Now available for the new Audi RS3 (Type 8V) notchback sedan!

The success story of the Audi RS3 continues, and for the first time the sportiest compact model from Audi is now also available as notchback sedan. The revised RS3 performance with 400 hp also takes into account the latest generation of the KW coilover kits. Shortly after the official sales start of the new Audi A3 series top model, the KW Variant 3 is already available. The coilover kit is independently adjustable in compression and rebound damping, further increasing the handling characteristics of the RS. In addition, it offers the possibility of a continuous lowering between 10 – 35 mm. Find out more at www.kwsuspensions.net

With a KW coilover kit it is easy to increase the handling and the driving dynamics of the new Audi RS3 notchback sedan. “With the Variant 3, we are primarily speaking to a target group that puts a great value on increased driving dynamics in combination with a continuous lowering,” says KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker. With our V3 suspension, drivers get the possibility to individually adjust the dampers. “If, for example, you install different rims than the wheel- / tire combinations offered by Audi, you will be able to further customize the damper setup, in addition to the possibility of a continuous lowering”, explains Johannes Wacker.

For example, the KW coilovers allow changing of the handling and driving comfort according to the individual driving demand via an integrated rebound adjustment with 16 exact clicks. Similar to KW suspension kits for motor sport, the rebound and compression stages can be separately adjusted. “So it is easy to directly take influence on the steering response, track stability, tire grip, and handling characteristics for safe controllability at the limit. With no other coilover kit for pure road use, you have such a great scope in regards of damper adjustment.” A total of twelve clicks are available for the compression stage, for example, in order to increase the tire grip and the road connection. In case, the RS3 notchback sedan is equipped with the optional adaptive dampers, a so-called cancellation kit for the series dampers as Plug & Play solution is part of the KW coilover kit Variant 3 delivery content.

During installation, the cancellation kit is connected with a compatible plug-in connection and with exception of the electronic damper control, all Audi assistance and dynamics systems remain active. In addition to the adjustable compression and rebound damping, preconfigured high speed compression valves are also used for the Variant 3. These high speed valves with their “blow-off characteristics” open additional bypass channels when driving over ground shafts or cross-joints, so that the wheels can dive in and the tires do not lose their road holding.

This is also one of the reasons why even at maximum lowering, a KW coilover kit allows such a sporty driving comfort in comparison to other suspensions. The tested lowering range of the Audi notchback-sedan is 10 and 35 mm on both axles but due to its lower center of gravity from the factory, the adjustment range for the RS3 with a KW V3 Coilover kit installed is equivalent to lowering a standard A3 notchback sedan up to 60mm. In this YouTube video, the founder and KW CEO explains the structure of the KW valve technology:

Forge Motorsport 356mm 6 Pot Big Brake Kit for Audi A4 B8 Chassis

Forge Motorsport has released a superbly engineered high-performance big brake kit for all B8 chassised Audi A4 models.

Based on the well-proven 6-pot caliper kit that has been the impressive stopping force behind so many of Forge’s other BBK conversions, this stunning kit features 356 x 32mm discs to really endow the recipient car with some serious stopping power. The discs themselves are of a two-piece design featuring a precision-machined alloy bell and track-quality disc to ensure consistent stopping with zero fade.

The disc itself uses a curved groove to remove residual pad material and ‘face off’ the braking surfaces to eliminate squeal and keep pedal modulation consistent.

This is a very comprehensive kit, so naturally includes Forge braided brakes hoses, mountings and high-performance EBC fast-road/trackday pads. Everything needed is included.

Due to the immense size of this brake kit, owners may still need a spacer to effect safe caliper clearance.

This kit is suitable for A4 1.8/2.0 TFSI (B8/B8.5) and all other A4 models sharing the same hub architecture.

Priced at a very reasonable £1250.00 + VAT, it’s a great way to up your track pace, improve your safety – and enhance your car’s looks, all in one easy step.

Forge Unveils All New Oil Catch Tank Kit For Audi A4 B9

Sometimes it’s good to take a few steps back to truly appreciate how far Audi has come over the space of the last 30-odd years – it most certainly wasn’t always the high performance powerhouse it is today, and a lot of that can be laid at the foot of cars like the A4. Ingolstadt’s creations are now among the most commonly tuned machines in the UK, hence why Forge Motorsport caters for them in such a big way, including its latest release, an oil catch tank kit for the B9 generation A4.

Forge Motorsport’s line of aftermarket oil catch tank kits might not grab headlines in the manner of its blow-off valves and intercoolers, but they’re highly significant upgrades nonetheless. There are few things modern engines like less than having to deal with dirty oil deposits, unburnt fuel vapours and other potentially harmful contaminants, all of which can be recycled through the inlet and back into the engine. Forge’s new catch tank kit for the A4 has been designed to solve this problem at a stroke, with extensive testing having proven its ability to dramatically reduce sludge and carbon build up.

Reducing said harmful products, a by-product of the internal combustion process, can prolong the life of your engine and increase its efficiency, both key concerns for those running tuned, high performance motors. It can therefore be viewed as a genuine performance enhancing product and one we recommend any owner of this vehicle seriously consider, particularly if they are planning more advanced power tuning at a later date.

Being a Forge Motorsport product, both the design and makeup of the kit are beyond reproach. Based around a 04L (440cc) alloy tank, undoubtedly a Forge strong suit, the kit has a well-placed drain tap, a dipstick for fluid level inspection, and can be drained both simply and swiftly. The latter is an especially pertinent point as, let’s face it, neither you or your engine want to get too close to murky, oily engine deposits!

The hoses contained within the kit have been just as painstakingly developed, with all featuring a specially constructed inner-tube rendered in anti-static smooth fuel resistant nitrile rubber. This is paired with an outer cover made from reinforced stainless steel wire braid (a Forge specialty), specifically a partial inner braid and a full cover outer braid. These specially developed hoses work in partnership to combat both pressure expansion and vacuum collapse, and they also enable the kit itself to function within a wide range of temperatures, – 54°C to +150°C (-65°F to 300°F)

In line with many Forge offerings, the A4 kit has been developed to fit and look like an OEM component, and to this end it also comes with a comprehensive set of installation instructions.

A far more significant product than many realise, the new Forge Motorsport oil catch tank kit can play an invaluable role in ensuring the continued health of your Audi’s engine.

Contact: www.forgemotorsport.co.uk

ABT takes the Audi S4 to 425 HP and 550 Nm

Counting the first variant on the Audi 100 basis, the Audi S4 is now available in its 6th edition. And of course the design engineers want each generation to be better than the one before. With 354 HP (260 kW) and maximum 500 Nm, the current Audi S4 is more powerful than any of its predecessors. The only fly in the ointment: even the earlier RS models are more powerful. But as there is no RS version of the current A4 yet, the S4 has the unique opportunity of filling this gap. After all, ABT Sportsline provides a “secondary education” with 425 HP (313 kW) and a solid 550 Nm.

The 20 per cent increase in horsepower is due to the ABT Power “New Generation” control unit. “A substantial test and development program and extensive follow-up warranties – optionally up to 36 months – provide comprehensive protection for the owner,” Managing Director Hans-Jürgen Abt explains. For additional admiring glances, owners can choose from the numerous ABT aerodynamics options. The range comprises add-on parts for the front lip and radiator grille, fender inserts made of ABS plastic or carbon and the new rear skirt including the rear muffler. Details such as the ABT integrated entrance light and matching floor mat and trunk mat sets complete the look.

Eye-catching alloy wheels are practically a must for a “thunderbolt” like this. ABT Sportsline offers the DR and ER-C designs as 19 or 20 inch rims and the FR and GR designs in 20 inch. Depending on the model selected, a variety of finishes are available: from mystic black to gun metal and silver bullet all the way to matte black and glossy black. Several designs also have a diamond-machined finish on partial surfaces. All stated models can also be purchased from ABT Sportsline as complete wheel sets, either with Dunlop or Continental tires.

The ABT rims look particularly good with the ABT height adjustable suspension springs, which allow variable lowering between 15 and 40 mm on front and rear axle. But of course they also ensure that the ABT S4 is among the fastest of its kind not only on straights, but also in corners. Sometimes it can be this simple to move up a class.

Caractere Audi A4 B9

Belgium-based Audi tuner Caractere has released some details regarding the complete conversion kit for the new AUDI A4 B9 BERLINE and AVANT.

This conversion kit consists of a front bumper, a rear spoiler (with integrated exhaust tips), a set of side skirts, a boot spoiler (for the BERLINE only) and a set of CW1 wheels (8×18 / 8.5×19).

For additional details please contact www.caractere.com

KW’s Audi S1 Demo Car

Have you ever noticed how a few small, seemingly insignificant letters have the power to send petrolheads into fits of automotive ecstasy? Take ‘GTI’ for example; depending on your preference and automotive grounding, this tiny little badge either calls to mind giant-killing Peugeots, epoch defining VWs, or if you’re especially odd, late ’90s Ford Escorts. Either way it’s proof of the power of badging and marketing, but it also puts the manufacturer in question under considerable about of pressure; there’s nothing to be gained and a huge amount to be lost from slapping an iconic badge on an un-deserving car. VW found this out to its cost with the lackluster Mk3 Golf GTI!

One car firm that’s been suitably hesitant about rolling out iconic badges is Audi, with the suffix in question being ‘S1.’ Those of you with even the most cursory of interests in motorsport will no doubt now be picturing barking five-pot Group B quattros monstering Alpine tarmac roads and undulating Finnish stages. It’s a powerful badge, make no mistake, and Audi is only too aware of its value. It meant that when the time came to actually use it on a road car, the Audi S1 quattro, it had to be a damn good one, and so it proved; the S1 has found near universal praise amongst the automotive press and is easily one of the most capable hot hatches in its class.

Of course there’s always room for improvement, and one area where big performance gains have long been made is suspension, and also an area that KW, one of the world’s most respected spring and damper merchants, knows a great deal about. The car you see before you has been built by KW over the last few years with the sole purpose of being a test bed and proving ground for some of the firm’s most specialised products, specifically the KW Clubsport range. We’ll let MD of KW UK, Richard Good, explain the rationale behind this.

“The Clubsport was developed to be the ultimate in terms of track day suspension,” he explains. “Before this we were constantly having to create custom, modified versions of our V2 and V3 kits specifically for those customers seeking a more track-focussed car, and while the results were certainly impressive, we realised there had to be a better way.”

This led directly to the Clubsport, a coilover kit for those track enthusiasts that demand the last word in chassis finesse and handling. To put it simply, your average KW Clubsport buyer is something of a track day veteran and knows a good deal about automotive chassis work and handling, normally with a stripped out, performance-focussed car which they drive to and from track days. It’s this ability to be both at home on the track and the road that is the Clubsport package’s signature trait.

So why was the S1 quattro chosen for this particular task? Partly as Richard had driven one and thought the standard car’s handling a little inert and, dare we say it, dull, and partly as the baby Audi lent itself to the full ‘Clubsport treatment;’ suspension, half-cage, stripped out rear, bigger brakes and semi-slick tyres. It was just too tempting a proposition for Richard and the rest of the KW gang to resist, and it wasn’t long before a brand new example was winging its way toward the firm’s UK HQ. Upon delivery the car was pressed into action at Brands Hatch, a move which rather confirmed Richard’s suspicions about the S1’s handling;

“It was fast and very grippy of course, but there was far too much understeer for our liking and the whole package was in danger of feeling a little dull. There was certainly work to be done, and it was that our Clubsport package would be the best way to go about doing it.”

The key to the KW Clubsport kit’s multifaceted ability lies in its construction, namely its three-way adjustable design and racing valve technology. Similar in principle to the arrangement that’s been proven to work so well on its V3 kits, the KW race valve technology within the Clubsport really does take things several stages further by allowing for 16 different rebound adjustments to be made (again via a wheel), plus the option of toggling the compression settings in both low speed (6 clicks) and high speed (14 clicks) stages.

The benefits associated with independent damping adjustment and lowering are hard to overstate. It effectively allows drivers access to a dizzying array of adjustment possibilities, in turn meaning they can tailor their specific car to better suit specific corners on certain circuits, or even to take make full advantage of other performance-orientated components, semi-slicks, uprated ARBs and roll cages being but three examples.

Factor in other Clubsport traits like Uniball top-mounts, a feature which permits camber angles to be altered with the suspension still on the car, in turn allowing the amount of contact the tyre has with the ground, and it becomes clear why this package was ideal for the baby quattro.

Despite the kit’s polished nature, it was far from perfect for the S1 right out of the box. The newly Clubsport-shod Audi was handed over to Marc Kemp, KW’s test driver, Time Attack competitor and Nurburgring veteran, for another morning of testing at Brand Hatch, and the results were somewhat mixed.

“Marc was positive overall but did identify a number of key areas where improvements could be made, namely the back springs – these needed to be far, far stiffer if he was to ever have full confidence in how the rear of the car was behaving. We also found that if the rear end squats to a certain point, it trips a sensor and the ECU puts the car into limp mode – not what you want on track!”

A smattering of other upgrades also found their way onto the car, all of them tasked with subtly enhancing rather than fundamentally altering the S1’s character. This explains the buttock-hugging Cobra bucket seats now sitting up front, the Wiechers half-cage (a nod to the S1’s dual purpose life of part time road and race car), and a Revo remap. The latter was pretty much a given – Audi’s TFSi engine has risen to prominence amongst the tuner community and there are a dizzying array of ECU packages for it. The result? A none too shabby 320bhp with over 360lb/ft of torque, a figure no doubt helped by the addition of a turbo-back Scorpion exhaust and trick Revo inlet tract rendered in carbon fibre.

Brands Hatch is all well and good, but as every true petrolhead knows there’s one track that stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to testing a car’s mettle, and that the Nurburgring. The pressure had also been turned up a couple of notches: Marc would certainly be unflinching in his criticism if warranted, while ‘the ring’ is perhaps the globe’s most public proving ground – there was nowhere to hide and plenty of attention focussed on the KW car.

KW set about the project with gusto, shipping the S1 to the guys at Raeder Motorsport for a comprehensive chassis setup. This ultimately saw the spring rates, toe, castor and corner weights all tailored to the Nordschleife’s notorious assortment of undulating crests and off-camber bends, giving Marc and the car the best possible chance of success.

The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating, which meant that everyone associated with the S1 project was forced to wait with baited breath while Marc took to Germany’s most famous ribbon of tarmac for the first time. Not they need have worried, as both car and driver were in perfect harmony: Marc was swift to get to grips with the S1, commenting on the revisions and noting that they’d made a massive difference to the manner in which it drove, and noting that they even allowed him to go toe-to-toe with cars which were, on paper at least, far more capable.

“Obviously the S1 was never going to be able to see off Ferraris and Porches on the ring’s long straights, but it was more than capable of making back the time on the technical, twisty sections, and I place a lot of that directly at the feet of KW and the Clubsport package,” explains Marc.

The Clubsport ethos which underpins this car is the key to its success, and it also means that Rich and the rest of the KW team had to think carefully about each and every modification they made. It would’ve been all too easy for them to have fitted a larger aftermarket turbo setup, a super aggressive remap and much else besides, and the result would no doubt have been spectacular, but it wouldn’t have been a Clubsport car. No, the revisions the team have chosen to apply have all been picked for their ability to enhance Audi’s basic formula, and the results speak for themselves. It means that not only is this one of the best rounded S1 quattros around, it’s one that has even more right than most to wear its iconic badge with pride!