Full Drivetrain Swap: The Quattro Scirocco
The End Of A Special Car

You know you’ve used a car well when the chassis is so bent up you can’t even shut the doors properly. Job well done to Kenneth Alm then, because as we have seen over the years at Gatebil, he’s never been too shy to show off what his red Audi A4 was capable of doing to its four wheels as he kept the throttle pinned to the floor.

But all good things have to come to an end, and while it was time to retire the trusty Audi, Kenneth came up with a cunning plan…


The clock was ticking to get his new car ready for Gatebil Rudskogen, and like most people that want to leave a mark at these legendary events, there was a need to come up with something new – a car that no one had ever really thought about tuning to a crazy level.


That’s why at Gatebil’s big event in Norway last month, he had a strangely stock-looking VW Scirocco – without headlights.


Yep, there was something definitely interesting cooking in the Alm pits – an idea that had materialised only days prior to the event when Kenneth began butchering up his old Audi in his garage.


Call it a work in progress, this was one car that a lot of people were taking about at the event – a machine that I made sure that I got to take a closer look at. As we saw in the feature of Sean’s old A4 – and as we will see throughout this story – details don’t really matter. Kenneth isn’t one to take too much notice of fit and finish – he simply builds cars for the sole purpose of driving them hard, and using all the horsepower at his disposal to throw the car sideways and hold it there with all four tyres smoking away.


And just like his Audi, it’s the sheer simplicity of it all that makes it even more special. Look at it from the outside and it’s all pretty stock.


Aside from a few additions there’s nothing that really hints at what this car may be capable of. I mean, it’s a VW Scirocco – how damn fast could it possibly be?


For the shoot Kenneth threw on his Dekk4 Concave show wheels – massive 20×10-inch rims with split spokes that barely hide the XYZ front and rear brake upgrade.

The Wildest Scirocco You’ve Ever Seen

The peculiarities begin once you start to dig a little deeper. A pair of rather big holes on the car’s rear three-quarter panels drove me to poke around the back of the car, undoing the spring-loaded latches that hold the rear hatch securely in place.


What I found wasn’t the Scirocco’s tiny trunk space, but rather an army of fuel pumps laid out next to a small fuel cell. Like any car that runs E85 a large volume of fuel is required, and in this case that demand comes courtesy of five 1600cc/min injectors. This is the exact same setup that was run in the Audi, simply ripped out and fitted into its new home.


There isn’t much in the way of a trunk, or rear seats for that matter. In fact, it looks like the entire innards of the car have been gutted like a freshly-caught Norwegian salmon! All of this was to make space for the aforementioned fuel system and a pair of bendy tubes.


As Kenneth explained, the tubes are there to deliver much-needed air to the rear-mounted radiator setup, a must-have addition to any serious Gatebil car! They weren’t actually functioning too well at Rudskogen, so this is one area that will need to be looked at in the coming weeks.


This outing was more of a shakedown test than anything – the first time for the car to be run in anger and put to the grueling test that is a Gatebil weekend. Once all set up and running as it should, Kenneth plans to abuse it much in the same way that he has always done with the A4. Seeing the Scirocco is a more modern and much stiffer chassis, this car should be better able to keep up with Kenneth’s demands.


Adding to that stiffness and further boosting torsional rigidity is the roll cage that Kenneth’s friend Åge Flugres built. Those familiar with the red Audi might recognise a similar sort of theme in interior decor. Or more to the point – a distinct lack of it. Much like everything else with this build, functionality prevails. If there’s something that doesn’t directly influence performance it’s simply removed.


After the cage was completed the QSP bucket seats and five-point harnesses from the A4 were transplanted in along with the Momo steering wheel.


Even the center console and four-gauge panel made the move over into the Scirocco. If it aint broke, don’t fix it as they say.


Taking a wider look through the cabin you can see how the rear section of the interior has been sealed off, keeping the heat of the radiator and the eye-watering fumes of the E85 fuel contained.

800hp Of 4-Wheel-Drifting Awesome

Okay, so I’ve been beating around the bush – you all want to know what the hell the Scirocco is running up front, right? The lack of headlights and the intercooler hiding behind the drilled-out front bumper should give you an idea that something serious is happening under the low-slung bonnet.


Oh yeah, and the turbocharger that peeks through the right-hand side headlight opening – that’s a nice touch right there!


While one would describe a foreign engine in a specific car an ‘engine transplant’, the more fitting term here would be a ‘shell transplant’. As Kenneth explained to me, the entire engine, driveline and suspension setup was carried over from his A4 – something that allowed him to finish up the Scirocco in a relatively short period of time. Don’t go thinking it was a simple swap in though – much cutting-up and welding was needed. That means the same 2.5L diesel block with ported and polished S2 head is still being used, a very much tried and tested solution that has served Kenneth well for years.


Well, maybe not that well as engine ended up failing on the second day of the event.


A quick check revealed some pretty bad damage to the head – something that even the resourceful Norwegians couldn’t manage to fix.


But not to worry though. Kenneth refitted the head and had the car ready for me to shoot on Saturday night.


To get the whole engine, gearbox and AWD driveline to fit, careful positioning of the A4 subframe was needed. That allowed the adjustable Koni coilovers to line up with the VW’s mounting points, which were nicely stiffened up as you can see above.


Here’s a closer look at the Precision Turbo PT67/68, which generates the 2.0bar (29psi) of boost pressure needed to get the hybrid Audi five-cylinder to push out a little over 800hp. Could this possibly be the most powerful Scirocco around?


It was a pleasure to see this crazy project in detail but I won’t be fully satisfied until I actually see this Scirocco travelling sideways with all four tyres lit up and plums of smoke pouring out of the wheel arches.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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they took the pics after it broke down , the cam belt is loose and one of the clamps of the turbo is off


Seven that too lol


Needs more disgusting vossens and airbags.




louis09 Would you rather we didn't feature it ;) I did mention in the text they had issues but got it back together for the shoot ;) ;)


I've always liked these Sciroccos. They might just be a rebodied Golf, but they are a very pretty rebodied Golf. Part of me thinks this would have been cooler with a mental version of the standard engine, but still can't argue with AWD and 800hp.


Thank you for some content other that isnt the vossen/airlift promotion!

I love the look of the scirocco and if they came in awd, i'd pick one up in a heartbeat. Looks like I'll just have to swap it all over one day!


Absolutely stunning!!! How do people learn to build things like this? Is it just a matter of learning yourself, buying a welder and starting on something? Years and years of practice? Boatloads of money? Tradeschool?


This thing looks like crap. Looks hacked together.


NickDiLuca But what if that's the whole point?


AidanOvidiu NickDiLuca Aidan gets it.


@mr potato head complain in the threads relevant to that, no need to bleed it over to this car.


speedhunters_dino louis09 good shoot dino, I like that it actually broke down and got put back together. Now that actually does add character!


Now this is more like it. Great car, well written feature too.


I'm missing a bit of attention of detail in this one. But thats maybe because of the WIP stage... It definitely has some kind of badassism in it. I mean 800 hp from 5 pot diesel... What is the actual purpose if this car by the way? Was it participating in any gatebil race?


XTad It is just using the diesel block. It's a gas car.


But, but...it doesn't have cup holders!


The way it should have come in the first place, the car just screams to be AWD...and to be brought to the US. 
Awesome post!


XTad While it's using a diesel block, it's not a diesel engine. It's a 5cyl petrol engine. And the purpose is to do the same that the A4 did.


w3rrd yes


w3rrd It seems to be a tradition in Scandinavia to spend the long winters in the garage mucking around with cars. One person helps and teaches another person, and so on.


Thanks for the feedback iamcollin. Believe it or not, we have plenty more Gatebil feature cars like this still to come, so stay tuned.


koko san It doesn't need cup holders where it's going...


I often see stock ones of these and start day dreaming about the endless possibilities.. great write up!.  credit where credit is due. nice work here!!


this no "next" button is rather...inconvenient!


does this stops here?

I want to see under the hood.....!!!

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This is utterly bonkers: love it! I hope the "standard" cosmetics are retained as they were with the A4.


I love that is just built to take abuse, the car serves no purpose other than to make people smile, perfect.


I like the tubo on that scirocco and a full drivetrain swap i'ts just very nice


I'm all for re-use of things, but what did he do with the perfectly-good Scirocco drivetrain?


iamcollin Thanks man!


2xthefun AidanOvidiu NickDiLuca I liked it haha


kphillips9936 Still can't believe they don't sell it in the US?  Marketing fail!


@B Trash?


Great build, I must admit the S4 looked better. 
But bieing able to close your cardoor is pretty ncie aswell.

Can somebody explain how the rear cooling works? I've been wondering for a while.
Is a waterpump strong enough to cover the extra meters? And how do the water pipes run?


Nice to see a car built for awd drifting.


Video of the scirocco in action with Fredric Aasbø in the passenger seat. :)


bluestreaksti he has a dry sump system.


Not the same car yo