Did you all spot the MSS Automotive project piece write up that was published in VW Driver Magazine at the tail end of last year? Thanks to one VW Driver’s regular contributors and his Mk7.5 Golf GTi Clubsport, here’s the MSS take on how the article turned out – it’s safe to say, we’re pretty pleased with the outcome.
When a Mk7.5 GTI Clubsport isn’t quite enough and you’re not 100% happy with owning the momentary front-wheel drive Nurburgring lap record holder (2016), where do you turn to improve the recipe? That’s right, MSS!
Simon Harper, from VW Driver magazine, volunteered his Mk7.5R to act as a guinea pig as part of a radical chassis transformation from stock to sensibly modified courtesy of Alex Kerr at AKS Tuning. In the process he probably expected to get back a rock hard, uncompromising, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) nightmare, but the reality couldn’t be further from that. Thanks to the fitment of a clever selection of parts from both Superpro and MSS, the resulting Clubsport remains surprisingly compliant, yet precise and confidence inspiring at all times. Achieving the perfect balance between road and track use almost always involves a compromise for either discipline, but not if you chose the right parts carefully and do your homework beforehand.
Hence Simon’s adoption of the MSS Automotive Sport kit for his Clubsport. As is stated in the article, the MSS solution is not about achieving ground scraping stance, but rather capitalising upon the already very capable Monroe shock absorbers that VW fit as standard to this particular hot hatch. Thanks to the modular construction there’s an element of ride height adjustment present, but only really enough to provide accurate setup and corner weighting for the optimum balance. Ultimately, MSS is an aftermarket suspension solution for grown-ups, not those who want to rip front splitters off at every opportunity. Ride comfort is also a key concern, but we’ll come to that in a moment.
Simon was clearly impressed with the upgrade overall, “Before I took the car to the circuit I wanted to see what the ride quality was like on poorly surfaced Wiltshire B-roads around Castle Combe. I did about 15 miles and came back, quite literally shocked at the improvement in ride quality. The Superpro chassis upgrades were no doubt helping, but it was evident that the MSS Springs were also making a real difference.
High praise indeed you might think, but the gushing comments wouldn’t have been much use if they didn’t transfer to track time later that day. Luckily Simon seemed suitably bowled over by the track aptitude and outright capability as well, “It was nicely settled coming out of corners and I could get back on the throttle quickly. I also asked Alex to drive the Clubsport, as he has a lot more experience on track and he was really pleased with the results. A sign of how well the car was performing was how easy it was on its tyres.”
Indeed with the Superpro and MSS combination clearly hitting the spot, the outcome for this already very capable machine is nothing short of chassis engineering witchcraft.
Breaking all of the rules that ride comfort and pin point handling really can co-exist means that Simon’s closing statement makes perfect sense, “Right now, I think that both cars are as good as they can be on the chassis front, without them becoming too track focused.”
If that doesn’t sum up the MSS philosophy for everyday ride comfort and handling prowess for the occasional track attack, we don’t know what does.