A lot of car guys will say they were born into their automotive pastime, as if they regard the hobby as more an inherited birthright than personal choice. In Nathan Lloyd's case, the claim is nearly literal. According to Lloyd, his dad ordered a 1969 Camaro, that most iconic of American muscle cars, on the very month he was conceived (no official word on whether conception took place in the Chevrolet, however). Although it would make an exciting twist, he wasn't delivered in the car, but he was brought home in it, fresh out of the maternity ward.
Lloyd grew up loving that car and ended up buying it when he came of age. Then he got married and had a couple kids of his own. Each of them was brought home in the same manner as their father. But a vintage Camaro isn't the most economical of daily drivers. To satisfy the inevitable performance itch, Lloyd was drawn to cars with smaller-displacement engines and, as he puts it: "wringing them out for all they're worth."
Obsession z Slick Silver
He goes on: "After leaving the Japanese scene for the cars' lack of soul, and after fixing up a GTI, I came upon what I truly love: an all-wheel-drive, small-displacement sleeper. I love the fact that this TT is a small, purpose-built creation that's all about its inhabitants. I can go to the track on Saturday and hit Mammoth on Sunday." That would be the special-edition TT ALMS seen here, which Lloyd purchased new in 2002. The car may look familiar; it was featured in this magazine's pages around four and a half years ago.
Like most projects, this one started with basic bolt-on mods: intake, exhaust, software. Lloyd drove it that way for three years before turning things up. In 2003, when we first featured it, it was riding on compression-adjustable Bilstein coilovers and wearing a new front-mount intercooler. Since then, it has gone from hopped-up street sleeper to a much deeper obsession, representing a shining example of the 1.8T's latent performance.
Lloyd and his TT popped up on our radar once again last April. european car had just taken short-term delivery of one of the first R8 press cars on the West Coast and we headed to Penske Audi West Covina to support an Audi club rally. During the drive, Lloyd was at the front of the pack and, much to the chagrin of our easily bruised egos, he and his TT ran that R8 ragged all the way up the mountains above Azusa, California. The car was now making something in the neighborhood of 300 hp at the wheels, on pump gas, and had seen a whole host of recent modifications. We were visibly impressed as we exited the R8 and decided this first-gen TT deserved a second look.
One big difference is the new forced induction setup from Del Rio Power. Built around a GT2871 turbocharger, the complete kit also includes new intake and exhaust manifolds, an S4-spec MAF, larger throttle body and a new front-mount intercooler complete with new piping. Larger-capacity 580cc injectors provide an increased fuel supply for the thirsty configuration and the entire system is masterminded via software developed by Torque Factory's resident laptop gladiator, Jeff Moss, who performed extensive fine-tuning for the new fuel, ignition and boost maps. Using Moss's data, GIAC wrote the code for new programs for both pump gas and race fuel, along with kill and valet modes.