Words & Pics: Dave Cox - firstname.lastname@example.org Additional pics: Mike Newland
Think of the Audi A3, what springs to mind? Is it heal-toeing your way to the next apex, managing the boost from your big turbo whilst leaning heavily on your Bilstein Clupsport Coilovers all the while showing up other track day users? I’m going out on a limb here and guessing that it isn’t.
Most of you, like me, I’m guessing think of the A3 as a well built, sensible run about which is also decent to drive. A car you trust, loyal, reliable. Small enough to make inner city parking a synch but roomy enough to take your wife, kids and the dog to the beach. You get the picture don’t you, and if not I’ll spell it out for you. Forgettable, it’s forgettable.
What Revo have done here is take your average run-of-the-mill grocery getter and turned it into big red shouty cherry bomb. A vehicle that even when parked makes it’s presence known. Walking up to the not so subtle blood red clad car you can start to see tell-tell signs that this car means business.
The RS3 kit, the seemingly cavernous air intakes, the big 19inch alloys wrapped in Dunlop Sportmaxx tyres all start to reveal themselves as you approach, closer inspection unearths the deep bespoke Cobra Suzuka pro FT seats and the MSA/FIA approved roll cage. This car has purpose.
To understand what we are looking at here, we really need to know this cars origins. Starting life or ending it’s previous life as a high mileage pre facelift 2.0T Quattro A3 with a manual transmission Revo treated it a whole host of upgrades. As with many builds, you need an end goal. 500Bhp+ was the gauntlet laid down.
This lofty goal makes the choice of donor car all the more clear as it was essentially the drive train that was important here and buying an S3 with have been both costly and wasteful as most of it, including the nice bits would be thrown away. The aforementioned high mileage engine was given a new lease of life. By which I mean they chucked it out and got a fully built tall block from the US.
Once the patient had recovered from pretty major heart surgery it was off to the Revo catalogue to see what they had in their arsenal to catapult this build to their lofty goal. Along with course of revamping the engine they had the chance to redevelop some of their products seeking out any improvements they could.
2 years down the road, with cut knuckles recovering, Paul and his team stood back and admired their creation. I like to think on the first turn of the key, as the engine burst into life, that someone stood back, baring teeth and bellowed “It’s alive, IT’S ALLLLLLIIIIIIIVVVEEEE”. But the truth is I don’t know, it probably didn’t happen. Infact what more likely happened is the constant professionals that they are probably nodded approvingly and went back to drinking their tea.
So who was going to drive it? Well Paul tells me that would be him because “…I am the best equipped, most experience and an all-round driving god! The reality is, I pulled rank and I’m one of the few that can legally pull a trailer”. Well that sorts it. Paul was kind enough to reach out to Fueltopia and invite us down to Bedford Autodrome to get to know this little monster.
You might expect a short wheel base, 4 wheel drive, big turbo, high power track car to be a handful out on track. Especially in conditions such as this soaking wet November weekend but Revo had taken care of that too. The Wavetrak diff and Bilstein clubsports made sure the 550NM of Torque didn’t break free whilst the hard work they had put into managing throttle response help ensure that the driveability wasn’t compromised. The big Garrett GTX3071R turbo will naturally be a little more laggy but this just requires a different driving style, carrying more speed through corners to manage the boost.
You’ve got to hand it to Kev Brown, their in house technician, he really knows how to take a boring, bone stock Audi and through the application of knowledge and right parts, created this hilariously fast Audi.
Audi Tuner (Magazine) were there shooting it for a feature and were more than accommodating to use and let us get in on the action too. This would be great for me as I get to see another photographers perspective on the shoot and grab some behind the scenes of Adam (photographer for Audi Tuner) working away.
With fellow #Fueltographer Mike Newland with me, it was a lot of fun working alongside the guys from Audi Tuner and Revo. Getting to spend time with the team and photographers, watching the action out on track. I must say it was a lot of fun watching it upset a lot of “faster” cars out there. You should check out their feature which is out now! Thanks to Revo for inviting us down, thanks to Audi Tuner for being so welcoming to us and a special thanks to Bedford Autodrome for letting us use your fantastic facilities. If you are at Autosport next weekend, make sure you swing by Hall 19 Stand 19230 and say hello to the guys at Revo.
Revo Stage4 Performance Software
Big turbo kit Garrett GTX3071R
Revo Built Engine using Carrillo rods and pistons
Scorpion Turbo back exhaust
Revo Intake kit
Revo Runner Flap delete kit
HPFP and upgrade
TTRS low pressure fuel pump
TTRS fuel pump ECU
Revo catch can kit
Revo Boost tap kit
Revo Throttle pipe
Revo Engine mounts
Forge Motorsport Silicone hose kit
NGK Spark plugs BKR8EIX
Bilstein clubsport coilovers
Eibach ARB’s front and rear
Powerflex black series bushes
Spec clutch and flywheel
Revo Big brakes
Revo RV019 alloys with Dunlop Sportmaxx tyres
Custom Cages MSA/FIA spec. multipoint weld in roll cage
Bespoke Cobra Suzuka pro gt seats
Bespoke Cobra harness and pad kit
RS3 style body kit; wider front arches, increased airflow through the bumper
Gauges(boost/EGT/OT/AFR), fire extinguisher kit, steering wheel, battery, DV+ supplied by Demontweeks