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Prawn and BigAls A3 Track Car

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Prawn, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Prawn
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 17, 2014]
    Thanks for the drive Rich, I really enjoyed it :)

    So, just 3 weeks to go until the next Curborough Sprint.

    I've seen pictures of this before, but didn't find the mag anywhere and didn't get round to ordering it.

    Last weekend, Dad bought up a copy of Julys VW Driver magazine, which featured a little write up from the last Sprint.

    Odd feeling seeing a picture of yourself in print!

    [​IMG]
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    [Aug 17, 2014]
    hahaha!!!
    brilliant.
    your famous!!
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 17, 2014]
    A few laps of Goodwood with Nige. Leading and chasing to get some good footage :)

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    Finally read this thing start to Finnish!.. Its taken about a month! (I do have a life and a job to fit in where I can ;))

    I used to have a pretty well specced S1 106 to use as a track car so I can really understand the work involved here! How do you find the new diff as opposed to the Quaife? I loved my Quaife diff but think id opt for a 'propper' Plated Diff next time.

    Thought about doing and seam (stitch) welding to the chassis? it makes a big difference! but if you bend it you cant jig it straight again! so not to everyones taste.

    Big Props to both you and Al for the car and driving!

    Personally i wont be going all out as the costs soon mount up and I don't think id want to take it that far again, but might do the odd track day!.. Im local to curborough too so give me a shout when your next going and head up with my brother and his camera! be good to have a propper look at the car!
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 26, 2014]

    Thanks for reading it all! Sorry about the broken pics earlier on! One day I'll try and work out where they are and get them fixed.

    The peloquin diff feels identical to the Quaife ATB to be honest. They're both Torque biasing so not a locking diff. I'd ideally like to get a proper plate diff, but as with everything, it's all money! I feel at times I've reached the limits of the ATB as I can still spin up the inside wheel a bit on corner exit.

    I'm actually at Curborough again on September 7th for another sprint with CGTI, so if you're free, pop over and say hello :)
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    Nick_sheep All The Gears But No Ideas

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    I know you have had it on a while Mr Prawn but did your strut brace make a lot of difference?
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    What strut brace do you mean chap?

    The only strut brace I own is still sat in my garage unfitted after 6 years! Haha
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    Nick_sheep All The Gears But No Ideas

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    Oops I thought you had fitted it. After reading the 5k posts I've got a bit lost as to where everything is at. Are you going to be fitting it or not worth it?
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    I'll be honest, I like the idea of increased chassis stiffness in general, but stiffening the front end only can only possible induce understeer, so I've held off thus far.

    I don't really believe it will make any tangible difference though. I intend to paint it orange and fit it at some point over winter to prove / disprove my thoughts.
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    Nick_sheep All The Gears But No Ideas

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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    Would be a shame not to use it after all this time.
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    True. It was a special order from sparco through demon Tweeks 6-7 years ago, before they became mainstream and cheap and easily available! I was gutted when my fmic pipe work at the time stopped me fitting it! Then since changing setups twice further I've never gotten round to fitting it.

    My orange / black obsession now won't allow me to fit a red brace though :laugh: so I'll need to paint it first.
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    Nick_sheep All The Gears But No Ideas

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    Yeah wouldn't look right red. My green obsession kind of changed with the arrival of red arb and yellow springs with purple plates etc ended up with this [​IMG]
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    Rainbow track car Nick!

    Perhaps you could be friends with this bloke?

    [​IMG]

    :laugh:
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    In others news....

    I got some more pics through from Goodwood. This time care of Gary Kinghorn at clicku.co.uk

    Me driving:

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    And Dad driving:

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    Thanks Gary! :)
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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    good times!!
    great pics mate!
    not all working for me though maybe my signal.
    that bmw is very brave!!!
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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    anyway curborough is next and i bet you're feeling slightly intimidated with 3 s3's going.
    if you behave ill let you have your photo taken sat in mine mate.
    you're welcome
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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    Quaking in his boots ;)
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    lol. well as long as he tries his best thats all that matters hey!!!
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    Stupid forum changes.

    That post was copied onto 2 other forums I changed and all the images work fine. They only fail on here so I know the links are good.

    Curby will be awesome. I'm properly excited about it. Then next up after that is Audi driver with Bill :)
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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    yeh must admit im very interested to try such a short lap. seems really strange watching your vid.
    you said you are taking semi's.
    what if it rains?
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    We get wet!
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    [Aug 26, 2014]

    HA HA HA
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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    We take the tyre cutter.
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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    you cant make this one can you Al?
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    Nick_sheep All The Gears But No Ideas

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    [Aug 26, 2014]
    Sounds like someone wants to go shotgun.
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    [Aug 27, 2014]
    Sadly I am going away for six weeks and will miss quite a lot of good things including Spa. However I will be back for Donnington which we have already booked. Roll on end of October which will also see the start of "The Garage.":hubbahubba:
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    oh yea, i forgot I don't get go to to Spa this year because you're away :angrymod: you bugger :laugh:

    I had somehow managed to remove that sad thought from my brain.

    it does mean that there will be more chances for other people to get passenger laps at ADI though, as I'll be doing twice the driving, without Big Bad Dad in the passengers seat :sob:
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    sadly you are away for 6 weeks?
    i bet you arent that sad about it !!!
    when was spa due?
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    I think Spa was early September Daz, although to be honest I'm not too fussed this year as funds are tight and I'm trying to build a garage instead!

    Just over a week to go until Curborough lads :) it's going to be good!
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Aug 28, 2014]
    Every thursday, browsing facebook at break time, all you seem to get is 'Throw back Thursday' pictures.

    So, I thought I'd post a few of my own, looking back over the years I've had the A3.

    2006 - bought in summer, absolutely stock, 150bhp, 125k on the clock. I was 19, and I absolutely LOVED it!

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    2007 - Revo remap, 184bhp / 236lbft, an ebay induction kit, Miltek back box, and I'd stolen the TT wheels from my mums A3 by this point:

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    2008 - A st2 ko3S had found it's way onto the car, along with an FMIC and turbo back exhaust, 312mm brakes, single mass flywheel, and a new facelift interior. It was producing 225bhp / 290lbft, and at the time, was of course the fastest thing in the entire world!
    Seen here on at one of it's first Castle Combe action days:

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    2009, and by this time I'd met Jardo. Much of 09 was spent on the Mini, so aside from being considerably cleaner (Thanks J-rod) the A3 hadn't changed a great deal:

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    it did however get it's first trip to the Ring in 2009, which really was the start of everything that's followed since!

    April 2010 saw it's second trip to the Ring, further cementing my idea that this could potentially make a cracking track car:

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    After that followed an 8 month lay up doing nothing, in desperate need of repair with the miles adding up, it was make or break for the A3.

    One more Ring trip with Dad in the new daily A3 confirmed it's fate - the 'old car' would be turned into a track car.

    it was already fast, it already had good suspension, it'd be a cheap project, right? :laugh:

    Here's how she looked when dragged out of hibernation, rather sorry for itself:

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    Onto 2011, and things changed pretty quickly after that, and within 3 months it was ready for the Combe action day:

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    The cage came soon after:

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    Along with the first step towards adding some more power!

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    2012 Saw change again, R-tech Livery, ~290bhp ko4 hybrid, a bit of colour coding, and a few bits and bobs:

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    then of course that fateful Ring trip:

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    2013 saw the car fixed and back to full health, a new engine, producing 353bhp, and the rear wing added, my god it looked silly at this point:

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    Thankfully, with the additional of Plywood, all was made well, in both the looks and the handling department. this is much how it looks to this day:

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    Quite fun looking back at the development over the years. Comparing the first and last pictures I can safely say I never expected it to get this far all those years ago!

    Long may it continue :)
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    I really want to put my wheels on your car one day and take it up to Farley Mount and get a picture of it in EXACTLY the same place.
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    [Aug 28, 2014]
    thats the best post you have ever done.
    really shows off your progress.
    great work mate.
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    You appear to have neglected to type anything Dad :notworking:
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    [Aug 29, 2014]
    I forgot what I was going to say.:indecisiveness:
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    I think we should definitely do this!

    Where's your photobucket album with the last lot of A3 pics from farley mount dude? I liked those. but can't find it now
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    [Sep 3, 2014]
    Only a few days until Curborough now.

    Quite excited :racer:
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    yep!! me to man, cant believe how quick its come around!!
    be awesome to see you grab another trophy!!!!
    and even better if i finish a lap!!!
    looking forward to meeting a few of the forum guys to!!!
    whats the weather looking like for sunday?
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    [Sep 3, 2014]
    You say that, somebody has entered who will potentially ensure that only two 8L's can get in the podium...at best.

    I think we should employ Jojo to give a certain driver some dodgy curry that will see him unable to race so that Prawn and I have a chance.

    I think you'll be really shocked how quick these Mk2's are going to be.
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    soz man dont get what you are saying?
    im under no illusion how fast/slow anything is.
    my last/first track day i got killed by a 205gti
    though he was quicker down the straight!!
    yet i easily caught and passed an ariel atom m3 and 911.
    nothing on track is obvious.

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