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AWE TUNING WORLD RECORD: The 11.87 second mile VW TSI K04 Daily Driver - Web Exclusive

Apr 12, 2011

The AWE Tuning in-house Mk6 GTI broke new ground again at NHRA Certified Cecil County Dragway with an 11.87 second ¼ mile. This time is the fastest quarter mile time to date for a TSI K04 powered vehicle, outright. A separate run produced a 120mph trap speed, which also makes this car the fastest top speed in the quarter mile, on record, in it’s class.

“The previous record holder is a purpose built race car. We wanted to show the world that you don’t have to up your “stage” (and budget) to have the fastest car. Our AWE Tuning daily driver can take on cars that you can’t also drive to work.” states a smiling Director of Engineering, Chris Dollery.

The AWE Tuning Mk6 GTI, which has been a commuter for select members of the AWE Tuning staff (and has even donned a car seat at times), ran with off the shelf G.I.A.C. software, and no prototype parts or engine modifications.

The Mk6 Build List

The build list on the in-house AWE Tuning daily driver is as follows:

For this pass, AWE Tuning ran VP109 race fuel and removed the passenger seat and rear seat, the spare tire and the floor mats, standard practice for the drag strip.

The car weighed in at 2825 lbs without the driver and 3032 with the driver. The official ¼ mile drag strip times can be found on VWVortex. Positions two through four are held by Stage 3 kits.

“We operate at the intersection of extreme power and complete practicality. This new record demonstrates that,” remarked Jesse Kramer, AWE Tuning’s VP of Marketing.

Software and Options

File wise, the original, exclusive AWE Tuning "Road Race" file is recommended for anyone that does road course track driving in high heat environments. For the Road Race file, there is one file, both for 91 and 93 octane. This file recorded impressive results this summer in 100 degree testing. The updated file that was used (dubbed “High Output”) provides additional mid-range boost, while high rpm boost, ignition and air/fuel remain the same. The file is still well within the BorgWarner compressor map. Two versions of the G.I.A.C. High Output file are available, one for 91 octane and one for 93 octane.

Watch the video

A video of the world record event can be found here and all products of the historic event can be purchased within the AWE Tuning MK6 section of, through AWE Tuning’s global network of dealers or by calling 888.565.2257 from any US location.



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