The MK7 Golf R has been part of our fleet for nearly 2 years now, so I thought I might as well do a post about it.
We ran the R stock for nearly a year before deciding to add more power, mainly because of the stories about the weak turbos on these cars. There a numerous stories of turbos failing, some saying it was the early 2014 cars only, people blaming remaps etc etc. So far we have never seen or heard of one of our customers cars turbos dying. Pure coincidence…..more than likely as a number have failed on completely stock cars. All I know is that our car is never driven hard from cold, its always been fully warmed up before any hard driving. Now I don’t think this is the route cause of them failing, but it can only help. From what I have read, the turbos suffer with poor balancing from the factory. VW have released many updates / revisions on these turbos with the letter at the end of the parts number changing. As of today, the latest part number is 06K 145 722 H.
Our R had covered 8K miles and since there is no rhyme or reason to the turbos failing, weather the car is completely standard or pushing 400+BHP, we thought it was best to get our one in the workshop but first we carried out some timing runs using Racelogic timing equipment. I don’t know if VW are very concervative with their timings but I managed 0 – 60 in 4.2 seconds when VW claim 4.9 seconds!
Instead of just doing stage 1 we decided to go straight to stage 2 which included Revo stage 2 software, Revo front mounted intercooler, Revo carbon air intake, Revo muffler delete and Scorpion decat downpipe.
MK7 Golf R Stock times
MK7 Golf R 0 – 100 interval times
Stock engine bay
Revo intercooler, intake and muffler delete
Carbon box is lovely!
Scorpion decat downpipe is a work of art
Scorpions welds are fantastic
These times were logged when using normal unleaded, I will add another picture of the timings when Shell V power is in the car and map switched for higher RON fuel.
This stunning 2015 Audi R8 V10 Plus came into us for a Larini ‘sports’ exhaust system and BMC performance air filters.
Click to listen to the R8 with the standard exhaust. https://youtu.be/SIuJmeRjjkI
The noise from a standard Gen2 R8 V10 is stunning but with the Larini system it becomes ferocious. The car now barks into life with pops and crackles on overrun and when the accelerator pedal is flat to the floor, the increased induction noise sucking in harmony with the Larini system and the normally aspirated V10 screaming at 8,000 rpm, this R8 makes noises which gives you goose bumps and makes every hair stand up on end….Just listen to it https://youtu.be/L8HtXhY-67Q
Audi R8 V10 Plus
Audi R8 V10 Plus with rear bumper removed ready for the Larini exhaust
Audi R8 V10 Plus with rear bumper and exhaust removed ready for the Larini exhaust
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Most new Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda cars now use FSI Technology (Fuel stratified injection) for emissions and fuel economy but this system also has a down side. Since fuel is not sprayed down the inlet manifold and over the intake valves, carbon deposits from the crankcase breather system, which is plumbed into the inlet, get baked onto inlet valves under normal driving conditions. After approx 40,000 miles you’re intake valves will look like this.
There is no easy solution to clean the intake valves but to remove the inlet manifold and put in some hard labour to clean them.
This is what the valves should like like. This is after a full carbon clean on a 2008 RS4 with 60,000 miles on the clock.
This is the amount of carbon which was removed from one Audi RS4.
Another big issue we are also seeing which is a direct relation to the carbon build up is leaking injectors or blocked injectors. Cars which are not cleaned at around 40,000 miles, generally have slight misfires or ‘running too lean’ faults. This will require the injectors to either be replaced or refurbished.
What will this do to performance?
This RS4 was timed using Racelogic performance meter and timed from 30 – 50 and 50 – 70 mph. The results are clear to see.
Before carbon clean
30 – 50 mph 3.0 secs
50 – 70 mph 3.2 secs
After carbon clean
30 – 50 mph 2.8 secs
50 – 70 mph 2.8 secs
Brembo 8 pot callipers (black), with AP Racing 48 Vane Directional rotors for the RS3
the assembly uses “ Float in the Bell” Technology, float is limited to 0.2mm compared to 0.5-0.7mm float disc systems such as Alcon or less capable AP racing setups
Custom rate developed bobbin springs allow design axial and radial float whilst maintaining OEM levels of noise.
Assembly’s proven to demonstrate excellent heat management by design in testing due to axial flow of air from behind the bearing to the centre of the disc via 48 vanes and a 17mm air gap, provision is also made for front face cooling via recessed vents on the reverse bell face.
Disc Rotor is Supplied assembled Rotor size is 362mm, thickness is 32mm, complete disc weight 8.7Kg Uses a pair of supplied brembo 8 pot callipers Comes with braided steel brake lines Your choice of Grooved or Drilled Rotors Brake pads not included 3.2Kg lighter vs complete stock set-up Removing a massive amount of unsprung weight from the front axle due to being lighter, increasing braking performance, and improving handling.
When used with performance pads and hi-temp brake fluid, you will have a proven and truly fantastic track and fast road set-up.