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Posted on 2004.05.05 at 11:30
Mood: okayokay
so on pbs, of all stations, i finally found a new favorite law-enforcement drama.

assignment for today is to find and download "Prime Suspect: Last Witness" on your favorite p2p net. it should really be called "Law and Order:STFU", 'nuff said.


current object of automotive lust:

start with a Volkswagen R32.

for those not yet familiar, that's a golf body with the engine i used to love so in my GTI-VR6's, only with a larger crankshaft and pistons. another difference is a 24-valve head with two cams per bank of cylinders instead of one cam & two valves. oh yeah, and it's also all-wheel-drive, thanks to some parts-sharing with the Audi TT.

then give it and probably about another 30 grand to some guys up in canada.

end result: quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds, or an easy walk on most (if not all) ferraris/lamborghinis/(insert other vehicle with 6-figure price tag here). this car currently holds the world record for a 0-30 sprint, at 1.1 second.

there's something very sexy about being able to beat ANYTHING you'll run across the street off the line.


Tad Griggs
alphakami at 2004-05-05 12:17 (UTC) (Link)
That was the bad-boy that was supposed to have the transmission with 2 clutches, right? It did something like 'get the next gear' ready to shift electronically, so that it shifted faster than any human ever could, in something like .002 seconds or something...

I'm I completely crazy? I don't follow VW's much, but I did hear it was going to be an AMAZING machine, but it didn't use that transmission for some reason, or at least, not yet.

Whatever. It's a badass.... I'd fuck it.
Got Habits
wetnun at 2004-05-05 13:17 (UTC) (Link)
There is a new Audi TT that has the dual clutch setup (in Euro only I believe) they has already put the transmission into the next gear while you are still finishing the current one. I'm curious as to how much stress this puts on the engine though since it will change the engine rpm's rather quickly and that's a lot of shock for the whole assembly to recieve. But they will probably put the system into a Passat as well since they are now sharing parts across those platforms. Not sure that it would ever make it to a R32 mainly do to size restraints.
Tad Griggs
alphakami at 2004-05-05 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, from redline in 1st to 2nd, it would probably drop a minimum of 2K RPM, probalby more like 2500... I would never do something like that to my drivetrain...

What I can't figure out is how it works. Does it have 2 input shafts? Even if it did, where would the 2nd one go? Are the 2 main shafts in the transimssion? That's the part I can't figure out.

If I didn't alreay own so many Japanese vehicles, I'd consider going for something Euro... but I'll be sticking with my Toyota's and Datsuns. Still got alot of respect from them wacky Krauts, tho.
Got Habits
wetnun at 2004-05-05 14:17 (UTC) (Link)
Basically it's split and has two primary shafts in the transmission. One for Even gears and one for Odd gears. So it is using dual input that is then all put back into one out again. You can read up about it here: http://www.audiworld.com/news/03/082703/content.shtml

It performs well I just wouldn't have to deal with the drive train shock.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2004-05-06 10:14 (UTC) (Link)
But they will probably put the system into a Passat as well since they are now sharing parts across those platforms.

actually, the quattro system that's in the TT/R32 is different from what's in the A4/Passat-4motion; the latter is longitudinal. anything from the TT line is likely to trickle down to the golf/jetta platform.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2004-05-06 10:13 (UTC) (Link)
hadn't heard about that myself, i've been following bmw development pretty exclusively since i got one. (they may be bringing back factory turbo motors.)
Got Habits
wetnun at 2004-05-05 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
I was trying to remember if that was the company I had looked into before that would convert a US spec into the R32. I remember that it was a Canadian company and the name looks familiar. I was pondering building up a R32 at one point. I don't think they are smog legal here though. So something would have to be done about that. Perhaps buy land in Canada and then jus register the car there. hehe
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2004-05-06 10:10 (UTC) (Link)
oh, the R32 is legal here... i've seen two around scottsdale. they're a short run, though, only 5000 being made.
your token straight friend
pushshove at 2004-05-05 14:02 (UTC) (Link)
Careful Jason, Prime Suspect is a particular favorite of my mothers. She has them all on DVD. Helen Mirren is her God. :P
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2004-05-06 10:10 (UTC) (Link)
i don't care if your mother likes it, it's still a good show. :P
betternewthings at 2004-05-05 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
For sixty grand, you could buy yourself *two* skylines!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2004-05-06 10:11 (UTC) (Link)
stomping a six-figure exotic with a skyline is one thing.

doing it with a vw hatchback is another.
betternewthings at 2004-05-06 11:21 (UTC) (Link)
True, but if all you want is cheap and fast in a straight line, a rusty Falcon and a Very Large Motor (TM) will do the job quite well, for a very low price.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2004-05-06 17:07 (UTC) (Link)
well yes, but that's not all the R32 is about- GRM lists it as the Next Great Thing for Stock auto-x classes...
betternewthings at 2004-05-07 17:56 (UTC) (Link)
it's good for stock auto-x only because it comes at the top of the class.

a mazda miata does better than a porsche 911 for stock auto-x, because the miata is top of the class, and the 911 merely in the middle. the 911 is still the better car.

anyways, racing street cars is silly. race a race car, drive a street car on the street.
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