We’re going to be playing a little catch up here since I decided to start detailing my TT RS build several months after I started making modifications to the car. But I’ll catch you up in no time — I haven’t done a whole lot so far.
I was inspired by a video on Petrolicious sent to me by my colleague and fellow weekend racer, Jason Paul. The video, titled “One Car to Do It All”, profiled fiction author Jack Olsen’s modified 1972 Porsche 911 and the custom garage he built to service it. Jack’s 911 is far from stock — upgrades to the 1977 body include a cage, a 1995 engine, a 1977 transaxle, brakes from a 1986 Turbo, and more — yet it is still able to be driven on the street. Going a bit further still, once at the track, this 911 benefits from the addition of a front splitter and a nice big wing out back to add significant downforce. What is impressive is that these add-on aero parts break down and fit into the 911, so that Jack can drive the car to the track without the need of a trailer or other way to transport parts. As he says several times in the video, he wanted to build one car that, for him, could do it all.
Build a TT RS to do it all
That statement does a great job of summarizing my goal for this project: to build a TT RS to do it all.
By “to do it all” this build needs to accomplish the following key things:
- Be drivable on the street and comfortable to sit in for driver and passenger over long road trips
- To be as fast as possible on a variety of local Southern California road courses
- When at the track, the car should need the least amount of changes to make it fast — with the unrealistic ideal would require no changes whatsoever
- Maintain as much of a stock appearance on the street as possible; barring that, any visible modifications should be inconspicuous
The full mission statement would be to build a daily driven car with a discreet appearance that requires no changes or minimal changes upon arriving at the track to be fast.
In the next project update, I’ll detail where it all began – the delivery of my 2012 Audi TT RS.