2Bennett Audi High Performance Builds

This coupe is an example of a car we set up for club track days.

The rollcage before and after paint.

Updated interior with ’87 dash and wiring harness. Late dash extension with extra 3 gauges. RS2 steering wheel with machined hub adapter for horn function. RS2 6 Speed transmission, late suspension and functioning ABS. 2Bennett Coil Program suspension with 2 way adjustable 2B Koni shocks, 2B Camber/ Caster adjust upper mounts, 2B mounts.

3B Code 20v turbo. 2B Radiator with 2B 500w fan and shroud system, 2B Software, 2B baffled oilpan, 2B Crankcase vent system, 2B K26/27 turbo, 2B modified RS2 intercooler, 2B oil cooler.

Completed car ready for track days.

Our customer as a kid always wanted an original quattro coupe. When he grew up, it was time. He found one advertised on ebay as being in great condition and bought it. It needed work. The customer sent it to his longtime repair shop near his home in Southern California for a paint job and an updated 10v turbo engine. He ordered lots of new parts from different places as well as several things from us. We even consulted with the shop working on the car to help with the engine and wiring. After a year or so, it became apparent the tech’s were not going to be able to finish the project. The paint job however was completed. After many conversations over time the decision was made to ship the car as is to 2Bennett.

We took delivery of a shiny coupe with what looked like a nearly completed engine update. All is not as it appears. The engine and most of its components were just for show with much missing hardware, no gaskets, and finger tightened nut and bolts. We talked to the customer and came up with a new plan. Get rid of the old mechanical fuel injection and install an AAN code 20v 5 cylinder turbo with more modern electronic fuel injection. With the increase in power, the brakes would be upgraded with 2B Stage2 brakes and many other parts.

Read the full story of this cars journey from an ebay lemon to a spectacular machine.

1st thing was to empty the engine bay and thoroughly clean it.

The new engine and wiring installed. The engine features 2B connecting rods, 2B turbo and oil/ water lines, 2B radiator, 2B intercooler, 2B baffled oil pan, 2B intake tract and silicone hoses, 2B 3″ turbo back exhaust, 2B Thrust Series turbo, 2B software, air conditioning, RS2 intake manifold, RS2 exhaust manifold, modified RS2 airbox, etc.

Completed car. Looks great and drives great.

By completion we had the car for almost a year doing the engine, drive train refreshment, new sound system, and proper road test time. We were glad to have completed a great car. The owner had waited for the shop that started the job without the ability to complete it. Then 2Bennett to finish the job. He was really happy.

The phone rings -“I crashed my car, but it was running great”. We trucked the car from Malibu to 2Bennett to see what we were dealing with. It was worse than it looked. The right front frame rail that took the impact of the boulder was destroyed and it bent the A pillar, door, and roof.

The car would have been considered a total loss, but the recent upgrades raised the value above the repair cost. So we stretched it out and straightened the frame. When the roof and A pillar were within 1mm we replaced the front rail and apron section. The car was bagged and we painted the new parts.

We took some of our Sport quattro rally parts off the shelf and stuck them on the car for a photo. He loved the idea and said “let’s do it”. The only problem was that we only were making front end parts at the time.

We got a set of original Audisport A2 rear panels. This type is the first version of the group B wide bodied quattro. Turns out they were built a little less than perfectly for race cars. We require panels that will be installed on show cars and race cars. We then painstakingly reshaped, straightened, and smoothed out the panels.

A hard gel coat is applied and buffed to a mirror finish. Prepared panels are molded directly from the car to ensure proper fit. All 2Bennett molds have class A smooth surfaces.

We removed all the original fenders, hood, and quarter panels to install the 2Bennett composite parts. The rear panels are removed at all the factory spot welds. We removed and sealed all the exposed corrosion from the 25 year old chassis and bonded the new parts in place.

The entire body needed to be sanded bare to smooth out 2 prior paint jobs. The last paint job was 3 years old, now wavy, and showing rust. We also fixed hidden sheet metal damage at the door handles, roof, and deck lid.

The whole car and all parts were primed with an epoxy primer that is sanded smooth before any color is applied.

As you can see, we built a rolcage to reinforce the chassis that still allows for a complete interior and painted it to match the outside. We painted the engine bay because the paint job that was done before it came to our shop was flaking off. All the paint is good now.

Of course this project has hundreds of special parts we make for this and similar cars. The brake booster was converted to vacuum, intercooler, lights, front support, airbox, etc. were all upgraded again. It helps that we have original Sport quattro parts and access to a complete Sport to use as reference and improve upon.

Fit and finish. Top view of the 2B carbon grill, intercooler, and front support.

We updated the interior with custom upholstered black suede rear seats to match the new Recaro front set, later coupe dash and instruments, 2B 3 gauge dash pod, S2 steering wheel.

We bought the car as a “basket case” from a customer that had taken it apart completely to a shell and quit the project. We sold the car to a customer and he put most of it back together with plans to have us install a new engine.

Bare shell with all mechanical and interior parts removed.

Parts were all in boxes in random order.

Empty engine bay ready for new engine. Engine mount brackets cut from the frame rails, 2B brackets welded in, and the engine bay painted to look original. Notice the pneumatic brake booster instead of the hydraulic system.

4.2 V8 ready for install after full service of belts, gaskets, water pump, etc. 2B engine brackets shown on the engine.

One of many details for our 4.2 V8 conversions is the 2B Carbon fiber airbox. It features a flat panel K&N and latch-on top from a B5 RS4.

Engine conversion finished. Under the hood looks as if the A8 engine came in the car from the factory. Including 2B Aluminum radiator, 2B carbon fiber air box, fully functioning air conditioning, 2B engine mounts and brackets, 2B Aluminum flywheel and clutch, 2B full exhaust system, modified subframe, vacuum brake conversion, etc.

After the mechanicals and engine were completed it was determined that the car deserved a complete paint and body refurbishment. The body was disassembled and all the trouble spots were repaired. Fortunately it had only a few small dents and no rust. A beautiful glossy coupe is the result.

This car was restored and updated from end to end. This car was featured in European Car magazine.

It is not uncommon for enthusiasts to request that we transform their “old” Audi Into a substitute for buying a new car. Whether you call it a restoration, rejuvenation, etc, the verbiage is unimportant. While 2Bennett does full restorations, taking Audis back to the way they were when it rolled off the the assembly line, It is more common for us to perform a refreshment with upgrades. This is the story of such a car.

We began the job by pressure washing the engine bay, engine, suspension, and everything else that had road grime. It is fortunately a California car with zero rust or corrosion.

2Bennett Height and Rate adjustable [coilover] Suspension shown in this photo was installed previously.

2Bennett Stage2 GT 350mm big brakes with 6 piston Brembo calipers and 2Bennett multi-piece rotors were also previously installed. We gave the front and rear calipers fresh yellow paint to reflect the overall revitalization of the car.

Engine and transmission were serviced along with replacement of many suspension components due to age and wear.

Many Audi engines have complicated and extensive hydraulic assisted timing chain systems. This complicated modern system can be difficult and expensive to work on. We did a thorough refurbishment of wear Items to get the the engine back to It’s peak performance for years to come.

We installed an APR full exhaust system with quad tips and an H&R rear swaybar. This photograph shows the rear bumper before the upgraded look of carbon fiber was applied to the center lower portion.

The APR Carbonio airbox that we installed improves airflow, sound, and are now fully CARB approved for use in California and all 49 other states.

2Bennett Audimotive has been an APR distributor for almost as long as they have been in business.

The 2Bennett clear coated and polished Carbon fiber hood sits next to a 2Bennett carbon fiber sunroof delete panel in one of our offices for safe keeping before installation.

We produce high-quality Carbon fiber panels for many Audi models.

A great shot of the 2B Carbon fiber hood, blacked out grill trim and Audi rings, and the distinctive Carbon fiber lower air splitter. We restored the black paint to a beautiful deep shine. The combination of new parts and rejuvenated original parts truly gives the car that is over 10 years old with lots of miles on the odometer the appearance of being a brand-new model.

The Carbon fiber trimmed rear lower valence completes the visual package.

The new European S4 wheels show off the big 2Bennett brakes nicely, front and rear.

2Bennett Coil Program coilover suspension when installed. 2B Suspension is height and dampening rate adjustable. Our packages are custom assembled with spring rates and valving chosen for each customer individually.

At the conclusion of the servicing, the S4 looked new under the hood and everywhere else. This trophy is the result. First place went to another one of our entries, a long wheel base sport quattro that we built the year before. It is the Tornado Red Audi to the left of the S4 in this picture.

Andreas receiving his trophy at the Legends of the Autobahn car show during car week in Monterey 2017.