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Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • Fastivus 2016 | A Celebration of Volkswagen

    Volkswagen MkV Golf R at Auto Club Speedway of California

    If you're a Volkswagen enthusiast who is keen on camaraderie and speed, then Fastivus needs to be on your radar. Although temperatures reached upwards of 106 degrees at Auto Club Speedway, the heat didn't prevent attendees and vendors from making this year's event the best one yet. Over 1,300 people flocked to the blistering tarmac in the spirit of celebrating Volkswagen and pushing their cars to the limit. Unlike some other shows, Fastivus is equally as much a track day as it is a car show, and it speaks to the performance-minded enthusiast who enjoys testing the boundaries of their car's capabilities.

    Volkswagen MkIV and MkVI Track Prep

    Happily, the 034Motorsport Team packed up our trailer full of parts and shwag, and hit the road with a couple cars heading south to join in on the festivities. We brought our shop 8v S3 and MkVII GTI out to display along with Jaron's MkVII Golf R and Josh's MkVI GTI to round out the selection. Despite the relentless desert heat, we had the pleasure of meeting many new faces who stopped through our booth to chat, grab some free lanyards and stickers, or pick up hardgoods for their specific cars.

    034Motorsport Booth at Fastivus 2016

    What seems to boost Fastivus to the greatness it achieves is the vendor presence to support the overall enthusiasm generated by the crowd. Volkswagen USA brought a large selection of cars themselves, including a 1969 Beetle built to race the Baja 1000, a 1981 Type 1 Scirocco that has driven under 1,000 miles total, and a look at the new Golf Alltrack (think Audi Allroad-esque). Tanner Foust and Scott Speed were present as well, signing autographs and interacting with fans. The local Galpin VW family even offered up free tacos and water (or should I say liquid gold) for anybody who made it to the pre-party Saturday evening. Overall, there is no lack of support from companies in an effort to keep people coming back year after year.

    Volkswagen USA Beetle at Auto Club Speedway

    As the day marched on into the afternoon, different run groups trickled in and out of the "Roval" track layout. This provided a nice cross section of everything Auto Club Speedway has to offer, making use of the high-speed banked corners combined with some tight, low-speed sections in the infield. Those who dared, were able to take their cars up to seriously high speeds on the banking, just in time to practice heavy braking before diving into the tight chicane leading off the oval section. Thankfully no major incidents happened on-track, and everyone was able to leave as a happy camper.

    MkIV GTI and 8N Audi TT driving Auto Club Speedway RovalAt the end of the day,  the "World Famous Raffle" of Fastivus took place where each person held their breath in anticipation of winning their dream prize! We know of at least two very lucky individuals, who went home with either a MkVII GTI Suspension Package or an X34 Carbon FIber MQB Cold Air Intake System.

    034motorsport Booth at Fastivus 2016

    Another year down, and another Fastivus in the books. This year's proved to be the best yet in both attendance and crowd spirit. If 1300 people were able to brave the energy-sapping heat and pound the pavement all day long on track, I have no doubt that next year will be even bigger and better. Auto Club Speedway of California has plenty of room for this event to grow, and I have faith that with the continued support Fastivus has seen thus far, the only way to go is up. Huge thank you to Euge Lee for putting together such a great event, and we hope to see all of you Volkswagen enthusiasts out there next year!

    Volkswagen USA Passat on Air Suspension

     FASTIVUS 2016 | A CELEBRATION OF VOLKSWAGEN PHOTO GALLERY

  • Summerfest 2016 | 034Motorsport Open House, Dyno Day, BBQ, & Norcal Audi Club Meet

    Audi and Volkswagen Dyno Day Open House Bay Area California

    This July marked the 8th Annual Summerfest at 034Motorsport's performance facility in Fremont, CA. Hosted in conjunction with NorCal Audi Club, this year's attendance was at an all time high bringing in a wide variety of Audis and Volkswagens from around the greater Bay Area. Activities included a constant stream of dyno runs all day long, facility tours for a look behind the scenes, and free burgers and dogs barbecued on-site by the President of 034Motorsport himself.

    Volkswagen Corrado and MkVIII Golf R at 034Motorsport Performance Facility

    The selection of attendee's cars this year included a range from vintage air-cooled Beetles to brand new Audi R8 supercars, and everything in between. If you're a gearhead, there was undoubtedly a car present to pique your interest.

    B8 Audi S4 on Hunter Alignment Rack in 034Motorsport Service Department

    Nate's B8 Audi S4 was displayed on the new, in-ground Hunter alignment rack in the 034Motorsport Service Department featuring an array of B8 products including our Adjustable Solid Rear Sway Bar, Spherical Rear Sway Bar End Links, Rear Differential Carrier Mount Inserts, Rear Differential Mount Inserts, Transmission Mount Insert, and Billet Aluminum X-Brace. Those who looked closely may have also spied some new products in development on his car!

    Lowered B7 Audi A4 at 034Motorsport Dyno Day in Fremont, CA

    While the dyno runs started early and continued all day, the barbecues weren't too far behind. As soon as the charcoal-burning smell began filling the air, people were quick to follow their noses toward the free hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice-cold beverages.

    Audi Dyno Day and BBQ in Fremont, CA at 034Motorsport

    Perhaps it's no secret anymore, but the President and Founder of 034Motorsport, Javad Shadzi, is quite the barbecue aficionado too. He was generous enough to brave the heat and smoke of two Weber grills most of the day to ensure that every attendee left full and satisfied.

    Crowd surrounds 034Motorsport Dyno to watch C7 Audi RS7

    Songpol's C7 Audi RS7 was definitely one of the crowd favorites on the dyno that day. His tuned 4.0T managed to put down 491 WHP and 467 WTQ on our in-house Mustang AWD Dyno, while creating a beautiful yet guttural roar at the same time.

    B8 Audi Q5 Research and Development in Fremont, CA at 034Motorsport

    Our Engineering Department displayed their 3D scanning abilities featuring the intake on Max's B8 Q5 2.0T. Alongside the display were some 3D-printed prototype parts from the past, including the first MQB X34 Intake made in-house.

    034Motorsport Performance Manufacturing Department in Fremon, CA

    Facility tours were provided to guests, allowing a special look into where our products are proudly machined, assembled, packaged, and shipped worldwide. Some of the components on display included B5/B6/B7 Upper Adjustable Control Arms, B5 S4 2.7T Lighweight Aluminum Flywheel, B8 2.0 TFSI Billet Catch Can Kit, X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake, MkV/MkVI Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert, and 8J Audi TTRS Motorsport Motor Mounts.

    Fremont, CA Audi Volkswagen Meet and Greet Open House

    The Service Department was bustling all day as guests looked over many different engine bays on display. Nate's A3 3.2L VR6T powerhouse seemed to fit in around the 07K Turbo Rabbit and 3.0L B5 S4 with Tial 605R turbos.

    Volkswagen GTI Generations Including MkIII, MkVI, MkVII

    Even a real Harlequin made an appearance, sporting a not-so-factory turbocharged VR6 under its hood!

    Imola Yellow B5 S4 Avants at 034Motorsport in Fremont, CA

    A couple Imola Yellow B5 S4 Avants reunited in the parking lot as well, bringing together rare Audis and Volkswagens from around the region.

    Ultraviolet Porsche 991 GT3RS

    Hundreds of local Audi and Volkswagen enthusiasts gathered to share their passion for German cars and revel in the camaraderie. More BBQ was consumed than thought possible. More cars were strapped to the Mustang dyno in search of finding the highest number possible. Overall, Summerfest 2016 was a great success, and it wouldn't have been possible without such awesome attendees. We would like to thank you, (yes, you), for your continuous support of 034Motorsport and making our events so special. We hope to see you out at local events and get-togethers in the future!

     

    Summerfest 2016 | 034Motorsport Open House, Dyno Day, BBQ, & Norcal Audi Club Meet Photo Gallery

     

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