Sunday, December 6, 2009

Where does the "TT" in Audi TT come from?

Isle of Man TT races "Tourist Trophy"

The Audi TT takes its name from the successful racing tradition of NSU in the British Isle of Man TT motorcycle race. NSU began competing in the TT in 1911, and later merged into the company now known as Audi.[2]

The Audi TT also follows the NSU 1000TT, 1200TT and TTS cars of the 1960s in being named for the race.

The Audi TT Roadster was presented in Detroit in 1999 under the name Audi TTS

Origins of the Audi TT design

Audi TT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The development of the Audi TT began in September 1994 at the Audi Design Center in California.[citation needed] The TT was first shown as a concept car at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. The design is credited to J Mays and Freeman Thomas,[1] with Martin Smith and Romulus Rost contributing to the award winning interior design. A previously unused laser welding adaptation which enabled seamless design features on the first-generation TT also delayed its introduction."

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Intercooler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Intercooler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Many older turbo-charged cars, such as the Toyota Supra (JZA80 only), Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, Nissan 200SX (S13/14/14a/15), Mitsubishi 3000gt, Saab 900, Volkswagen, Audi TT, and Turbo Mitsubishi Eclipse use side-mounted air-to-air intercoolers (SMIC), which are mounted in the front corner of the bumper or in front of one of the wheels. Side-mounted intercoolers are generally smaller, mainly due to space constraints, and sometimes two are used to gain the performance of a larger, single intercooler."
As well as allowing a greater volume of air to be admitted to an engine, intercoolers have a key role in controlling the internal temperatures in a turbocharged engine. When fitted with a turbo (as with any form of supercharging), the engine's specific power is increased, leading to higher combustion and exhaust temperatures. The exhaust gases passing through the turbine section of the turbocharger are usually around 450 °C (840 °F), but can be as high as 1000 °C (1830 °F) under extreme conditions. This heat passes through the turbocharger unit and contributes to the heating of the air being compressed in the compressor section of the turbo. If left uncooled this hot air enters the engine, further increasing internal temperatures. This leads to a build up of heat that will eventually stabilise, but this may be at temperatures in excess of the engine's design limits- 'hot spots' at the piston crown or exhaust valve can cause warping or cracking of these components. This effect is especially found in modified or tuned engines running at very high specific power outputs. An efficient intercooler removes heat from the air in the induction system, preventing the cyclic heat build-up via the turbocharger, allowing higher power outputs to be achieved without damage.

Compression by the turbocharger causes the intake air to heat up, rather than the air being heated by contact with the hot turbocharger itself, the vast majority is through the act of compression (ideal gas law) plus added heat due to compressor inefficiencies (adiabatic efficiency). The extra power obtained from forced induction is due to the extra air available to burn more fuel in each cylinder. This sometimes requires a lower compression ratio be used, to allow a wider mapping of ignition timing advance before detonation occurs (for a given fuel's octane rating). Although a lower compression ratio generally lowers combustion efficiency and costs power."

My 2001 Audi TT Insurance Policy from State Farm ...

Do you think this policy is too expensive?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My check engine light came on today....

I took the car by AutoZone where they scanned it....and then erased so that the CEL would go off.

I am wondering if the light will come back on and what the consequences are if the problem is not fixed since it doesn't seem to effect the car's performance?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Corrosion Protection on Audi Vehicles

Audi produces 100% galvanized cars to prevent corrosion,[15] and was the first mass-market vehicle to do so, following introduction of the process by Porsche, c.1975. Along with other precautionary measures,the full-body zinc coating has proved to be very effective in preventing rust. The body's resulting durability even surpassed Audi's own expectations, causing the manufacturer to extend its original 10-year warranty against corrosion perforation to currently 12 years (except for Aluminium bodies which don't rust).[16]
An all-
aluminium car was brought forward by Audi, and in 1994 the Audi A8 was launched, which introduced aluminum space frame technology (called Audi Space Frame). Audi introduced a new series of vehicles in the mid-nineties and continues to pursue leading-edge technology and high performance. Prior to that effort, Audi used examples of the Type 44 chassis fabricated out of aluminum as test-beds for the technique.

audi tt transformer

I know at least one of you will enjoy this... :-)


Be aware of your thermostat...if it gets too may be time to change out a thermostat and/or flush the radiator...

Does anyone know about how many miles one should flush the radiator in a 2001 Audi TT Quattro Turbo 225 HP? If you know please post a comment.

AUDI TT OVERHEATING - CNET Car Tech Forums: "Had the thermostat replaced and it definitely made a difference. Vehicle runs cooler on highway (middle mark, instead of 1st past middle) and only gets up to 1st mark past middle instead of 2nd in bumper to bumper. Hope this helps, thermostat was sticking, allowing coolant to get too hot until it popped open."

Saturday, February 7, 2009

IMac ..Steve Jobs...Design and the Audi TT

Telefunken TV + Star Trek = New iMac: "It connects directly with the 614 or other now-classic designs, like the Audi TT. This car shares the same theme, even more obvious when you see it in silver (and perhaps there is a connection to Steve Jobs' now-mythical fascination with German cars.)"

One million Audi fans can't be wrong - Autoblog

One million Audi fans can't be wrong - Autoblog: "INGOLSTADT, Germany, Jan 8, 2009 - AUDI AG has achieved its stated objective of selling one million cars in 2008 for the first time in its history. With about 1,003,400 cars sold worldwide, Audi increased its unit sales volume by 4.1 percent over the prior year (2007: 964,151). With the newly introduced Audi Q5 and the successful young A4 family, sales in December increased by 17.4 percent over the prior year's December, to around 82,800 units (2007: 70,523).

'This 13th record year in a row is a success achieved by the entire Audi team. I would like to express the gratitude of the Board of Management for your wholehearted commitment,' says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. 'We'll continue to draw on this strength in the difficult year of 2009. We have ambitious long-term goals: We want to make Audi the most attractive premium brand worldwide.'

In the past year, the Ingolstadt-based firm has launched 12 new or upgraded models. This gives Audi the advantage of having the youngest model range in the premium segment. The most important introductions were the Audi A4 sedan, which was rolled out in Europe in November 2007, the Audi A4 Avant which followed in April, product upgrades of the A3 and A6, and the brand-new Audi Q5.

'We will keep up our model initiative as planned: In 2009 we'll continue to offer our customers a succession of new models,' says Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales of AUDI AG.

Audi achieved growth especially in the European markets and in the Asia-Pacific region. In Western Europe, unit sales of around 53,900 in December surpassed the prior year's December by 22.7 percent (2007: 43,969). In the entire year of 2008, Audi sold some 667,000 cars in this region, 2.5 percent more than in the prior year (2007: 650,407). These excellent sales volumes also resulted in record market shares in Western Europe and Germany.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Audi delivered new cars to around 14,000 customers in December, an increase of 15.6 percent in unit sales (2007: 12,097). During the entire year, 155,100 customers bought an Audi in this region – 15.6 percent more than in 2007.

In the USA, the third-largest export market for the premium brand from Ingolstadt, sales of 87,760 cars in 2008 amounted to a 6.1 percent drop from the prior year (2007: 93,506). In December Audi sold 7,712 units here, 9.3 percent fewer than in the prior year (2007: 8,504).

AUDI AG sold a total of 1,003,400 cars in 2008 and thus achieved its thirteenth consecutive record year. Audi produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Györ (Hungary), Changchun (China) and Brussels (Belgium). Aurangabad in India saw the start of local production of the Audi A6 at the end of 2007 and of the Audi A4 in early October 2008. The company is active in more than 100 markets worldwide. AUDI AG's wholly owned subsidiaries include Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A. in Sant'Agata Bolognese (Italy) and quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm. Audi currently employs around 57,000 people worldwide, including 45,000 in Germany. The brand with the four rings invests more than €2 billion each year in order to sustain the company's technological lead embodied in its 'Vorsprung durch Technik' slogan. Audi plans to significantly increase the number of models in its portfolio by 2015 to 40. The Audi brand celebrates its 100th birthday in 2009. The company was founded by August Horch in Zwickau on July 16, 1909; he named it Audi after the Latin translation of his surname ('hark!').

AUDI AG will present the complete results for the 2008 business year at its Annual Press Conference on March 10, 2009 in Ingolstadt."

Brittany Spears and Audi TT video....just for fun....

Car Diagnostic Tools: VAG-Login-Reader

jessica and y

jessica and y
Originally uploaded by shaderlab
I will vote this photo as the the "most interesting couple in a 2001 Audi TT" .....

This one is exactly like mine...

Originally uploaded by vn_audi

Red backlight at night / dusk

Originally uploaded by blindranger

2001 Audi TT Roaster

2001 Audi TT Roaster
Originally uploaded by hanscars

2001 Audi TT 225 Roadster


Originally uploaded by vn_audi
I haven't seen the gray color or beige interior models yet. Interesting. But not my favorite.

Audi TT 225 Roadster 2001 Misano Red

quattro logo on the front grill

Audi TT 225 Roadster 2001 Misano Red

quattro logo

Audi TT 225 Roadster 2001 Misano Red

Tailight closeup

Audi TT 225 Roadster 2001 Misano Red

Clean shot of the TT symbol

Audi TT -- Classic

Audi TT -- Classic
Originally uploaded by X Jia
I don't get the iRobot comment. But I like the green color. It does have VERY classic simple lines.

Car #8 - 2001 Audi TT Roadster (Quattro)

A nice interior view of a red roadster

2001 Audi TT

Engine at the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt/Germany.

Engine at the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt/Germany.

Audi Engine - The funniest bloopers are right here

Modified Audi TT Roadster 2001 Car Tuning Pictures »

Modified Audi TT Roadster 2001 Car Tuning Pictures »

Friday, January 2, 2009

Repair day yesterday in Tulsa, OK

I found it hard to believe that a new car key and remote would end up cost me $300 to replace. $120 of that amount just to program the remote to work with the car. Evidently the newest models are even more expensive to replace since the carry the whole diagnostics of the car in them. Not sure I like that design after paying so much for this KEY!

The mechanic however was very nice and informative. He told me something interesting. That the quattro system is basically always FWD unless the system feels a tire slipping. Then it turns on the rear wheels.

He also showed me the dual Turbo system as well as the Turbo coolers.

Evidently ...on the new Audi TT 2009 the manifold only pulls in air vs my car which mixes the fuel and air. The new TT's inject the fuel directly.

The receptionist Melanie made the 5 hour wait tolerable since she was happy to talk to me between her phone calls and other duties. Kudos to her!!!
'Vorsprung Dirch Technik' [ Advantage Through Technology" - Audi's German Tagline. Audi will import 5000 roadsters into North America for an on-sale date of April 2000. Half of these will be equipped as Quattros, and only 1250 are expected to be the 225-horsepower version. So what the heck does TT stand for anyway? That would be "Tourist Trophy" as in Great Britain's historic racing series of the Isle of Man. TT Now Stands for Terrifically Topless.

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