1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Checked my launch control counter..... OH DEAR!

AshRS3sportback Jun 26, 2018

  1. AshRS3sportback

    AshRS3sportback Member

    30
    36
    18
    Hello to all,

    So today I thought I would check my launch control counter using VCDS.

    I bought my rs 10 months ago now, 1 owner car late 2016 from Audi with 6000 miles. Car now has 9k miles.

    I’ll be honest, I was crapping myself the previous owner probably racked up 1000 launches.........

    I was pleasantly surprised to find, drumroll please.............. 12! That’s half a launch a month lol. What are other people’s figures?

    Not bad for a nearly 2 year old RS.

    Regards

    Ashley
     
    q5man and RS4B5 like this.
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Advertisement


  3. FBF01

    FBF01 Well-Known Member

    842
    586
    93
    Impressive. I’ve done about 10 and I’ve had my car 4 months from new lol...12 in 2 years is impressive.
     
    q5man likes this.
  4. AshRS3sportback

    AshRS3sportback Member

    30
    36
    18
    Perhaps the previous owner didn’t know the launch procedure lol
     
    q5man likes this.
  5. p@olo

    p@olo Member Team Glacier Audi RS3

    62
    41
    18
    In my previous S3 I did 2 in more than 2 years. In my current RS3 I did 2 in 6 months.
    It’s funny, but I’m not a big fun of launch control and I’m a bit afraid to stress the transmission a bit too much (I’m overly cautious, I know)
     
  6. AshRS3sportback

    AshRS3sportback Member

    30
    36
    18
    To be honest, I struggle to find situations in which I can use a launch. The car accelerates so quick anyway plus I feel silly launching from traffic lights!
     
    sve170, RS3 S., RS3-Rob and 1 other person like this.
  7. andyt99

    andyt99 Active Member

    294
    167
    43
    I wasn't aware that the PFL launch counter was accessible from VCDS, does it tell you any more information other than just a number?
     
  8. FBF01

    FBF01 Well-Known Member

    842
    586
    93
    I generally launch it with passengers for a laugh or when the roads are empty, like late at night. Wouldn’t dare launch from the lights unless something tasty was beside me and it was a national speed limit. Value my licence too much.
     
  9. AudiNutta

    AudiNutta Well-Known Member Team Racing Blue Mica Audi RS3 quattro Sportback

    6,043
    3,784
    113
    Same, it’s a show off factor. I think I’ve only ever launched between the S3 and RS on my own once. I’d love to do it more, but the stress on the drivetrain isn’t worth it... it’s fast enough anyway.

    But always good to see the reaction from a passenger.
     
  10. AshRS3sportback

    AshRS3sportback Member

    30
    36
    18
    Yes, it’s in 02 module. Just a number.
     
  11. RS4B5

    RS4B5 5 pots

    456
    187
    43
    On hired cars you can limit them or just not allow it
     
  12. Avatar

    Google AdSense Advertisement


  13. D0C

    D0C Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team Panther Audi RS3 TTRS

    2,377
    2,149
    113
    I'm not doubting there's stress on the drivetrain. But possibly not as much as you think. There's a video somewhere of a 911 turbo doing something like 50 or 100 back to back launches without fail.
     
    AudiNutta likes this.
  14. D0C

    D0C Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team Panther Audi RS3 TTRS

    2,377
    2,149
    113
  15. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Glacier TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi RS3 quattro Sportback S tronic MQB Platform

    3,061
    2,958
    113
    On the 7 speed box only

    I originally posted about it a while back.

    One of the later VCDS updates added the feature.

    I’ve just upgraded to Hex-V2 cable and there’s a hell of a lot of new stuff in long coding/adaptations.

    Money well spent.
     
  16. JamesCrs3

    JamesCrs3 Active Member

    238
    225
    43
    Easily 100+ in 4 months lol
     
    q5man, terminator x, D0C and 2 others like this.
  17. Steff s3

    Steff s3 Well-Known Member Team Nardo Audi RS3

    337
    460
    63
    Mines 2015 model, had it about a year an half, had the launch counter out of couriosity checked by Audi when in for a service last year..and was told ZERO launches.
    And to this day still hasn’t.
    Don’t see the point really..it’s quick enough as it is pulling away.
    To be honest it’s a bit of a license taker I think as the speeds you get up to with out realising it is crazy, it’s only when the Mrs starts moaning I notice.
     
    E15, Sandra, q5man and 2 others like this.
  18. RS4B5

    RS4B5 5 pots

    456
    187
    43
    Pdk is one of the best around
     
  19. terminator x

    terminator x Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team V6 Audi RS4

    3,346
    3,695
    113
    LC in the RS3 is hilarious, if you guys haven't tried it you really need to. Also once set up you can launch it over and over as it only turns off with the ignition.

    Note to whoever bought mine, not launched once :tearsofjoy:

    TX.

    Sent from my BBB100-2 using Tapatalk
     
    penetrator, RS4B5, AudiNutta and 2 others like this.
  20. hadez16

    hadez16 New Member

    18
    5
    3
    Launch Control Counter was added in VCDS 18.2 Release in Gearbox Unit. I'm talking about the facelift! I don't know if this also applies to PFL.
    Some say that LC Counter also increases when you just "prepare" for a LC by firing it up without actually launching.
     
  21. Hal Adams

    Hal Adams Well-Known Member Team Nardo VCDS Map User Audi RS3 Black Edition

    525
    260
    63
    For me, 1. Just to see what the hype was about.
    I find it easy enough to get tickets (3 to date) without actively attracting them..!

    Having said that, we have an ideal area to use LC - it is exiting a toll booth going onto an autoroute. The gates open into huge areas of smooth tarmac where the speed limit is immediately 130.
     
    Sandra and q5man like this.
  22. Ozmosis

    Ozmosis Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi RS3 quattro Sportback S tronic

    753
    1,270
    93
    Had mine 2.5 years from new, precisely 2 launches done. One for me to see what the hype was about, the second to show the Mrs. She didn't like it hahahaha!
     
  23. wab172uk

    wab172uk Well-Known Member

    573
    501
    93
    Once you've done it a few times to show off to friends, when else are you going to use it?

    Reminds me of Top Gear or GT (which ever one it was) with the GT3 using launch control at pedestrian crossings, drive-through, and car wash.

    Not quite as pointless as Fords drift mode though.
     
    AudiNutta and Ozmosis like this.
  24. Ozmosis

    Ozmosis Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi RS3 quattro Sportback S tronic

    753
    1,270
    93
    Ford's drift mode is the most pointless thing ever! Use it legally on the road? Nope. Can you use it on track days? Nope, because they don't allow drifting.

    Maybe they just wanted to make sure all the Focus's drifted into trees before the head gaskets popped...!
     
    wab172uk likes this.
  25. Callump01

    Callump01 Active Member Team Nardo Audi RS3 quattro Saloon

    157
    146
    43


    One of the funniest moments of TGT :grinning:
     
    Adi7r, RS3-Rob, DW81 and 3 others like this.
  26. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Glacier TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi RS3 quattro Sportback S tronic MQB Platform

    3,061
    2,958
    113
    Applies to 7 speed Pre-facelift too.........
     
    andyt99 likes this.
  27. vinnysS4

    vinnysS4 New Member

    19
    13
    3
    Hahahaha love it
    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
     
    penetrator, Callump01 and AudiNutta like this.
  28. elton121272

    elton121272 Active Member

    414
    180
    43
    8P, 8V PFL or 8V FL - no matter....without doubt the best part about launch control is the sheer excitement....and if you are cruel enough, that childish grin when you first take a client out and he asks “is this a sporty A3” and you modestly reply, yeah I think so - then the passenger assumes he is the alpha and takes control and then it’s all about what size of engine....and before you know it its all about how his own car is a 2 litre and it is also turbo charged - and as he starts to tell you how his mondeo smokes the reps astras every day and his testosterone starts peaking - I always like to cut in at that point and say we are about to stop at the on-ramp lights of the motorway so let’s see what this baby can do......he he....cue engage launch mode and then it’s WTF.....if he is a true petrol head you usually get the sale if not tourer a legend
     
    E15, AudiNutta, RS4B5 and 2 others like this.
  29. andyt99

    andyt99 Active Member

    294
    167
    43
    Ah, that's great news. It used to be possible with the 8P, but they said it wasn't on the 8V and it certainly used to be the case. I'll have to get a VCDS ordered!
     
  30. Kristijan Sabljar

    Kristijan Sabljar Active Member

    171
    249
    43
    I did over 150+ in 6 months , now i cant launch anymore loooks like i hit limiter loool. Waiting DSG map
     
  31. terminator x

    terminator x Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team V6 Audi RS4

    3,346
    3,695
    113
    Limit on launches! Interesting.

    TX.

    Sent from my BBB100-2 using Tapatalk
     
  32. D0C

    D0C Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team Panther Audi RS3 TTRS

    2,377
    2,149
    113
    Is this true?! If so, I can imagine a few people hitting the limit if it's 150 launches!
     
  33. Avatar

    Google AdSense Advertisement


  34. RS4B5

    RS4B5 5 pots

    456
    187
    43
    Yes it's true you can have it raised or unblocked after 150 then another 150
     
  35. Kristijan Sabljar

    Kristijan Sabljar Active Member

    171
    249
    43
    It looks like it
     
  36. andyt99

    andyt99 Active Member

    294
    167
    43
    Hmm.. what's the best (ie, cheapest but reliable), place to get one of these in the UK? Shipping from US is insane!
     
  37. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Glacier TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi RS3 quattro Sportback S tronic MQB Platform

    3,061
    2,958
    113
    https://www.ilexa.co.uk
     
  38. Leo-RS

    Leo-RS Well-Known Member

    825
    680
    93
    Yes box is limited to 200 launches.

    4C599740-CFC0-4509-BCC3-E177444A0174.jpeg

    You can find it in VCDS. TCU tune will remove the limit.
     
    Pablos007 and RS4B5 like this.
  39. RS4B5

    RS4B5 5 pots

    456
    187
    43
    How much was the cable ?
     
  40. Leo-RS

    Leo-RS Well-Known Member

    825
    680
    93
    From memory around £250 for the genuine cable.
     
  41. D0C

    D0C Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team Panther Audi RS3 TTRS

    2,377
    2,149
    113
    Next question, does setting up a launch and holding it on the revs but then disengaging and not launching count as a launch?
     
    terminator x likes this.
  42. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Glacier TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi RS3 quattro Sportback S tronic MQB Platform

    3,061
    2,958
    113
    A guy on the American site seems to think it does count it as a launch.
     
  43. RS4B5

    RS4B5 5 pots

    456
    187
    43
    Where was that from I'm getting swoftware and cable for £50 for coding vcds etc
     

Share This Page