APR’s own Keith Lucas was kind enough to put him up in his own house while the R&D work took place. Crouch says the team got the hardware to bolt up in a day and a half. Although APR had already developed similar systems for the S3 and other FSI-based engines, the challenge was calibrating the TTS ECU for U.S.-grade fuel. The car looked like it was ready to drive home, but more time needed to be spent mapping new fuel and ignition curves, as well as monitoring exhaust gas temperatures to ensure the calibration changes made were safe for the life of the turbocharger. All told, the car was at APR headquarters for about six weeks. In the meantime, Crouch flew back home to San Francisco to await the build’s completion. When it was finally finished, he returned to Alabama to pick the car up, then drove from Alabama down to New Orleans, where he met his wife, who had been visiting family in New York. The two then made their homeward trek on an equally epic drive back across the United States.
We are completely and totally envious of that situation.
The APR kit is centered on a GT2871R charger, which is attached to an inconel exhaust manifold and feeds off an Evolution Motorsport (EVOMS) intake and exhales through the aforementioned Forge DV. All fueling was engineered by APR, and an APR front-mount intercooler chills the intake charge. The exhaust downpipe was replaced with an APR divorced downpipe, a tract designed to reduce turbulent exhaust gas flow over the turbine to enable quicker peak boost pressures. The downpipe dumps into a custom-built Meisterschaft GTC-valved exhaust with twin dual-exit titanium tips. Initial power estimates for the Stage 3 build are put at upwards of 400 hp. The system is controlled via an HPA Motorsports stage 3 DSG/S tronic tune, which Crouch says offers the driver a more controlled shifting experience even more akin to using a true clutch pedal-and-gear lever manual.
Other non-APR components include a Neuspeed Power Pulley and turbo discharge pipe, Black Forest Industries motor mounts, and Okada Projects Plasma Direct ignition coils, which represent a spark amplifier system to match the TTS’s new high-power turbo setup.
Crouch’s final task in the project built was putting together a custom, stealth audio system. For this, he employed Audison’s VOCE line, which he felt offered good value at a reasonable price point. The sound system integrates seamlessly into the Audi MMI system by way of a BitOne DSP. The rear seats were taken out, their plus-two configuration not of any great use to Crouch’s ends anyway, so that he could integrate the audio and would have room to stow his video equipment. As he tells it, the car came out 20 pounds lighter even with all the extra audio installed. The system includes dual amplifiers, component speakers and a 12-inch subwoofer sunk into a custom port on the rear passenger side, where a small amount of sheetmetal was clipped away so the speaker’s basket could fit inside a custom fiberglass pod. The stealth install was performed by Sound Innovations in Hayward, Calif.
Better still, Crouch can use the entire back half of the TTS to organize his video gear. His partner in the film world is Kata Bags, and he built a custom organizer rack that plugs into the trunk area to hold his video making equipment, which includes his bags, a pair of Panasonic cameras, assorted Panasonic and Olympus glass, Oconnor O-Box and O-Grips DLSR rigging, Manfrotto tri- and monopods, a Promax crane jib, Eazy Dolly, Litepanels LED lighting, and an assortment of Rode microphones. So not only does it go like hell, but this TTS is a virtual rolling studio. Crouch has even picked up work from some of the various vendors and shops he’s worked with over the course of the project, the entirety of which has come to fruition in just under a year.
Overall, it’s been a win-win situation for everyone involved. You can check out some of the owner’s video work at his website, fourthirdsfilms.com.
It has more r8 dna in its bloodstream. aesthetics were big, but i wanted all-wheel drive, the dual-clutch gearbox, and the 265-hp variant of the 2.0T, only available here in the TTS.