It was in 2009. July 2009. Fresh out of a BMW X5, I was finally looking for a car for me, me only. By that, I mean a car that I would use for pure enjoyment, nothing to do with a daily driver or worse; practical use.
I created a large list of vehicles, knowing I was adding some on the list just for fun. As far as I can remember today, I had cars like the BMW 1 and Z4 series, a Mustang, a Camaro, a Subaru WRX STI or a Mitsubishi EVO, a Nissan 370Z and many others.
The truth is I always wanted the TT. I tried to consider other choices… I remember a red BMW M Z4 that looked incredible. It was a lease take-over and I had it for a good price. But still, it was double the price of a 2005 TT (at the time).
So July came over and I found a black on black 2005 3.2 TT with DSG tranny for sale. Apparently, the car was used by a woman as a summer car… Real or not, this story made sense when I inspected the car; low mileage, great condition.
Below: Print Screens from the car ad when it was posted.
After just a few weeks of driving the TT, I decided it needed mods in order to get more acceleration and handling. Don’t get me wrong, the 3.2L V6 engine develops enough power to have fun and the handling is quite good, but not to my standards. I used to race formula cars a while back and I expect a lot from cars like the TT. (see my first posts here and here)
So I looked around for engine power options and opted for a big turbo. The install was completed in November 2009. Huge difference! The car had about 210 wheel horse power (250hp at the engine) and now has close to 400! That plus a chipped transmission made the TT a 911 Turbo killer, both off and on the track. Other mods in 2009 consisted of a lowered Bilstein suspension, Borla exhaust system and catalytic converter delete.
In 2010, a few cosmetic changes were made to the car, such as LED headlights and front DMC wings. I tracked the car only 2 times in 2010. Enough to find its weaknesses, such as major understeer coming from big time HP being sent at 80% to the front wheels and crushing the car’s suspension. The braking is average, in my opinion, due mainly that more HP, more speed means also harder braking. These findings led me to the upcoming 2011 changes.
2010 changes: LED Headlights and DMC Wings
2011-2 brought a lot of changes: HPA Haldex race controller, Defcon brushings, Prosport gauges & Osir Carbon Fiber Mantis install, single wiper conversion, 19 inch BBS look alike wheels, Hawk brake pads for the mechanical and rear wing, Black-Orange GTRS type look, interior aluminium trim conversion for the cosmetics.
2011 also brought a surprise! A new member of the family… A 2009 BMW M3 E92! I am trying not to make any modifications to it, but it’s really hard to resist! Read on…
As I was going thru ALL Audi TT enthusiast websites, Tuning specialists, Online and offline part suppliers, I decided 3 things: 1) I will try to create a MK1 TT that has a unique look and performances similar to the MK2 TT RS -or better. 2) Create a blog so I can track back the mods I made to the car and the reasons behind them. 3) Become an agent for European Part Manufacturers that have no visibility in North America. So far, so good. 🙂
Now, 2013 brought a lot of changes… Mainly cosmetic, such as new Wide Body Kit, paint, custom wheels, steering wheel… and Big Brake Kit and suspension. With these changes, the TT entered a new era, one of a garage queen used for beauty shows and Sunday drives. It will be shown in public for the first time since its cosmestic changes at the Montreal International Auto Show, at the end of January 2014.
2015: Changed the M3 for a convertible. I’m getting old I guess… Minor work done this summer. Cosmetic only.
2016: Writing this in September 2016: I had my Steering Wheel controls working for both radio and phone, new audio amplifier and speakers and cosmetic work done under the Hood. As I’m writing this, a new family member is coming soon… A 2010 Puma Defender 🙂
Follow this blog as I continue making this project car even better.