Race ready Audi A1 quattro replica
MODIFYING cars is a difficult game.
Aside from the cost and countless hours of work, modifiers often never really finish their cars as because they're constantly evolving.
We last saw Martin Westwood and his Audi A1 18 months ago when it was matte black and very much a work in progress.
Today it is a genuine show-stopper. Dressed in Porsche Mexico blue paint and with contrasting 18-inch Audi Rotor wheels, it's come a long way since Martin bought it with accident damage a few years ago.
The owner of Euro Car Upgrades in Maroochydore fixed the Audi A1, a 90kW Ambition model, and has created a road and track weapon that will lap Lakeside Park in under 60 seconds. That's quick.
With a Loba turbo fitted and Stage 4 chip tuning, Martin said the little A1 has now doubled its original output with 180kW on tap, Mr Westwood said.
Cooling is taken care of with a front-mounted A1 quattro intercooler, giant Brembo brakes help rein in the speed, and inside it looks seriously racy with rear seats removed, Sparco racing seat for the driver and Audi RS4 flat-bottom steering wheel.
"It's very stiff and I overtake a lot of cars in corners at Lakeside," Martin Mr Westwood said.
"It can be a bit tail happy though, with not much weight in the back."
He's also managed to get hold of A1 quattro (a limited-edition variant of just 333 units) and front and rear bumpers to give a more muscled body style, and said the idea is to model this car as an A1 quattro replica.
Despite the years of work and dollars spent, Martin Mr Westwood is, of course, still not quite satisfied.
Different suspension and a supercharger are in the pipeline, but for now it's serving as an ideal track toy and promotional aid for his business.
Model: 2011 Audi A1 quattro replica.
Owner: Martin Westwood, Maroochydore.
Engine: Modified 1.4-litre four-cylinder TFSI.
Body: A1 quattro bumpers and respray in Porsche Mexico blue.
Interior: Stripped for racing with single Sparco race seats and harnesses, Audi RS4 steering wheel.
Did you know? This car is inspired by the limited (333 units) Audi A1 quattro of 2012 which has a 188kW/350Nm 2.0-litre TFSI engine, distinctive turbine design alloy wheels and, of course, all-wheel drive.