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  • 034Motorsport is Proud to Announce an Official Partnership with Excelerate Performance

    Excelerate Performance Now an Official Distributor for 034Motorsport

    Press Release

    August 1, 2017

    Branford, CT, USA

    034Motorsport is proud to announce an official partnership with Excelerate Performance to better serve our​ retail and wholesale​ customers in the seven Northeastern States of the USA​. Retail and wholesale customers alike will now be able to get 034Motorsport Go-Fast Parts even faster, without the shipping transit time and cost you've experienced when ordered from our California HQ.

    "We have a dense retail and wholesale customer base in the Northeastern USA, and saw a need to get product to them faster. We were fortunate enough to already have ​Excelerate Performance ​as a dealer, and learned of their wholesale proficiency. It was a natural evolution to expand our partnership to something more, and couldn't be more confident than I am with Josh and his team," explains Troy Sicotte, Global Director of Sales at 034Motorsport. "​They have all the right things for this arrangement to work, ​an amazing service facility, significant warehouse capacity and ability to be in-stock with a close proximity to the dense Northeastern USA. Their staff and facility exemplify professionalism and are aligned with 034Motorsport's aim to put customers first."

    Excelerate Performance is Connecticut's Premier Automotive Facility and 034Motorsport Authorized Distributor

    Established in 2003, Excelerate Performance is a Connecticut based wholesale and retail distributor with a full service facility focused on distribution of top performance brands while offering local performance, service, and repair.​ ​"W​​​e have always focused on being knowledgeable about the products we sell​ and ​have read about 034Motorsport, installed 034Motorsport products, tested 034Motorsport products, and used 034Motorsport products. We try to provide the customer the necessary information they need in order to understand why 034Motorsport product is the best solution for them based on their needs," states Joshua Lockwood, Owner & CEO of Excelerate Performance. "034Motorsport has progressively improved in quality and quantity of its offerings and has begun to focus on manufacturing and its relationship with its dealers, which we believe is necessary for a true partnership.​"​​

    With Excelerate Performance, both dealers and retail customers in the Northeast now have a local source for 034Motorsport.

    ​Dealer ​Email: wholesale@excelerateperformance.com

    ​Retail Email: sales@excelerateperformance.com

    Phone: 203-483-6100

    Website: www.ExceleratePerformance.com​

    Address: 12 Sycamore Way Unit 1 Branford, CT 06405

  • Top 8 Upgrades for your B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    Lowered B8 Audi S4 on Dynamic+ Lowering Springs

    The B8/B8.5 Audi S4 is no slouch by any standards. It wears a classic German sports-sedan shape, characterized by a sleek yet unassuming exterior. Audi has an uncanny ability to design cars that stand out when desired, but can blend in when attention is not what you're seeking. With 4 doors to carry your friends and family wherever they need to go, and a now legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system, the S4 is a true do-it-all car that just seems to work well in any scenario. Mate this winning package to the increasingly popular 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 and your choice of a 6-speed manual or DSG transmission and you have a winning recipe for endless fun with everyday drivability.

    While the B8/B8.5 Audi S4 is a wholesome car from the factory, it can feel soft and somewhat numb to those with a keen sense on performance. Frankly, if you're reading this article, you're likely already looking to improve upon the base performance of the S4. And if you're like us, you can't leave anything alone, and are always seeking to improve you car and make it faster. Good thing you're here! After living with our B8 Audi S4 Performance Development Vehicle for the last few years, we've gotten to know these cars inside and out, and had the opportunity to engineer plenty of world-class performance upgrades to bring the fifth generation of S4 to the next level. Read along, and see what we think are the best 8 upgrades to transform your B8/B8.5 Audi S4 from a docile sedan into a honed, canyon-carving and track-tearing machine.

    First Things First: More Power

    Stage 2 B8 Audi S4 with Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake

    1 | 034Motorsport B8/B8.5 Audi S4 3.0 TFSI Performance Software

    When looking to squeeze more power from your forced induction motor, the first step (and easiest step) these days is a performance ECU tune. By reflashing the factory ECU alone with an optimized file containing new timing and fueling maps, the car is able to produce significantly more power without any additional modifications required. A new tune (or flash) is by far the best "bang for your buck" mod for any modern, forced induction car.

    034Motorsport's Stage 1 Performance Software was developed entirely in-house for the Simos 8 ECU using proprietary calibrations to safely increase boost by controlling the supercharger bypass. The rev limit is raised to 7,200 RPM, resulting in a broader powerband with peak horsepower increased to 432 HP and 382 FT-LBS (on 93 Octane) at 7,100 RPM. That's a gain of 99 HP and 73 FT-LBS over the factory power levels!

    034Motorsport Stage 1 Performance ECU Software for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    Beyond the sheer power increase, 034Motorsport's engineers made sure to improve overall driveability, taking time to refine throttle response in both Comfort and Dynamic driving modes. Power is only as good as it's delivery, and the precision throttle modulation available through the 034Motorsport Stage 1 3.0 TFSI Performance Software ensures the car will always behave in accordance with the inputs received from the accelerator. Left foot braking is also enabled, offering more control when on the track and further transforming the overall driving experience.

    Next Step: Handling & Chassis Dynamics

    2 | 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Insert Package for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    It all began with the B8 Audi Billet Aluminum Transmission Mount Insert. 034Motorsport engineers developed this easy-to-install billet aluminum insert in an effort to limit drivetrain movement and reduce slop associated with the factory transmission mount. Once proven in effectiveness and durability, this single transmission mount insert led to a complete product line of billet aluminum mount inserts created to tighten up the chassis of Audi & Volkswagen vehicles without introducing any additional Noise, Vibration, or Harshness (NVH) into the cabin.

    034Motorsport B8 Transmission Mount Insert

    In the past, polyurethane and delrin were the popular materials for performance mounts looking to reduce movement under load. With the rubber removed in favor of these stiffer materials, the dampening properties were lost and as a result, so was comfort. Significant NVH was added to the cabin and made for rather loud and uncomfortable conditions to drive on the street, leaving only die-hard track enthusiasts happy.

    Instead, 034Motorsport takes a different approach to locking down the drivetrain. By keeping the factory mounts and engineering specific inserts contoured to the OEM rubber, the dampening properties of the rubber mount remain, while the insert acts to limit movement and reduce deflection, effectively tightening up each component fitted with a 034Motorsport insert. The anodized, billet aluminum construction ensures lifetime durability, so the insert will always maintain the proper geometry and never pack out like polyurethane options.

    Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Mount Insert Package for B8/B8.5 Audi

    The 034Motorsport Drivetrain Insert Package includes 3 separate billet aluminum insert kits, locking down the transmission mount, rear differential mount, and rear differential carrier mount. This trifecta of drivetrain mounts ensures that you experience crisper shifts, harder launches, and an overall tighter feeling chassis than ever before.

    3 | 034Motorsport Adjustable Solid Rear Sway Bar for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    With the engine hanging completely over the front axle, Audi Quattro cars have been carrying a lot of weight around up front since their debut in 1980. Over the past few decades, Audi has found ways to bring the engine closer to the firewall and reduce weight, however the core configuration of the motor in front of the axle hasn't changed, lending to understeer when the car is pushed to its limit. The B8/B8.5 S4 is no different. Even with the significantly improved Sport Differential in the rear working hard to maintain handling neutrality, these cars will push.

    Adjustable Rear Sway Bar for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    Whether you enjoy taking your S4 to the track for limit-testing conditions, or simply ripping down a twisty road or freeway on-ramp, an upgraded rear sway bar will make a world of difference. The 034Motorsport Adjustable Solid Rear Sway Bar was designed in conjunction with the factory front sway bar, meaning there's no need to purchase an expensive sway bar pair. Simply upgrading the rear bar will reward drivers with drastically reduced body roll and improved rotation (or oversteer), bringing the B8 chassis alive through the corners.  Constructed from a single piece of 25.4mm thick solid spring steel, the 034Motorsport Adjustable Rear Sway Bar is built to withstand a lifetime of abuse underneath the car, ensuring you stay on the road and enjoying the drive.

    4 | 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum X-Brace Chassis Reinforcement for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    It's almost a shame the 034Motorsport B8/B8.5 X-Brace is perpetually hidden underneath the car, because it's hands down one of the most beautiful products machined from 034Motorsport. We typically recommend buying 2, so one can be installed on the car and another can be hung from the wall as an accent piece in your home. If 2 is a bit of a stretch for you, then simply installing one X-Brace under the car (for performance reasons of course) will suffice.

    Billet Aluminum Chassis X-Brace for B8/B8.5 Audi Models

    034Motorsport engineers designed the X-Brace from a solid piece of billet aluminum for maximum rigidity. Through testing on the street and track, they determined the factory stamped steel brace allowed for unwanted chassis flex, leading to a vague steering feel and incorrect suspension geometry when pushing the car to the limit. In an effort to keep weight down but strength at a maximum, the billet aluminum X-Brace only weighs 8.2 LBS, or a negligible 0.4 LBS more than the factory unit but packs a whole lot more strength. The result of this solid construction is improved steering feel, consistency, and precision with drastically improved torsional rigidity.

    5 | 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Lowering Springs for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    Many B8/B8.5 Audi S4 owners look to upgrade their suspension for both handling improvements and an overall more aggressive look to the car. Changing the suspension from Audi's heavily researched and optimized spring rates and dampening is no small feat however, and some aftermarket suspension "upgrades" can in fact ride worse than the factory equipment.

    Modded B8 S4 Lowered on Dynamic+ Lowering Springs

    034Motorsport has been developing suspension components for over a decade, and is no stranger to improved handling dynamics. When our engineers set out to create a lowering spring kit for the B8/B8.5 S4, they had a very specific criteria to meet, and anything less would not be considered. The B8/B8.5 Audi S4 Dynamic+ Lowering Springs must improve handling, reduce understeer, offer OEM+ ride quality, and be compatible with Audi Adaptive Suspension. After careful calculations and thorough evaluation on the street and track with our B8 S4 Development Vehicle, the Dynamic+ Lowering Springs had excelled in every category.

    Lowered B8 Audi S4 on Dynamic+ Lowering Springs

    Dynamic+ Lowering Springs for Audi B8/B8.5 S4 feature a unique dual-rate spring design with effective rates of 370 lbs/in for the front, and 220 lbs/in rear. This delivers incredible compliance on the street while reducing body roll and understeer when testing the limits in the corners. Beyond the OEM+ ride quality and handling, the Dynamic+ Lowering Springs drop the car an even 1.0" lower in the front and rear for an aggressive yet functional look. Best of all, these springs are compatible with Audi Adaptive Suspension! Win - Win - Win.

    6 | 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Rear Subframe Mount Inserts for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    Billet Aluminum Rear Subframe Insert Set for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    Following the success of the Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Insert Package, 034Motorsport engineers wanted to further tighten up the drivetrain and determined there was room for improvement in the factory rubber rear subframe bushings. The flex from the soft rubber bushings supporting the entire rear subframe led to incorrect suspension geometry and the plague of understeer, an Audi's worst nightmare. By precision-machining a billet aluminum insert for each rear subframe bushing, there is significantly less movement and shifting under load from the rear subframe. The result? Proper suspension geometry in all conditions, improved shifting feel and reduced drivetrain slop. The Rear Subframe Insert Package also makes for an excellent complementary upgrade to an upgraded Rear Sway Bar, increasing the effectiveness of the bar and removing any delay from transitional weight shifts.

    Finally, More Power!

    By following the upgrade path above, your B8/B8.5 S4 should be pulling strong and more importantly, handling like a neutral and well-balanced sports car! Enjoy the consistent response and improved road feel for some time, and once you find yourself itching for the next upgrade, look for adding a little extra punch to the 3.0 TFSI powerplant.

    7 | 034Motorsport High-Flow Throttle Body Inlet Hose for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    High Flow Silicone Throttle Body Inlet Hose for B8/B8.5 Audi S4 3.0T

    This High-Flow Throttle Body Inlet Hose was modeled directly from the factory inlet hose to ensure precise fitment on the B8/B8.5 Audi S4. By replacing the OE corrugated plastic inlet hose with a smooth silicone unit, you gain higher flow and less turbulent air in the intake tract. The larger internal area of the 034Motorsport Throttle Body Inlet Hose means when you're ready for Stage 2 power, the intake will not hinder the newly gained performance whatsoever.  As a bonus, the factory intake muffler is eliminated and more of the intoxicating supercharger whine can be heard for your audible pleasure!

    8 | 034Motorsport 3.0 TFSI Supercharger Pulley

    Now, to squeeze a bit more from the factory Eaton TVS 1320 supercharger with the help of 034Motorsport's 3.0 TFSI Supercharger Pulley.

    034Motorsport Stage 2 Performance ECU Software for B8/B8.5 Audi S4

    Featuring a 57.70mm diameter, the 034Motorsport Supercharger Pulley is significantly smaller than the factory unit, therefore increasing the drive ratio of the supercharger. 034Motorsport engineers developed the upgraded pulley to keep the Eaton supercharger within its maximum speed while offering increased boost pressure. A Stage 2 ECU Tune is required with the installation of the pulley, providing optimized timing and fueling maps and yielding significant gains across the powerband. With a 034Motorsport Stage 2 Performance ECU Tune and 034Motorsport 3.0 TFSI Pulley, peak power gains of 109 HP and 81 FT-LBS (on 93 Octane) are realized over the stock configuration.

    Dual Pulley Tuned B8.5 Audi S4 in Glacier White

    Now that it's been out for the better part of a decade (hard to believe right?), there is an endless number of products available for the B8/B8.5 Audi S4. It can be difficult knowing where to start, or which performance upgrades will suit your needs. Are you looking for a refined daily driver, or do you prefer a ballistic, razor-sharp track weapon? We manufacture products for both schools of thought, so be sure to check out our entire B8/B8.5 Audi S4 Catalog at 034Motorsport.

    Click Here to Learn more about the 034Motorsport B8 Audi S4  Performance Development Vehicle 

  • 034Motorsport Announces an Official Partnership with Awesome, Ltd

    Awesome now an Official Importer & Distributor for 034Motorsport

    Press Release

    July 27, 2017

    Manchester, England, United Kingdom

    034Motorsport is excited to announce a new partnership with Awesome, Ltd,  establishing them as the official importer, distributor and retailer for 034Motorsport products in the United Kingdom. Retail and wholesale customers in the UK will now be able to get 034Motorsport Go-Fast Parts even faster, without the shipping transit-time and cost often experienced when ordering from across the pond in California, USA.

    "As we grow globally, we need great international partners, especially in strong VAG markets such as the UK. We partnered with Awesome for their strong dealer network, commitment to be in-stock, warehouse capacity, shipping proficiency and amazing passion and dedication to the UK VW/Audi aftermarket in offering fantastic customer support and service. Over the years, they've been great partners in helping us address the rest-of-world (ROW) market, ensuring we bring relevant go-fast-parts to those in the UK where models differ from North America, especially as it applies to RHD configurations and Skoda/Seat applications," states 034Motorsport's Global Director of Sales, Troy Sicotte. He continues, "It's simply a perfect match! Everyone here at 034Motorsport is extremely excited to work with the team at Awesome to grow the brand in the UK!"Awesome now a UK Distributor for 034Motorsport Go Fast Products

    "Awesome has been around since 1989, and was founded from a hobby that ran away with itself! Fast forward to 2017 and we are bigger than ever before," explains Mark Ash, Managing Director-Owner, Awesome, Ltd. "We are still a group of VAG enthusiasts who only want the best products for our customers followed up with the best service we can offer. We are exclusive importers and distributors for some of the most well-known and sought after brands worldwide, such as 034Motorsport! We hope we are able to help your needs, and if we aren't we would love to speak to you to see if we can. Don't hesitate to contact us!" On 034Motorsport he states, "Whether simple or complicated, 034Motorsport products always hit their mark and that is why we chose to pursue 034Motorsport to become the importer for the UK. I am always excited to see new 034Motorsport CNC precision parts coming through. The quality of these parts has always been excellent, and as a fan of engineering and CAD, I love to see the development process."

    If you live in the greater United Kingdom and are a dealer or retail customer, you can now save time and money when you order 034Motorsport product from Awesome directly. Avoid the hassle of waiting for parts to clear customs and support a local business in the UK while feeding your inner petrolhead at the same time!

    Email: sales@awesomegti.com

    Phone: +44 (0)161 776 0777

    Fax: +44 (0)161 776 1777

    Website: www.awesomegti.com/shop-by-brand/034motorsport

    Address: Unit 1 Siemens Road, Northbank Industrial Park, Irlam, Manchester, M44 5AH, UK

  • Geoff's Dual Pulley-Tuned B8.5 Audi S4 3.0T

    Dual Pulley Tuned B8.5 Audi S4 3.0T

    Geoff is one of a select few B8/B8.5 S4 owners looking to push the envelope of Audi's supercharged 3.0L V6 engine. His wheels are always spinning, both literally and figuratively. When Geoff's not at one of the local drag strips trying to best his 1/4 mile time, he's brewing ideas and researching how he can squeeze more power from his 3.0T powerplant. He was one of the early adopters to run an upgraded dual pulley configuration, unsure of what power gains he would see but willing to take the chance in the name of horsepower!

    Tuned B8.5 Audi S4 in Glacier White with OZ Racing Wheels

    It wasn't an all out mission for the most horsepower when Geoff first bought his S4 however. He was simply in the market for a new car that would serve as a daily driver. Sounds pretty reasonable, right? After searching around for a bit, Geoff determined a B8.5 Audi S4 perfectly fit the bill for his needs and desires. He managed to pick up a 2013 S4 in Glacier White Metallic with under 35,000 miles, sporting a stasis tune and a set of RS4 wheels.

    "It is in my opinion the best daily driver you can buy. Sophisticated, understated, plenty of power, active mod community, AWD for the winters and 4-doors for when you need to haul things around." - Geoff

    Dual Pulley Tuned B8.5 Audi S4 in Glacier White

    Needless to say, it sounds like he made the right decision for a daily driver. Early into his ownership with the S4, Geoff purchased an intake from USP Motorsports so he could enjoy the sweet, addictive sounds of his supercharger. He ultimately had his sights set on a Stage 2 tune, intake, and exhaust to be satisfied with the performance from the car. Once the intake was purchased, he was already 1/3 of the way to his point of satisfaction with the car. But, as any car enthusiast can attest, there is no true point of satisfaction or end of tinkering. Being "done" with your car is a myth, a dream, a mirage in the distance that we never quite attain. This endless search for automotive nirvana can be blamed entirely on "the mod bug." Once it grabs hold of you, it never lets go.

    Tuned Glacier White B8.5 Audi S4 on OZ Wheels

    Geoff recounts, "At the time I wanted more power and thought stage II would be perfect and I'd never need anymore. A few mods in and the addiction hit. I was living in an apartment in downtown Portland at the time and was constantly working on my car out in the parking lot. The management wasn't thrilled and I eventually had to find new places to turn a wrench."

    The list of mods snowballed into an impressive combination of engine hardware and suspension components in an effort to bring balance to the car's rising performance levels. Among the mix of parts installed was the 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Insert Package. This kept the car predictable under power and reduced any unwanted drivetrain movement during the hard launches at the drag strip. Geoff has also picked up a set of 034Motorsport Street Density Motor Mounts for more direct power transfer and to further reduce slop that's associated with the soft factory rubber mounts.

    Interior and P3 VIDI Gauge in Tuned B8.5 Audi S4

    Next up was the hunt for more power. There was a time, not so long ago, when there wasn't much talk of people running dual upgraded pulleys on the 3.0 TFSI. Those looking to make the most power possible were running piggyback tuners on top of existing Stage I or Stage II tunes to keep the bypass closed and run as much boost as possible. Then came the Stage II+ era, or the dual pulley adopters. With an overdrive crank pulley and underdrive supercharger pulley installed, the supercharger spins significantly faster than ever possible before with just a single pulley upgrade.

    Geoff was one of the first to install both an overdrive crank pulley and underdrive supercharger pulley on his B8.5 S4. Once fitted to the car, he reached out to 034Motorsport for his tuning needs, as the piggyback tuners on top of existing tunes was not the optimal way to go. 034Motorsport was happy to work with Geoff and develop a proper ECU and TCU tune to make the most of his upgraded hardware. Geoff is now running a proprietary High-Rev TCU file that raises the rev limit to 7600 RPM, up from the factory 6500 - 7000 RPM limit, to squeeze every last bit of power from the top end of the powerband. He's also running 034Motorsport's Stage 2+ ECU file with optimized timing and fueling maps, calibrated for a dual pulley configuration.

    Glacier White B8.5 Audi S4 on OZ Racing Leggera HLT Wheels

    Geoff hasn't had a chance to put his car on the dyno since the new tuning files were uploaded, but he has had a chance to take it to the drag strip and run mid-11 second 1/4 miles with full interior and street tires. He doesn't want to make claims on power just yet, but confirms it's significantly quicker than upgrading just a single pulley. With the supercharger spinning much faster than ever intended, he's been fighting to keep internal air temperatures down, and tinkering with water/meth injection to combat the heat soak.

    There is always trial and error when you're one of the first to try something new. It comes with the territory. Geoff knows there's a chance that if he keeps pushing the performance of his S4, something will give, and he fully accepts his fate when that day comes. He looks at it as an opportunity to build the car to be even stronger and faster! In the future he plans to port the supercharger for added volume and to continue pushing the boundaries of his car beyond. At 034Motorsport, we look forward to continue helping Geoff and his B8.5 Audi S4 go faster than ever before!

    Dual Pulley Tuned B8.5 Audi S4

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