RS or TDI ?
The scene was set in the empty roads behind Jakkur aerodrome in Yalahanka Hobli, some 12 minutes drive from Bangalore. Waiting for us was this red Octavia vRS that has seen some work under the hood. The hot sun, the dusty wind and a badly worn clutch not favouring, we emptied a jerry can full of 97 octane into its tank and took it for a spin.
Tdi racing, although the name might sound like a diesel specific company, also works on petrol cars and this is a case in point. This is the car that has given a good show at all the drag meets it has been to. In fact, it was only back from such an event in Mumbai that morning. It had a 220bhp remap and a couple of other mods under the hood like a BMC arfilter inside a carbon dynamic airbox and performance ignition coils.
They had also fitted full length free flow Super Sprint exhaust to the car which gave a raspy note to the turbo petrol engine. It sure felt quick with the turbo lag effectively kept under control while the turbo has been made to deliver higher boost. The engine felt most alive in its mid range where a gentle wave of torque pushes you half past the ton mark without you even noticing it. We even timed a respectable 8.78seconds with three people on board. We didn’t try to better the time as the clutch was slowly giving away. The suspension and brakes weren’t upgraded as yet.
Speaking about TDi racing as a company, it is a very approachable and friendly firm with Y.V Kiran, Sujay Jayanand (remap specialist), Tahzeem Aga and Naveen Sagi at its helm. What started out as a computer genius’ hobby on his friend’s Daewoo Cielo has turned itself into a company that offers custom remaps at an affordable price for most Indian makes. With a variety of services and numerous victories at race events, Tdi racing is slowly but surely building a reputation for themselves.
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