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Project A3 Sedan: Suspension and Brakes

posted by on 15 August 2014 in Project A3 Sedan

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The whole purpose for a project is to make progress with an object. In this case, it is obviously a vehicle and even more so Audi’s newest small sedan the A3. The new MQB chassis that the A3 is based on will be shared between various models of the Volkswagen Group family but the A3 was the first one to market here in the United States, beating out its hatch-backed cousin the Volkswagen GTI by several weeks. One of the biggest benefits to this new platform is chassis rigidity and stiffness as well as the use of more expensive but lightweight materials. All of this is to build a very strong and light car, but to enthusiasts it means less weight, better handling, braking, and acceleration. More…

Project S7: Details of Detailing

posted by on 12 August 2014 in Project S7

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From SEMA in Las Vegas to fitment runs to Austin, TX, our now matte grey Audi has been logging plenty of mileage. Nevertheless, it needs to look its best when called upon to do duty at shows like the aforementioned SEMA Show or more local events. Detailing is critical to keeping it clean, particularly with a vinyl wrap. More…

Driven: 2014 Audi SQ5

posted by on 12 August 2014 in Reviews & Road Tests

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The Audi SQ5 has a lot to prove. While not quite as difficult of a sell to enthusiasts as its diesel-powered European counterpart, it still signifies a clear break from that tried and true ‘S’ formula- at least in the minds of that aforementioned group. Being the All-State Armchair Quarterbacks of the auto industry, enthusiasts […] More…

Event Coverage: MiVW 2014

posted by on 8 August 2014 in Events Coverage

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Taking place yearly in the Netherlands, MiVW is an incredibly laid back event.  Utilizing a Naval Air Base as its show field, MiVW brings out thousands of highly customized Volkswagens, Audis and more from all over Europe.  Luckily for us, our man Si Gray was there to capture it all. Like many weekend-long shows that […] More…

Revealed: Late 1990s Mid-Engine R8 GT1 & G-TT GT2 Race & Road Car Proposals

posted by on 25 July 2014 in Design Miscellaneous Features

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We first encountered designer Peter Stevens on Facebook earlier this month. We learned that longtime automotive designer was once involved with an Audi Le Mans project that pre-dated that of the R8R LMP1. At the time, Audi was exploring both the building of a supercar and the entry into Le Mans style sports car racing. GT1 & GT2 efforts were the hot formula at the time and the Audi TT was Ingolstadt’s only sports car. More…

Event: Waterfest 2014, Audi Perspective

posted by on 22 July 2014 in Events Coverage

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Now in its 20th year, Waterfest continues to bring Audi and Volkswagen enthusiasts from around the US and Canada to Englishtown, New Jersey for one weekend each July. For Waterfest 20 it seemed that mother nature has become a fan as well, gracing us with a mid-summer version of the ‘Polar Vortex’, which had a much higher approval rating than the one we lived through this winter.

First Drive: 2015 Audi A8 & S8 Model Range

posted by on 17 July 2014 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Some of the most expensive real estate in America, stunningly beautiful scenery, and a focus on recreation… like skiing or snowboarding. Aspen, the winter playground for the rich and famous, seems like as good a place as any to sample the new and improved A8/S8 range from Audi. More…

Event Report: Eurokracy 2014

posted by on 16 July 2014 in Events Coverage

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Eurokracy Montréal presented by Unitronic may only be in its fourth year, but there is already huge growth in both spectator and show car turnout. Located just north of the boarder at Napierville Dragway, Eurokracy features a layout extremely similar to what is available at events like Waterfest and GTI International. Hosting a packed show field and live drag racing, there is always something going on for spectators to take in. More…

Event: GTI International 2014

posted by on 8 July 2014 in Events Coverage

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27 years. As VAG Enthusiast shows go, Britain’s GTI International might just be the granddaddy. No doubt, it is also the biggest of its kind in the UK, gathering custom and high-performance Volkswagen Group models from far and wide and bringing them together at the Shakespeare County Raceway. More…

2014 24 Hours of Le Mans: Event Index

posted by on 17 June 2014 in 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

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A comprehensive list of news and features from the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. More…

Event Report: Worthersee 2014

posted by on 2 June 2014 in Events Coverage

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In 1939, Ferdinand Porsche purchased a summer home on the southern shore of Lake Worthersee, Austria. His grandson Ferdinand Piech still lives in the home, venturing to Reifnitz each May for an annual gathering of car enthusiasts. Yes, this is that Ferdiand Piech and yes, he goes to that car show named for the lake. More…

Project A3 Sedan: Introduction

posted by on 19 May 2014 in Project A3 Sedan Tech Procedures, FAQs & Installs

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Not too often does one get to take part in a project, a build, or a part of something that is new and ground-breaking. But then getting the chance to take that item from blank canvas of metal, plastic, and rubber to something of cutting edge beauty and sophistication is even more rare. Getting that item to a point where it gerners plenty of attention isn’t an easy thing and takes a lot of work and coordination with the hope that the end result will be appreciated or admired.