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Watch as the Motor Trend eBay Editor's Challenge Volkswagen R28 undergoes acceleration, braking, slalom, and dyno testing!

During the Build - Phase One
The plan: Give a bunch of Primedia magazines 25 grand each to build the coolest, fastest, "phat"-est—Is that really a word?—tuner vehicle they could. Make them buy the car/truck/motorcycle and nearly every part from the vast cache of goods at

During the Build - Phase Two
After scouting eBay Motors, we came up with a used (yet mint condition) VW Golf interior that included custom front and rear bucket seats that incorporated Alcantara suede inserts with custom stitchwork, special front/rear Alcantara door panels, and floor mats. The cost?

During the Build - Phase Three
The previously installed Audi TT all-wheel-drive system added to our Golf afforded radically improved traction, but much improved suspension actuation and damping was needed. Scouting eBay Motors turned up lots of new/used aftermarket suspension pieces for VW's, but we really wanted something radical for our project. And then there it was...