new shape, VW Lupo also regularly drove my dad’s Lexus GS430 technically it wasn’t mine 🙂

Buying a GTO – NAS – My Story

My reason for buying my GTO

I drove past a garage and fell in love with the looks of a Silver Mitsubishi GTO.

The garage told me I was too young for insurance as it was a twin-turbo, so I thought maybe one day 🙁

I then put a deposit down for a White FTO very tastefully modified, and when I went to pick it up they were delivering a GTO. I told the dealer I really wanted one and he told me it was a “NA” (Naturally Aspirated) model.  He told me to drive the GTO round the block while he sorted the paperwork for another customer, then he would get the FTO paperwork sorted.  In the meantime he called an insurance company for me which I didn’t know about. I got back he told me I could get insured, so guess which car I took home 🙂

My parents was expecting an FTO, their faces were priceless.

14 years later I still own a GTO

The only break I have had from owning GTO’s was because I got fed up of being pulled over.

So I brought a nice Audi A6 after two months I thought I would test drive a GTO Twin-Turbo, again I drove it home.

The Twin-Turbo was so quick compared to the NA model, I did not know get my head round it. However before the car went I found out it was 560bhp and full of upgrades, no-wonder it felt so different. This car turned out to be a bit of a headache as I struggled to find someone who would tune it, so I started searching on the internet and found GTOUK.  I owe the GTO club so much for all the years of help; I won’t be going anywhere else as I have become one of the GTO club family.

Cars I have owned

Check out a few of the cars I have owned including five Mitsubishi GTO MK1’s.