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Continental Tire 2.0T Tuner GP 2016 - RESULTS

034 Motorsports mops up as track and dyno events return to an old way of doing things

Dec 29, 2016
Photographers: Luke Munnell, Jofel Tolosa, Danny Nguyen

For the last couple years, european car Magazine's Tuner Grand Prix (Tuner GP) Presented by Continental Tire has been trying to simplify proceedings in an effort to focus the challenge and tease out more meaningful results. In 2015, that meant focusing the competition to just a single make and model, the Volkswagen Golf. For 2016, the same tack was taken, just with some flexibility on make and model - this year, we decided to tailor the event to Euro branded, street-tuned cars running turbocharged engines from the factory of two liters or less displacement.

Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 AU Tuning Volkswagen GTI Photo 2/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 AU Tuning Volkswagen GTI

That attracted the likes of event regulars like 034 Motorsports from Fremont, Calif., Emmanuele Design in Anaheim, and others; teams brought with them experienced pilots like seasoned wheelman Gary Sheehan and up-and-comer Karla Pestotnik, who drove in three track events over the span of six days (we caught her at work at the 2016 Super Lap Battle x Global Time Attack and also the inaugural 86 Showdown). Artillery included three GTI and a Golf R from Volkswagen, and an A4, an S3, and a TT from the Audi camp. The battlefields consisted of the Streets of Willow Springs road course in Rosamond and the wind tunnel dynamometer at World Motorsports in Torrance.

2016 Continental Tire 2.0T Tuner G.P. - TIME ATTACK
Streets of Willow Springs, WSIR, Rosamond, CA
1:26.675034 Motorsports Audi S3Gary Sheehan/Javad Shadzi
1:27.399VW Golf RChris Mora/Timothy Myers
1:27.487Eurosport Accessories VW GTIRaffi Kazanjian
1:28.012Pacific German VW GTITyler Setterstrom
1:28.996Emmanuele Design Audi A4Jordan Wost/Thomas Emmanuele
1:29.858AU Tuning VW GTIKarla Pestotnik
1:30.121Audi TTJesse Coyne
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 timothy myers vw golf r Photo 6/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 Timothy Myers Vw Golf R

The track day was first, a cold (for Cali), wind-whipped affair that saw Sheehan and 034 set the pace - although not until the second half of the day. He recorded a 1:26.675 in the 034 S3 right after lunch, surpassing Chris Mora's 1:27.399 in Timothy Myers' Golf R from the first session of the day. Raffi Kazanjian in the Eurosport Accessories GTI rounds out the top three, less than nine hundredths of a second (!) behind Mora with a 1:27.487 flying lap.

2016 Continental Tire 2.0T Tuner G.P - DYNAMOMETER
World Motorsports, Torrance, CA
485HP392 LB.-FT. of torquePacific German VW GTITyler Setterstrom
408HP382 LB.-FT. of torque034 Motorsports Audi S3Javad Shadzi
343HP358 LB.-FT. of torqueVW Golf RTimothy Myers
324HP354 LB.-FT. of torqueEurosport Accessories VW GTIRaffi Kazanjian
324HP351 LB.-FT. of torqueAudi TTJesse Coyne
308HP351 LB.-FT. or torqueEmmanuele Design Audi A4Thomas Emmanuele
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 Pacific German VW GTI Photo 10/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 Pacific German VW GTI

The following day at the dyno, 034 and Myers again rose to the top of the charts, with the Audi outputting 408 horsepower (hp) with 382 lb.-ft. of torque and the VW putting down 343 and 358, respectively. But it was Tyler Setterstrom in the Pacific German GTI - the fourth-place finisher from the track day - who surprised everyone at World Motorsports, sending a whopping 485 ponies to the front wheels with 392 lb.-ft. of torque. Engine specs will be revealed in a follow-up posting that dives deeper into each car.

All entries had new, grippy soles on their shoes courtesy of event title sponsor Continental Tire, namely the Ultra High Performance (UHP) ExtremeContact Sport. From what drivers said throughout the day, the new ExtremeContact tires provided proper grip and remarkable consistency all day long, especially for a tire with a 340 tread wear. Chris Davis, Product Service Engineering Manager for Conti, stated that they these new tires have a similar compound found in the ExtremeDW, but Continental stiffened the sidewalls considerably with higher apexes to improve handling. If you don't believe us, try the ExtremeContact out for yourself when they drop in February.

A highlight reel video of the 2016 Continental Tire 2.0T Tuner GP debuts in the days ahead. In the meantime, enjoy our massive gallery of images from the track and dyno days.

Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 drivers meeting Photo 14/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 Drivers Meeting
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 Jesse Coyne Audi TT Photo 30/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 Jesse Coyne Audi TT
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 034 Motorsports Audi S3 Photo 46/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 034 Motorsports Audi S3
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 034 motorsports audi s3 Photo 62/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 034 Motorsports Audi S3
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 eurosport accessories vw gti Photo 78/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 Eurosport Accessories Vw Gti
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 034 Motorsports Audi S3 Photo 85/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 034 Motorsports Audi S3
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 034 Motorsports Audi S3 Photo 92/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 034 Motorsports Audi S3
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 Pacific German VW GTI Photo 108/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 Pacific German VW GTI
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 AU Tuning Volkswagen GTI Photo 124/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 AU Tuning Volkswagen GTI
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 au tuning vw gti Photo 140/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 Au Tuning Vw Gti
Continental tire 20t tuner gp 2016 white flag Photo 156/156   |   Continental Tire 20T Tuner Gp 2016 White Flag
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