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Press Contact:
Jesse Kramer, Vice President of Marketing
AWE Tuning

Cecil County Drag Strip, Rising Sun, Maryland, December 12, 2010

The AWE Tuning in-house Mk6 GTI broke new ground at the NHRA certified Cecil County Dragway with a 12.26 second, 115.7 mph ¼ mile. This is the fastest quarter mile time and trap speed to date for a TSI K04 powered vehicle, and the second fastest confirmed TSI quarter mile time and trap speed, outright, only trumped by a purpose built big turbo car.

“I’m particularly proud of this one,” states Chris Dollery, AWE Tuning’s Director of Engineering, present at the record-setting run at Cecil County Drag Strip, “This is a daily driver – a car that anyone can own. Stock engine. Stock transmission. No special software or prototype parts, not even drag tires.”

The Mk6 Build List

The build list on the in-house AWE Tuning daily driver (stock engine, stock transmission)i s as follows:

  • AWE Tuning TSI K04 Turbo Kit with G.I.A.C. Software
  • AWE Tuning Turboback Exhaust System with Diamond Black Oval Tips
  • AWE Tuning C|C|B (Cold Cone Box) Intake System with Black Tubing
  • AWE Tuning TSI Turbo Outlet Pipe
  • AWE Tuning TSI S3 FMIC Intercooler Kit
  • AWE Tuning Mk6 TSI Vent Mounted Boost Gauge Kit
  • AWE Tuning TSI Boost Hose
  • AWE Tuning/H&R 28mm Adjustable “Time Attack” Rear Swaybar
  • AWE Tuning Sport Pedal Set
  • Bilstein PSS-10 Coilovers
  • StopTech 328mm Big Brake Kit
  • 235/40/18 Dunlop Direzza Star Spec tires
  • 18x8 Audi B7 A4 wheels

For this pass, AWE Tuning ran VP109 race fuel and removed the passenger seat and rear seat, the spare tire and the floor mats, standard practice for the drag strip. Of note, a full weight pass was done on 93 octane, and produced results of 12.793 seconds at 112.65mph.

“We drove it to the track, and home. Take it to the office, take it to the track. That’s what we’re about – unlocking the Performance of the car while maintaining its drivability,” remarks Dollery.

Software and Options

File wise, the original, exclusive AWE Tuning "Road Race" file is recommended for anyone that does road course track driving in high heat environments. For the Road Race file, there is one file, both for 91 and 93 octane. This file recorded impressive results this summer in 100 degree testing. The updated file used (dubbed “High Output”) provides additional mid-range boost, while high rpm boost, ignition and air/fuel remain the same. The file is still well within the BorgWarner compressor map (for those unfamiliar, a compressor map is the factory issued parameter of safe turbo limits). Two versions of the G.I.A.C. High Output file are available, one for 91 octane and one for 93 octane.

A video of the 12.26 second, 115.7 mph ¼ mile event can be found here:

All products on the Mk6 can be purchased within the MK6 section of, through AWE Tuning’s global network of dealers or by calling 888.565.2257 from any US location.

The official ¼ mile drag strip can be found on VWVortex. The number one, three and four positions are held by Stage 3 kits.

AWE Tuning is the authority in performance engineering for German automobiles. From award winning hand-crafted performance exhausts to track tested big turbo kits to vetted performance products including GIAC, Bilstein, H&R, Brembo and more, AWE Tuning innovates, designs, retails and distributes choice performance products globally through it’s preferred network of dealers, online and from its headquarters outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1991, AWE Tuning's elite team of researchers, engineers, innovators and drivers have track-tested and introduced premium performance upgrades for some of the finest automobiles in the world.

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