When I'm calculating my ROI, I am looking at the 91 map. But there are pumps with everything up to 110 octane 12.2 miles away from me at Laguna Seca raceway. Just swipe your credit card and go, if you are willing to pay the price ($9/gal).Are you able to get 93 octane in your area? I thought 92 was the highest. I think that means you won't get the claimed full amount out of HP/tq gains that APRs stg II tune offers because you'll have to take the 91 octane map.
Would it make more sense to build up a second race-purposed car rather than lose some of the creature comforts you paid for in getting the A3? I get the weight reductions with the wheels, brakes, even battery. Once you start tearing out seats, sound-deadening, panels, stereo, etc, I feel like it takes away from what the car was built for originally. None the less, I'm interested to see how it turns out.I was able to not pay that price
And any performance above the standard battery is secondary to me. The goal is to shave as much weight as possible from the car (~35 pounds from the front of the car in this case), bonus points if it is from the front or top, double bonus points if it is un-sprung weight.
It would be great if I could shave 500 pounds from the factory weight. The wheels saved 60 pounds, the two piece rotors should be a nice bit as well (20?). My mechanic said the down pipe was lighter than the factory bit, but the bigger intercooler made those two parts a wash. Carbon panels will help considerably (hood and fenders are easy (50?). Doors(100?) and hatch(50?) would be harder). Perhaps swapping the giant motorized glass roof for a fixed polycarbonate panel (love all the light in the cabin, but I can't remember the last time I opened it)-100 pounds?) How about the motorized, heated seats? Ditching the head-unit in favor of a simple amp and my cellphone? The spare and jack have already been replaced with a AAA card and a can of fix-a-flat.
Yes, this could be a long road to madness. But at least I'm starting off slow.
Those look really nice. Any idea what the price is per seat?The Recaro OEM seats from the RS3 look tempting...
Audi S3 Plus is rumored to be 375HP. That's not the same engine you have.In the 3 series Audi, they haven't offered an S or RS version in the US in a long time (ever?). I really like the smaller car, but more importantly I love hatchbacks. Not just the practicality, but the look. Audi doesn't even offer a hatchback 3 in the US anymore.
But even if they did offer an S3 hatchback in the US, it has the same 2l I-4 base engine as the A3. So the only difference is some bolt-on bits that I can do better than in the aftermarket already.
I hope you aren't up for an emissions test anytime soon. As I recently found out the CEL light is an auto-fail as far as the tests are concerned.4. CEL light is still on, with minor missfire when starting cold in damp conditions. Resolves itself within 2 minutes. Changed plugs, coils, coil wires, inspected intake for carbon build-up. Nothing. Grr.
I would hope so, but I fear Stereodude is right. I haven't tried resetting the codes yet; I want them sitting there for my mechanic to look at, but none of the fuses blew (frustrating). That makes me think that electronics have gone.Hopefully it just needs a ton of resets?
Step one was putting 70k miles on it and reducing it to a $22k car with some issues already At that point it is more of a really expensive toy.I, for one, can't wait for the next installment in how Dave reduces a $40k car to a smoldering pile of junk ... :bigeek: