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Worthersee Harlequin
Worthersee Harlequin

The golf harlequin has always been an unusual piece of Volkswagen history. The idea sprang from a successful special harlequin model Polo in Europe, but its translation to the US market seemed to be somewhat lost. It was never as popular in the US as the Polo Harlequin was in Europe, and for that reason […]

Project Schwarz MK7 Update
Project Schwarz MK7 Update

With every little step, our MK7 Golf project gets that much better. Since we last shared, we’ve updated quite a few things, both cosmetically and performance-wise to further set our TSI apart from how it arrived from the factory. As we suspected, this platform is proving to be quite the value, as it edges ever […]

BFI- Smyth Jetta Ute Build Intro
BFI- Smyth Jetta Ute Build Intro

Here at BFI we have been eyeballing the Symth Ute, J4 based truck kit, for sometime now. Talking about it, thinking about it, until we finally made the call to move forward and build one, putting our stamp on it. Our starting point, a 2000 Jetta GLX, tornado red and fully loaded with all the […]

Project UA30 – Shiraz A3 Update
Project UA30 - Shiraz A3 Update

Well a lot happened from May to July and we are just now getting to posting most of it  APR IS38 Turbo UPGRADE First, as we have posted before, the car was at APR for most of that time, being treated to an upgraded IS38 (S3) turbo and DSG Software. APR had the car for […]

Project Schwarz MK7 1.8T TSI
Project Schwarz MK7 1.8T TSI

P A R T  O N E : The question has been asked repeatedly- what’s the better value, a GTI, or its “lesser” counterpart, the Golf ? While the argument definitely varies with the generation we feel that with the MK7 in particular it’s as tough a question to answer as ever. With the entire […]

Fourtitude Project A3 BFI Catch Can / Engine Mount
Fourtitude Project A3 BFI Catch Can / Engine Mount

We recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Fourtitude on their Audi A3 2.0T project. Below is a write up directly from their site and all opinions and content are in their own words – Original Article Found Here Words: Brian McCauley Black Forest Industries (BFI), located in Raleigh, NC has been in business since […]

Global Time Attack MK6 Jetta GLI
Global Time Attack MK6 Jetta GLI

When we put William Pitts’ MK6 Jetta GLI on display at our booth at the NC Auto Expo last week, we got a lot of questions as to why anyone would do such a thing to a Volkswagen Jetta. Obviously the fact that this latest generation 2.0T engine, when chipped, makes close to 400 ft […]

BMW E46 Wagon – Active Autowerke Supercharged
BMW E46 Wagon - Active Autowerke Supercharged

Rarely do we get the green light to do a top to bottom install on a customer’s car, but every so often we get someone in the door that throws caution to the wind and lets loose to make their dreams a reality. That was definitely the case for this recent E46 build, where we […]

Project UA30 Update – Shiraz A3
Project UA30 Update - Shiraz A3

It might be a little bit cliche to say it, but the new 3rd generation TSI 2.0T engines are much like Jekyl and Hyde when you compare stock with a chipped vehicle. The amount of torque these things make is immense, and with the power being distributed to all four wheels through a very capable […]

Project UA30 – 2015 Audi A3
Project UA30 - 2015 Audi A3

Few things get better with age, but Audi’s new entry level offering is certainly one of them. Significant improvements have been made over the previous generation in almost every category. Our recently acquired Shiraz Red A3 is among the first MQB chassis cars to hit U.S. shores and the modular and lightweight architecture is the […]

MK6 Jetta – Project Diesel Punk : Part 2
MK6 Jetta – Project Diesel Punk : Part 2

For part two of our MK6 Jetta Diesel project we upped the ante and put our sedan under the knife. We left off in Part 1 : MK6 Jetta Diesel Build having just installed the majority of the factory Volkswagen GLI bodykit color matched to our cars’s Toffee brown paint code. We were more  

Audi R8 Fabspeed Exhaust Installation
Audi R8 Fabspeed Exhaust Installation

It doesn’t take a math wizard to realize that 10 cylinders are better than 8, but when you can’t hear that extra liter of displacement it is a bit of a disappointment. Fortunately remedying this issue is not too difficult thanks to Fabspeed and their sport exhaust system designed specifically for the 5.2l V10 engine. […]

MK3 1.8T Drop-In Conversion
MK3 1.8T Drop-In Conversion

It’s almost a shame to tear into our latest acquisition- a ’98 “driver’s edition leftover” GTI with a mere 107k miles on the clock. This thing is clean like really clean. It’s been a long time since we’ve come across anything of this vintage that runs, drives, and looks almost as if it came straight […]

MK1 VR6 Track Day at CMP
MK1 VR6 Track Day at CMP

After our initial build of our MK1 VR6 Swap Project we beat around in it worked out a few kinks and then considered what to do with the car moving forward. With so much skepticism around the balance of the MK1 we thought actual real world testing was in order and thus began the build […]

Project: Diesel Punk MK6 Jetta TDI
Project: Diesel Punk MK6 Jetta TDI

In an effort to constantly keep moving forward and developing new products for the most current generations we have recently acquired a 2012 Jetta TDI as a test mule. This toffee colored oil burner is going to see quite a few upgrades over the coming months so that we can gain as much experience as […]

Project 2.5l Turbo Rabbit
Project 2.5l Turbo Rabbit

These days it seems like form has had it’s way with function- banishing function to sit in the corner and think about how it can come back and play nice without being a total dork. The two were never really destined to be the best of friends, but in our opinion it is possible for […]

Project: ‘04.5 GLI
Project: '04.5 GLI

“I’m not going to mod it” were the words uttered when this car was first purchased seven years ago. The GLI being the epitomy of the Jetta mark, coated in that candy Tornado red paint, made for a beautiful sight off the showroom floor. Naturally it would make sense to attempt to preserve it’s original […]

Project: TTS-SF
Project: TTS-SF

Recently Black Forest Industries was contacted to provide our Stage 1 Engine mounts for a high profile Audi TTS build which was featured on Fourtitude.com. A thorough documentation was conducted as the TTS went from showroom stock to heavily modified using only the best products from the aftermarket. The owner of this TT , Jason […]

Project: Corrado SLC 3.0l
Project: Corrado SLC 3.0l

After the 5th Corrado you would think any sane person would stop wasting time , money , and sweat on a car that generally offers little more than a promise of something special. Fortunately there are those people out there lacking in good sense who are willing to put up with the oddities that come […]

Full Speed Ahead – APR STG 3 MK5 GTI
Full Speed Ahead - APR STG 3 MK5 GTI

With the release of the MkV platform and it’s revered heart, the 2.0t, has come a new level of peformance and with that, higher expectations. The battle for tuning supremacy has never been fiercer and to stay on top it requires that one must stay as current as possible with emerging developments. Joe’s MkV, fitted […]

TT-RS Parts Prototyping
TT-RS Parts Prototyping

When we got the call that a local customer had taken the plunge on a 2012 TT-RS we dropped what we were doing to get some firsthand measurements and experience with the highly anticipated Audi superstar. This particular titanium edition had not even finished its pre-purchase inspection by the time we arrived. First order of […]

Berg-Cup MK1 Rabbit Project
Berg-Cup MK1 Rabbit Project

Rarely do you ever see a MK1 that’s been rescued from imminent death at the hands of a careless and neglectful owner. Sure, there are those few at the shows that have been restored to their former glory but how often do you get the chance to lay eyes on one with purposeful and elegant […]

18 Hour Swap: MK1 VR6
18 Hour Swap: MK1 VR6

In just 18 hours using Eurowise’s MK1 VR6 conversion kit we transformed our tame little rabbit into a snarling beast. In that time-frame we removed both the motor from the donor car and our rabbit, installed the VR6 motor, fabricated a functioning and OEM appearing cooling system, wired the entire car and made other minor […]

Phase 2 | Project A5 : Engine and Suspension
Phase 2 | Project A5 : Engine and Suspension

One word comes to mind when you first lay eyes on Black Forest Industries’ latest project Audi A5 2.0t, and that word is “evil”. With it’s brilliant red paint, angry L.E.D. eyes, and blacked out badge detailing it’s the kind of car that startles the traffic ahead into evasively changing lanes after catching a glimpse […]

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