QSTuning: The UK’s Audi Tuning Powerhouse

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Issues are completely uncontrolled, and there are loads amongst us who don’t have any appreciation for it.

Are you able to think about the response of somebody within the Nineteen Sixties or ’70s, should you instructed them that we’d have 800+hp property vehicles with manufacturing facility internals and turbochargers which may speed up from 100-200km/h in about 5 seconds? The concept of this even right now is absurd, so I can’t think about how anybody may have gotten their head round this again then. They may have thought we’d have flying vehicles in 2022, however most likely not these rocket-ships.

That is the QSTuning C8 Audi RS 6 Avant, and it’s perhaps one of the crucial excellent modified autos on the planet.


As a very long time lover of quick wagons, I might say that after all. For so long as I can keep in mind, I’ve all the time regarded the RS 6 Avant as the right manufacturing automotive. To the common highway person, it’s simply an Audi property. Nonetheless, there’s not rather a lot it may’t do.


Have to get someplace in a rush? RS 6. Have to deliver the children and household with you? RS 6. Have to pop into IKEA on the best way again? RS 6. Monitor day? RS 6. A trans-continental jaunt? RS 6…

You get the concept, however I’m certainly infatuated with them.


That’s earlier than you flip one over into the care of an organization like QST. By merely tweaking the software program on the manufacturing facility ECU, and with no bodily {hardware} modifications or upgrades, QST can extract one other 110hp and 224Nm (165lbs-ft) from a C8 RS 6.


That interprets to roughly 710hp and 1,000Nm of torque, together with a automotive which is now 2.3-seconds quicker from 100-200km/h (62-124mph) just by altering round some 1s and 0s.


What occurs then while you begin making the requisite {hardware} adjustments as nicely? With some Eventuri intakes, Nortech down-pipes feeding into an Akrapovič exhaust system with an AEM water-methanol injection, issues begin getting fairly rowdy certainly.

Nonetheless, it’s round this level the manufacturing facility intercoolers cry sufficient.


“We have been seeing IATs [intake air temperatures] rising to 80+°C on inventory vehicles with a fifth gear dyno pull,” Alex Collins of QST instructed us. He continued, “On the time there have been restricted choices. We regarded into CSF as I do know they do some nice cooling options on the 991/992 Porsche market. They appeared to have one of the best resolution in the marketplace with F1-grade cores and billet finish tanks. We acquired a set in for our store automotive, threw them on and immediately gained 40hp and IATs dropped by round half.”

“From then on we have now used CSF intercoolers on all of our increased energy RS 6/7 builds and haven’t regarded again since.”


With the addition of their very own custom-developed KW HAS package, Vossen HF-3 wheels and a full AP carbon aero package, QST have constructed a nicely rounded and unbelievably potent car.

With additional tuning of the engine and transmission to take advantage of the {hardware} adjustments, QST managed to extract one other 121hp and 150Nm from the twin-turbocharged V8.


That’s a closing results of 831hp and 1150Nm, with a 5.44-second 100-200km/h time. At present, QST stays the house of the quickest inventory turbocharged C8 RS 6/7s in the UK.

Naturally then, hybrid turbochargers and upgraded MAP sensors are at the moment in improvement at QST for many who really feel that 831hp remains to be a bit on the sluggish aspect. Lunatics.  

The place Quick Audis Come From


Naturally, we have been curious as to the place this RS 6 comes from, and what else it shares its steady with.

QST have been specialising in German car tuning – and the VW Group specifically – for over 30 years, and name West Sussex in South East England residence. The ‘QS’ stands for ‘Quattro Sports activities’, simply as a small factoid.


Whereas QST is likely to be famend for their quick Audi RS vehicles, they’re greater than able to coping with the whole lot from stage one TDIs to twin-turbo R8s.


Talking of which…

Whereas nonetheless in fixed improvement as QST intention to seek out the bounds of the R8 V10+, this specific automotive in its earlier guise ran a 14-second standing half-mile at 198mph.


Extra just lately, it ran an 8.99-second quarter-mile on an un-prepped road floor with Toyo Proxes R888Rs and round 100whp dialled out of the setup.

It’s a full-weight road automotive which runs deep into the 2-second zone for 100-200km/h instances. ‘Ballistic’ doesn’t even start to cowl it.


A enterprise which was initially began by Kim Collins (pictured) in his dad and mom’ storage over three many years in the past (QST have been at their present premises for round 23 years) and now turning out a few of the quickest Audis in the UK is the kind of Speedhunters story we are able to all get behind.

Naturally, we have been eager to choose their collective brains for recommendation and what the long run would possibly maintain for QST.

With reference to what are the most typical errors folks make when modifying their very own autos, Alex mentioned, “I assume maybe the most typical mistake folks do is making an attempt to chop corners to save lots of a number of quid. The saying ‘purchase low-cost, purchase twice’ actually is obvious on this trade. High quality software program and {hardware} actually is majorly essential to extract further energy and have a dependable and quick upgraded automotive.”


With their spectacular successes with the C8 platform, it’s most likely pure then to listen to that QST proceed to develop their vary of C8 merchandise. Alex added that, “We do very well on them, the vehicles are all very nice and we have now a improbable community of consumers who’re doing nice instances on Dragy and are having fun with their vehicles.”

“Our preliminary objective was to create the quickest inventory turbo automotive within the UK, we did this, so now we’re transferring on to the subsequent stage of improvement as I really feel we have now now carried out all we are able to on the manufacturing facility turbochargers, so onto hybrids.”

I for one totally embrace the absurdity of creating already quick vehicles, a lot, a lot quicker.

Paddy McGrath
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