Further to the What Cars Have U Raced? thread on the 8L page...
Today, after hearing a lot of talk on this forum, I finally got my opportunity to see just what an A3 2.0TDI has to offer against a 2.0FSI.
This was just what I've been waiting for - a clear dual carriageway and a 2.0TDI whose driver was in an obvious hurry. I was prepared to make a fool of my car and myself in the interest of research, but fortunately it was the TDI that was left with egg on its face.
The stretch of road in question is approx. 1/2 mile long and is between two roundabouts. After the second roundabout the road becomes a single lane carriageway, so there's always a bit of a drag race to get to the second roundabout first.
Anyway, as I approached the 1st roundabout the TDI (a sportback actually) went past me in the outer lane. He got slightly slowed down by cars turning right, so as we went around the first roundabout we were side by side at approx. the same speed (25ish mph). The drag race began (uphill if you please) as we rounded the transition from the roundabout to the straight, which was accompanied with plenty of flashing from my ESP light! It wasn't pretty, but by nearly red lining each gear up to fourth I was able to pull out a 1 1/2 to 2 car gap by the time we had to break and he had to 'tuck in' behind me for the next roundabout.
Now, I don't condone racing on the road, but this was an opportunity not to be missed and I'm happy to tell you all that, on this occasion, a 2.0TDI was beaten hands down by its petrol engined equivalent. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/groovy.gif[/img]
However, I would have to admit that I was impressed with the pace of the diesel and that I wouldn't have been able to keep a chipped TDI behind.