The car was homologated by the FIA into both Group N and Group A categories on the 1st December 1989.   The Golf Rallye G60 incorporated a supercharged version of the 1800cc 8-valve engine, reduced to 1764cc in order to bring it within the three litre class limit due to the forced induction multiplication factor. 

To comply with the regulations modifications to the engine were limited, although it did benefit from blueprinting which balances the engine components to each other and so reduces vibration, modified camshaft profiles to provide higher lift and longer duration and finally porting and polishing of the cylinder head to remove the burrs left by the manufacturing process and so smooth the flow of gasses. 

The greatest improvement in horsepower came from modifying the supercharger, which involved changing the drive gears and balancing the internals.  These changes coupled with the modifications mentioned above allowed the engine and ultimately the supercharger to spin much faster thereby increasing the power developed from the standard road car’s 160BHP to an eventual 290BHP.

Further ingenuity was felt in the 4wd gearbox, which was based on that from the Passat but incorporated six speeds and an FF viscous differential.  The FF differential combined the best of both worlds the outright speed of 2wd, but the grip of 4wd as the car ran mostly in front wheel drive with drive being diverted equally to all four wheels only when loss of drive was detected at the front.

This Car

Was originally prepared by River Fame Motorsport of Rugby in 1989 to Group N specification, with Power Engineering of Uxbridge preparing the engine.  The car’s first event was in the hands of River Fame boss Alistair Sutherland on the 1990 Plains National Rally before being run on behalf of Volkswagen UK by Gilders with Mark Lovell as the ‘works’ driver.  The car was upgraded to partial Group A Spec, before Mark used it on the 1990 Welsh International and during the course of the season further development was carried out to bring the car closer to the full Group A specification.  Over the next couple of years, Mark used the car primarily, although Alistair Sutherland who was involved in the development of the car used it for some events.  The best finish came on the Kerridge Severn Valley Stages where in the hands of Mark Lovell it finished 4th.


Engine : four-cylinder, 1.76ltr, in-line, transversely mounted in the front of the car, twin overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder, 290 bhp

Induction  : Fuel Injected, Supercharged