Well that's another fine meet you got me in to. A power run on the dyno at Powerstation would surely mean that I'd continue the cliche for the video music wouldn't it?
Oh and you might have noticed the choice of music is a little ironic as my RS3 made a bit of a shocker in the BHP department, or did it? That's a question we will answer later. Anyway Davy's TT made plenty of power so the music still fits.
Firstly thanks to Davy (Morells) for organising the Dyno run and Professor John (45bvTC) for finding a great pub with perfect parking and a breakfast Audi would be proud of. Even greater thanks to John for finding us a route there when the A46 was closed for resurfacing. Thanks to Ben (Daytona 500) John for sharing their photos from thday too, I've used a few in this little write up and the video.
The main event of the day was the Dyno run at Powerstation PowerStation and it was good to back to a place where I'd spent enough money to buy a small hatchback on modifications in the past. Rich and his team still provide the same great service today.
My car was first up on the dyno and produced these results:
Hmm...ok so just like at TSR Performance we have plenty of torque but this time seemingly even less BHP. This is confusing as the PerformanceBox and Dynolicious on road dyno figures suggest over 400bhp and 0-60 time has reduced to just 3.7s (from 4.2s).
So lets see Davy's TT in action in 4wd mode with the Haldex system in operation:
So again something isn't quite right, good torque figure of 402lbft but just 358bhp (both similar figures to those my RS3 made at TSR performance.
Now lets see Davy's TT in action with the Haldex system fuse removed, making the TT Front Wheel Drive only:
Yes this time we have figures that look better 417bhp and 422lbft, impressive for a Stage 1 map and decat pipe.
We spoke to Rich @ Powerstation at length after the power runs and they had already experienced similar problems with S-tronic (or DSG) equipped cars on their dyno. They had no real explanation for the figures either. Haldex seems to play havoc with the rollers but the thinking was S-tronic might be playing a part too. I didn't run my car again so for now we don't know. I do know my RS3 is much quicker on road (from the PerformanceBox and also the mid range punch of the car) so we will have to wait a while longer for accurate figures either with Haldex disconnected or on a single roller dyno. If you do get your RS3 run on the Maha type dyno make sure it's a 2wd run without Haldex.
No sooner was the dyno run done than Eric (TeeBee) arrived after being stuck in the redirected traffic. After some discussion about the performance results it was time to head off to the Beckford Inn for breakfast and a chit chat, however the A46 being closed meant we needed to find another route and if you've watched the video you have no doubt seen it was a scenic one.
There was an awful lot of turning and staring just like this. This couple, some young boys on bikes, grinning van drivers and some roofers were among those to smile and wave. Being at the back of the pack I did see the odd shake of the head too after 4 sets of thundering exhausts had passed!
More pointing...we weren't the only 'car club' out and about:
Passing this McLaren P1 was a real highlight too, unlikely we'd have encountered this if the A46 had been open:
Finally we arrived the Beckford Inn for pictures and breakfast:
What amazed me most was the broad appeal of the TTRS and RS3, our ages ranged from 23 to retirement and yet we all shared the same passion and enthusiasm for RS cars. John is a great example to us all freely sharing his vast engineering knowledge and lets not forget how much effort he put in to getting the squeaky brake issues resolved for everyone. Ben is quite the genius with the polish too given just how good Johns car looked in the metal, a stunning finish.
Another great fun day out in the RS3, who knows when MrFreeze returns from Disney Land we might even get another run on the same rollers withthe Haldex disconnected, though I'm quite liking John's suggestion of a return to GYG Karting ad the evo triangle, until next time...