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    How do you guys launch?

    Ello people

    Just wondering, how do you guys launch off the mark in the S3? Traction on? Traction off? Where do you hold the revs? Looking to do Santa Pod sometime with a few friends for a laugh. Haven't done anything like this before. Just seems a bit difficult to me!

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    The S3 is one of the easiest cars I've driven to launch. Traction off, revs up to 5kish, clutch up, bye bye. I managed to get all 4 wheel spinning in the pouring rain doing this off a round about a few weeks ago!
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    Really? I used to drive a Lupo GTI before so haven't had alot of power like this. Just don't want to try it and break something lol.

    In 1st gear, what revs do you take it to? Also, how about 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th? I've heard people say 'redline it', then i hear people say change about 5k revs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan1973 View Post
    Not buying a car off you then 'Westle'
    I dont launch like that every day The car isn't made of glass so it can take a bit of a pummeling.

    First gear is always a bit of a rush as soon as you're off the line. I tend to change at about 6K as the torque band drops off just after 6K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    I dont launch like that every day The car isn't made of glass so it can take a bit of a pummeling.

    First gear is always a bit of a rush as soon as you're off the line. I tend to change at about 6K as the torque band drops off just after 6K.
    Good man, your car was looking good last time a saw it on here, looking forward to pod next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan1973 View Post
    Good man, your car was looking good last time a saw it on here, looking forward to pod next year.
    Cheers matey. I need a pod trip next year, haven't been there for ages. I'm also planning a Stelvio Pass/Nurburgring trip too but I'm supoosed to be getting a mortgage next year!
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    Stelvio Pass and the Ring would be an awesome trip in a convoy of S3's....great excuse to go if others are

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordNelson View Post
    Stelvio Pass and the Ring would be an awesome trip in a convoy of S3's....great excuse to go if others are
    I think we'll all need new tyres and suspension after this trip:

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    I agree.....il get saving now....Im sure the Missus wont mind holidaying in Scarborough next year....haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    The S3 is one of the easiest cars I've driven to launch. Traction off, revs up to 5kish, clutch up, bye bye. I managed to get all 4 wheel spinning in the pouring rain doing this off a round about a few weeks ago!
    Thats exactly the same as me......! Works every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    The S3 is one of the easiest cars I've driven to launch. Traction off, revs up to 5kish, clutch up, bye bye. I managed to get all 4 wheel spinning in the pouring rain doing this off a round about a few weeks ago!
    Lovely stuff!!!!!!! Bye bye to the clutch?? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by FazS3 View Post
    Lovely stuff!!!!!!! Bye bye to the clutch?? LOL

    Sod the clutch, thats what its there for
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    Haha..."Who needs a clutch?" says Westle

    I dont launch mine as im approching 90k on the standard clutch....Saying that the Revos only been on there since July this year .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    I think we'll all need new tyres and suspension after this trip:
    I smell a group buy!
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    On what suspension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 HODGE View Post
    Haha..."Who needs a clutch?" says Westle

    I dont launch mine as im approching 90k on the standard clutch....Saying that the Revos only been on there since July this year .
    The clutch is going to go at some point so why worry about it? I'm on 114K miles on original clutch and still going strong after a year with it mapped. The previous owner did a massive ammount of motorway miles so the clutch is still fresh (i've probably cursed it now! Look out for my "clutch has gone bang" thread in a few days!!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JS1500 View Post
    I smell a group buy!
    We'll also need a group buy of fresh undies after driving that road
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ_Troopa View Post
    How do you guys launch?
    If its The Saturdays then very bloody quickly

    Ah damn, sorry wrong thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    If its The Saturdays then very bloody quickly

    Ah damn, sorry wrong thread
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    lol, gotta have a sense of humus on this cold wet day, plus its friday, yeahhh

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    Nice and Sunny here! Shame the f**cking heap of sh** on the drive wont move ....Cant even get the bike out as the cars bloked it in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    Cheers matey. I need a pod trip next year, haven't been there for ages. I'm also planning a Stelvio Pass/Nurburgring trip too but I'm supoosed to be getting a mortgage next year!
    The stelvio really is'nt that good a drive its very very tight corners, a few mates went last year in there alfa gtvs and had to do 3 point turns at alot of the corners. Def not what top gear made it out to look like.

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    3 pointers on supposedly the best road in the world....GUTTED!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordNelson View Post
    3 pointers on supposedly the best road in the world....GUTTED!!!!
    Dont be silly, the handbrake is there to eliminate any 3 point turns

    I'm not overly fussed about gunning it down a twisty road with a 100ft drop on one side, but it will be an experience and nice to say I've done it.
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    There are only a few corners like that, but they are all very tight. Need a powerful RWD car to get the best out of it with a flick of th eback end.

    Nurburgring best suited to the S3 out of the two!

    Back on topic...I never launch mine, too scared of killing the clutch. I've launched from about 4k revs and sidestepped before but there was a wiff of clutch then!

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    i have to agree, dont think id be gunning it into those bends with drops like that. 4WD or not...thats brown pant time unless your name is Seb Loeb!

    be good to know you have done it though....im still waiting for a good excuse to go to the Nurburg Ring without needing spare brakes, clutch etc! (it will happen when all the parts are fresh and i know they are)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordNelson View Post
    i have to agree, dont think id be gunning it into those bends with drops like that. 4WD or not...thats brown pant time unless your name is Seb Loeb!

    be good to know you have done it though....im still waiting for a good excuse to go to the Nurburg Ring without needing spare brakes, clutch etc! (it will happen when all the parts are fresh and i know they are)
    I wont be heading back to the ring until my brake lines have been replaced, my fluid changed, and my discs and pads uprated! Last years trip was very hairy in parts due to my lack of stopping power
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    I wont be heading back to the ring until my brake lines have been replaced, my fluid changed, and my discs and pads uprated! Last years trip was very hairy in parts due to my lack of stopping power
    Did you get caught out on that corner that first timers usally hit the grass? Think its towards the end of the track were its a light left up a slight hill then a sharp right at the top. (Someone may know the name)

    Fair play to you though. I think if i keep the S3 ill buy some goodies and head over in the summer time.
    Maybe AS.net could do an organised trip?

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    i was looking into this as the Mini chaps are doing a similar run.... IIRC you only have 2-3 months of the year to get up/down stelvio as its shut most of the year due to adverse weather...... heard also that you have to drive on the other side on some corners as your car will simply 'bottom out' lowered or not..... looks awesome though
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    my last calcs worked out about 1200 for two for approx 4-5 days.....thats fuel, basic accomodation....and ferry only mind
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    So Tim that means.....If you sell the missus Mini the trip would be on you! Yay! lol, I would be up for it....Westle, How much did you spend roughly? If you dont mind me asking...

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    in short yes mate

    in reality and in the words of Cartman...'suck my b**ls a**hole'
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    in short yes mate

    in reality and in the words of Cartman...'suck my b**ls a**hole'
    Worth a try ehh...

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    Im taking the S3 to the ring for the first time In August next year. Usually around 275 for ferry and accomodation. Just a matter of fuel, food, drink and ring tickets after that. Easy.

    Oh and my S3 will never be on a 1/4 while I own it. Im planning track car next year so maybe use that although will probably be a 1.4 to begin with to meet class rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 HODGE View Post
    Did you get caught out on that corner that first timers usally hit the grass? Think its towards the end of the track were its a light left up a slight hill then a sharp right at the top. (Someone may know the name)

    I've been going to the ring for 7 years now and driven it in 3 different cars so I knew all about that little beauty. Saw one guy in an Astra VXR with his girlfriend in the passenger seat and he went straight over the grass, you can imagine the look on her face!
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    So Tim that means.....If you sell the missus Mini the trip would be on you! Yay! lol, I would be up for it....Westle, How much did you spend roughly? If you dont mind me asking...
    I think I ended up paying around 400 all in when I went May just gone. The best thing to do is take a load of passengers then fleece them for loads of petrol money
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    I have to say I think the S3 is the worst launching 4wd i've ever had

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE GTR View Post
    I have to say I think the S3 is the worst launching 4wd i've ever had
    I've never owned another 4 wheel drive car so I cant comment but its definitely better than all the FWD cars i've owned and the Lotus Elis I had.
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