- Post is under moderationRESURRECTION MAN AUDI 80 Retro-cool on a £3k budget
From scrapper to show car, this #Audi-80 has been transformed by a man with a mission… all for under £3,000. Words Davy Lewis. Photography AJ Walker. AUDI 80 Stunning resto, on a £3k budget.
There’s something about retro Audis that never gets old. Cars we remember from our youth, that have perhaps seen better days, are somehow cooler than their modern equivalents. Fact. How many times have you spotted a 1980s Audi in the street, smiled and thought “I used to love those back in the day?”
There are however a couple of challenges with owning a classic Audi. First up they’re rare beasts. Cars that are over 30 years old tend to be few and far between – many consigned to the big scrapper in the sky (something compounded by the ill-conceived scrappage scheme a few years back). Then there’s the issue with getting hold of parts due to Audi’s bizarre decision not to make parts available for older models. Consequently, classic Audis tend to fall into two camps: the tatty, unloved runarounds or barn finds, and the immaculately restored cars that have set someone back a small fortune. The fact is, to own a classic Audi requires serious dedication and a large dose of mechanical know-how.
Fortunately for James Wade, the owner of this Marrakesh brown Audi 80, he’s no stranger to building stunning cars. “My last car was a highly tuned S3 8L,” he explains. “You actually featured it back in issue 002, although the new owner claimed he’d done the work!” he laughs. So, let’s set the record straight here, the Imola yellow S3 from issue 002, was all the work of James – in fact he owned the car from when he was 23.”I spent over eight years building that and it was an absolute monster by the end,” he smiles. Power was well over 500bhp and it would spin all four wheels in fourth when the boost kicked in.
So how does someone go from a savagely powerful S3, to a more sedate 177bhp Audi 80? “I built it for something to do – that’s sounds terrible doesn’t it,” laughs James. “I’ve done all the work in my garage – as soon as the kids have gone to bed, I leave the missus watching the soaps and go and work on the car in my man cave.” Sounds like a great way to spend time to me. Of course, it also helps that there’s a tuned RS6 C5 saloon parked on the drive, so the 80 can be a more sedate and fun project (well for now anyway; he’s already forged the engine and fitted a GT28, so it’ll soon be running 350+bhp).
So how did he happen upon this rare, early 80s saloon?
“My mate, Ross, had bought it for the engine, which had been tuned; he planned to scrap the rest, until I said I’d have it off him for £300,” recalls James. “It was a proper nail – painted matt brown, with no engine or brakes and the interior was terrible,” he continues, “I showed it to my missus and she said ‘WTF?’” he laughs. A trip to the local scrap yard yielded a 1.8 20v AEB K03 engine, most likely out of a Passat or A4, which was duly cleaned up and dropped into the 80’s engine bay. It required custom mounts and the loom needed adapting to run with the newer coil packs and original fuse box, but it ran.
With no off-the-shelf suspension available, James set about creating his own custom made front coilovers, which were fitted with Aerosport coilover air bags, Chapman rear air struts and two-way paddle valves. It’s a simple set up that James says will need improving when he goes for more power. I have say that when it comes to air-ride, I think it’s always best on retro cars like this, rather than the latest S and RS models. It certainly looks effective with the BBS wheels tucked up in the arches. The wheels themselves came off a BMW and like much of this car, were sourced for a bargain price. The RC041 and 042s were face mounted with new bolts (041 faces on 042 barrels and vice versa) with billet centre nuts. They look absolutely spot on fitted up to this ’81 saloon.
The rest of the exterior has been left as OEM as possible, with the exception of a front splitter and an Audi 80 rear spoiler added. The matt paintwork looked like Steve Wonder had attacked it after a few beers, so the whole lot was prepped before being given several coats of silky BMW Marrakesh brown paint. Again, this subtle hue suits the angular 80s lines of this sweet saloon. Like everything else, this was all done in James’s garage – nice work fella.
Inside, you’ll find a pair of maroon leather front seats from an 80 B3 convertible, with the rears, door cards and parcel shelf trimmed to match. A Mk1 Golf steering wheel completes the period cabin.
So I bet you’re thinking this rare 80s Audi spends its life tucked up in a garage, only seeing the light of day on sunny weekends? Well you’d be wrong. “I give it death every single day I drive it,” laughs James. “It’s only running about 177bhp, but there’s 246lb/ft of torque available – it boosts hard and low, although there’s nothing top end.” But as already mentioned, only the downpipe is left to do on the forged GT28 upgrade and James will have a proper little weapon. With over 350bhp and only 900kg to pull, this Audi saloon should be plenty rapid.
The fact the whole thing has been done for under £3,000 just goes to show it’s not what you do, but how you do it, that counts. James didn’t set out to build an immaculate money-no-object show car; he did this to enjoy it and save another retro Audi from the scrap yard. The fact he uses it a lot makes it all the better – top work, fella!
SPECIFICATION #Audi-80-B2 / #1981 / #Audi-80 / #Audi / #1981-Audi-80-B2 / #AEB / #Audi-AEB / #BBS / #Audi-80-Stunning / #Audi-80-Stunning-B2 / #Audi
Engine 1.8 20v turbo ( #AEB / #Audi-AEB ) conversion, loom cut and modified to accept newer coilpacks and plug into original fuse box, rev counter adaptor, #K03-turbo , front mount intercooler, 2.5in boost pipework, #Bailey recirculation valve, #K&N air filter, custom engine mounts, 3in downpipe to a 2.5in exhaust, #Bosch-044 fuel pump, Golf Mk1 radiator
Power 177bhp and 250lb/ft
Gearbox Audi 80 1.8-litre gearbox, clutch and machined flywheel
Brakes #AP-Racing 4-pot calipers off an MGF, discs machined from 4x95 to 4x100 to fit, braided brakes lines
Suspension Custom made front coilovers fitted with #Aerosport coilover air bags, #Chapman rear air struts, 2-way paddle valves
Wheels #BBS-RC041 and 042 face mounted with new bolts, 041 faces on 042 barrels and vice versa, billet centre nuts
Interior Audi 80 B3 convertible maroon leather front seats, rear seats, parcel shelf, door cards and hand brake and gear gators trimmed to match, boost gauge, Golf Mk1 Wolfsberg steering wheel
Exterior Full re-spray in BMW Marrekesh brown, front splitter, pressed plates, #Audi 80 Sport rear spoiler
Contacts and thanks My Mrs and kids for not moaning too much, Ross Fox and Bryan Marland for advice and Retrospec+ for support
Above: Low ridin’
Above: 1.8T engine has had a
GT28 fitted since the shoot
Above: High speed action shot...
Top: Just look at that angular styling – love it!
Right: Interior now has leather and a Mk1 Golf wheel.
“It was a proper nail, painted matt brown with no engine or interior...”
Set up to cater for enthusiasts who love retro cars, but are not about the all out money no object builds, Retrospec+ is a welcoming bunch of car nuts. Headed up by Bryan Marland and James, you’ll find them at all the main shows. Check them out on Facebook.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationUltimate Sleeper 668bhp S2-engined 90 quattro. Words and Photography Davy Lewis. 80s Revival With the help of a 668bhp S2 engine, this rare #1986 Audi 90 has been brought slap bang into the 21st century. AUDI 90 668bhp S2-engined sleeper.
At first glance, this may look like a fairly stock and well used Audi 90. This in itself is worthy of attention as there are very few of these mid-’80s saloons left. It’s also a quattro, which makes it even more of a find. The simple, boxy design is everything you’d expect from a 30-year old car – it has the original paintwork and that distinctive smell that only an old car can have. But look more closely and all is not as it seems. The clues are there: the Aerocatches on the bonnet; the motorsport style wheels and those sticky Toyo R888 semi-slicks. But it isn’t until you see the engine that you realise just how special this thing is.
Lift the bonnet and you’re greeted by a fantastic looking 2.2 5-cylinder 20v lump complete with big turbo. These saloons may have originally come with a 2.2 unit but, the normally aspirated KV lump made a lowly 136bhp. This one produces 668bhp. This is actually an S2 3B engine, and to say that it’s been tuned is an understatement. Will from VRS Northampton has completely transformed this 5-cylinder unit to create a big-power, but highly usable car that fits Stuart’s Elliott’s driving style.
Stuart takes up the story, “I’ve loved Audis since my dad had them,” he recalls. He had a 100, then a 90, before getting a 90 quattro, which I learnt to drive in,” he says with a big grin.
While his mates were driving old Mk2 Escorts, he had the keys to the quattro, which must have really been something back then. Fast forward 20-odd years and Stuart was in a position to relive his youth. “I was working offshore and stared looking on eBay for 90 quattros,’ he says. “I found one that had already had the S3 3B engine conversion – it looked a bit rough and had a stock gearbox, brakes and suspension but, I put a bid in.”
Being six hours ahead he won the car and called his dad to go and pick it up for him. We all know eBay purchases can bite you on the arse, but the car was as described. It was also well known on the S2 forum, so there was a wealth of info available. “I came home and drove it for 100 miles or so just to see what it needed,” says Stuart. “It was running about 280bhp, but with stock brakes and suspension, that wasn’t a good thing,” he laughs.
Having decided the car deserved some proper love, it was sent to a company who ‘talked the talk’ for some renovation and tuning work. Sadly it then sat there for a year and made no progress. Having bought an uprated radiator from Will at VRS Northampton, Stuart told him about his predicament and Will told him to bring it to him. That was the best decision Stuart could have made.
VRS has a great reputation for building some of the most capable VAGs in the UK. Main man, Will, takes real pride in each car and this 90 became a true labour of love.
“We decided to start from the arse-end and work forward to see what needed doing,” says Stuart. “I’d already had some welding done to the offside rear arch and the fuel pump area,” so the upgrades could begin.
“The plan was to create a quick road car with 500-600bhp that looked stock, but could have a go at Porsche 911s and the like,” smiles Stuart.
To say he’s nailed it is an understatement. In fact, I can’t think of many other cars that offer such ballistic performance, all wrapped up in such an innocent looking package.
The heart of this ’80s powerhouse is the S2 engine. It was actually fitted by a previous owner, but has been completely reworked by VRS. You can see the full details in the spec panel at the end of the feature, but the highlights include a fully forged bottom end, beefy GTX3576 turbo, huge 1100cc injectors and a feature packed MoTec ECU mapped by the legend that is, Dave Rowe, from EPS. “There are nine boost settings,” says Stuart. “One to six are for regular super unleaded pump fuel; while seven to nine have advanced timing to allow race fuel to be used.” With nine different maps, there’s something for every situation, making this a very usable and drivable car. “You can just do 30mph with no bother,” says Stuart “and it’ll cruise in sixth on the motorway fine – you don’t get out of it with a headache!” But when you do want to drop the hammer, this 5-cylinder monster delivers a huge punch. Stuart continues, “Using it in the gears it’s savage – in third gear acceleration is brutal and it’ll hit 100mph plus (on a private road of course). A powerful engine is one thing, but unless you can get that power down, it’ll never make for a truly fast car. Fortunately, the chassis and drivetrain has been suitably beefed up to cope with all 668bhp.
To transfer the power to the road, a B5 RS4 gearbox has been fitted. Mated to a VRS Northampton-spec 6-paddle clutch and flywheel, this thing properly hooks up and goes. With launch control and Toyo R888 rubber, acceleration is mind blowing. On many shoots it’s hard to get a feel for how a car actually performs, but as we’re at Santa Pod for the GTI Festival, I get to watch Stuart take it down the strip.
Before Stuart hits the quarter-mile, he spends a few minutes prepping the car. By prepping, I mean removing seats. The rear bench is taken out, followed by the passenger leather Recaro. Incidentally, the front seats are from an RS2 and as Stuart says, “weigh a bloody ton!”
He’s the first to admit he launches it sympathetically, but once it gets into its stride, this thing is quick. A few runs in the high 11s are respectable but, we all know there’s more to come. After a quick chat with Will from VRS, Stuart uses launch control and nails an 11.1sec pass. Impressive stuff – more so when you consider he then drove over 200 miles home afterwards. With some more practice, and an aggressive launch, this thing has the potential to dip into the 10s – seriously impressive for a full road car.
As he waits in the queue for his next run, Stuart spots a very tidy looking Ur-quattro and stops to chat to the owner. It turns out they know all the same people from the quattro Sport and S2 forums and spend a good 20 minutes chatting about their plans. Before long there’s a small crowd of onlookers. Seeing these two cars together is a rare treat; from middle-aged guys who owned one back in the day, to younger fellas that have been seduced by the iconic lines – everyone loves these ’80s treasures.
The chassis has seen some extensive work to create something with contemporary handling. There are no off-the-shelf coilovers available for these things, so rather than go to the trouble and expense of having a bespoke set created, Stuart fitted S2 subframes. These allowed the well respected KW Variant 3s to be added. With two-degrees of negative camber, the turn in is crisp and sharp, making the already capable quattro handle amazingly well.
The paintwork is best described as original. It has a certain patina that adds to the overall character of this car. There’s the odd mark and rust spot, but it’s authentic. Plus this saloon gets used. Hard. Although Stuart is planning to have a few bits tidied, it’ll remain original. “It still had the tow bar on until two weeks ago!” he reveals, “I only removed it cos it weighs 20kg.” Talking of weight, the kerb weight on this thing is just 1200kg. That gives a power to weight ratio of 556bhp per ton, that’s better than a Ferrari 458 and a McLaren F1.
So what’s next for this 1980s sleeper? Well, after five years in build, Stuart plans to use it as much as he can. That means more quarter-mile runs, some track days and plenty of cross country runs on the road. “I’m going to have the leather removed from the front seats too,”says Stuart. “I’m not a fan of leather, plus these things get hot inside,” he laughs. With some tweed cloth to match the rears, this Audi 90 will look even more period correct, further cementing its status as one of the UK’s finest sleepers.
It’s so good to see a car like this being kept alive, but more than that, being given a new lease of life thanks to modern tuning upgrades to create an absolute weapon.
SPECIFICATION #Audi-90-Saloon / #1986 / #Audi-S2-3B / #Audi-90 / #Audi-90-B2 / #Audi-Typ-81 / #Audi-Typ-85 / #VAG / #Audi-80-B2 / #Audi-80 / #Quattro /
Engine S2 3B 2.2 20v turbo, overbored 0.5mm, #Mahle pistons, forged steel rods, ported cylinder head, VRS-spec cams, stock valves with 5 angle seats, #ARP head bolts with sport #Quattro washers, VRS custom fuel injector rail, #ASNU 1100cc injectors, Audi 7A cam cover machined to accept B7 RS4 coil packs, ARP studs and nuts, #Wagner inlet and exhaust manifolds, #Turbosmart 50mm wastegate, 4-port boost control, #GTX3576 turbo with 0.82 housing, #VRS custom stepped ‘L-shaped intercooler with lightweight core, Turbosmart BO V, #CatCams vernier pulley, motorsport kit sensors – fuel, oil, 4 bar map sensor, custom 65mm core rad, Kenlow fan, custom heat shielding, carbon/Kevlar cam pulley cover, custom VRS 3in exhaust and downpipe, 19 row #Setrab oil cooler, #Aeroquip fittings, VRS custom breather tank, #Motec-M84 SLM shift light, #MoTec-M84 ECU / #Motec , custom loom, mapped by Dave Rowe from #EPS-Motorsport , 9 position adjustable boost, launch control, 2 stage anti-lag, full logging facility, custom VRS strut brace
Power 668bhp and 519lb/ft DIN (tested)
Transmission 6-speed B5 RS4 gearbox, VRS-spec 6-paddle clutch and flywheel, 16-row Mocal gearbox cooler just in front of drivers rear wheel
Brakes Brembo custom calipers with 314mm discs (front), vented S8 mix rears
Suspension KW Variant 3 coilovers, S2 Coupe ABY subframes front and rear, Powerflex bushes, 2-degrees negative camber
Wheels and Tyres Compomotive TH with Toyo R888 tyres
Interior Leather RS2 Recaros up front, OMP dished suede steering wheel, SLM shiftlight, boost gauge, controls for launch control and anti-lag built into centre console, battery relocated to boot, fire extinguisher
Exterior 1985 4-door Audi 90 saloon, Aerocatches on bonnet, front slam panel modified to fit intercooler, original paintwork
Contacts/thanks Will at VRS Northampton www.vrsnorthampton.com, Dave Rowe at #EPS-Motorsport
www.epsmotorsport.com, my missus, my mum and dad, S2 and Classic Audi forums
Top: Stuart on his way to an 11.1sec quarter.
“It still had the tow bar until two weeks ago!”
Left: Interior includes RS2 seats Above right: 668bhp S2 power house Below: Classic ’80s profile.
Far right top to bottom: #MoTec-ECU in glovebox; gauges and controls for LC and ALS.
“Using it in the gears it’s savage – in third gear, acceleration is brutal”
POWER TO WEIGHT
To appreciate just how fast this Audi 90 is, have a look at these power to weight comparisons. With up to 500kg less to pull around, but similar power, the 90 would be at a huge advantage over these £100k plus supercars...
2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S 991.........................344bhp per ton
2016 Ferrari 458 Speciale..........................470bhp per ton
1992 McLaren F1.......................................550bhp per ton
1986 Stuart’s Audi 90.................................556bhp per tonStream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationSilver Bullet 760hp, wide arch quattro saloon / AUDI 80 QUATTRO Wide body saloon with 760hp. / Words Davy Lewis / Photography Dino Dalle Carbonare.
SILVER ARROW / #Audi-80-Quattro-B2 / #Audi-80 / #Audi / #Quattro / #Audi-80-B2 / #Audi-Typ-85
One of the first ‘Ur-quattro saloons’ ever created, this 760hp Swedish monster is an absolute masterpiece…
“A fusion of 80s style with modern performance...”
Above: The 4-door Ur-quattro Audi never made...
There’s something about wanting what you can’t have that seems to inspire car people. The proliferation of B5 S4s given the widebody ‘RS4’ treatment is testament to this need to push the boundaries. But the B5 conversion wasn’t the first wide body saloon to be created. Way back in the early 2000s, pioneers were creating wide body Audi 80s – in effect saloon versions of the iconic Ur-quattro. And this has to be one of the very best around.
Originally built by Trond Gulbrandsen and Sven Runar Nilsen, the Silver Arrow, as it has become known, is now owned by Reidar Mjelde, who regularly brings it to be driven hard at the notorious Gatebil events. When you consider much of this car is custom-fabricated and any slight “off” would mean many hours of work to repair, it’s all the more impressive.
The entire build is comprehensive, with every last detail thought about very carefully. From the factory looking exterior, to the wheels, brakes, suspension and of course, that powerhouse five-pot engine – it really is one of the most complete cars we’ve ever seen.
Let’s kick off with that exterior. As a stock car, an Audi 80 is a pretty unassuming 1980s saloon. Small (by today’s standards), angular and with all the 80s hallmarks of thin pillar and long bonnet, they certainly have a retro appeal for many Audi fans.
However, with plans to transform this humble saloon into a Group B-spec monster, a serious amount of work was required.
The car was stripped back to a bare shell and the chassis booked in for some major work. To reduce the centre of gravity and also improve the balance, the engine needed to be dropped by two inches, which necessitated a custom front sub frame. But, it has also been shoved three inches further back. This is a motorsport trick, used to improve weight distribution and get the heavy engine off the front axle to reduce understeer. It makes a huge difference to the way this thing handles, but took serious work to perfect.
Staying with the chassis work, the suspension turrets have been raised by two inches, so that the car is effectively lowered, but retains the original suspension travel. It’s a neat trick, but has required some little round domes be added to the bonnet. These ‘cups’ actually came off the back of a washing machine, but allow the bonnet to clear the strut tops. This outside of the box thinking has been put to good use throughout the build. Even the side intakes on the front bumper were moulded from a half a Coke bottle.
Below: Precision waste gate Bottom: Engine is a big boosting work of art.
The rest of the underneath has been fully uprated to Group B specification which includes multiadjustable coilovers, uprated ARBs, a full complement of polybushes, as well as significantly strengthened sub frames. With the chassis work well under way, the exterior began to evolve too.
Not surprisingly, Ur-quattro bumpers will not fit an Audi 80, so a full set of custom units had to be painstakingly created for this saloon. The wide arches were also fabricated from metal, of course, with the real challenge getting the rear doors to sit just right for that OEM look. To the rear, a V8 taillight unit has been added and the whole lot finished in a crisp silver paint. The overall look is muscular and ready for action, something that sums up this 1984 saloon perfectly. The wide shouldered looks are further enhanced by the fantastic wheel choice. The OZ alloys look like they came straight off a rally car and sit inch perfectly within those fat arches. Fans of the Lancia Delta Integrale, will certainly give a nod of recognition here. And so to the engine…
The venerable five-cylinder lump has been fully built to take some hard boost and make strong, reliable power. The head has been fully developed with Hansen Motorsport cams and hydraulic lifters as well as fully uprated valvetrain. With built internals and an 034 Motorsport headgasket to drop compression and some ARP studs to hold it all together, this five-pot was ready for some boost. This is ably provided by the Hansen Motorsports turbo which runs at 2.3 bar. Power has been measured at 760hp and 850Nm – both very impressive figures in a modern day C7 RS6. But in a much smaller and lighter car that was built over 35 years ago, it is nothing short of epic.
To transfer that mayhem to the road, there’s a V8 CMG gearbox, mated to a lightened flywheel and beefy Sachs four-paddle clutch. An RS2 diff and drive shafts have also been added to further bullet proof the drivetrain of this fierce four-door. Inside, you’ll notice the dash has been fully flocked for that authentic rally car look. But look more closely and you’ll see it’s actually from an A3 8L. It was fitted so that the driver’s seat could be moved further back – race car style – for optimal weight distribution. A 16-point roll cage offers comprehensive protection, but also adds massive strength to the shell; all contributing to its direct feel and pin-sharp steering.
This really has been a labour of love. The sheer amount of work that’s gone into the car is staggering; we’d need an entire magazine to fully do it justice. It’s a fully updated 80s saloon with a large dose of Group B DNA and the kind of retro looks that will make any fan of quattro rally cars very happy. We absolutely love it.
Top: Front end is all about the cooling Below: Rear arches took a huge amount of work to perfect.
Top: OMP buckets save weight.
Above: Extensive roll cage stiffens the shell.
Right: A3 8L dash Below: OZs fill the arches nicely.
SPECIFICATION 1984 Audi 80 quattro
Engine 2.5 5-cylinder (block taken from a T5), fully built internals, RS2 inlet manifold, uprated valvetrain, Hansen Motorsports cams and hydraulic lifters, 034 head gasket, #ARP studs, #Hansen-Motorsports Precision 62/65 externally gated turbo running 2.3 bar, uprated fuelling, custom intercooler, custom 3in exhaust, external wastegate.
Power 760hp and 850Nm.
Transmission Manual box from V8 CMG, four paddle Sachs clutch, 034 lightened flywheel, RS2 diffs.
Brakes RS4 8-pot calipers, with S2 rears.
Suspension Group B-spec set up, fully adjustable coilovers, polybushes.
Wheels and Tyres #OZ Racing alloys in white.
Exterior Full Ur-quattro style wide body conversion fabricated from metal, custom quattro front and rear bumpers, V8 taillights, custom bonnet.
Interior Fully stripped, A3 8L dash flocked, RS2 dials, OMP bucket seats, dished OMP steering wheel, 16-point roll cage, gauges mounted in centre console, rear seats removed, fire extinguisher, carbon trim.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationWHITE LINES / Words Davy Lewis Photography Jape Tiitinen.
600BHP SNOW PLOUGH
Wide-body #Audi 80 quattro. This 603hp, wide body #Audi-80-GTE was built for one thing – hooning on the frozen roads of Finland…
Our man in Finland, Jape, is always sending us cool videos. When he’s not taking amazing images of some of the world’s most exciting, and indeed powerful Audis, he’ll be capturing them in action. From riding shotgun in Philipp Klaess’ insane 225mph, 1000bhp B5 wide body, to Gatebil monsters, this man knows no fear. It was when one of Jape’s emails pinged into my inbox that I discovered this beast of an Audi 80.
The email simply said, “Hi Boss, check out this Audi 80 snowplough!” There was a link to a video in which a tough looking 1980s saloon was being given death in the snow. It looked like tremendous fun. The driver was clearly having the time of his life in this wintry playground, and given the pummelling my ears were getting from my headphones, it was clear that this thing was running a rather large turbo.
So I pinged Jape an email to find out more... Turns out the owner is a good friend of his, which doesn’t surprise me – everyone seems to be a mate of Jape’s – even our own Julian Loose in the UK (is there anyone Jape doesn’t know?!) The lucky owner of this ultimate snow toy, is a chap called Pasi Kellokumpu. A well known face on the Finnish tuning scene, he runs a trailer company transporting cars all over the place. But when Pasi isn’t towing cars, he’s driving them – sideways.
It’s no secret that the Fin’s seem to have an innate ability to go incredibly fast, in the kind of conditions that would make us Brits scared to set foot outside the house. The joke about needing a wiper on the side windows is actually closer to the truth than you might imagine. But, even in this country filled with expert sideways merchants, Pasi is still regarded as a bit of a lunatic.
Now that really must take some doing in Finland! The Audi 80 is however a mere toy for this guy. You see, tucked away in his garage, are a couple of serious power cars that he only drives in the good weather. There’s a 1000+hp Ur-S4 for track and an insane S2 packing a mighty 1319hp – surely the most powerful in the world. This out-and-out drag monster is named “Aim and Pray” which kind of says it all really. We’ll be featuring both of these truly epic cars as soon as the winter releases its icy grip on Finland. The 80 GTE is then a mere toy – something to keep him amused over the long winters. It may be a ‘toy’ to Pasi, but for most of us, it’d be a dream come true.
Based on a 1986 Audi 80 GTE quattro, this once sedate saloon has been transformed into a full-on hooligan. Under that Sport quattro-style vented bonnet, sits a fully built 2.2 5-pot lump running a #Holset HX40 turbo. This behemoth blower, together with supporting upgrades, including straight through 3in exhaust, huge 4in downpipe, massive intercooler, and uprated fuelling, helps this thing make 603hp and 660Nm.
When the big Holset comes on song, all hell breaks loose – perfect for playing in the snow. All four wheels light up in an instant and big, four-wheel drifts are easy. It’s loud too. That five cylinder howl sounds all the more glorious with the turbo chuffing and snorting away as Pasi bangs through the gears.
Talking of cogs, with more than three times the stock power, this Audi 80 has been treated to a heavily uprated box. It’s an S4 01E six-speed unit that’s bolstered by a Sachs Race 3-paddle clutch and S2 driveshafts. A lightened flywheel helps things rev – something this engine has no problem with already!
Pasi has fitted a set of Brembo brakes from a Leon Cupra R together with some S2 rear discs. This setup provides ample stopping power – when the tyres have something to grip on, of course. But then the 8.5 and 9.5x17in Fondmetal rims aren’t shod in your average ‘winter’ rubber; this thing runs proper studded tyres. However, when the snow has cleared and the sun returns to Finland, Pasi swaps to some girthy 10 and 11.25x17in wheels, which I’m reliably informed, look amazing.
Aside from the rip-snorting engine and bullet proof transmission, there are plenty of other treats built into this supersnow saloon. Inside, it’s all about performance; anything that wasn’t required was chucked in the bin. All you’ll find now are go-fast aids, such as the multi-point roll cage (handy when you’re only ever a hairs breadth away from sticking it on the roof), a pair of deep Sparco buckets with 6-point harnesses, and a tactile Nardi wheel. Once snuggly ensconced within this setup, the driver can concentrate on the task in hand – going incredibly fast. A smattering of gauges keeps Pasi abreast of the engine’s health – and that’s about it.
For me, the best bit of this monstrous little saloon is the looks. There’s no poncey ‘patina’ about this badboy. It’s battered, battle scarred, and proud – like those old fellas with flat noses you see in the pub – you can tell it’s lived an exciting life.
The styling is heavily influenced by the Sport quattro – and why not? It’s one of the most iconic and downright cool looking cars ever made. There’s a Sport quattro-style front bumper, grille and even bonnet. The bonnet features vents to help cool the engine, but it’s not all show – it’s made from carbon fibre. And so is the roof for that matter.
The front bumper has been viciously cut out to allow maximum airflow to the large intercooler and rad. To the rear you’ll find a Ur-quattro style bumper, plus a cheeky Audi 80 V8 rear light panel that’s been modified to fit and a cool looking rear diffuser. But, for me, the icing on the cake is the full set of custom steel fabricated arches designed to mimic the Sport quattro’s wide shouldered look. The rear doors have also been heavily worked on to complete the look – it’s as if Audi made a four-door Sport quattro. This Audi 80 looks squat, muscular and ready for business.
So what’s next for this 600hp snow plough? Well, according to Pasi, the engine is being taken to 800-900hp for next season. Looks like things are set to get a whole lot crazier in Finland!
Top: Front is all about the airflow Above: Ice, ice, baby...
SPECIFICATION #Audi-80-GTE-Quattro / #1986 / #Audi-80-GTE / #Audi-80-Quattro / #Audi-80 / #Audi-80-B2 / #Audi-80-GTE-Quattro-B2 / #Audi / #Ur-S4 / #Ur-S4-AAN / #Audi-S4-01E /
Engine #Audi-Ur-S4-AAN 2.2 5-cyl 20v turbo engine, #Eagle con rods, #Mahle pistons, upgraded piston pins, #Schrick high-lift cams, upgraded valve springs, Revo adjustable cam gear, #Dahlback-Racing pulley, 4in #Revo downpipe, #Holset-HX40 Super turbocharger, #Tial wastegate, custom intercooler, VW Vento radiator, 034 Motorsport coils, #Tatech ECU, 3in custom exhaust, #Fuellab fuel pump, fuel cell in boot.
Power 603hp and 660Nm
Transmission #Audi S4 01E six-speed box, 4WD, #Ojennus lightened flywheel, #Sachs Race 3-paddle clutch, S2 driveshafts
Brakes SEAT Leon Cupra R #Brembo calipers (f/r), Leon Cupra R front discs, S2 rear discs
Suspension: #H&R S2 coilovers, S2 anti-roll bars, faster steering rack (RS2), polyurethane bushes
Wheels & Tyres Summer: RH ZW1 10x17in (f) with 11.25x17in (r), 235/45 (f) with 255/40 (r). Winter: Fondmetal 8.5x17in with 9.5x17in, 225/45 (f) with 245/40 (r) studded.
Interior: #Sparco Evo racing seats, #Sabelt 6-point harnesses, roll cage, Nardi steering wheel, rear seat deleted, stripped interior, #VDO 300km/h speedometer, A’PEXi rev counter, #VDO gauges for boost, water temperature, oil temperature, oil pressure and voltage, #PLX gauges for fuel pressure and AFR.
Exterior: Sport #Quattro -style front bumper, #Sport-quattro-style grille, carbon fibre bonnet with Aerocatches, VW Transporter front lights, Sport quattro-style custom steel wheel arches, custom steel side skirts, custom rear diffuser, Audi 80 V8 model rear light panel modified to fit, #Audi-Ur-quattro style rear bumper, carbon fibre roof.
Tuning contacts/thanks www.erihinaus.fi
Facing page: Pasi runs a towing company Top: Custom rear diffuser Above: Full cage and Sparco seats Left: Just the essential dials.
“Big, four-wheel drifts are easy in this thing”
Above: Big Holset turbo dominates the bay Below left: 20v turbo five makes over 600hp Bottom: Boot houses the alloy fuel cell.
Above: Are you winding me up?! Below: The ultimate snow toy Bottom: Side-exit pipes.
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- Post is under moderationRESTOMOD AUDI 80 RESTORATION MAN / #Audi-80-B2-Restomod / #Audi-80-B2 / #Audi-80 / #Audi / #Audi-80-Coupe / #Audi-80-Coupe-B2
We have featured some rare Audis over the years but this subtle two-door 80 is one of the rarest breeds yet! Martin Barker is no stranger to these pages, neither are his weird and wonderful automotive reworkings. His latest, a RestoMod’d two-door Audi 80 from the mid-’80s, has got be our favourite yet. Words: Elliott Roberts / Photos: Nick
Williams We’ve always been drawn to cars modified in a more subtle fashion. Big, brash and garish just doesn’t do it for us. We’re far more into cars that keep delivering the more you walk around them and start to delve a little deeper inside. Martin Barker’s latest creation is the perfect example. While ‘less’ may appear to be ‘more’ on first inspection, you soon begin to realise there is far more going on behind that near stock bodywork than meets the eye – far more than a nice set of rims with a killer stance.
It’s safe to say there has been something of a run recently of old-skool barn-find cars that have been unearthed, given the once over, MoT’d, bagged with a nice set of wheels then job done. Now don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s great to see old cars given a new lease of life. However, from a magazine article point of view, the story can begin to get a bit repetitive or boring after a while. Thankfully the project we’re here to talk about today is a little bit more involved. Okay, a whole heap more. As with most of Martin’s cars there’s far more going on behind the scenes than first meets the eyes. You only need clock the size of the spec panel to appreciate exactly what has gone into the RestMod makeover of his #1985 two-door ( #Audi-80-typ-81 ), 1.6-litre, automatic Audi 80.
Imported from Germany in 2007 the poor thing can’t have known quite what hit it after Martin and its original UK-owner (non-other than Steve Denton of Stylehaus fame) got their hands on it. After quite some time under the knife, it appears the modding stick has been kind to this 30-year-old classic which has been brought up-to-date in the most complimentary way possible.
It’s certainly not been a straightforward build or a quick one for that matter but makes for one hell of a story. We give Martin a good grilling to find out exactly what it takes to create a labour of love such as this. We also ask the more important question: having created something so unique and complete, what sort of mindset does it take to sell it on once complete? Yes, he’s only gone and sold it!
Martin Barker – DRIVE-MY Q&As
DRIVE-MY: Hey Martin, hope you’re well. It’s been a while since we last featured one of your cars ( #Drive-My 3/12, in fact). What have you been up to since then?
Martin Barker: Settling down. Bought a new house and started a family! My daughter, Ada Molly, was born the following year. I’ve also spent quite a lot of time in the garage finishing the Audi ready for Wörthersee 2015.
DRIVE-MY: I think at the time we ran your rail buggy you also still owned the Mk1 Scirocco you’re probably best known for, plus the car we’re here to talk about today. Bit of a hoarder, are we?
MB: I certainly used to be! Not anymore. Fatherhood and a mortgage puts everything into perspective. My collection is now slightly diminished. Next year I plan to move into my new, smaller, workshop at home so even more of my hoard will find its way onto eBay, possibly the buggy or Golf, too.
DRIVE-MY: So you still own the buggy and Scirocco?
MB: I do still own the buggy and the Mk1 Scirocco, plus I have a track hack 1983 Golf GTI, but I’ve deliberately focused on the Audi for the last 18 months, although I did manage to squeeze in the odd day here and there to help out with the reinvention of Jay Mac’s Mk1 Golf (DRIVE-MY 03/15). As much as I love working on cars, though, these days I have other things to occupy my time.
DRIVE-MY: Is it safe to say your taste in cars tends to lean towards the ‘dare to be different’ camp?
MB: It’s not a conscious thing. I started out over 25 years ago with a Mk2 Golf like everyone else but one day I drove a Mk1 at Deutchcar and I was hooked. Back then Mk1 GTIs fetched a premium like they do today, but you could pick up a decent Mk1 Caddy for £300, so that’s what I ended up doing. I’ve had about ten of them over the years. It all unraveled when I met Mike Truluck of JabbaSport with his Mk1 Scirocco G60 in 1998.
DRIVE-MY: What is it about VWs and Audis that drew you in to start with?
MB: I’m not sure. I grew up in the world of rally cars, so by rights I should have a garage full of Mk1 Escorts and, of course, my dream car: the Manta 400. My dad always drove Mantas then switched to Nissan Sylvias, 200SXs and 300ZXs – not a front-wheel drive car in sight!
DRIVE-MY: So are we correct in thinking this is an Audi 80 Coupé and they’re something of a rare breed, only available on the Continent and in lefthand drive?
MB: Enter minefield. The German paperwork called it an ‘80 coupé’, but in the same way my old German imported two-door Mk1 Jetta was called a Jetta coupé. Neither are really coupés, just two-doors. To add to the confusion there is the ‘Audi Coupé’, which is based on the Audi 80 chassis and is a true coupé. This one is a typ81 face-lift and, yes, it is rare as 99% of them are four-door. The two-door was never available in RHD for the UK. It’s made rarer still because this is the car Audi used to build the mighty SWB Quattro, so the saloons like mine are sought after by replica builders. I was actually offered £4500 for just my rolling shell by someone looking to build a replica.
DRIVE-MY: What year was yours produced and were they all automatics, too?
MB: This one was built in 1985 and I’ve not seen another two-door auto. I’m not saying they don’t exist, just that all the two-doors I’ve seen have been 1.6 manuals. It’s difficult to imagine these days but back then the two-door was considered to be poverty spec! This one even has clear glass rather than brown or green tint. When I cracked the windscreen on the way home from Wörthersee 2008 I had to get the replacement from Audi Sport in Germany as it’s the windscreen used by the Sport Quattro.
DRIVE-MY: Where and when did you discover the car and what condition was it in originally?
MB: I bought it from Steve Denton, it was originally his creation and it was mint.
DRIVE-MY: Were you looking for a new project at the time or did it just happen by accident?
MB: I was definitely not looking for another project, I just fell in love with it.
DRIVE-MY: Was it always your intention to modify the car from the start?
MB: Well Steve had already started. The premise was always that I would do an engine swap. In fact, that’s all I had ever planned to do.
DRIVE-MY: How much of the bodywork and paint remains standard or has it been fully repainted?
MB: Steve had shaved the door mouldings and repainted the sides when I bought it. I also got him to repaint the bonnet, although I can’t remember why. Then while someone was borrowing the car they filled the boot with wheels and damaged it meaning that got repainted too. Obviously the bay has had a Devilbiss waved over it. Whatever is left is original and in time warp condition.
DRIVE-MY: Was it a gradual build or did you carry out the work in one big push?
MB: Gradual. I used it for a while as is was but the drive to Wörthersee in 2008 showed up the failings of the air-ride system and being a 1.6-litre, three-speed auto, well, 2500 miles at 80mph saw its demise.
DRIVE-MY: Tell us more about the donor car/engine, how it went into the bay and why you opted for said engine in the first place?
MB: Years ago my brother had a 2.8 V6 Audi 100; I said at the time I’d love to transplant the engine into something else. When the 1.6 died I started trying to source a V6 and soon realised I’d be better off buying a complete car. I bought a very low mileage 1992 80 V6 that had been traded in to a dealership in Manchester for £600. They had misdiagnosed a blown exhaust manifold gasket as worn tappets. The car was actually mint.
DRIVE-MY: Is it safe to assume most time went into the engine bay preparation, as it’s pretty dam minimal under there?
MB: I did the bay over a Christmas holiday; there are a lot of holes in an Audi 80 bulkhead! However, most of the work is under the dashboard. Removing stuff from the bay is easy compared to finding somewhere out of sight to relocate it to.
DRIVE-MY: Please tell us the story behind the autograph on the engine cover; how did that come about?
MB: That is the signature of the legend that is Alan McNish. My friend ‘The Darkness’ spotted Alan looking at the car while it was on the Players stand at Goodwood Festival of Speed. With feline agility he pounced and immediately got him into a headlock and forced him to autograph the rocker cover. Alan was turning blue by the time he’d found a sharpie…
DRIVE-MY: What was the hardest part of the build (outside of the many hours spent on the bay)?
MB: Converting it to stand-alone management.
The factory management just couldn’t cope with my modifications, so stand-alone was the only choice. The fly in the ointment was that the TCU for the transmission was linked to the engine ECU, so it took a lot of work and development.
DRIVE-MY: Which cars, if any, inspired the build?
MB: US RestoMods; this was just my European take on the theme.
DRIVE-MY: What sort of style would you class the car as if you had to categorise the look?
MB: I’d hope that people would really consider it a RestoMod.
DRIVE-MY: Some of your previous cars have been pretty full on. Did you have to hold yourself back with this one as not to go too over-the-top?
MB: I knew exactly what I wanted from the car from the start and pretty much achieved it so the temptation to go over-the-top was never really there. Sure, I could have spent more money on things like custom stainless headers and a carbon fibre engine cover but it was already a couple of years behind schedule and Wörthersee was calling.
DRIVE-MY: Wheels are obviously an important part of any project but as they’re one of the main visual changes outside and they tuck so well, we imagine a lot of thought went into the BBS you’re running?
MB: Hmmm, not really I’m afraid. I had the E50s in stock for my Scirocco and realised they would look good on the 80 as they look bigger than the RSs. The tricky bit was that I had to make the outer rims as nobody makes a 1x15” for an E50.
DRIVE-MY: Where did you originally source the E50s and what are the vital stats?
MB: They came out of the loft of a Porsche guy I know. They’d been up there since the ’80s. They are very early castings; a pair of them are even possibly from the first production run according to an old BBS guy I met a few years ago.
DRIVE-MY: Now, looking at some of your previous projects, you don’t strike us as the air-bag kind a guy. Was going for air an easy choice with this project or did you ever consider keeping it static?
MB: Well it was already on air when I bought it so going static wasn’t an option. If I had kept the car the air-ride would have gone and the car would probably also have gained an S6 supercharged V6 and manual ’box. I’m certainly not an air-bag guy, now more than ever.
DRIVE-MY: What’s it like to drive on the bags and with the V6 sat right up the sharp end?
MB: Temperamental transmission aside, it’s lovely to drive and goes like stink. It doesn’t like corners too much but that’s more because the rear suspension on the FWD 80s is certainly not performance orientated.
DRIVE-MY: How much of the work have you carried out yourself and who has helped with the project along the way?
MB: Other than painting the bay (Chris B), the striping on the tanks (Neil Melliard) and the quilted boot panels (Trim Deluxe), I did everything myself. I don’t play well with others.
DRIVE-MY: Now it’s all done, what’s your favourite part of the car?
MB: The bay, although I do love the way the pinstriping worked out in the boot as well. Neil Melliard is a genius.
DRIVE-MY: If you could do it all again, would you? And what would you change about the car, if anything?
MB: I will never do it again! But if I had to, I’d do it the same, just better. I learnt a lot about the V6 and its transmission during the build.
DRIVE-MY: What’s been your favourite moment of owning the car? Do any particular trips or shows stand out?
MB: Wörthersee 2015 was certainly something I won’t forget, although maybe that’s for all the wrong reasons!
DRIVE-MY: What kind of reaction do you get from the general public when they see it in the street?
MB: It’s great because it appeals to classic car people as well as VW/Audi people. It gets lots of thumbs-up when out and about.
DRIVE-MY: We were saddened to hear you had sold the car just prior our shoot. Any particular reason for letting it go?
MB: There are a few reasons: first, I needed to thin out my hoard in readiness for moving into a smaller garage. Second, I came to the conclusion that air-ride is really not my thing. And, finally, because I realised that being the custodian of a car as rare and mint as this too serious a responsibility!
DRIVE-MY: Are you working on any other projects at the moment or is there any particular car you’d like to put your own spin on next?
MB: My Mk1 Scirocco is coming back! It’s been parked in the corner of my unit since 2007. Compared to modern show car standards it will be considered rough but that’s okay with me as I intend to drive it hard. It won’t have air-ride, it won’t be slammed and it won’t have hidden wiring… and I’ll love it.
Inside is all period correct and as Audi intended with Nardi wheel, headunit and air-ride gauges the only non-factory parts present.
Getting the 80 sitting like this has not been a case of chucking a set of bags on and hoping for the best, check the massive Dub Details box to see just how much custom work has been carried out.
TECHNICAL DATA FILE DUB DETAILS
ENGINE: 2.8 #V6 ( #AAH ) from 1992 #Audi-80-typ8C , Megasquirt V3 fully mapable ECU, #MSExtra software, MS2/Extra pre-3.4 Alpha 9 mounted to air box behind glovebox (similar to stock V6 location). Engine cover fabricated from two 1992 Audi V6 covers. BMW E30 M3 engine mounts (spacers on driver’s side to get engine level in bay). Modified stock Audi V6 fuel rail to use Ducati fuel pressure regulator mount fitted with the Audi V6 fuel pressure regulator (to clear engine cover). Bosch 044 copy fuel pump by Syntec, nylon 8mm fuel lines, stock fuel tank except larger fuel outlet added to suit fuel injection pump. Bottom hose made from donor V6 hose (thermostat end) and Mk2 Golf 1.8 carb bottom hose (radiator end). Heater line made from Mk2 Golf heater hoses/aluminium tube. Heater valve relocated inside car. Heater matrix reversed and Samco 180-degree hoses fitted to give room for relocated heater valve. Modified stock Audi V6 idle valve with electrical connector removed and replaced with an in-line connector (to clear engine cover). Megashift TCU connected via Canbus to ECU. Software version 5102. Fully mapable. Gear indicator on dash (custom). Airbox made from Mk3 Golf GTI 16v. K&N type filter mounted behind glovebox in location where factory air-con went. Screenwash bottle not fitted, electrical and hose connection in passenger footwell. Fluid bottles for power steering and brakes hidden under raincover in scuttle. Core from typ81 1985 Audi 80 1.6, end cans from 1978 Audi 80 1.6, cooling fans and cowl from V6 doner, wired so that both come on together. Front loom extended passing along inner wing behind wheel arch liner. Engine and transmission loom is stock except it runs along the top of the transmission, excess wiring removed. Custom 63mm stainless steel exhaust with single Edelbrock muffler. Baffles added by HRP to reduce noise. Downpipes fabricated from stock V6 downpipes, TIG welded. Bung added for wideband lambda for tuning. Shaved engine bay with battery relocated to boot. Audi Ur Quattro gearbox, shortened typ8C drive shafts from V6 donor, stock V6 donor Audi V6 CV joints. Stock typ81 subframe with mounts added for V6 engine and auto ’box. Clearanced for large inner driveshaft joints. Mounts replaced by CNC’d aluminium mounts from Ur Quattro. Steering damper removed and column extended to suit. Audi 097 four-speed auto from 1992 Audi 80 typ8C. Rebuilt prior to Wörthersee 2015 with new friction material and TCC valve replaced. Mk3 Golf power steering pump with custom mount to fit V6. V6 pulley redrilled to suit. Panhard rod reprofiled to clear exhaust and adjustable turnbuckle added to allow wheels to be centred in arches. Narrowed typ8C with lower ball joints replaced by rose joints to be adjustable.
CHASSIS: BBS E50 7x15”, original 1970s Porsche 911 fitment, custom-made 1” outers, hidden ‘go kart’ valves on inner barrels (6” genuine #BBS Motorsport inner barrels). No dust seals fitted to rose joints. Porsche 944 spare wheel with Nankang 175/55 R15 tyre. Custom #GAZ front struts. Lowered and rotated steering arm to correct geometry for low running height. Universal Air Aero Sports springs. Air Lift universal Chapman struts and springs (rear). Air Ride Technologies Ride Pro FBSS solenoids. Pressure sensors fitted via custom adaptors. Mounted on boot floor Dakota Digital DHC2002 (ride height and pressure sensors) plus key fob remotes. Height sensors mounted to inner wings at front (behind wheel arch liners), rears mounted to false boot floor behind air tank. Unit mounted under driver’s seat. False floor for air install, tanks in Rolls Royce Chocolate with gold flake. Stripes by Neil Melliard. Two Viar 380C compressors. Stock typ8C hubs from V6 doner, 4x108 hubs redrilled to 4x100 to suit H&R Porsche adaptors. Lowered ball joints to improve roll centre Front brakes: 288mm with Girling 57 calipers. Calipers from 1992 Audi 100 V6, same caliper still in use by Audi today. Front discs are 2000 VW Sharan TDI discs 288x25, redrilled to 4x100 and the inner mounting face skimmed 3mm to match factory V6 mounting dimensions. Stock typ81 flexi hoses. Rear brakes: stock drums, 4x100, drilled for Porsche pattern studs. 4x100 tapped holes still there, but Porsche studs would need to removed first. Custom-made pedalbox hidden under dash. AP Racing CP2623 master cylinders with bias bar. 14mm front cylinder, 17mm rear.
OUTSIDE: Side rubbing strip and mirrors deleted. Audi 90 front and rear lights. Indicators relocated into headlights. Rear lights tinted red including reversing light. Clear glass all-round.
INSIDE: #1992 #Audi-80-V6 donor instruments modified to fit stock 1985 cluster. Stock interior except Nardi wood rim steering wheel and air-ride controls in console. VDO console gauge mount and loom sourced from German GTE. Gauges from donor V6.
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