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Perfection. As car enthusiasts, perfection is something we all strive for. But the reality is: Perfection is kind of an endless goal… where they keep moving the lines back as you get there lol. It begs the age-old question: Is a project car ever really finished? And if you DO ever reach perfection, it ends up being a curse in a lot of ways. Perfection comes with stress & anxiety. It prevents you from taking the car out & enjoying what you’ve built. And you begin to realize, the enjoyment really is in the journey… and not so much the destination. Nick Flom is the owner of this (mostly) carbon fiber 2018 Audi RS3. This is the story so far:

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This Audi RS3 had humble beginnings…

As many feature-worthy cars often do. Like many of us, Nick originally bought this Audi RS3 to serve as ‘a fun daily driver’. He intended on it being a car that he could commute to work in Monday-Friday, and then do some spirited driving in on the weekends. That’s how we always sell it to ourselves, right? But we all know how that goes… it snowballs lol. And well… here we are.

 

This RS3 is equipped with just about every go-fast & handling goodie that money can buy.

Footwork is provided via Fortune Auto coilovers, a plethora of 034 Motorsport suspension components, and a few other miscellaneous suspension bits that help tighten up the chassis. 

Under the hood lies a host of APR turbo components + tuning, along with some hard parts from the likes of Eurocode, 034 Motorsport & Vargas Turbo Tuning. Crack open the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder and you’ll find a variety of upgraded valvetrain components, like…

•Ferrea Performance intake & exhaust valves

•Mahle Motorsport rod bearings, and

•Integrated Engineering Performance valve stem seals.

Exhaust duties are handled by a mash-up of APR, Milltek & Remus exhaust components. Although Nick hasn’t put this car on the rollers just yet, he estimates that it makes somewhere in the wheelhouse of 550whp & 500wtq. This thing is built to boogie, no doubt.

Inside the RS3…

You’ll find that most of Audi’s coveted luxuries got stripped away & replaced with more functional/lightweight pieces throughout the interior.

•Sparco seats & harnesses

•Aeroforce & P3 gauges,

•And a custom 4-point weld-in chromoly roll bar courtesy of Piper Motorsport…

let you know that this thing means business. There’s also a carbon fiber center console cover from Premium Deutsch Carbon that themes well with the aggressive exterior of the car. 

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Speaking of carbon fiber, let’s talk about the exterior of this wild Audi RS3. 

First & foremost, there is very little OEM Mythos Black left on the exterior of this car. Most of the factory body panels have been replaced with much lighter (and cooler looking) carbon fiber components. The super aggressive aero package is comprised of an…

•A new MComposit LMS TCR carbon fiber widebody kit, along with an…

•Eventuri carbon fiber headlight delete race duct.

To say that this car is WIDE is an understatement. Just look at Nick’s old Titan 7 wheels getting swallowed-up. Those are 18 x 10 Titan 7s by the way… with 285/30 Falken Rt660s. Yet they look like stock-fitment Prius wheels behind this new widebody lol. The few painted body panels that remain on this Audi are covered with a custom Red Bull livery… making the RS3 look like it was plucked straight off the TV screen. It’s one thing to see it here in photos, but it’s a completely different shock-value when it pulls up next to you at a red light in real life. 

AP Racing brakes

Behind the wheels, you’ll find a pretty serious brake setup… 

With an Essex Parts Radi-CAL competition brake kit featuring AP Racing Pro 5000R calipers up front, and 034 Motorsport 350mm 2-piece floating rotors out back.

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What’s next? 

Well, as Nick continues his pursuit of perfection, new WIDER wheels & tires are next on deck. After that, Nick plans on redoing the livery. So keep an eye out for this thicc-boi at a local track event near you!

Text by Josh Guillot     //     Photos by Alex Lafferty

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MComposit RS3

2018 Audi RS3  //  2.5L 5-cylinder

Engine Bolt-Ons

034 Motorsport TrackSport engine mounts, intake inlet pipe heat shield, & DSG catch can

APR Stage-2 tune & TCU tune, carbon fiber intake, turbo inlet elbow, & FMIC

IROZ engine catch can

Eurocode throttle inlet elbow and pipe

Vargas Turbo Tuning intercooler piping

APR catless down pipe

Milltek catless mid pipes

Part of a Remus race catback; open dump at the rear axle

 

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