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8 February 2005

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First up, and winner of this month’s Avalon Motorsports $100.00 gift certificate is Fourtitude reader: AudiA45Valves

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I’ve had it about three years.

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: The car has been a test bed for numerous products ranging from the first GIAC X chip, one-off Duh Engineering FMIC, and Pure Motorsport brake ducts.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: It was pretty obvious the first time I drove the car that it wasn’t going to be a ¼-mile record breaker. What the car has is a lot of potential to be fast through the turns. Audi’s quattro system should be standard on all their cars because I could not imagine driving an Audi without it. It really sets it apart from its competition. The car is very agile, considering its weight, but more importantly, it has very clean lines while still being able to turn heads.

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: The car was built with Auto-X in mind. The suspension, wheels, tires, and brakes were all selected to provide solid Auto-X performance without reducing the daily drivability of the car.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: I have been fortunate enough to receive support from the local Audi enthusiast community, along with many of the tuners and shops in SoCal. PureMS, GIAC, AMS, Duh and many others have contributed to the vehicle’s current state.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: Unlike most A4s in the SoCal community, this one isn’t about bling.

Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: In one word… quattro. There is nothing like it. If you don’t believe me, you can try it out yourself.

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: The first time I went on a canyon run with some fellow Audi owners I knew the car needed to go faster.

Q: What don’t you like about this car?

A: Weight – it’s a pig, but a happy pig that gladly consumes rubber for breakfast.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: The fact that they stopped making them. Have you seen the B6 and B7? Blech!

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: I’d say a 9.5, only because it will never be finished, so there is never an outcome.

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: I’d find a 20v I5 turbo built by the rally guys over in Europe.

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: My family – they just don’t understand the disease of modding cars.

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: “Why?” They just don’t get it.

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: Anywhere with tight turns and no traffic… what fun is a car designed to carve up the corners if there’s a car in front of you?

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: A drive in the mountains of San Diego!

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Me and no one else. Well, okay – maybe Boo my space gerbil.

Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “Power is nothing without control.” I’m a control freak – ask my friends.

Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: It’s known as Car, as in my Car, the Car.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: This was my first big project. For the longest time I didn’t want to mod the car, due to the warranty and all. That quickly changed when this porky 4 cylinder got owned by a BMW X5 that was towing a trailer… Bad, bad BMW!

Q: What is your next project?

A: Hopefully, it will be one that requires little or no mods (Elise).

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Understated.

Owner Information:

Name- Paul Chan
Address- San Diego, CA
Occupation- Business Analyst
Club Affiliations-

Vehicle Information:

Year- 2001
Make- Audi
Model- A4
Mileage- 40200
Original Color- Brilliant Black
Current Color- Brilliant Black with swirl effect
Engine- 1.8T
Engine Modifications- Custom Duh Engineering FMIC, AMS 4.5 BAR FPR, AMS 4.5bar programming
Exhaust Modifications- Milltek cat-back stainless steel exhaust
Transmission Modifications- APR snub mount
Suspension Modifications- Vogtland A4 front springs, S4 rear springs on Koni adjustable shocks, 19mm Neuspeed rear sway bar
Brake Modifications- Brembo GranTurismo 332mm front brake kit, PureMS brake ducts
Wheels and Tires- Street: 18×8 OZ SuperLeggera w/225/40/18 Goodyear F1 GS-D3; Track: 17×8 OZ SuperLeggera w/235/45/17 Toyo RA1
Exterior/Body Modifications- S4 front bumper, S4 Ecode headlights, Philips Ultinon 6000k HIDs
Interior Modifications- Stratmosphere short shifter, RS4 shift knob, Simoni pedals, custom A-pillar pod, Autometer boost gauge, Topspin Design race harness, Topspin Design Real-Cam
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- JL 250/1 with a JL10w3 (audio just makes it heavier)
Thanks/Props- All the companies that have helped me out over the last three years, and of course, SoCalEuro.

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