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  • Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo

    After a few pictures and videos of Nate@034's Brilliant Red 2006 Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo appeared on Instagram, it seems like everyone wants to know exactly what lies beneath the surface. Nate's Precision 6262 turbocharged 8P Audi A3 3.2L was built, tuned, and tested here at 034Motorsport in Fremont, CA while developing our 3.2L 24V VR6 Stage 1 Turbo Kit.

    Not the Average Daily-Driver

    In its time here at 034Motorsport, this A3 has transformed from a bone-stock 240 horsepower hatchback into a daily-driven 600+ horsepower track-day weapon and grocery-getter.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    "I just want something with DSG that will make a decent commuter. I guess it should sound good, too." I remember Nate saying this a few years ago, shortly before he bought his Brilliant Red 2006 Audi A3 3.2L. I couldn't help but chuckle.

    If you know Nate, you know he has to tinker with everything. His house is littered with Arduino and RPi projects, making sure that his dogs are fed, dishes are done, drinks can be mixed, and movies can be watched. He's stuffed more cylinders, turbos, and horsepowers into various Audi chassis than most people would think possible. He spends most of his day at his desk or on the dyno, in front of mysterious screens overflowing with indecipherable combinations of letters, numbers, lines, and graphs.

    There were a few options on the table, but the best-sounding engine Audi had mated to a DSG at the time was the 3.2L VR6 24V. After a few months of searching, Nate found what he was looking for in this Brilliant Red A3, which he likely purchased from a recently graduated high-school cheerleader.

    Needless to say, it wasn't long before Nate's unassuming A3 drove into our Service Department for some "routine maintenance" of sorts.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    Stage 1

    Nate realized that his A3 was somewhat neglected by the prior owner, and badly in need of an oil change. Naturally, he started by purchasing a Precision 6262 CEA Turbocharger, which is the same unit that we run in our Time Attack Audi A4. "I mean, I'm going to have to drain the oil to install this thing," Nate was overheard explaining to his (now ex-) girlfriend, "so really I'm saving money in the long term." It was a brilliant strategy, drawing attention away from the fact that the 6262 is capable of moving enough air for 705 crank horsepower, and is perfectly sized for the 3.2L VR6 24V, offering fast spool and plenty of top end power.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    Nate's build started out as a low boost, intercooled turbo setup, ideal for stock compression engines and within safe limits of the plastic factory intake manifold. Starting with some readily available high-quality parts, including a 034Motorsport Cast 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Manifold, Precision 6262 CEA Turbocharger, Tial 38mm External Wastegate, and Garrett Intercooler Assembly, allowed for a solid foundation. From there, Nate and the 034Motorsport Team turned their attention to mocking up intercooler mounts and plumbing, fabricating a 3.5" downpipe with wastegate recirculation, and buttoning up the engine bay with all necessary hoses, fittings, and hardware. A beautiful X34 Cold Air Intake with carbon fiber heat shield completed the engine bay.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    With all the hardware in place, the real fun could begin. Nate spent countless hours remapping the ECU and TCU on the dyno, street, and track to ensure smooth, safe power delivery and fast, precise shifts. Launch Control was added to allow boost and RPMs to build at a standstill, and guarantee perfect launches every time.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    The hardware and tuning changes resulted in gains of ~130 horsepower and ~100 foot pounds of torque at the wheels over stock at ~7.5 PSI. Eventually, this setup became our production 034Motorsport 3.2L 24V VR6 Stage 1 Turbo Kit. Happy with the results and in the interest of long-term testing, the powerplant in Nate's A3 stayed relatively unchanged for the next couple of years and close to 30,000 miles.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    Suspension, Drivetrain, Brakes, Wheels, Tires

    With the engine pumping out roughly 50% more power than stock, Nate turned his attention elsewhere on the car. He promptly installed a KW Clubsport Coilover Suspension, which improved handling while maintaining a comfortable ride. A 034Motorsport Solid Adjustable Rear Sway Bar was also installed to reduce body roll and combat the A3's natural tendency to understeer. Looking to further dial in the suspension, Nate replaced most of the factory rubber bushings with 034Motorsport's spherical suspension components to eliminate unwanted deflection and maintain ideal suspension geometry. Stock parts made way for 034Motorsport Rear Sway Bar End Links, 034Motorsport Rear Trailing Arm Bearings, and 034Motorsport Adjustable Rear Upper Control Arms. Rear A-Arm Bushings from an Audi TTRS were added to the mix as well.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    To keep the A3's engine and transmission from twisting themselves out of the car, the factory drivetrain mounts were tossed in favor of a 034Motorsport Track Density Engine Mount Set and 034Motorsport Billet Dogbone Mount. This combination greatly reduces slop in the engine and transmission mounts, resulting in crisper shifting and more direct load transitions on the street or track.

    Desperately in need of some added grip, the A3's stock wheels and tires were replaced with lightweight Rays Engineering 18x8 Wheels wrapped in 235/40/18 Continental DW Tires. The larger wheels also gave much needed clearance for massive TTRS Front Brakes equipped with Cobalt XR-2 Brake Pads. With plenty of grip, handling, and braking to match it's boosted power output, we thought Nate's A3 project had reached an end, until...

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    More Power!

    A few months ago, we received a call from our friends at European Car Magazine. The 2014 European Car Tuner GP was coming up soon, and they wanted us to be there. Having won the event overall in our TTRS, Time Attack A4, and GTI-RS in previous years, we knew we wanted to go. What we wanted to bring, however, was still up for debate.

    Having taken a modified TTRS, a full-fledged time attack car, and a crazy mid-engine conversion in the past, we wanted to choose something a little less extreme, yet still capable of representing what 034Motorsport products are capable of. After some debate, we couldn't come up with a better answer than Nate's daily-driven Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo. What would be better than showing off what we could do with a practical, daily-driven German hatchback with bolt-on upgrades and minimal setup?

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    There was just one thing it was missing... more power. Luckily, a few key 034Motorsport upgrades for the 3.2L VR6 24V had been released since Nate last upgraded anything under the hood. A 034Motorsport Compression Dropping Head Spacer Kit was added to allow for more timing and boost, and a 034Motorsport Short Runner Intake Manifold (SRI) was installed to optimize airflow and replace the factory plastic manifold.

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    While the head was off, Supertech Exhaust Valves and High-Rate Valve Springs were installed to cope with high RPM operation and higher EGTs. The stock mass airflow (MAF) sensor was replaced with an 85mm Billet MAF Housing and Slot-Style MAF in order to accurately meter (much, much more) air going into the engine.

    A 034Motorsport FP34 Surge Tank housing a Bosch 044 Fuel Pump was placed neatly in the engine bay to prevent fuel starvation, and hooked up to a 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Fuel Rail. The 550cc EV14 Fuel Injectors used in our Stage 1 Turbo Kit were replaced with larger 850cc EV14 Fuel Injectors to make sure plenty of fuel was available.

    The Density Line Engine & Transmission Mounts were replaced with soon-to-be released Billet Aluminum Engine Mounts to further limit drivetrain movement.

    Finally, 104 octane unleaded fuel was pumped into the gas tank and boost was turned up to just under 25 PSI. After some fine tuning, Nate's A3 was putting down 547 horsepower and 451 foot-pounds of torque through all four wheels on our Mustang AWD Chassis Dyno! That's an impressive amount of power from a 3.2L VR6 24V with stock cams and a stock bottom end.

    Ultimately Nate's A3 has accomplished exactly what he set out to do: create a daily driven, streetable monster Audi. With the traction of Quattro and practicality of a 5-door hatchback, Nate's A3 is ready to tackle a myriad of activities. Not to mention the sound! Those of us who are lucky enough to be near an open door when Nate leaves the parking lot are always welcomed with a symphony of combustion events, turbocharger sounds, and DSG shifts complete with grin-inducing crackles and pops.

    Nate's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Dyno Chart 034Motorsport

    Vehicle Specifications - Nate@034's 2006 Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo

    Cylinder Head & Valvetrain

    Intake, Turbocharger, Exhaust

    Fueling & Tuning

    Drivetrain

    Suspension

    Brakes

    • Factory Audi TTRS Front Brakes with Cobalt XR-2 Brake Pads

    Wheels & Tires

    • Rays Engineering CE28 Wheels - 18" x 8"
    • Continental ExtremeContact DW Tires - 235/40/18

    Nate's A3 was recently entered in the 2014 European Car Magazine Tuner Grand Prix, so stay tuned for more news on that event in the coming months!

    Picture Gallery

    Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport Nate@034's Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo Kit by 034Motorsport

    Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo

  • DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert - 034-509-4014

    034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert Upgrade for B8 Audi A4/S4/RS4, A5/S5/RS5, Q5/SQ5 | 034-509-4014
    The installation of your 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert for the B8 Audi A4/S4/RS4 & A5/S5/RS5 is a relatively simple process that will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. This billet aluminum insert is designed to fill the large void in the factory transmission mount, and limit transmission movement without sacrificing ride quality. By filling the void in the factory mount, this insert eliminates the associated slop and ensures that you're experiencing crisper shifts and a smoother driving experience.

    Supplied Parts:

    Tools Needed:

    • Hands (Opposable Thumbs Are Optional)
    • 10mm Triple Square Bit
    • Wrench
    • Blue Loctite (Recommended)
    • Ramps, Lift, or Jack & Jackstands

    Step 0 – Raise the vehicle securely on jackstands, ramps, or a lift, in order to gain access to the transmission mount. Make sure you have all tools necessary for installation of the transmission mount insert. Give yourself a pep-talk in front of the bathroom mirror, reinforcing the fact that you are an expert enthusiast with a mechanical aptitude second only to Charlie Sheen’s. For good measure, take a selfie while you’re at it.

    Step 1 – Locate the transmission mount, and observe the two 10mm triple square bolts in their natural habitat. Be careful to avoid frightening the bolts. It is imperative that the bolts are relaxed and unaware of what is going to happen next.

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert

    Step 2Remove the two 10mm triple square bolts from the transmission mount, and remove the small bracket at the bottom. Let the feeling of accomplishment overcome you.

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert

    Step 3 – Observe the exposed transmission mount, and take note of the large void in the rubber. That can’t be good for performance, can it? Think of objects you can use to fill the void: old socks, yesterday’s newspaper, that weird quinoa stuff that your wife bought for $20 at Whole Foods, but nobody wants to eat. Panic. Remember that you bought the 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert. Feel better.

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert

    Step 4 – Press the shiny new 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert into the void. The orientation of the 034Motorsport logo is not important. Or is it? It’s not, but it might matter to you.

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert

    Step 5 – Secure the 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert using the 10mm triple square bolts you removed in Step 2 and torque to 20 Nm. Blue Loctite is recommended. Yes, we provided an anchor link back to Step 2 so that you wouldn’t get lost. We’re nice people like that over here.

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert

    Step 6 – Marvel at your work.

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert

    Step 7 – Marvel at your work from a different angle.

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert

    Step 8 – Lower your vehicle from the ramps, jackstands, or lift. Drive it.

    Step 9 – Like the improvement? Leave a review for this part on our website! Want to tell more enthusiasts about this part? Post about it on AudiRevolution, AudiWorld, Audizine, Fourtitude, or QuattroWorld!

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert for B8 Audi A4/S4/RS4, A5/S5/RS5, Q5/SQ5 - 034-509-4014

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert for B8 Audi A4/S4/RS4, A5/S5/RS5, Q5/SQ5 - 034-509-4014

    DIY Installation Instructions: 034Motorsport Transmission Mount Insert for B8 Audi A4/S4/RS4, A5/S5/RS5, Q5/SQ5 - 034-509-4014

  • 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS Wins the 25 Hours of Thunderhill 2013!

    The 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi Sport Customer Racing TT RS VLN celebrated a decisive victory at the eleventh running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill on Sunday, December 8th! "We are thrilled to be a part of the winning effort for such an unbelievable victory, this win represents the culmination 3 years running this event as well as decades of motorsport experience, made even more rewarding considering the high level of participation in this race." - Javad Shadzi, President, 034Motorsport. The #24 Audi TT RS was driven by Robb Holland, Roland Pritzker, Jeff Altenburg, Rob Huff and Kevin Gleason, backed by a joint American/German crew from 034Motorsport and Rotek Racing. The win did not come without its fair share of ups and downs both leading up to and during the race, but the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing team persevered through the challenges to achieve overall victory. During Thursday’s testing session, the TT RS was turning impressive lap times, consistently staying in the 1:43 range with 2012 WTCC Champion Rob Huff behind the wheel. However, the car ran into electrical problems a few hours into the session. These issues were quickly narrowed down to the vehicle’s Engine Control Unit (ECU) which was removed and disassembled for diagnosis. The team did not have a spare ECU from Audi Sport, so the damaged unit would have to be repaired in order for the team to have any hope of competing on Saturday. “The ECU in the vehicle came loose during testing, subjecting it to severe vibration and causing physical damage to its components. It was brought back to the 034Motorsport facility, where the damaged components were identified and replaced as necessary using a donor ECU that we were lucky enough to have access to,” explained Nate Stuart, 034Motorsport’s Lead Engineer. The painstaking repair process went through Thursday night into the early hours of Friday morning. Once repaired, the ECU was rushed back to Thunderhill, where it was discovered that some additional work was needed, and causing 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing to miss all of Friday’s testing session. The finishing touches were completed on the ECU with just minutes left to make the evening qualifying session. “After the ECU failure, the team did not know what to expect. The damage was extensive… We honestly weren't sure that the car would be racing at all, let alone making it to qualifying,” said Christian Miller, Team Manager from 034Motorsport. The 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS qualified 9th overall with a lap time of 1:49.152, despite using the qualifying session to give seat time to the rest of the team’s drivers. Rob Huff started the race at 11:00 AM Saturday morning and quickly moved through the field, setting a best lap time of 1:45.491 and moving the TT RS from 9th to 1st during the first hours of the race. The 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing TT RS moved between second and third position during the next few hours of the race, facing stiff competition from the #03 Superlite SLC and #52 Wolf GB08S. At approximately 5:00 PM 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS made contact with a Honda Fit that cut in on the faster ES car during a turn, spinning the Honda Fit off track and damaging a canard on the Audi TT RS. The #09 Lexus ISF from Lexus USA also made contact with the right rear corner of the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS later in the night, forcing a longer-than-usual pit stop for the team as the crew checked for and repaired damage. After both incidents, the car went back on track quickly, and continued to perform consistently. Early Sunday morning with 8 hours remaining, the ESR-class Wolf GB08S dropped back with mechanical issues, and the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS moved into P2, with the P1 Superlite SLC within reach. Less than an hour later, the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing team was forced to pit during a long yellow, resulting in a 3 minute penalty for the team. At the same time that the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS went into the pits, the #03 Superlite SLC dropped out of the race with steering issues, and 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing moved into the lead. The #52 Wolf GB08S was also back out on track, and pushing hard to make up the 16 lap gap between it and the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS. “At around 5:00 AM, we were in the lead with a 16 lap advantage, but still potentially within grasp of the Wolf prototype in 2nd,” explained Laszlo Tallai from 034Motorsport. The #52 Wolf GB08S retired due to engine failure just before sunrise, leaving the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS in the lead with a comfortable 24 lap cushion between it and the #83 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup. Drivers Kevin Gleason and Robb Holland maintained a consistent pace in the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS, eventually stretching the lead to over 30 laps. Meanwhile, a fierce battle for second was developing for 2nd place between the #08 Audi R8 LMS from GMG Racing, and the #83 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup from Barrett Racing. James Sofronas was behind the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS, setting back-to-back lap records in an attempt to catch the Porsche. Gaining upwards of 6 seconds per lap on the Porsche, the GMG Audi R8 LMS moved into P2 with less than an hour left in the race. It was looking like the 25 Hours of Thunderhill would end with an Audi 1-2 finish, but the GMG Audi R8 LMS was forced to retire with a transmission failure, ending up 4th overall. In the final hours of the race, Rob Huff extended the lead of the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS to 38 laps, taking the checkered flag at the end of his double stint. This marked the first Audi victory at the NASA/USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as well as the first FWD victory at the event. Following the 034Motorsport/Rotek Racing Audi TT RS to fill out the overall podium was the #83 Barrett Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in second and the # 38 Radical West Radical SR3 in third. "It was a blast today racing here this weekend," Roland Pritzker, Rotek Racing Driver & Owner said. "We had a couple of little issues with contact that took a couple of canards off in the front in the middle of the night, but we replaced them and kept going. It was smooth sailing. Really we didn't have any big issues.  We kept it on the track and out of the pits and all of the drivers ran nice and clean laps. My stints in the car were really fun, I just had a blast driving this Audi TT RS here at Thunderhill."

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