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034Motorsport's New Racecar Is This RWD VW GTI RS Widebody With Mid-Mounted Audi S4 Motor - Business In The Front, Party Out Back!

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Over the years many seminal cars have been built that have altered the course of the Euro scene and influenced what came after it. You probably have your favorites but I'm thinking of the firsts: the first Mk1 VR6, first twin-engined Mk1, first Mk2 VR6, first Mk4 Jetta coupe, etc.

These cars weren't about bolt-ons and fancy paint. They took genuine engineering ability and got people thinking about what was really possible.

In our opinion, we're witnessing another of those seminal moments today. With this incredible machine, 034Motorsport is taking it up a notch. Turning it up to eleven, if you will...

In six short years, 034Motorsport in Fremont, CA has been transformed from fledging wrench-monkeys to one of the premier tuning shops in the country; dare we say the world?

And if you're a regular reader, you've witnessed greatness happening before your eyes because the company's growth has been directly linked to eurotuner magazine. How so?

The company was formed in 2004 and entered an Audi Coupe in the '05 eurotuner GP event. The following year the Coupe was joined by an Audi 80. In '07 they modernized their GP entry with a B5 Audi A4 fitted with a 12v VR6 turbo. The next year it was converted to 24v and last year they swept the board, winning the dyno, drag and circuit disciplines to be the 2009 etGP champions.

What makes 034 remarkable isn't that they throw a lot of money at a problem. Rather, they have the intelligence, ingenuity and persistence to solve problems within their budget constraints. Each time something failed, they made it better, and then track tested it to ensure durability. Nothing was left to chance. They're undoubtedly the most organized and dedicated team that's ever entered our event. And they don't take a conservative approach. Last year's winning dyno run was 908whp, and the A4 clocked a 10.7sec quarter-mile time on street tires.

Despite the earlier success, we predict this new car will bring them global attention. Not only have they built a mid-engined GTI with a hyper-powerful Audi S4 2.7, but they're going to put it to use. This isn't a show queen that will disappear in a year's time. It's going to compete in etGP and will then graduate to time attack events.

"On our way home from the '09 event we discussed what we should do next year," explained Javad Shadzi, president of 034, describing a conversation with Christian Miller, the team's driver and touring car hotshoe.

"The problem with GP is that the multiple disciplines require a compromised approach. You need weight and displacement for the dyno and drag, yet still have to perform on the track.

"With all the A4's weight up front, we felt it would be better to have it in the middle, so thought about going rear-wheel drive since it made the most sense for a mid-engined configuration," Javad continued.

Salvage
With a strong following, the Mk4 Golf GTI made the obvious donor car since they were relatively cheap and there was plenty of space in the rear for an engine. To turn the concept into reality, 034 purchased a salvaged '01 GTI for $1000 back in 1/10. By February the interior, engine and suspension had been stripped. By March they were fabricating the engine cradle.

With the A4 running a VW engine, 034 perversely decided to squeeze an Audi lump into the GTI. "We have a good following for our 2.7T tuning program, where we can easily get 600-700whp but felt it had the potential for 1000whp," Javad explained. "And with the V6 being relatively short, it was ideal for the GTI installation. As it is, we only have about 1'' between the engine and the roll-bar, so we couldn't have used anything longer."

Having settled on an engine, it needed a transmission. They discovered the B5 S4's 01E six-speed gearbox was also available in 2WD form in a European Audi 100 diesel: perfect for this application.

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