So, this evening, I met up with @Nathan Barnes in Winchester (pleasure to meet you Nathan!), who very kindly let me have a drive of his hybrid powered S3.
As many will know, Nathan is breaking the car.
A deal was done, and I am now the 3rd Audi-sport member to own this engine (4th if you include @jojo pre rebuild)
A deposit was paid, and Nathan has now gone back to Wales in the car, where it'll be stripped and broken for parts over the coming weeks. Then at some point hopefully next month I'll have a trip to Cardiff to collect it
You'll be glad to know that I got home in one piece Nick - I took the old backroads to Swindon then joined the M4. First time I've been that way - They are interesting roads when it's quiet!
That engine will go on forever - It's a testiment to Andrew, Gops and (to a lesser extent) me that it's been well tended to and looked after. It'll be handed around this forum like a chalice until the end of time!