We received an email this week from our friend Hans Zwijnenburg who you may remember as the photoshop artist who took a stab at making RS5 and a TT-RS images that we've published (can be found here... http://www.fourtitude.com/gall...nburg). However, the pictures you see here are not photoshops. They are of a very special TT parked in front of the building at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt known as A50.
What's so special about A50, located directly across from the delivery center? Well, near as we can tell, the top Audi AG execs use this area to park their personal rides. Want to see a pre-production model or some one off made for a board member? This is the place.
So when Hans sent us these pics, we were extremely interested. A50 (seen in the background above) was easily noted as we've been to the Audi Forum a number of times. However, we've never seen a Gulf-colored TT before. Well, correction, I've seen once once before... a small photo on a cell phone of the proud owner... one Micheal Dick, Audi AG Board Member for Development.
Michael is the guy who makes the prototypes, the development mules, etc., etc. Interesting guy. Interesting job.
Outwardly, the car looks to have the Audi Accessories body kit and wheels. They are, of course, painted in the famous Gulf racing color scheme.
Inwardly, this car is also quite interesting. Check out the picture below, complete with TT quattro Sport-looking rear strut bar and load net. Knowing who the owner is, wouldn't you love to know what's in the bubble wrap as well?
Seats appear to be the same new Recaro sport seat seen in the R8, S3 and RS 4, though we hear from our own contacts they've got orange stitching as well.
Micheal Dick is a trememdously interesting motorhead... a true enthusiast who, we're sure, probably parks this car next to his first-generation Gulf-colored TT quattro Sport. We had a chance to chat with him a few weeks back, and will be publishing a transcription of the conversation in the next few weeks.