Prawn and BigAls A3 Track Car
Well folks, seeing as it's a little different, I thought I'd start a little thread on here. The first few posts will be copied over from Northloop, then I'll keep it updated as things progress!
After 3 trips to the ring, I decided it was probably about time I built something more dedicated to the track, rather than risking my dailly driver.
So, having bought a new A3 1.8T back in May, my old A3 has sat in the drive, because I'm too stubborn to sell it, as I don't want some pikey getting his hands on a car with 235bhp, for the £1500 it's worth. I had planned to give the car to my Dad as payment for some money I owed him, but we decided in September that it would be put to far better use as a track car, so this is a joint project between me. and Dad.
My time with this A3 started in July 2006, when I bought it on 120k, 100% standard, for £2850:
Fast foreward 4 years, 3 turbos, 2 gearboxes, and god knows how much else and a fair few thousand quic, and I ended up with this:
Running full 'stage 2' spec, ko3S turbo, turbo back exhaust, FMIC, all forge silicon hoses, and a custom map, it was producing 235bhp & 270lbft at 23psi, and going well. it's already got eibach ARB's, and coilovers, as well as 312mm S3 brakes that'll be getting replaced.
It's been to the ring twice. Here's a few pics
Bit of a driveshaft fail back at easter this year, thankfully helped out massively my Ralph and Freddie at Rent4Ring:
The car reached 200k whilst at the ring in April, so I decided it was time to retire it from my 500 mile/week commute, and loving it so much, the only option for me was to buy another, newer A3 for a new dailly:
The old A3 has sat in my drive now for 6 months, waiting for me to do something with it.
My old man and I decided in september, whilst spending a week at the ring, that it was about time we built a car specifically for track use, and we decided to start with the old A3 as a base.
So, the car currently needs a new steering rack, so I've got a TT quick rack in the garage to go on it this weekend. I've just picked up some Sparco Sprint V seats and I've been talking to Custom cages about afull multipoint weld in cage for the car :)
I'll be stripping it over xmas and making up subframes for the seats, then I'll be ordering the cage early in the new year, with a view to getting the car ready to take to the ring at Easter.
I'm after a set of 330mm Porsche 996 brakes to put on the front it it, and I'm looking at getting a set of Federal RS-R tyres. Having read a few reviews, they sound pretty good for the money, at half the cost of R888s!
I'll keep this updated as more work happens!
I hope to see some of you out at the Ring a few times next year