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NEED FOR SPEED
This #1989-Audi-Coupe has evolved into, probably, the fastest car on the streets of Finland, with a 0-62mph of 2.3secs, and over 1100hp…
Flying Finn – 1100bhp Coupe
Over 1100bhp from this #S2-engine’d monster
It all started back in the winter of 2010 when I bought the car,” explains owner, Henry Riihelä. “I had a 350hp Audi Ur-S4 at the time and was planning to start tuning it to the extreme. Fortunately, my friend and one of the current IMSA-Sipoo team members, decided to sell his already tuned Audi Coupe quattro to me. The Coupe suited me much better anyway because it’s much lighter.”
The engine had already been done and it’s testament to the quality of the build that it still runs the same forged internals that were fitted by the previous owner in 2010. Even more impressive when you learn that it’s currently running 1102hp and 1043Nm at 2.9bar! “That is the one reason I believe the engine is still in one piece with the same internals,” says Henry, “because I always take logs from the ECU when I drive it hard and adjust things if necessary – it’s saved me at least one catastrophic engine failure.” The Coupe began with a Holset HX40S turbo and made a very healthy 662hp and 775Nm at 2.7bar on what was then Shell V-Power 99. The spec remained for a couple of years with Henry doing about 30,000km in it.
“Then in 2012 I changed to E85 fuel and with the HX40S made 698hp and 746Nm at 2.1bar.” However, the turbo was maxed out. Even so, the car ran 100-160km/h in 2.85secs and achieved 100- 200km/h in 5.3secs. “It killed a couple of fast 911 Turbo Porsches on the street – they were sold right after that,” laughs Henry.
Next came an HX50 in 2013, which Henry admits was an error “I should have gone straight for an HX55.” Even so, with some Toyo R888s fitted to aid grip and the Tatech ECU upgraded from a 6 to a 32, the now 840hp and 860Nm Coupe did 100-200km/h in 4.6secs and 200-300km/h in 12.1secs. “It outran some fast bikes on the streets,” smiles Henry. “But the rear drive shafts started to bend, so a set of billet items were made.” Fast forward to 2014 and some CatCams were fitted, together with solid lifters, while the turbo was swapped for the more capable HX55. “It made much more power at the top end, but it made the same boost at lower rpms as the HX50, so it was all win,” says Henry.
The car made a best figure of 1019hp and 985Nm at 3.16bar, but it was driven at a less stressful 2.9bar giving around 950hp all summer. Henry continues, “The best races were against a 308whp turbo GSXR 1000 and a 303whp turbo Hayabusa. We did a couple of races from 80-300km/h – the GSXR lost and the Hayabusa runs were dead even. We were all shocked. Nobody thought that this little Audi would be that fast – including me.” That summer. Henry took the Coupe to a non-prepped drag strip where he achieved a 9.9sec quarter mile at 240km/h. “It was a very hot day and I had not tuned the car for that kind of weather (so was running a bit less power), but it was still a real 9sec street car on a non-prepped track and street tyres,” says Henry.
Also that year, the car did 0-100km/h in 3secs, 100-200km/h in 3.9secs and a standing mile event with a top speed of 337km/h (209mph) before he ran out of gears. It was here that Henry chose to upgrade to a PAR Engineering dog box and sequential shifter, which he says, “Was a big mistake.”
Sadly the season ended even before it actually started. “First #PAR-Engineering sent the gearset six months late and in my second full pull on the street, the main shaft broke – I was pissed. So we quickly made an IMSA Sipoo main shaft with a bigger chevy spline and have had no issues with that. But the summer had already turned to autumn and the weather was cold, limiting traction.” Despite the cold weather, Henry achieved 0-100km/h in 2.3secs, which is damn impressive. He also discovered he could get all four wheels to spin at 200km/h (124mph). He went on to lay down some epic times – 100-200km/k in 5.5secs and 80-120km/h in one second dead.
This brings us to 2015, where a few other upgrades were deemed necessary. “We fitted an FHRA-spec roll-cage – the goal was that the car should still weigh the same once it was fitted – 1240kg.” This entailed saving weigh elsewhere, which included a composite tailgate with polycarbonate window (-15kg); the sunroof was removed (-16kg); excess removed from interior (-15kg); lightweight race battery fitted (-15kg). At this point a Quaiffe LSD was installed up front to aid traction, while the piston pins were changed to heavy-duty items (the old ones were starting to bend) and the exhaust manifold swapped for a larger item. The cylinder head was also ported to the max and the intake manifold was tweaked with larger valves fitted. “On the dyno, with same HX55 hybrid as last year, but less boost (2.9bar) we made 1102hp and 1043Nm.
And that pretty much brings us up to the present day. “Nothing special was done for 2016,” says Henry. “We changed to a Wavetrac LSD at the rear and by the start of the summer broke the PAREngineering 3rd gear due to the malfunction of the SQS shifter. The shifter never really worked well, so I had to change the H-pattern back.”
“My goal was always to make it the fastest car on the streets of Finland – an ultimate sleeper. I think I’ve achieved that now,” says Henry. But he’s not done, not by a long shot. “For 2017 my goals are an 8sec quarter mile and to achieve 0-300km/h in 11secs – both on a street surface, rather than prepped drag strip. I think I have achieved what I started out to do and made the fastest vehicle on the streets of Finland. I just have to get the new air shifter gearbox done – and if someone is faster I’ll have to order an HX60…”
SPECIFICATION #Audi-Coupe-Quattro / #1989 / #Audi-Coupé / #Quattro / #Audi-Coupe-B3 / #Audi-Coupe-Typ-89 / #Audi-Coupe-Quattro-B3 / #Audi-80 / #Audi-80-B3 / #Audi-80-Typ-89 / #Audi-80-Coupe / #Audi-AAN / #Audi-Coupe-Quattro-Tuning / #Audi-Coupe-Quattro-B3-Tuning / #Audi / #Holset-HX55 / #Holset / #OZ
Engine #AAN 2.2 5-cylinder, stock crankshaft (balanced, nitrided and polished), #Wiseco pistons and piston pins, #PO-Metal connecting rods, water jacketed cylinder block and head, #Holset-HX55 hybrid turbo, #Tial 60mm wastegate, IMSA Sipoo big exhaust and intake manifolds, 4,5in downpipe, 4in to 2x2,5in exhaust (side exit), butterfly valve to bypass mufflers when boost pressure goes over 1bar, #IMSA-Sipoo breather/catch tank system, #Cat-Cams camshafts with solid lifters, oversize intake valves, billet intercooler (as big as it can be), 1xVeyron fuel pump to surge tank, 2x #Bosch-044 to engine, #Bosch #Bosch-EV14 2200cc injectors, #Aeromotive FPR, #Tatech 32 ECU with special features: (rolling launch control, rev limiter by gear, shift cut by gear), 034 motor mounts.
Power 1102hp and 1043Nm @ 2.9bar on E85 fuel
Transmission 01E 6-speed IMSA Sipoo/PAR-Engineering dog box, SQS sequential shifter, Quaife front LSD, Wavetrack rear LSD, PO-Metal billet flywheel, Tilton 2-plate clutch with line lock for LC, Karpiola billet drive shafts, 034 transmission mounts
Brakes D2 8 piston calipers with 330mm discs (front), #Audi-S2 stock (rear)
Suspension #KW3 coilovers with stiffer springs, Whiteline rear sway bar, aluminium subframe pushings (rest polyurethane), reinforced control arms
Wheels & Tyres 8x18 #OZ-Ultraleggera with 225/40 Toyo R888 tyres
Interior Fully stripped with FHRA spec roll cage, Sparco racing seats, Vems wideband lambda and EGT gauges, shift light
Exterior RS2 front bumper with IMSA Sipoo front splitter, fiberglass trunk lid with polycarbonate glass, sunroof removed Tuning contacts/thanks IMSA Sipoo, Petteri Lindström and Antti Oksa, Tatu (Tatech), Check out YouTube: 4WDDR
“Nobody thought this little Audi would be so fast, including me”
“It killed a couple of fast Porsche 911s on the street”
Above: One very happy owner.
Left: Intercooler dominates the front.
Below: Cage and bucket seats.
Above: Big brakes and lightweight #OZ wheels.
Above: This monster gets used on the road.
Right: Side-exit tailpipes.
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- The beast. The S2 with over 1100bhp you ran last issue was a monster! I love S2s anyway, but this is on another level completely. Really enjoyed the The beast. The S2 with over 1100bhp you ran last issue was a monster! I love S2s anyway, but this is on another level completely. Really enjoyed the story showing how the owner progressed with the build – lots of great information and a little window into the world of extreme power builds. And it’s another can from Finland – how come they build so many crazy Audis? Must be something they put in the water. Anyway, keep it up. More ...
- Thanks, Tommo. I have to agree with you, that S2 is an absolute animal. As to why there are so many big power cars in Finland, must be something to doThanks, Tommo. I have to agree with you, that S2 is an absolute animal. As to why there are so many big power cars in Finland, must be something to do with those long, harsh winters – nothing else to do apart from tinker away in the garage. More ...
- A correction. The owner of the S2 featured last month has pointed out that the 100-200km/h time was printed incorrectly. It should have said 3.5secs nA correction. The owner of the S2 featured last month has pointed out that the 100-200km/h time was printed incorrectly. It should have said 3.5secs not 5.5secs. Sorry Henry. And damn, that makes it even faster than we thought. More ...
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When Ron Micklich's garage door opens in the Saxony town of Schonheide, the entire insect world in the Erzgebirge knows its helmets on, or better, keep to the self imposed curfew and well away. When we talk to Ron, we hear about a possible 800 + HP at 2.6 bar boost and 900NM of torque... no one knows this S2 Avant as good as Ron, who's been the owner of this Audi since 1999. Around 15,000€ switched wallets back then, a bargain if you compare this with current prices. In the past 17 years, there was no respite on the Audi and we all know a project is never really finished.
The only thing that deserves to be labelled „Original" to the present day, is the paint job, which remains untreated apart from a few touch-ups. The engine alone enjoyed a bit of wellness each winter. Want examples? PKW deliverted shortened MAHLE forged Pistons to the Erzgebirge, reducing the displacement to 2205cc. Enlarged valves, specifically made long piston rods and a specially designed crankshaft, CNC machined combustion chambers, titanium valve spring retainers, conversion to a diesel block or the mechanical valve train are just a few excerpts from the 3 page long data sheet for the engine, where the main focus is certainly on the turbo, which was finely balanced after assembly. The Audi 90 IMSA GTO delivered the high-pressure compressor wheel and the Audi [S1 / Pikes Peak] a 29er compressor housing.
This aggregate would barely be operable without any modem technology so Ron used a free programmable ECU by VEMS. Thus, Ron has two sets of data to play with on his drives: road and track, with the streets in the Erzgebirge all somehow reminiscent of the Sachsenring circuit.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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More power than an original Ferrari Enzo - MRC Tuning's original stealth bomber!
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS MRC TUNING S2
This stealthy looking S2 was the catalyst that led to #MRC-Tuning being born, and now it’s been fully refreshed – with a monstrous 712ps (702bhp)
Always remember where you came from – that’s a phrase that you hear a lot in these celebrity obsessed times. From Hollywood stars that started out as waiters, to world champion boxers that used to clean cars for a living – it’s amazing how far you can come in life. But staying true to your roots isn’t easy. The pressures of success can change people – and not always for the better.
Having worked on performance car magazines for over 16 years, I’ve seen this happen many times over. Tuning enthusiasts grow into a commercial entity and become a bit ‘corporate’. They lose touch with the very people they should be appealing to. Which is a shame.
One company that has managed to grow, and stay in touch with the real Audi fans, is MRC Tuning.
Set up in 2005, MRC is the collaboration of S2 enthusiasts, Doug Bennett and Mihnea Cottet. As a regular on the well-respected S2forum.com, Doug reached a point where no one in the UK could modify his S2 to the level he wanted, so he decided to do it himself and get Mihnea over from Europe to tune it.
The 1995 Coupe, which he purchased in 2002, had already been converted to RS2 spec and was running around 330ps. With further work from Doug, it got to a K27 turbo level of tune, and offered a good balance of power and drivability. However, as is often the case with these things, once a business takes off, a tuner’s own car tends to get left behind.
And MRC Tuning has certainly taken off. These guys are now one of the world’s most respected performance Audi specialists, with a huge flow of S and RS models going through their Banbury workshop. Always at the cutting edge of Audi tuning, MRC has created the UK’s first 1000bhp RS6 C6; cracked the 200mph barrier in a B5 widebody and an R8 turbo at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground; and they continue to the lead the way with everything from B5 RS4s, through to the very latest RS6s.
Over the last 11 years, Doug has been fortunate enough to indulge his passion for fast Audis. His S4 widebody, R8 turbo and RS6 C6 have all been featured in #AudiTuner and reinforce the fact that he’s an Audi enthusiast first and foremost. However, one car will always remain extra special.
“It’s the car I’ve owned the longest and will never get rid of,” confirms Doug. “It always gives me a buzz – from the old school lag of nothing – then bang – all the power and torque in a small power band,” he smiles.
Although the S2 was well cared for, it didn’t have the ‘wow’ factor that befits an MRC staff car. So, when team member, Stuart Fourie, offered to carry out the custom fabrication necessary to take it to the next level, Doug didn’t hesitate. The S2 was officially ‘reborn’ in 2014, but it was only relatively recently that all of the finishing touches have been completed ready for a feature.
To the man in the street, it may look nothing special – just another mid-90s Audi. But those in the know will appreciate the latent violence that simmers just below the surface of this unassuming Coupe.
The current engine spec is a master class in how to achieve reliable, big power and, more importantly, immense torque, from the venerable 2.2-litre ABY lump. At 2bar of boost, this 20v turbo delivers a sledgehammer blow of 712ps and 717Nm – more than a Ferrari Enzo.
However, don’t confuse this with the linear and relentless surge of torque that you get with a modern RS6 running similar power. In the S2, it’s much more aggressive, with the power coming in with a bang. There’s nothing progressive about this thing. It has a very old school feel – an almost Group B savagery – that is guaranteed to shock the unprepared. In fact, at last year’s AudiTuner Expo, Stuart brought the car along to display, and his mate, who was riding shotgun, recalled how he’d almost been sick when the boost kicked in on the journey to Donington. This sort of animal is, of course, not for everyone. But when you spend each and every day tuning and testing some of the most powerful Audis in the world, you need something a bit special to get your own kicks.
The engine itself is a work of art. Dominated by the big external wastegate and GTX3582 turbo, it looks as if it just came out of some special projects division at Renn Sport. Everything, from the black crackle finish on the cam cover and inlet manifold, through to the shiny alloy goodies (even the clips and hoses look immaculate), it’s clear to see a hell of a lot of care has gone into this engine bay.
The prodigious power is transferred via a B5 S4 6-speed gearbox, which is mated to a strong, 6-puck Sachs clutch and solid flywheel. It’s a tried and testing combination, that’s able to handle the immense force created with such a powerful 20v turbo. Talking of which, it doesn’t half sound good.
A stock 5-pot is a very sonorous thing to behold, but this is on an entirely different level. It’s part jet fighter, part Group B rally car – you really need to hear it being driven in anger to appreciate it. It chuffs and snorts in a real old school fashion – there’s no modern Audi noise suppression here – and it’s all the better for it.
The whole car has a very raw feel to it. In this digital world where everything from the weight of the steering, to the firmness of the dampers, the speed of the gear changes to the sensitivity of the throttle can all be controlled by a computer; this is a very analogue beast. You get in, turn on the ignition, put it into gear – and drive the bugger.
Aside from the specialist fabrication work to the exhaust, intercooler, catch can and breathers (all thanks to the talented Stuart), the rest of this S2 is dripping with tuning goodies, but as with all MRC projects, everything is fitted with performance in mind first and foremost. The chassis, in particular, has received lots of attention to ensure the power can be controlled and corners attacked with aplomb. From the #AP-Racing 6-pots nestled behind the gorgeous BBS CH alloys (which look like they were made for the S2), to the H&R coilovers and uprated ARBs, this thing is ready to rock whenever you need it to. Not wishing to spoil the fantastic 90s styling of this curvaceous Coupe, Doug has been careful to add only OEM parts to give it a little lift. The front end has been treated to genuine RS2 door mirrors, plus grille and front bumper, which look both more aggressive and affords better airflow to the hard worked engine. The rear end simply wears a neat alloy MRC badge – there’s not even a clue that this is an S-model Audi.
Inside, you’ll find a set of factory optional RS2 leather seats. They have the creases and patina you’d expect from a car made in 1995, but they’re all the better for it. In fact, the whole of the cabin has that certain feel and even smell of a mid-90s performance Audi. It feels very solid and has real character – something that’s arguably missing on the latest crop of S and RS models. It’s part of the reason that S2s, along with RS2s, B5 S/RS4s and C5 RS6s are still so well loved by enthusiasts.
So there we have it. This is kind of Doug’s life’s work. He’s owned the car since 2002 and it’s the one he’ll never let go. Considering the amount of unbelievably quick and desirable Audis this man has access to, it speaks volumes about what this S2 means to him. From humble beginnings – the car that started it all.
Top: You’d never guess it had over 700bhp. Below: Doug’s other ‘toy’ see the RS2 next issue.
SPECIFICATION #Audi-S2-Coupe / #1995 / #ABY / #Audi-ABY / #Audi-S2 / #Audi / #GTX3582 / #Garrett-GTX3582r / #Garrett-GTX3582 / #Garrett / #Audi-80-B4 / #Audi-Typ-8C / #Audi-S2-B4 / #Audi-8B / #Audi-S2-8B / #Audi-80 / #Audi-S2-Coupe-B4 / #MRC-Tuning / #Bosch / #Audi
Engine 2.2 ABY overbored, uprated rods and REC pistons, ported head with oversized valves and lightweight valvetrain, #Wagner inlet manifold (modified for throttle body to fit at 90deg), 850cc #Siemens injectors, High Octane tubular exhaust manifold, #Garrett-GTX3582R-turbo turbo, HKS wastegate, stock ECU with 4bar map sensor, #Bosch-413 fuel pump, custom intercooler, full custom exhaust, custom catch can and breathers through brace bar, #MRC-Tuning-Stage-3 remap
Power 712ps and 717Nm at 2bar / 627ps and 685Nm at 1.65bar
Transmission Audi S4 B5 gearbox, #Sachs 6-puck clutch with solid flywheel
Front: #AP-Racing 6-pot calipers with Phaeton discs
Rear: VRS Porsche 4-pots and Brembo handbrake calipers
Suspension #H&R coilovers, RS2 front #ARB , Whiteline rear ARB, #Powerflex polybushes
Wheels 19in #BBS-CH with 235/35 Yokohama tyres
Interior Factory optional RS2 #Recaro seats, RS2 steering wheel, boost and EGT gauges, RS4 Alcantara gearknob, RS2 dash and aux gauges
Exterior RS2 front bumper, RS2 wing mirrors, RS2 grille, MRC badge
Contacts and thanks MRC Tuning www.mrctuning.com, Stuart, Chris and Mihnea for helping look after it over the years, S2forum.com, Dhyllan at Automotive Addiction for the wheel refurbishment
Top: RS2 seats were a factory option Above: Gauges in custom vent housing.
Above: Interior is solid and has that special 90s feel to it.
“It’s part jet fighter, part Group B rally car – you really need to hear it driven in anger...”
GTX3582 turbo supplies ample boost. Catch can and breathers are bespoke items. Custom MRC Tuning intercooler.
Left: AP Racing 6-pots and 19in #BBS alloys – perfect Main pic: Not even an S2 badge to give the game away...
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700bhp Time Attack contender 700bhp, home-built S2 track monster.
Words Davy Lewis / Photography AJ Walker / #Audi-S2 / #Audi-80-B4 / #Audi-Typ-8C / #Audi-S2-B4 / #Audi-8B / #Audi-S2-8B / #Audi-80 / #Audi /
Taking an angle grinder to a mint S2 may make some of you wince, but chef, James Dorey, has transformed his into a 700bhp, be-winged monster of a track car…
First impressions count for a lot. How you’re dressed for a job interview; the opening line on a first date – human nature dictates that we all form an opinion. Take this S2 for example. The first time I set eyes on it, I came to the conclusion that it had been built by a bunch of highly skilled motor sport engineers with years of experience on the racetrack. I was wrong, of course.
The man behind this be-winged creation is a chap called James Dorey. When he isn’t tweaking the aero of his S2, you’ll find him cooking up a storm in the kitchen, as a chef. So how did a chap who earns his crust (pun intended) creating taste sensations, manage to build one of the wildest S2s ever seen?
Well, if you think about it there’s a fair few similarities between cooking and tuning a car. You need to have the right ingredients. Everything has to work together and complement each other. Plus you need to keep a cool head under pressure and have a vision for the end product. That and the ability to learn as you go.
“I bought the car when I was 20,” recalls James. “I wanted something fast that wasn’t an Impreza or an Evo and the S2 was the easiest to insure at the time.” The car was finished in pearlescent white, and, in James’s own words, was in immaculate condition. He proceeded to enjoy his new joy and began to tune the venerable five-pot engine, until it went bang.
“When the engine broke, I removed it and decided to rebuild it properly.” That meant a bigger turbo, forged internals, uprated fuelling and cooling systems, plus all of the other goodies you’d need for a reliable 500bhp at low boost. At 2.2 bar it made a savage 700bhp. At this point he made the decision to fit a roll cage.
“I drove it like that for a while, but it had the stock geometry,” recalls James. “My mate, Toby, who’s a race car engineer, told me the engine was in the wrong place and that it needed moving back for better weight distribution.” It was here that the S2 was taken off the road and its transformation began.
Die-hard S2 aficionados may wish to look away now, because James took an angle grinder to his beloved Audi. The whole thing was stripped back to a rolling chassis, with all of the body panels and windows removed. The plan was to create a tubular front end – just like you’d find on a racecar and get the engine as far back as possible. Pretty comprehensive then – especially as James is not a trained engineer. “I made everything myself – there was a lot of trial and error,” he admits with a smile. For James, this was all part of the fun. He freely admits that all of his spare time is spent working on the car and that most of his salary goes on it too; it really has been a labour of love over the last few years.
Fortunately he’s been able to call on some good friends for advice. “Aside from my day job in the restaurant, I supply catering to race tracks at weekends, so I’m always around racing cars,” says James. This constant source of inspiration has been instrumental in the evolution of the S2.
The engine has remained largely unchanged since the car was on the road. All that’s been added is a custom Wagner intercooler, which replaced the cheap unit originally fitted. It offers immensely improved performance and helps keep the charge temps down on this hard-used car. The entire powerplant has been moved back 200mm – enabled by the tubular front end. A huge amount of custom fabrication was required, all carried out by James in his workshop at home. “I even had to teach myself to TIG weld,” he laughs. Working like this certainly kept costs down, but it did often result in some jobs having to be done two, or even three times to get them right. To further aid weight distribution the radiators have been mounted at the rear. The exhaust is another custom effort; a beefy 4in in diameter, which is routed via a tunnel into the car, then into twin 4in oval pipes with twin side exits. There are three silencers to ensure this S2 never falls foul of track day noise limits.
With up to 700bhp to transmit to the track, the drive train needed to be strong. James has retained the 6-speed manual box, but added a whole lot of strength. This includes plated diffs with custom ramp angles, diff coolers, and genuine Audi motorsport drive shafts – there’s even a carbon centre prop. Throw in the custom flywheel and triple plate clutch and it’s ready to rock.
The exterior is made up of carbon composite panels, which were made in Sweden. Although designed for the S2, James admits they didn’t fit very well, so he had to do a lot of work adapting them so that they sat properly. The wings, bonnet, bumpers, rear quarters, and roof are all made of the lightweight material and contribute towards the low weight of 1150kg.
Perhaps the biggest talking point is the aerodynamics. There’s a whacking great M3 GTR rear wing, plus deep front diffuser and canards. Aerodynamics is a notoriously tricky area to get right, but fortunately, James’s mate Toby (who incidentally designed the BMW Z4 GT race car) offered sterling advice.
So what’s next for this monstrous S2? Well, James has set his sights on the UK Time Attack Series. The only problem is fitting it in around work, but he’s determined to compete in at least a couple of rounds in 2016. In the meantime, he’ll continue to develop the car. “I’m going to fit a sequential box and cut the rear end out to tubular frame that too,” he says. Having seen this S2 in the metal I can confirm that it looks mind blowing. If you fancy seeing it in action, then it will be at our very own VAG Tuner Live event at Donington on 10 July. Head to www.vagtuner.co.uk to book your tickets and track time.
The entire build of this savage S2 has been a process of trial and error, with James learning as he went along. It’s taken many years to reach this stage and it’s fair to say that it hasn’t been easy. But then nothing worthwhile ever is. To use an old chef’s analogy, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and this S2 is guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Top The S2 in its natural habitat.
SPECIFICATION Audi S2
Engine 2.2 #Audi-ABY / #ABY engine bored to 82.5mm, engine moved 200mm back to get corner weights even, custom pistons, Pauter rods, home made dry sump system, custom grind #Shrick cams, custom flywheel with triple plate clutch, lightened and balanced crank and blueprinted engine, custom cam gears, Comp CT67 turbo, #Wagner intercooler, #Raychem-DR25 custom made harnesses (engine and chassis), #Tag-McLearne alternator, #Tatech-ECU , rear mounted rad, external wastegate, custom inlet and exhaust manifolds ( #Zircotech coated), 2200cc #Bosch motorsport injectors, 2x #Bosch-044 high pressure pumps and 1x lift pump with catch tank, custom 4in exhaust which goes into an in-car tunnel and then to 4in oval exhaust with twin side exits (3 boxes to make track day safe), mapped for Shell V-Power or Sunoco 109 fuel
Power 500hp at just over 1bar, 700hp at 2.2bar; weight 1150kg (wet)
Brakes #Brembo brakes with 380mm discs using a Padig endurance compound that has been skimmed down, titanium pistons etc; rears are 320mm with braided lines all round
Transmission 6-speed manual, plated diffs with custom ramp angles, diff coolers, Audi motorsport drive shafts, Audi motorsport carbon centre prop
Suspension 3-way fully adjustable AST suspension with remote Reservoirs
Chassis Rear tubular removable frame (DMD designed), front removable frame, tubular front end, knife anti roll bars, DMD steering bracket, quick rack, air jacks
Wheels 10x18in Dare motorsport wheels and Dunlop race slicks
Interior Race Technologies Dash, data logger, steering wheel controls for driver, Sparco steering wheel, Tilton pedal box, Corbeau seat, TRS harness, carbon door panels, multi-point FIA-approved roll cage, ATL 60-litre fuel cell in rear with filler in rear window
Exterior Carbon/composite body panels, carbon splitter, carbon front diffuser, front canards, carbon M3 GTR rear wing, carbon rear diffuser, cut out rear end, custom heated windscreen, Perspex windows, custom wide arches, carbon vent in rear quarter, carbon headlight surrounds, Aerocatches everywhere!
Contacts & thanks Mark at Wagner for the intercooler, Jay at DM Developments for the laser cutting, bushes and more, Tero from Finland for the mapping, Toby for the advice
“I’m going to fit a sequential box and cut the rear end out next”
Right: Adjustable pedal box Below: Rear mounted rads Main image: Quick release panels Bottom right: Seat moved back for better weight distribution.
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- Post is under moderationAUDI S2 Immaculate #Audi-S2 with 500bhp / #Audi-80 / #Audi / #Quattro / #1993 / #Audi-S2-Coupe / #Audi-S2-B4 / #Audi-80-B4 / #Audi-80-Typ-8C / #Audi-Typ-8C / #Audi-ABY /
PASSION OVER PROFIT
This freshly rebuilt Audi S2 cost DNA Autocare £25,000 in parts alone, so why is it up for sale at just £18,000? Words Dan Goodyer. Photography AJ Walker.
What’s important to you? Not in car terms, but in terms of what you want out of life. Do you want to be rich? To be successful? Famous? Thirty seven year-old Damir Sahman, the smiley-faced boss of DNA Autocare in Nottingham, has a very simple outlook on life: “I want to take my grandchildren to Santa Pod in years to come and see this car, still being looked after and driven properly, and say to them, ‘Your Grandad built that’”.
In a world where people are willing to trample over each other in the Black Friday sales just to save a few quid on a television, it’s a heart-warming thought. It’s quite possibly a reflection of his upbringing. Damir’s nickname is Danny, and Danny was born in the part of the world that used to be called Yugoslavia. He explains the effect that had on him: “If something is broken, you fix it. Simple as that. These days, people tend to replace white goods and electronics if they don’t work. In eastern Europe, you take it apart and fix them. That’s always stayed with me.”
Getting to the heart of the matter, Danny’s parents spotted very early on that he was naturally talented at repairing faulty goods. Fast forward many years and he has moved to England, studied Engineering at Derby University and worked for some big names. Most notably Toyota, where he worked for seven years, most of that time as a test driver. So he knows his way around a car, and just as importantly, how a good car and driver interact. Following senior roles with both Cadillac and the RAC, Danny felt the urge to go out on his own. In the last issue we brought you his white Avant; this month we feature his immaculate S2. A car that has received a meticulous nut-and-bolt rebuild, with performance upgrades in key areas to make a truly unique car.
“Every year we take on one special build to show what we can do, and this S2 is our latest creation,” explains Danny proudly. While DNA Autocare perform their magic on all makes and models, Danny has a passion for Audis, particularly ones from this era: “I like the 5-cylinder engines. They sound like nothing else and they always produce the power I expect from them; they’re reliable in that way. I also love the fact everything is built to last.”
Danny argues that the 4WD gearbox in the S2 is “a proper 4x4 gearbox”, compared to modern cars that have smaller, lighter gearboxes that can’t take the huge torque levels provided by bigboost engines. This is how he assesses all his projects. Every car has its strengths and weakness, and DNA Autocare’s ethos is to provide the biggest real-world performance gains, without spending any money unnecessarily.
“For example,” he adds, “I wouldn’t go to the expense of porting and polishing the cylinder head on one of these engines if the customer only wants 400bhp. A free-flowing head always makes the engine feel stronger but you can get to 400bhp on this engine without touching the head.” So with this attitude of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” Danny bought a well-used burgundy S2 with a grubby tan interior. It was largely used for commuting by the doctor who owned it and was pretty straight, if a little rough around the edges.
DNA Autocare began the transformation by stripping the car down completely. Even the glass came out for the full ground-up restoration. The engine was removed from the car and Danny set about stripping that down to rebuild it for more power. He adds: “I generally build the engines in our workshop at night. Engines are like plants. You have to nourish them, talk to them even. At night there are no distractions; I can just enjoy getting everything absolutely right.”
The bottom-end has been strengthened with forged pistons and connecting rods, while a lot of work has gone into the turbo and exhaust area. Danny’s aim for the build was to create a tough engine that wouldn’t need to be opened again even if the new owner wanted more power. He explains: “Unless you’re running a drag car where everything is being pushed to the limits, I don’t understand the idea of building an engine for one power level, only to strip it and rebuild it again when you want more. I’ve built this engine so it will take six or seven hundred horsepower, but it’s running much less. So it will stay reliable and if the next owner wants to increase the power, they just need to add a larger turbo and re-map the ECU.”
This is why the car also has a set of 1,000cc Bosch fuel injectors. At the current power level, which we’ll get to shortly, they’re only running at about 60% duty cycle. So there’s lots of headroom. “We bought them from Grams Performance in the United States,” says Danny. “They’re not the cheapest but they’re flow-tested and tweaked so they’re all closely matched.” It’s these small details that can’t be measured on the dyno, but reveal themselves during years of ownership as the car stays reliable.
The cylinder heads are from a naturally-aspirated 7A engine. Danny explains the reason he didn’t re-use the turbo heads from the original 230bhp ABY engine: “The naturally-aspirated heads haven’t had the abuse, or the heat cycles, that the turbo ones have. We’ve ported and polished these heads fully because we don’t want the future buyer to have to touch the engine for more power. The base is there. We’ve also used the 7A camshafts because they have higher lift which provides more gas-flow. This delays the main chunk of torque by a few hundred rpm, but when they come in, the 7A cams deliver a real punch.”
Selecting a turbo is tricky and usually dependent on how much power you want. After some careful thought, Danny went for a Garrett GTX3071R dual ball bearing turbo. This features an 11-blade compressor wheel and can take around 2 bar of boost. The turbo is mounted on a rather special exhaust manifold, too. Danny explains: “It’s a Wagner Tuning Sport quattro Evo cast-iron manifold that is obsolete now. I had two. One I put on this car and the other I’m guarding closely! I think this is the strongest, highest-flowing manifold on the market. It has large primary runners and being cast-iron it is strong, so you can hang a Holset Scania truck turbo off it if you like. Tubular manifolds have so many welded bends they can leak, and you have to brace them off the top of the engine really which doesn’t look very OEM.”
DNA Autocare fabricated a custom exhaust system for the car too and it’s fair to say the resulting sound is nothing short of incredible. Just the right side of loud on the road, without being too anti-social. Controlling everything is a VEMS ECU and at the time of writing only the initial mapping has been completed. Jase from Area 52 Motorsport has extracted 449bhp from the 2.2-litre 5-cylinder engine at 1.7bar of boost (25psi). Very soon the car will mapped for a bit more boost by Kamuto, a friend from Lithuania that Danny has made from the world of drag racing. So it should be making somewhere around the 500bhp mark before long.
“One thing I love about the S2 is it can actually use all this power too; get it down to the road effectively.” Of course the 4WD drivetrain plays a big role in that, but DNA Autocare have also tweaked the suspension and brakes to make sure it’s a well-rounded and balanced car. They’ve been clever with the anti-roll bar setup, while the front brakes feature a combination of Brembo 4-pot calipers from a Porsche mated to Audi A8 discs. Even the choice of Azev A wheels is in keeping with the period-correct “resto-mod” vibe of this 90s beast.
This is one of those rare cars that ticks a lot of boxes. It’s had a full restoration, yet it’s been tuned, too. In such a cultured fashion, that it has barely any compromises on the road despite having double the power and huge gains in grip and braking power. Equally, with its fresh Tornado Red paint and immaculate engine bay, even a detailer would be impressed with the fit and finish. Grabbing a cliché from the motoring journalist’s Big Book of Things To Say, it’s so carefully modified it looks like a special edition Audi might have made themselves. A sort of S2 Evo. Best of all, it’s up for sale several thousand pounds cheaper than the parts alone cost! So if you like what you see, make sure to give DNA Autocare a ring. Cars like this will only go up in value but please don’t lock it up in a garage. Buy it, use it, love it. Hopefully you’ll be at Santa Pod in years to come, when Danny is showing his grandchildren what real cars can do. It would be a fitting tribute to a man who puts his passion before profit.
Top One of the finest S2s around.
SPECIFICATION #1993 8B #Audi-S2 / #Audi-80-B4 / #Audi-Typ-8C / #Audi-S2-B4 / #Audi-8B / #Audi-S2-8B
ENGINE ABY 2.2-litre 20v inline 5-cylinder built by Danny at #DNA-Autocare , #Wossner forged pistons, Scaat connecting rods, #DNA Autocare ported and polished 7A cylinder head, 7A cams, #VEMS ECU mapped by Jase at #Area-52-Motorsport , #Garrett-GTX3071R turbocharger mounted on Sport quattro manifold, 44mm external wastegate with screamer pipe, custom DNA Autocare 3in stainless steel exhaust with titanium wrap, large aluminium radiator, #Grams-Performance 1,000cc #Bosch fuel injectors, #Bosch-044 fuel pump, braided fuel lines, 5bar fuel pressure regulator, silicone hoses, high-density engine mounts, #Wagner short intake manifold, Wagner short intake intercooler kit, Ramair filter.
POWER 449bhp @ 1.7bar (25psi) and 425lb/ft torque.
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual gearbox, RS4 Stage 3+ Feramic clutch plate, Sachs 707 pressure plate, 034 Motorsports solids billet aluminium flywheel, high-density gearbox mounts.
BRAKES 4-pot Brembo (Porsche) front calipers, A8 330mm discs, Brembo race pads. OEM rear brakes (rebuilt) with Pagid RS pads. HEL braided lines, converted to servo brakes.
SUSPENSION KW V1 coilovers, Powerflex bushes all round, powdercoated and galvanised subframes and lower arms, RS2 front anti-roll bar, original front S2 anti-roll bar moved to rear, lower chassis legs swapped around, strut brace.
WHEELS & TYRES 17in Azev A alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45x17 Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres.
INTERIOR Full leather retrim, headlining and all trims flocked in black, 3x Innovate Motorsport gauges: Boost, Exhaust Gas Temperature and Air-Fuel Ratio. 3x lower dash gauges, carbon dash trim, carbon sill trims, Sony headunit and JL Audio speakers.
EXTERIOR Fully respray in Tornado Red, by John from Paintology factory S2 bodykit, Xenon light upgrade.
THANKS/CONTACTS www.dnaautocare.co.uk (01159) 861186, John at Paintology.
Top: Full respray in Tornado red by Paintology. Above: Seats have been retrimmed in black/red leather Top right: Air vent mounted gauges are a nice touch.
Top: Immaculate bay houses the 5-cylinder lump Above left: Cooling is well taken care of Above: #Garrett GTX3071r turbo provides the boost.
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- Post is under moderationS2 SALOON Ultra-rare 4-door #Audi-S2 / #1994
Exclusive Club With around 306 examples ever made, the S2 saloon is one of the rarest Audis you’ll find; we tracked one down to the mean streets of Finland – it’s been tuned, of course!
The term ‘limited edition’ is very rarely used in the right context. I saw some limited edition crisps in my local shop the other day and every other car seems to have a limited edition badge, which is usually nothing more than a few stickers and cosmetic changes. For me, truly limited edition is something that is produced in a very small run. The sublime Sport quattro was one such machine. Perhaps the most deserving of the moniker with a paltry 214 cars produced (that number is now far fewer as some succumbed to various disasters). The Audi 80 quattro Competition that we featured back in issue 006, was another relatively small run of cars, with around 2500 being made. And let’s not forget the iconic RS2, which began the whole uber estate craze back in 1994. Ever wondered why there are so few up for sale these days? That’s because just 2800 of these stunning, Porsche-fettled, beasts were produced between 1994 and 95 (only 180 in RHD). But, for extreme rarity, there’s another 90s Audi that trumps the lot.
From the front it looks like a regular S2; nothing especially rare about that (although they are getting very hard to find). But look to the side and you’ll notice it has a bit stuck on the back, otherwise known as a boot (or trunk if you’re in the US). Yes, the S2 was available, for a very limited time, as a saloon, or sedan as it was better known. Audi clearly decided that their S-badged, performance version should be a three-door coupe, so they focused on that and the avant. Just 306 booted versions were made, which makes them rarer than a BMW driver who uses his indicators… The owner of this car, Markku Pääkkönen, takes up the story.
“In 2006 I was participating in an Audiclub Finland race track event in Motopark Virtasalmi Finland. There I saw for the first time an Audi S2 Sedan and realized that it was an ultra rare car. At that time I was driving a 1992 Audi 80 and liked the look of a car with few modifications. It had large wheels with lowered suspension and replica RS2 front bumper. Since that time I’ve had a dream of owning an S2 sedan some day,” he comments.
That dream came true when a friend called to say he was selling his S2 sedan. Scarcely able to believe his luck, a deal was duly done and Markku drove home in a piece of Audi history.
Of course, being a 2.2 five-cylinder engine and living in Finland, Markku couldn’t leave it stock – even if it was attached to one of the rarest Audis on the planet. That said, the upgrades have all been OEM where possible. A modified RS2 turbo with 50mm compressor wheel takes care of recycling the spent exhaust gasses, while an RS2 exhaust manifold joins the party, together with a custom 3in exhaust system. With a custom modified ECU, this S2 certainly goes well. Markku hasn’t had it dyno’d and still has some fine tuning to do with the map, but it’s got the potential to be over 350bhp. Not shy in anyone’s book.
Markku continues, “With this car the exterior looks just great to my eye. It is not a good idea to change the style of a rare car from standard very much. In this case the exterior modifications are acceptable for me because OEM parts have been used. Engine tuning and keeping the car in good shape are more interesting things for me.” This man knows his stuff.
Talking of those exterior upgrades, everything is indeed OEM.
A mix of S2 and genuine homologation parts have been lovingly added to enhance the saloon’s lines. These include an RS2 rear bumper and taillight panel (heavens knows how he managed to get those!). But there’s more, look closely and you’ll spot the RS2 mirrors – the Porsche Cup units that were fitted to the original avant. Another rare car, the Audi 80 quattro Competition, has given its lower front splitter and rear wing to the cause. The exterior certainly makes you look twice. On first glance you may think it’s just an Audi 80 with some RS2 style bits added, but when you get your head around it and realise it’s a genuine S2 with genuine RS2 parts added, you realise just how special it is.
When it came to wheels, a car as special as this required something classy and in tune with the 90s design. To be fair, you can’t get much more bang on the money than a set of BBS Le Mans. Epic rims in anyone’s mind.
Inside the S2 is as you’d expect, bone stock. There’s nothing wrong with that – in fact it’s perfect for this period project. Markku plans to do some more work on the map and says, “For the near future I am planning some painting jobs, of course finishing the ECU tuning (in summer time), and a lot of small bits to fix.” It’s good to know that rare cars like this S2 are being kept alive and truly loved by real Audi enthusiasts. Top work.
SPECIFICATION #Audi-S2-Saloon #1994 / #Audi-S2 / #Audi-80 / #Audi / #Audi-S2-B4 / #Audi-80-B4 / #Audi-80-Typ-8C / #Audi-Typ-8C / #Audi-ABY
ENGINE 2.2 20-valve 5-cylinder turbo, engine code #ABY , RS2 turbo modified with 50mm billet compressor blade, RS2 exhaust manifold, #Siemens-DEKA630 fuel injectors, #Bosch-040 fuel pump, custom made 3in stainless steel exhaust piping, Audi OEM 2.5 TFSI ignition coils, engine control unit custom Modification
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual, full time Torsen four-wheel drive, transmission code CGR
BRAKES - FRONT: 4-piston #Brembo calipers with 318mm discs, standard brake pads REAR: original brakes
SUSPENSION #H&R cup kit suspension (shocks & springs)
WHEELS & TYRES #BBS-Le-Mans 8.5x18in ET32 (Japan edition look) / #BBS , Continental Conti Sport Contact 5, 225/40 R18
EXTERIOR Audi RS2 side mirrors, RS2 rear bumper, RS2 tail light panel, Audi 80 quattro Competition FIA A5515-94 homologated additional lower part for front bumper, original rear spoiler from Audi 80 quattro Competition with FIA A5515-94 homologated additional mountings for position change of rear spoiler, lower sections of front & rear bumpers painted in body colour
TUNING CONTACTS/THANKS Finturbo Oy, Kuopio Finland, JP-Autotuning Ky, Siilinjärvi Finland, Nick “Porkkis” from Audiclub Finland Forum
Top: An S2 with 4 doors, now that’s rare Above: Stock gauges.
“I had a dream of owning an S2 sedan one day”
Clockwise from top: It’s a genuine S2, right down to the dials; 20v lump has been tuned with an RS2 turbo.
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