Project S4: Ravenol Racing Oils

Project S4 has been sitting on the driveway wanting some proper fun of late, as we’ve been knocking about in the frugal VW Golf Project Ecowagon, enjoying daft mpg and huge fuel ranges! But, as a petrolhead, there’s only so much of that oil-burning stuff I can take, before the call for Shell’s V-Power Nitro Read more about Project S4: Ravenol Racing Oils[…]

Project Cars: Kärcher MV2 Vacuum

We’ve had a Kärcher pressure washer to keep our project and press test cars clean for a couple of years now, and it’s fabulous. So, when we heard that Kärcher had launched it’s “most powerful” range of new vacuum cleaners, we had to have one. The full range of three vacs – called the MV Read more about Project Cars: Kärcher MV2 Vacuum[…]

Project S4: Winter Fix-its & MOT

Winter time and the annual bit of minor pampering in preparation for Project S4’s MOT is nigh. Luckily, thanks to having been enjoying V8 fun in Project P38 and making use of some superb press cars on test (read here) , the twin turbos of Project S4 have been saved too many spool-ups in 2013. Read more about Project S4: Winter Fix-its & MOT[…]

Project S4: Auto Genie Pro Valet

A few months ago I tested a load of car cleaning products from SONAX with the skillful help of Stuart Staples, aka, The Auto Genie They worked pretty well, digging Project S4 out of a mucky hole (I’m a driving dynamics, not aesthetics man and arguably the world’s worst car cleaner). Stu and the Sonax gear Read more about Project S4: Auto Genie Pro Valet[…]

Project S4: Wheel Alignment/Suspension Geometry Set-up

I try to practice what I preach. But I have to hold my hands up on this one. Confession time! Father… it’s been two years since I fitted the amazing Bilstein B16 coilover kit to Project S4 and I have since fitted superb Dunlop Sport Maxx TT rubber, phenomenal Whiteline rear anti-roll bar & links Read more about Project S4: Wheel Alignment/Suspension Geometry Set-up[…]

Project S4: The Auto Genie Valet-Pro & Sonax Products

A particularly harsh Norfolk Winter and a recent spate of press cars on test has left Project S4 more than a bit unused, neglected and looking a bit sad on the driveway at Road Towers. Post the occasional blast out, it’s had just a few cursory jet wash sessions, to rid it of salt and Read more about Project S4: The Auto Genie Valet-Pro & Sonax Products[…]

Project S4: Powerflex & Whiteline & Tarox Rears Report

Project S4 has been at the health spa that is its tuning garage of choice having a chillax for the last two weeks – so big thanks to Dave Green at Henstead Motorsport (www.hensteadmotors.com), for his usual fabulous workmanship fettling the S4 into prime, Olympic condition. Dave has been busy fixing a couple of issues Read more about Project S4: Powerflex & Whiteline & Tarox Rears Report[…]

Project S4: Powerflex High Performance Bush Uprgade

Like with the Whiteline products (see post below), I’ve long been a fan of upgrading to high performance Polyurethane suspension bushes, and Powerflex (http://www.powerflex.co.uk) are the market leaders. They offer a huge range of great value for money upgraded polybushes, to almost any car – offering 25-30% more stiffness, which freshens up the handling on Read more about Project S4: Powerflex High Performance Bush Uprgade[…]

Project S4: Whiteline Rear Swaybar & Camber/Caster Kit

As a motoring features editor and editor, I’ve taken the trouble of running project cars on all the titles I’ve worked on. They are a fabulous way of getting to grips with the huge product range on offer out there in the world of aftermarket tuning… and there’s no substitute for first hand testing, rather Read more about Project S4: Whiteline Rear Swaybar & Camber/Caster Kit[…]

Project S4: Tarox Rear Disc Upgrade

Regular Road Magazine Project S4 followers will recall me raving about the TAROX track day brake kit we fitted earlier this year. TAROX say: “This package will improve the whole feel of your brakes offering a much more positive pedal, while offering more sustained braking when used hard over a period of time.” And we Read more about Project S4: Tarox Rear Disc Upgrade[…]

Project S4: Mantis Car Cleaning Products

There’s just a hint of Spring in the air, and that means Road Magazine’s Project S4 (http://www.roadmagazine.co.uk/project-cars/) – like your car – is calling out for its Spring clean. And it needs it, after a Winter of salt, icy rain, sleet & snow corrosion. After years of being a motoring hack, I have acquired a Read more about Project S4: Mantis Car Cleaning Products[…]

Project S4: Bilstein B16 Coilovers

As a motoring Editor, journalist and road tester, I’ve been lucky enough to be taken around a number of suspension manufacturers’ factories to see how their different engineering approaches develop (and affect) their end product. And I have tested a huge range of suspension kits – on road, race and rally cars. But, without a Read more about Project S4: Bilstein B16 Coilovers[…]

Project S4: Service time

It’s that time of the year again – Project S4’s “BIG service,” just in time for the glorious Summer track day season and the S4’s planned jaunts to Spa-Francorchamps and the Nordschleife, to name but a few circuits on the to do list. And, this year, with the cambelt being too many years old (despite Read more about Project S4: Service time[…]

Project S4: New Millers Oils

Project S4 is currently in for a “big service,” up at www.henstead-motorsport.co.uk: A pre-summer-Spa-Francorchamps-spa-treatment if you will, but more on all that in another post here very soon. At the heart of any servicing regime is the critical lifeblood of any engine, the oil. Regular oil changes (with factory filters) are absolutely essential, especially with Read more about Project S4: New Millers Oils[…]

Project S4: Kärcher Pressure Washer

Spring is well and truly here, and after a freezing, muddy, salty-road-Winter to end all Winters, we felt it was time to give Project S4 a proper Spring clean. That meant either another costly, poor quality, rushed trip to the local Jet wash, or… getting our very own pressure washer, for DIY useage galore: No Read more about Project S4: Kärcher Pressure Washer[…]

Project S4: Forge Motorsport Blow-off valve

Turbocharged cars, like my Audi S4, have blow off valves (BOV’s), often called dump valves, fitted to them. They prevent compressor surge “loading,” by allowing compressed air to vent to atmosphere (or be re-circulated), to reduce wear on the turbocharger and engine. Nine times out of ten, manufacturers use horrible, cheap plastic BOV’s, which might Read more about Project S4: Forge Motorsport Blow-off valve[…]

Project S4: Insurance via Adrian Flux

Let’s face it… picking car insurance is (A) rather dull, (B) often painful and (C) notoriously and increasingly expensive. The name of the game (as I see it!) is to get insured as cheap as possible and yet not compromise on quality of service; because, believe me, you want a good insurer if you do Read more about Project S4: Insurance via Adrian Flux[…]

Project S4: Dunlop Tyres

I wanted a set of performance road and occasional track tyres for the Project S4. And, having covered the Dunlop Sport Maxx TT challenge cup races, with hot hatch/fast road, lightly modified saloon cars in previous race seasons, and chatted positively to the racers about these new Dunlop tyres, I thought I would give them Read more about Project S4: Dunlop Tyres[…]

Project S4: K&N Air Filter

Having had great success with a simple air filter swap from the OE manufacturers paper unit, to a high-flow replacement panel filter before, we’ve decided to fit a K&N High-Flow FilterCharger® version to the Project S4 (www.knfilters.co.uk). I have dyno checked panel filters versus cold air induction kits of a number of different project cars Read more about Project S4: K&N Air Filter[…]

Project S4: Milltek Sports Exhaust system

Replacing your standard exhaust for an aftermarket performance exhaust system on any turbocharged car is a superb way of reducing turbo back pressure and increasing gas flow – liberating power, reducing turbo lag and improving throttle response. It also often saves weight, so there are gains to be had all round. I have replaced more exhaust Read more about Project S4: Milltek Sports Exhaust system[…]

Project S4: Millers Oils

I have been using Millers engine and transmission oils (and their fuel treatments for track days) in all of my normally-aspirated and turbocharged performance cars for years now, with great success. So, they were a natural product choice again when I bought ROAD’s B5 Audi S4 bi-turbo. Regular oil changes not only help your engine Read more about Project S4: Millers Oils[…]

Phil Royle: Publisher & Editor

Rally, track day, Nordschleife-life and road trip addict, Phil Royle is an NCTJ-trained national news journalist, diverting into motoring magazines in 1997, as features editor at Revs magazine. Phil went freelance in 1999, working for many top UK motoring titles in addition to being editor of Circuit Driver and launching Performance Tuner Magazines. Phil also Read more about Phil Royle: Publisher & Editor[…]