Plastic bumper 200q20v Digest, Vol 30, Issue 24
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Fri Apr 28 12:58:44 EDT 2006
At 9:11 AM -0600 4/28/06, Ed Kellock wrote:
>I'm sure they've thought of this too but... Could you use the parking brake
>for this purpose?
Yeh, unfortunately they figured that one out. I tried it, but no go
(literally). And in addition to the ECU reducing power once the revs
climbed much above 1K/sec, it was surprisingly difficult to pull on
the brake with enough force to overcome the engine torque--even at
those low RPMs. In the A3, the handbrake handle "slides" almost
straight up rather than having the expected levering action (poor
ergonomics?). Even if the p-brake could fool the ECU, it wouldn't be
easy to avoid "crawl" when revs approached an "interesting" level.
To bring in some '91 200q content (and relevant to a recent thread)
I'm hoping that my A3's VR6 engine can deliver something close to the
overall fuel economy I've typically had with my '91 200q. My
"in-town" driving indicates the A3 is capable a couple of MPG
*better* than the '91 200q, but the limited time I've spent cruising
at 70+ mph suggests only about 25-26 MPG, giving ol' Lago Blue an
advantage of 2 or 3 MPG. Well, perhaps by the time it's broken in
I'll see a bit better fuel economy. It's hard to match a chipped
turbo for economy cruising: the 2.0T version of the A3 is reported to
easily get 30+ MPG on the highway.
>On 4/28/06, Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net> wrote:
>> Without a Launch Control mode, the ECU will reduce power
>> if you attempt to rev the engine while brakes are applied--e.g.,
> > prior to a standing start.
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