I often contribute to other people's threads but don't discuss my plans too much. I figured I would start this thread to correct that!<p>First a bit of Volvo history:<br>In 1995 Volvo released the 850 T5-R. This is a one year, 240 horsepower model. It would continue on as the 850 R, but the T5 portion of the name and some badging, were dropped.<br>The T5 moniker disappeared from the US until 1997, when the 850 turbo, was renamed for its last model year. <br>This established the current naming protocol of the T5 and the R.<p>So this is the inspiration; a rare and unique Volvo with a bit of racing DNA.<p>What it is not:<br> <br>I am not attempting to turn my car into a "Front Wheel Drive R." I love the T5, its a bit quirky, and different. The R is awesome but I love what I have and am not going to pretend it is something different. It MAY get an R body kit, or T5-R badging, but it will never get fake R badges.<br>It will not be a track only car. This is (at least until next summer) my daily driver.<p><br>What it is:<br>First and foremost I want it to be interesting! Interesting to drive, interesting to look at at a meet, interesting to look at for a non-car person.<br>It wont be the fastest, it wont handle the best, and it may not be the prettiest, but it will look good, drive well, and be different.<p><br>Where I am at:<br>Car was purchased in 2007 with approximately 60k miles.<p>Before I had purchased it, it had:<br>Been lowered with H&R springs<br>EuroSport Tuning Intake<br>Evolve Exhaust<br>Samco (Evolve) hoses.<p>I did nothing for some time other than a few sets of rims and routine maintenance. Once I bought my house it allowed me to start doing things again so...<p>Recently, the following has been done:<br>Blistein HD Sports on all four corners<br>XC90 Spring Seats<p>This week the following are occurring:<br>New clutch (due to failed slave cylinder)<br>Rica Stage one (received, car read, waiting on tune)<br>IPD HD TCV (received, installed once car back from getting clutch)<p>I have some plans for the future, and pictures on the way, but that will be the next update.