- Chris Low-Foon, Croydon #2000 #Audi-TT-Roadster #Audi-TT-8N #Audi-TT-Quattro
I originally purchased my #Audi-TT-Roadster-8N in November 2012. Typically, at that time, it wasn’t the sort of car I was intending to buy. However, there was something about this one that caught my attention.
The colour (Nimbus grey) was something I never knew the Series 1 #Audi-TT (Audi TT 8N )came in and instantly fell in love with the uniqueness and rarity of it. The colour pretty much sold me and I only had a quick look around before immediately making the decision to buy it. I already had my mind set on how I wanted it to look, and what needed to be done to it to stand out from the rest, as I’ve done with all the cars I have previously owned. Being the 180 bhp version, it came with the singletailpipe exhaust and I immediately knew I wanted the dual exit type, so not long after completing the purchase I had a cat-back Milltek exhaust system installed by AmD Essex, with twin tailpipes of course.
The karma of buying a car too quickly bit me back, as I soon noticed to my despair that the turbo had become increasingly smokey. I weighed up the costs of putting a like-for-like back on, or upgrading it, and eventually made the decision to upgrade to a K03 Hybrid built by Beach Buggy Turbos, consisting of a K04 turbine, billet K03S compressor and an uprated 15 psi actuator.
From this exact point onwards, the modification bug bit me and money started flowing into the car. A set of 225 injectors were ultrasonically cleaned and flow-tested, along with a 225 MAF sensor, Creation Motorsports TIP, Toyosports FMIC and a Forge 007p diverter valve which nicely accompanied the turbo. The car was last dyno’d at Garage Streamline at 269 bhp.
From there, one thing led to another and I ended up back at AmD Essex again for the installation of a set of AP coilovers and the 18-inch Mercedes Eltanin alloy wheels. This car attends a number of car shows and events around the country, and it won Car of the Month in March 2013 at PREPT which is a monthly gathering at Brands Hatch.
At the end of May 2014 we took the car for a 2500-mile road trip through Germany to Worthersee in Austria, stopping at various museums and attractions along the way including the famous Nurburgring. I am extremely pleased to say the TT performed amazingly without a fault and was such a pleasure to drive!
• #Audi TT (180) quattro
• Nimbus grey, 73,000 miles
• AUQ 1.8T (Originally 180 PS, now 269 bhp)
• K03 hybrid comprising K04 turbine, billet
• K03S compressor with an uprated 15 psi actuator
• Relentless 3-inch downpipe
• Milltek Sport resonated twin-tailpipe exhaust
• Interchangable decat (bolt-on sports cat, never used)
• N75 Race valve
• N249 Delete
• #Forge 007p dump valve
• Creation Motorsports turbo intake pipe
• 225 MAF sensor
• 225 injectors, ultrasonically cleaned and flow-tested
• #NGK spark plugs BKR7E
• Drilled airbox
• Revo panel filter
Suspension and wheels:
• AP coilovers
• Adjustable tie bars
• Fully polybushed front wishbones
• Polybushed dogbone mount
• Mercedes Eltanin 18-inch alloy wheels, with Bridgestone Potenza tyres
6000k HID Xenon headlights
New CV boots, top mounts, ball joints, new brake pads and discs all round, air-con recharged and diff oil serviced.