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Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: I have had it since 1999, so that would make it 5 years.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: Nothing unique, really – I mean it didn’t belong to a mobster or anything.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: My goal was to add some performance and upgrade its aging looks (although it is a car that ages very well).
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: Definitely Euro.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: I built it myself. I come up with some ideas, including some that were original ideas and have never been tried before – that’s the fun part.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: I guess originality – almost every mod in the aesthetic department is original. I tend to not do what has been done before. Some of my more original ideas would be the following:
- Audi TT shifter
- Audi TT inner door handles
- Custom door sills
- Custom ebrake handle
- Custom side skirts (modified from the projektzwo Golf 3 skirts)
- Audi A4 headlights made from scratch to fit the Corrado
- BMW M5 bumper molded onto the stock bumper to create a hybrid bumper
- Audi-style reverse glow white gauges made by hand
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: This is hard to say. Maybe my favorite mod is the headlights, though I possibly like the gauges and bumper just as much.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: The inspiration came from seeing other cars and my desire to make a 10-year old car look a lot younger then it is.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: Nothing – it’s a great car to drive and pretty reliable, too.
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: I’d add some nice deep dish wheels if money was not an issue.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: A “10.”
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: I would gold plate the exhaust. Just kidding. Maybe I’d turbo it, but I don’t think I’d like the drivability of a turbo. The engine is going to be increased to 3.1 liters in a few weeks. If anything, maybe a supercharger suits my needs better.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: I think they like it.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: It would be around the nice scenic streets of Niagra on the Lake. There are some beautiful roads there between the town and Niagra Falls.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: Look at it. Clean it. Drive it as much as possible.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: Just me, and some friends if they’re nice.
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: Try to do something different – be creative.
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: It’s called the Rado TT due to some of the Audi TT influences I’ve incorporated. That was a long time ago, though – now it’s got more influences. Maybe I’ll name it “muTT.”
Q: What was your previous project?
A: I didn’t have one.
Q: What is your next project?
A: I intend to finish the engine modifications, then retire.
Name- Anh Nguyen
Occupation- Designing customizing parts for my company, Dub Design Industries
Club Affiliations- Corrado Club of Canada
Mileage- 200,300 km
Original Color- Icey Grey Violet
Current Color- Icey Grey Violet
Engine- 2.8L VR6
Engine Modifications- 3.1 liter increase in a few weeks; DSR 256 cams; EIP Big Valve Head; Diamond Pistons
Exhaust Modifications- TT exhaust
Transmission Modifications- Peloquin LSD (limited slip differential)
Suspension Modifications- FK Koningsport; Autotech front and rear sway bars; Neuspeed front and rear strut bars
Brake Modifications- Drivers Edition brakes
Wheels and Tires- 17″ BBS RWII/Toyo Proxes 4
Exterior/Body Modifications- Custom side skirts (modified from projektzwo G3 skirts); Audi A4 headlights made from scratch to fit the Corrado; BMW M5 bumper which was molded onto the stock bumper to create a hybrid bumper; Audi S4 door handles; shaved roof gutter; Passat moonroof
Interior Modifications- Audi TT shifter; Audi TT inner door handles; Audi-style reverse glow white gauges; DDI door sills; custom e-brake handle
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Alpine HU; custom subwoofer box; Zapco and MMats amps; Focal speakers
Thanks/Props- My girlfriend for her support. All of the great Corrado people that have supported me over the years. Many thanks to all.
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