Pimp my Haldex
With the suspension and brakes taken care of (for now), the A3 had already transformed into a quite enjoyable track tool. For me that is. One major problem was unfortunately still present – understeer.
If you’ve driven any of the recent VW MkV platform cars (or most other VW cars to be more exact), it should come as no surprise that the chassis is tuned for safe understeer rather than oversteer. While this works fine for your everyday driving, it’s far from fun on the track. I’m not looking at massive oversteer either, but rather a balanced setup, with possibly a slight hint of oversteer.
Having heard good results of the Haldex HPP upgrade (if you are reading this – Hi Ben! ), a short while later I pulled the trigger myself too and ordered the upgrade. The Gen2 upgrade costs nearly the same as the older Gen1 upgrade, but has one big advantage over the latter – it’s possible to connect a switch to the unit, allowing one to switch between three different programs – stock, sport and race. I haven’t had time yet to install the switch, so I’m still running the default sport mode.
I had time to do only one good track session with the upgrade last summer, and this left me with slightly mixed feelings. There certainly was change in the balance of the car, but maybe not quite as much as I had hoped for. As winter came, and I got a chance to give it a try on the winter roads, I at last found out what I had paid for – I’ve never before had this much fun on a haldex powered car I’m still hopeful that when I get the race mode enabled it will also provide even further help for the trackdays.