Whilst I've been sat in waiting rooms and other such pleasantries over the last couple of weeks I've been thinking through my strategy for how the S3 handles.
I don't think it's unfair to say the 8P could ever be accused of being anything other than robust in a Kirstie Allsopp kind of way, and whilst I want a car that is entertaining to drive with a turn in that inspires some confidence and satisfaction, I've gone past the age where I'm prepared to strip out the interior, remove air con pumps or sell a kidney to fund some Dymag rims to shave off a few kilos.
The simplest way to knock a considerable amount of weight over the front axle is a simple battery change, by replacing the heavy lead acid unit that is supplied at factory with a lightweight racing unit like the once you can buy from Demon Tweeks et al (Red Tops and Extreme Racing units).
Some profess to be pretty much for racing use only with poor cold start and short charge hold lifespans, but some (specifically the Odyssey Extreme Racing Batteries) profess to be able to exceed OEM batteries in pretty much all areas whilst saving up to 10kgs in weight.
Seeing that the battery is mounted painfully high in the car, and weighs so much (surely it must affect roll, ride and handling), does anyone know if there would be any tangiable benefit to forking out £120+ VAT for one of these super skinny 5.4kg batteries, or are there any serious negative aspects which would ultimately drive you insane for the benefits reaped? I appreciate as everything else is so porky losing 10kgs might be so insignificant it might do little more than give you a placebo effect, but is there anyone who has run with one in a daily driver and know of the benefits of what they're like asan every day proposition?
Here is a link to one of the units in question: Extreme Racing 18 Battery
Thanks in advance