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    Thumbs up Anyone interested in a carbon bonnet for their A3/S3 (2009 facelift)

    I tried to post this in the GB forum but apparently I don't have rights to do so.

    I thought I’d let you know, I have sorted out a group buy for some carbon bonnets. Basically a one off is expensive and they suggested I try offering a GB before I go at it alone..... I need 5 to get the price down to Ł659. I think I’m going to struggle to get that number but it’s worth a try.
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    The mould is still to be made but will be done as soon as I have some definite numbers and will be made in a batch of 5 (can take 2 weeks to dispatch), Special requirements are possible when ordering.
    Lightweight replacement bonnets for the Audi A3/S3 facelift (late) 2008 -
    These “Road spec” bonnets are a direct replacement, full replica inside and out, supplied ready to bolt-on. The fit is perfect and they weigh less than half that of the original steel item. These are full carbon at 5KG (approx)
    The carbon fibre is finished in a high-gloss clear coat, showing off the 2x2 twill carbon fibre weave. (3k, aerospace grade). Dry carbon is vacuum bagged and resin-infused, to ensure zero air bubbles and the lightest possible part.
    These bonnets can be painted if you if required.

    Let me know if anyone is interested. If I don't get the numbers I may leave it for a while.
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    man, how i wish..

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    Please for the love of god paint it so nobody can see it's carbon.
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    I like it...As a matter of fact I like it alot! I have a black S3 and would probably go against Pete and leave it unpainted :D I would like people to know its carbon. Now back to main point..I could be interested...Need to think about it though...I think it's a good fair price you got there.

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    get in touch with a company called carben creations in leeds ben who runs it should be able to do them at a better price than that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmax7 View Post
    get in touch with a company called carben creations in leeds ben who runs it should be able to do them at a better price than that!
    Just emaied them. I'll let you know how I get on. Do they do full double skin autoclaved bonnets?
    Their bonnets look like they are Seibon anyway, Seibon don't do the facelift S3.

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    It's not really a massive amount of money for what would be a direct swap and I guess something which would have a good residual value too. I think it would go really well with the white car, black wheel combo that is so popular now and would still manage to look discreet on a dark coloured motor, I like it and especially the weight saving benefits my only concern would be insurance implications and the fact that it may attract unwanted attention. Thumbs up though, I think it would look really special, I'm not in but I'm interested, it would have to remain unpainted to be cost effective. How much is the equivalent GTI offering ?
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    you can always fit areo catches these will give two extra locking points and help with keeping the bonnet where it's meant to be!

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    The Mk5 GTI is the same price....

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    Last edited by devonmikeyboy; 9th February 2010 at 21:35.
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    I suppose you would only want one of these for looks? I cant see any other benefit. The 5kg saving can be done by emptying out your boot full of rubbish and tidying the glovebox! 5kg can easily be saved in a better areas anyway such as wheels.

    If you take your original bonnet off you would be suprised how light it is, i was!
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    The main reason for going with this GB is the fact they are the makers of the VW R racing Mk5 GTi carbon bonnet. It really is well made!
    All using original bonnet catches etc, strong and will fit perfectly.
    It's about 1/3 or the standard bonnet weight.

    My car's a year old now and i'm going to start tracking it. Lightweight rims are part of the makeover and will be coming soon.

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    would love one of these is it was for my 2007

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeckedS3 View Post
    Just emaied them. I'll let you know how I get on. Do they do full double skin autoclaved bonnets?
    Their bonnets look like they are Seibon anyway, Seibon don't do the facelift S3.
    Seibon stuff fits like crap too. I remember seeing their demo car at SEMA - loads of carbon panels, none of which lined up. Terrible advert for the company, and if they can't make it fit, then nobody can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    Seibon stuff fits like crap too. I remember seeing their demo car at SEMA - loads of carbon panels, none of which lined up. Terrible advert for the company, and if they can't make it fit, then nobody can.
    I tend to agree, some fit great, others don't....
    I have however seen a Mk5 R32 with one of the VW R bonnets fitted and it looked great. Looked OEM (apart from the carbon look).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeckedS3 View Post
    I tend to agree, some fit great, others don't....
    I have however seen a Mk5 R32 with one of the VW R bonnets fitted and it looked great. Looked OEM (apart from the carbon look).
    Personally I think it looks tacky, cheap and like a reject from Banzai magazine. Your car looks great in your little pic, and a carbon bonnet would make it look like a chav chariot. But that's just in my opinion

    I understand the weight saving benefits, but having a big **** can make as much of a difference, and it's considerably cheaper and less Jap-stylee than a new bonnet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    I understand the weight saving benefits, but having a big **** can make as much of a difference, and it's considerably cheaper and less Jap-stylee than a new bonnet.
    I know what you're saying lol but the S3 is a heavy beast, may be something do with all the options I bolted on...... I can tell you, the rear seats will be out when it goes to track. If I can get the car to feel like there is no driver in it that would be great. It wasn’t something I was planning to do with the S3, but the time has come......
    I've only just considered getting lightweight alloys, something I've never considered before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    I understand the weight saving benefits, but having a big **** can make as much of a difference,
    A 5kg **** would be pretty big. It'd smell a bit ripe too I imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggu View Post
    A 5kg **** would be pretty big. It'd smell a bit ripe too I imagine.
    I'm a big lad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    I'm a big lad.
    And a funny one
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeckedS3 View Post
    I've only just considered getting lightweight alloys, something I've never considered before.
    Light weight alloys will make a lot more difference to acceleration and handling then a 5KG lighter bonnet will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    Personally I think it looks tacky, cheap and like a reject from Banzai magazine. Your car looks great in your little pic, and a carbon bonnet would make it look like a chav chariot. But that's just in my opinion

    I understand the weight saving benefits, but having a big **** can make as much of a difference, and it's considerably cheaper and less Jap-stylee than a new bonnet.
    im loving the term chav charriot
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    Quote Originally Posted by flying oyster View Post
    im loving the term chav charriot
    Thanks. There's plenty more where that came from.

    Quote Originally Posted by Iggu View Post
    And a funny one
    Again, thanks. At this rate my head will be as big as Nige's...
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    LOL !! This thread is becoming even more entertaining, really laughed at 'Big ****'.
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