quattro digest, Vol 1 #3793 - RE: Twin turbos....Mental institution... Sign us all up
tech at professionalcomputersource.com
Fri Aug 9 09:48:42 EDT 2002
If I'm not mistaken the AWD Astrovans were only available with the MUCH more
powerful 4.3 liter V6. I've driven several of them and they are FAR from
slow as minivans go.... basically the same powertrain and the
Syclone/Typhoon twins but without the single turbo. I always wanted to drop
a 400+hp 350 smallblock into one... talk about a sleeper!! the tranny and
dif's are capable of handling the power quite easily.
From: quattro-admin at audifans.com [mailto:quattro-admin at audifans.com]On
Behalf Of Larry C Leung
Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2002 9:48 AM
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Subject: Re: quattro digest, Vol 1 #3793 - RE: Twin turbos....Mental
institution... Sign us all up
Learning to drive well with a slow car can allow you to chase down
many a faster care with something such as a Chebby Astro AWD
mini-van. With a 2.8 V-6! Cornering, carrying momentum and
proper trail braking will allow for significantly better lap times. In
fact, many of the "weaker" cars in terms of HP are faster on course
than more powerful cars on a typical weekend autocross b/c the
drivers learned how to handle their car rather than using their HP.
Let's face it, when my GTi was alive, I often took or nearly took Stock
(unless Bill showed with his C4 Vette) over what should be faster
more powerful cars, all due to handling. 100 BHP wasn't much then and
it sure isn't much now so it was all done in the corners. On a road
course, where there is more time on straights, it'd be a different
story, but in practice, that's even hard to do around here (suburban
Either there isn't the room or you're too likely to get caught.
LL - NY '89 200Q (slower in corners, MUCH faster on straights)
> From: "TM" <t44tq at mindspring.com>
> To: "'Brett Dikeman'" <brett at cloud9.net>, <JShadzi at aol.com>,
> "'\"Michael Gough\"'" <mdg3369 at newtsplace.com>,
> "'\"Lewis, Gary M\"'" <gary.m.lewis2 at boeing.com>,
> <quattro at audifans.com>
> Subject: RE: Twin turbos....Mental institution... Sign us all
> Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 22:45:03 -0400
> Javad is giving very good advice- you learn to carry speed through
> much better when you start with a slow car.
> Power makes up for a lot of poor driving when you're looking at the
> Brett, sounds like you've described Mark Rosenkrantz's ride.
> Even with a very good driver, I don't think any Audi street car is
> to keep
> up w/ a Z06 at the track.
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