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  • Top 7 Upgrades for Your 8V Audi S3

    034Motorsport Tuned Audi 8V S3

    Are you a current or prospective owner of Audi's highly-capable 8V S3 Quattro? Maybe you don't own an S3 specifically,  but a close sibling derived from the same MQB chassis. Perhaps, you answered "No" to the above questions but still love these cars anyway, and are curious how to squeeze all of the performance possible from it!

    It can be difficult to know where to start modifying when there are so many enticing parts for this car in the aftermarket world. We're here to help break down the various aspects of tuning an 8V Audi S3, and provide a little insight on what we think makes some of the best upgrades for Audi's modern small-chassis rocket ship. We've categorized the type of mods into distinct areas including drivetrain, suspension, intake, and forced induction.

    Drivetrain Upgrades

    As it goes when building a car to suit most peoples needs, manufacturers typically err on the side of comfort by installing rubber mounts with voids at any location where suspension or drivetrain components mate to the chassis. This provides a quiet, supple ride down the road, but also creates a more removed driving feel and uncertainty when pushed to the limit. 034Motorsport has inserted themselves (get it?) as one of the premier producers of drivetrain inserts, which effectively reduce drivetrain movement and limit bushing flex without introducing additional noise, vibration, or harshness (NVH) into the cabin. This means the driver experiences a tighter feeling chassis and predictability at the limit without sacrificing ride quality on the street.

    1 | 8V Audi S3 Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert 

    The "best bang for your buck" drivetrain insert is by far the 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert. The dogbone mount, or torque arm, connects the motor and transmission to the front subframe and exists to limit the amount of "twist" from the motor under acceleration and deceleration. The factory bushing allows for significant flex in the rubber however, so we developed an insert to limit the movement.

    034motorsport MQB billet aluminum dogbone insert

    After months of CAD prototyping, real world testing, and revisions, we settled on the optimal thickness and profile for the billet aluminum insert to eliminate slop without increasing any NVH into the cabin. While driving with a 034Motorsport Dogbone Mount Insert, you will experience crisper shifting and less "clunkiness" during on-off throttle transitions.

    2 | 8V Audi S3 Density Line Motor Mount Pair

    Once you've begun to lock down your drivetrain with the Dogbone Mount Insert, the addiction to further limit drivetrain movement and develop a more "connected" feeling to the road will likely overcome you. Don't fret however, when that feeling hits, 034Motorsport is here to help.

    The next step in eliminating unwanted drivetrain movement is the 034Motorsport Density Line Motor Mount Pair for the 8V Audi S3. Engineered with performance in mind, this MQB Density Line motor mount pair is manufactured from void-free and fluid-free 50 durometer (engine) and 60 durometer (transmission) rubber. The higher durometer rubber is roughly 25% stiffer than the factory counterparts, and solid-filled construction results in significantly less drivetrain movement without being too harsh on the road. With Density Line motor mounts, you will experience crisper shifting, reduced wheel hop, and a more connected driving experience due to decreased engine movement under load.

    Density Line vs Stock MQB Motor Mount Comparison

    Why rubber instead of polyurethane? Rubber is an inherently better damping medium for mounts and bushings, hence why OE manufacturers such as Audi and Volkswagen use it extensively on their cars. Higher durometer rubber accomplishes the same goal of limiting movement similar to polyurethane, however it is better able to deal with stress under both tension and compression compared to poly. While polyurethane can pack out and wear during use, rubber is more consistent and durable over time, lasting longer for a more reliable component.

    Suspension

    034Motorsport R460 8V Audi S3 On Track

    The 8V S3 is a nimble and capable chassis out of the box due to its compact size and all-wheel drive Quattro (dare we say Haldex?) drivetrain. In a typical AWD, front-engine layout however, these cars like to push the front end and understeer at the limit. There are a couple different options when looking to gain a more neutrally balanced car, through different spring rates, different sway bar rates, or a combination of both.

    Audi spends significant amounts of money in research and development on their vehicles to create a well performing chassis, and slapping the biggest bar you can find underneath your car can upset the handling characteristics in a negative way. Alternatively, 034Motorsport took various spring rates into account based on available suspension options when developing their own upgraded sway bar, and calculated an optimal sway bar diameter after months of testing different configurations.

    3 | 8V Audi S3 Adjustable Solid Rear Sway Bar

    034Motorsport spent considerable time on the street and track with the in-house S3 development vehicle to learn the handling characteristics in all different types of scenarios. Altering chassis dynamics is not taken lightly, and 034Motorsport makes sure that any suspension product sold is a true upgrade over the factory unit. In order to reduce understeer, a larger rear sway bar is required to effectively pivot the car better through corners. Biggest is not always best however!

    034Motorsport R460 Turbo 8V Audi S3

    The 034Motorsport Adjustable Solid Rear Sway Bar was thoroughly tested on the street and track with our S3 development vehicle to find the right balance between improved turn-in and reduced body roll while maintaining comfort on the street. Our bar is made from a single piece of high-quality 22.2mm spring steel for ultimate rigidity. The 034Motorsport Solid Adjustable Rear Sway Bar offers a 37% rate increase over the factory S3 hollow rear sway bar in its soft setting, and a 52% rate increase in the stiff setting.

    The result is a car that corners flatter, turns in tighter, and feels more agile and responsive through the corners with a hint of oversteer when desired. Canyon carving and track day sessions have never been so fun until you've installed one of these!

    4 | 8V Audi S3 Dynamic+ Lowering Springs

    The same concept applies to developing lowering springs as it does to sway bars, and that's the notion that every product we sell must be a true upgrade over the factory component. When we stepped into the lowering spring market, we wanted 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Lowering Springs to be different from the rest. We wanted to eliminate the reverse rake typically seen from other spring manufacturers, and we wanted a functional drop that provided an aggressive stance without going stupid amounts of low. Most importantly however, we wanted to improve handling without creating a significantly harsher ride compared to the OEM configuration.

    Lowered 8V Audi S3 2.0T Quattro

    After further engineering and testing on the street and track, we arrived at what we believe to be the ultimate specifications. An even 0.75" drop from factory ride height brings the car's center of gravity closer to the pavement, and accents any wheel choice (factory or aftermarket) quite nicely. The linear 310 lbs/in front and 400 lbs/in rear spring rates help to reduce body roll and combat understeer due to the higher rate in the rear compared to the front. Above all else, 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Lowering Springs were developed with Audi Magnetic Ride in mind and offer a truly OEM+ ride quality with increased precision and handling performance.

    5| 8V Audi S3 Spherical Rear Trailing Arm Kit

    With a more neutral handling chassis, it's time to further increase precision and consistency by eliminating bushing flex from the rear end. Factory rear trailing arm bushings are made from a soft durometer rubber to dampen sound and vibrations from the rear wheels, but allow for inconsistency and deflection when the vehicle's weight transfers in corners. The 034Motorsport Rear Trailing Arm Spherical Bearing Upgrade Kit is designed to replace the factory rubber bushings, and allow full suspension articulation without binding.

    034Motorsport Spherical Rear Trailing Arm Upgrade

    By eliminating the rubber bushings from the factory rear trailing arms, the unsettled and loose feeling from the rear is gone completely! The replacement Aurora spherical bearings eliminate any flex from the trailing arm and still allow the suspension to travel through it's full motion as it should. Instead, a planted, confidence-inspiring road feel takes over and provides precise and predictable handling on any road surface. With the bearings pre-installed in factory replacement arms, the 034Motorsport Spherical Rear Trailing Arm Upgrade is a simple, bolt-in installation with no bearing press needed here!

    Intake

    034Motorsport MQB X34 Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake System

    The turbocharged four-cylinder engines of this past decade have proven to be very responsive to aftermarket tuning, and Audi's latest generation of 2.0 liter engines is no different. The EA888 Gen 3 is potent from the factory, but we all know as enthusiasts that we can't leave things alone. For example, the factory airbox on the 8V S3 is decent, but the engineers at 034Motorsport knew they could do better.

    6 | 8V Audi S3 X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System

    Upon initial design, the idea was to create a one-piece intake that provides noticeable gains in horsepower and torque across the powerband over the factory air box. From there, the engineering department at 034Motorsport 3D scanned the factory intake and identified problematic areas to improve upon. They found that even with the stock turbocharger, intake airflow was limited and restrictive.

    Having scanned the factory engine bay, a one-piece design was created to eliminate jagged edges and unnecessary couplers within the intake tract. The result is a completely smooth intake tube to the turbo inlet, almost completely eliminating pressure drop in the intake system before the turbo inlet. A 4" inlet diameter cone filter ensures ALL of the air available is drawn into the intake and fed into the compressor side of the turbo.

    X34 MQB Cold Air Intake System Flow Animation

    The result of this smooth, one-piece design leads to some staggering power increases on an otherwise stock S3. With the 034Motorsport X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System installed on a stock 2016 Audi S3, peak gains of 24 WHP and 20 WTQ were realized on 034Motorsport's in-house Mustang AWD dynamometer! Cars with Stage 1 tunes and alternative engine modifications will notice even greater gains across the powerband.

    034Motorsport Carbon Fiber 8V Audi S3 Engine Bay

    To further set the 034Motorsport X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System apart from the rest, a carbon fiber weave was carefully chosen to match that used on Audi's RS vehicles. This gives a true OEM+ look to the engine bay with a one-piece carbon fiber intake system that will only attract positive attention.

    Power

    Circling back to the original notion the the S3 is already an impressive car in factory form, 034Motorsport intended to keep the lively and eager character of the 2.0 TFSI motor alive, and build from the solid foundation set by Audi. Rather than slap a big turbo on the car and introduce turbo lag for the sake of big hp numbers, 034Motorsport engineers opted for a more elegant, OEM+ solution with lightning fast spool and increased top-end power through the use of a LOBA hybrid turbocharger.

    7 | 8V Audi S3 R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System

    The R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System is a large piece of the winning combination that brought 034Motorsport victory in the 2016 European Car / Continental Tire 2.0T Tuner GP with their 8V S3. The LOBA LO462-EA888 turbocharger features a CNC-Machined billet compressor wheel to allow for higher flow, and a clipped turbine wheel to maintain quick and responsive factory spool characteristics. The backplate, compressor housing, and turbine housing have all been machined as well to eliminate any turbulence and provide optimal flow for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 motor.

    R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System for 8V Audi S3

    While the turbocharger is an impressive piece of machinery, the real magic comes from 034Motorsport's proprietary ECU tuning to make for the best driving experience possible. By optimizing the factory ECU's boost, fueling, and timing maps, 034Motorsport's R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System provides gains of 133 HP and 110 FT-LBS on 91 octane over the stock configuration, and a neck-breaking 143 HP / 124 FT-LBS gain with 104 octane. Depending on the octane of fuel used, peak boost ranges from 24-26 PSI and tapers to 22 PSI by the new 7,200 RPM redline for optimal turbocharger efficiency.

    034Motorsport R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System Dyno

    The R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System is a true bolt-on upgrade that offers staggering performance in any scenario. No internal engine modifications or additional fueling components needed here! Simply enjoy breathtaking power and OEM+ driving characteristics whether on the street or track. Improved throttle mapping from 034Motorsport's calibrator allows for precise inputs and better part-throttle modulation for sweeping corners and those tempting, perfectly-banked freeway off-ramps.

    R460 8V Audi S3 Tuned by 034Motorsport

    Performance upgrades are plentiful for the Audi 8V S3, and at the end of the day it's up to each owner how they wish to modify their own car. Whether looking to add power, improve handling, or simply look better, 034Motorsport has an extensive catalog of products specifically developed and curated for the 8V S3 enthusiast.

    See more on the 034Motorsport R460 8V Audi S3 develoment vehicle here, and check out our entire catalog of products for the 8V Audi S3 below.

    034Motorsport 8V Audi S3 Catalog

  • 034Motorsport's Top Products of 2016

    034Motorsport Engineering 3D Scans for Product Development

    Looking back over the past 12 months, 2016 proved to be a year of firsts for 034Motorsport. We were able to expand our product lines to the popular Audi/Volkswagen MQB platform and bring 15 new items to fruition. Some of these include our introduction into the performance spring marketplace with the release of 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Lowering Springs for 8V Audi A3/S3 Quattro, and our first line of carbon fiber cosmetic enhancements such as the Carbon Fiber Battery Cover and Carbon Fiber Fuse Box Cover.

    Tuned B8 Audi S4 with Carbon Fiber Intake

    Additionally, we demonstrated some of the best power gains seen from a Stage 1 tune for the B8/B8.5 Audi S4 & S5 3.0T and complementary DSG software to match. Keen on staying ahead of the curve, we also acquired a brand new B9 Audi A4 test mule to begin development on Audi's newest best-selling sedan. To that extent, we have already released our B9 Transmission Mount Insert yielding the same improvements and positive feedback as its predecessor for the B8/B8.5. We're proud of every product released last year, and want to look back on a selection of Go Fast Parts that made it to the top of our Staff's "List of Favorites From 2016."

    1 | X34 CARBON FIBER MQB COLD AIR INTAKE SYSTEM 

    8V Audi & Mk7 Volkswagen Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake

    The Carbon Fiber X34 Intake System for 1.8T and 2.0T Gen 3 MQB cars was certainly not the first aftermarket option available. Rather than deliver a subpar product first, we took our time developing an intake to be the best possible option for MQB owners. 034Motorsport's engineering department thoroughly analyzed the factory airbox and determined which components restricted airflow to the turbocharger inlet. Multiple iterations were prototyped and thoroughly tested to ensure flow was maximized from the factory inlet to the turbocharger. The result was a true, one-piece performance intake replacement with real power gains to be had. This meant each customer would receive the intake looking and performing as we intended, without any additional pieces to buy. It also ensured an easy installation with simple tools. The result? OEM+ fit and finish with the power to back it up. Our MkVII Volkswagen GTI with a stage 1 tune gained 31 WHP and 27 WTQ and stock 8V Audi S3 picked up 24 WHP and 20 WTQ respectively!

    2 | DYNAMIC+ LOWERING SPRINGS FOR 8V AUDI A3/S3 QUATTRO

    Dynamic+ Lowering Springs Suspension for 8V Audi A3 and S3

    Once the 8V A3/S3 chassis was released, we knew it would be the perfect platform to create a no-compromise lowering spring solution for vehicles equipped with Audi Magentic Ride. Built to our specifications, the front spring rate is 310 lbs/in of linear compression while the rear is slightly stiffer at 400 lbs/in. The result is our Dynamic+ Lowering Springs offering improved handling performance and precise vehicle control while maintaining OEM+ comfort levels. As for the looks, we decided on an equal 0.75" drop to improve the aesthetics of the car while still maintaining a functional ride height. Each set of Dynamic+ Lowering Springs is tested to 034Motorsport's exacting specifications to ensure they deliver unmatched performance for the discerning enthusiast.

    3 | SPHERICAL TRAILING ARM KITS FOR VOLKSWAGEN MKV/MKVI/MKVII

    8J/8P Audi & 8V/8S Spherical Trailing Arm Upgrade

    Gone are the days of pressing out rubber bushings and installing bearing holders! 034Motorsport has offered Spherical Trailing Arm Upgrades for years now, providing improved handling characteristics, steering precision, and confidence-inspiring road feel. Unsatisfied with the effort required to install the spherical bearing holders however, we went back to the drawing board and decided to make the product a complete bolt-in solution. We designed manufactured new steel trailing arms to precisely hold the high-performance spherical bearing assemblies. Now we are able to assemble everything in-house, making our re-designed Spherical Trailing Arm Kits a simple bolt-in upgrade with simple tools. Comprised of Aurora spherical bearings, billet aluminum bearing holders, and stainless steel spacers, these arms eliminate deflection under load to ensure precise handling on any road surface. Don't believe us? See our comparison between factory rubber bushings and 034Motorsport Spherical Arms below.

     

    4 | AUDI B9 TRANSMISSION MOUNT INSERT

    B9 Audi A4 Billet Aluminum Machined Transmission Mount Insert

    This product was a no-brainer to our 034Motorsport team. The widespread love for the B8 transmission mount insert made it a logical first product for our B9 A4 test mule. Once we identified the need to further lock down the transmission, we set out to create an insert and fill the void in the new factory rubber bushing. The ease of install and significant reduction in drivetrain slop make this a popular upgrade among the Audi community. We're particularly proud of this product as it represents an evolution of our billet aluminum inserts, and continues to be one of the best cost-effective upgrades to any modern Audi driver. Get an inside look on our development of the new B9 Audi Transmission Mount Insert below.

     

    5 | SUPERCHARGER PULLEY UPGRADE FOR AUDI 3.0 TFSI

    B8 B8.5 Audi 3.0T Supercharger Pulley Upgrade

    As we strive to offer the most comprehensive tuning options, the 3.0T Supercharger Pulley Upgrade was a requisite product for 034Motorsport to squeeze the most from Audi's potent supercharged V6 motor. Both our Stage 1 and Stage 2 software features an increased redline of 7,200 RPM with a refined throttle response in either Dynamic or Comfort mode. The goal was to increase power through the entire RPM range while improving upon the factory throttle modulation. Furthermore, the pulley upgrade allows for increased boost pressure from the factory Eaton TVS 1320 supercharger while staying within its maximum recommended speed for longevity. Peak gains 104 HP and 77 FT-LBS of torque can be expected from any 3.0T equipped Audi S4 or S5 running our Supercharger Pulley and Stage 2 Software on 91 octane fuel. We're proud of the usable power gains and refined driving characteristics we've safely unlocked from this supercharged engine and believe it's a must-have for any 3.0T owner.

    6 | MQB 1.8T/2.0T GEN 3 CARBON FIBER ENGINE BAY TRIM

    Carbon Fiber Engine Cover Group for MQB Chassis Audi and Volkswagen

    Yet another first for 034Motorsport in 2016! While developing the MQB X34 Cold Air Intake System, we quickly noticed the engine bay was lacking in aesthetics. After some discussion, we determined which complementary carbon fiber products could aid in bringing new life to the drab factory plastics and awful blankets under the hood. 034Motorsport's latest release of the Carbon Fiber MQB Battery Cover, Carbon Fiber Fuse Box Cover, and S3/TTS Carbon Fiber Engine Cover work together to provide a visually stunning engine bay. No longer will you be embarrassed to pop your hood! With the carbon fiber covers installed, we now find a quick peek in the engine bay to be a calming practice after a long spirited drive.

    7 | BILLET ALUMINUM REAR SUBFRAME INSERTS

    Billet Aluminum Rear Subframe Mount Insert

    The evolution of 034Motorsport's popular billet aluminum inserts continued through 2016 as we released a selection of Rear Subframe Mount Inserts for various Volkswagen and Audi chassis. These mount inserts comprehensively lock down the drivetrain without introducing significant NVH into the cabin. By filling the voids in the factory mounts, these rear subframe inserts eliminate slop associated with rubber bushings and offer a more refined driving experience. The CNC-machined billet aluminum inserts are virtually indestructible, and work to create a consistent handling car in any condition. Confidence inspiring performance with lifetime durability!

    8 | AUDI I5 TURBO EXTERNAL WASTEGATE DIAPHRAGM UPGRADE

    Upgraded classic Audi Turbo 5-cylinder external wastegate diaphragm

    Last, but certainly not least is the release of our upgraded Audi 5-Cylinder Turbo External Wastegate Diaphragm Replacement. Now discontinued from Audi, we took it upon ourselves to create an upgraded replacement for the aging factory wastegate diaphragm. Ideal for high-temperature and high-boost applications, this drop-in unit is over 50% thicker than stock and reinforced with polyester fiber. 034Motorsport was founded on the tuning of these classic Audi 5-cylinder cars and has certainly not forgotten about them.

    034Motorsport R460 8V Audi S3 Lowered on HRE Wheels

    Overall 2016 was a record-breaking year and marked many firsts for 034Motorsport. We couldn't have done it without the continued support of our 034Motorsport Dealers and customers alike. So here's to 2017, and continuing to push development on the Audis and Volkswagens we love. Let's make our cars faster and better than ever before!

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