Initially, the stock 3.3-liter needed a new turbo, which was upgraded to a K275 unit. A month later, a cracked front splitter was replaced with a 993 front bumper from Better Bodies and an extended DP rear deck lid and wing was also added. Then, a rear bumper was replaced to accommodate the new Fabspeed exhaust system. At this point, Mick quickly found out how slippery the aftermarket slope can be.
That slope went from a modest blue diamond to a double black diamond when his comfortable stock leather seats were replaced with a pair of Sparco Chrono seats. This was a pivotal point, as his car was clearly morphing into a track-ready street car. Naturally, a five-point safety harness was next. Unnaturally, the carpet and rear seats were removed to make way for the “anti-wife” Autopower roll cage. “Money well spent!” Mick exclaims in hindsight. After an OMP steering wheel with a Smart Racing quick release was installed, as well as a Wevo 930 shifter, the car was presentable for its first Driver’s Education track day event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
“I wish I could have taken a picture of my instructor’s face when he saw the car—with a student claiming to have never been to the track.” The instructor was further dumbfounded when he was informed that the 930 is a daily driver. After a few laps around a track, Cote was hooked.
Mick then did some more modifications. He split and widened the rear RUF Speedline wheels to 12 inches and put Hoosier slicks on all four corners. Yes, slicks on a daily driven street car. Then, a completely new chapter began.
Fate knocked on Mick’s door one night while he was browsing 935s on YouTube and eBay simultaneously. Only an hour away from him was someone selling a set of 934 flares. But wait, what’s this? That someone also had a set of original three-piece 17×10 and 17×15 BBS mesh wheels conveniently peeking out from the corner of his garage, too. Like a pooch eating dry dog food and smelling a big, bloody piece of steak, Mick abandoned the flares he initially wanted and rushed to the shiny golden wheels that arguably define BBS. A deal was made and the destiny of the Flachbau became centered around the massive racing wheels.
“I built a model of a 935 when I was 16 years old and always dreamed of owning a car like that,” Mick said. “I could have bought a 935 kit from AIR or GT Racing, but there are certain aspects of those kits that I didn’t like.” Fortunately for Cote, he previously worked with fiberglass, repairing boats and glassing roofs and decks. It’s a medium in which he was completely comfortable.
A patient and understanding neighbor allowed Mick to turn his garage into a temporary body shop where Cote played the role of Dr. Frankenstein. First, he taped the rear fenders with blue painter’s tape and glued blocks of foam to the car. Then he sanded and shaped the foam into a flare that would cover the 17×15 inch wheels. The tricky part was, after molding one side to his liking, he had to make the opposite side match perfectly. “This was extremely challenging, as there are compound curves which are impossible to measure,” he said. Once Mick was happy with the shape, he proceeded to cover the foam with multiple layers of fiberglass resin. After the flares hardened, he popped them off the car, foam and all.