I have a 2008 C30 that I picked up for $500 that I bought planning to build into a racecar. I'm pretty sure it is an R-Design, but I'm not entirely sure. It has the 6 speed M66 transmission and I know it's a T5. I'm much more of an S60 guy, but this is my new toy. I've already stripped basically everything out of the car and pulled the engine and transmission. I'm fairly certain the previous owner blew a heater core line and overheated the head and likely cracked it somewhere. When I pulled the spark plugs coolant came up out of every cylinder...
Originally I was planning on trying to convert it to RWD, but until I get a space to do something like that I'm going to keep it simple so I don't ruin my ****. I also considered doing the AWD swap on it, but for now I think I'm just going to try to keep it as simple as possible, being that this is going to be enough work as it is. That being said, I know I'm going to try to get my hands onto a Quaife LSD. I was considering running something from the XClutch lineup, probably the dual-clutch, any better suggestions here?
Talking turbos. Really not too sure where to go here. I could do a simple upgrade like one of the options offered on Viva Performace, or, I've been eyeballing this Borg Warner turbo for both of my Volvos > https://www.full-race.com/store/borg...16-2480-turbo/
I'm planning on picking up one of the pre-sleeved blocks on Elevate's website. I know they're expensive, but I already have to replace the block which isn't really going to be much cheaper, might as well just do it seeing that it's one of the biggest performance issues with these cars. I'm also going to be going with some forged pistons and rods. I'll take some suggestions there. I also want to upgrade all the engine studs and bolts with ARP hardware.
As for cams and crankshaft, I don't really think it's necessary to upgrade them until I start pushing some real big power numbers. After building the engine I'll definitely try to get my rev limiter raised, but with variable valve timing I should really need to change my cam setup until it becomes an issue.
Obviously I'm going to go with a BFMIC, but I want to upgrade the radiator as well. The one on it is pretty trashed and full of rust. I'm thinking I'll probably just pick up something from Mishimoto. But when it comes to induction, what MAF/throttle body upgrades are you guys running?
I've already removed the AC condenser from the engine, but I'm going to continue removing the entire AC system. I'm also removing most of the interior, all airbags, rear seats, spare tire. basically everything. It's going to be a real racecar. I'll be relocating the battery location to the rear somewhere. I'm also going to be removing all of the sound deadening and seam sealer and I'm going to seam weld the chassis. I'm also going to try to replace at least all of the rear windows with either Lexan or just plexiglass.
I'm going to be running a nice upgraded oil cooler that I'll mount up by the radiator. I know my S60 has a lot of issues with powersteering fluid overheating, is that a common issue with these as well? If so I'll run a cooler for the powersteering fluid as well. Also, is anyone running performance transmission cooling? and if so, what is your setup like?
There's a whole list of things I want to do, I'll add a photo.
It would be super cool to get some quality advice with some of this. I want to do something really cool with this car, I bought it just to have fun with. It would be sweet to build it up and take it around to let some C30 owners rip it. I also have a YouTube channel where I've been documenting my progress. If you want to check that out just search Octane Overdrive on YouTube.
Cheers Volvo fam!