- Remember, safety first.

Remember that time Audi recalled a car to fit a rear spoiler?

Flashback Friday: Audi's recall on the TT Mk1.

2y ago

Recalls are nothing unusual in the automotive industry, with manufacturers having to tighten some bolts or replace an airbag from time to time, but when Audi recalled the TT Mk1, it involved something a bit different.

Being labelled as a hairdresser’s car was the least of the TT’s problems, with early examples of the first-generation suffering from "instability and loss of directional control".

Owners found the rear end lifted and would lose control, especially when changing lanes at high speeds (180km/h and above) or taking sharp turns.

No wing equals deathtrap.

No wing equals deathtrap.

While traveling at speeds of 180km/h wasn’t a problem in Australia, but in places like Germany's Autobahns a solution was needed fast as this resulted in several deaths.

Audi issued a recall and stiffened the rear springs, updated the ESP, and retrofitted a boot spoiler - albeit a small one - to coupe and roadster variants built in 1999 and early 2000.

Small wing equals stability *insert thumbs up here*.

Small wing equals stability *insert thumbs up here*.

These changes were also incorporated into following production models.

It's amazing that a subtle spoiler was the difference between spinning out of control and keeping the sports car stable.

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Comments (5)

  • I remember having a toy Audi TT right from being small, I actually can’t remember getting it. I always thought the spoiler looked worse, but I suppose it’s better than crashing at high speed

      2 years ago
  • I remember my cousin had one. His didn’t have the spoiler... He had it for about a month before selling it and buying a BMW 330ci. That must say something about it.

      2 years ago
  • I actually bought one new in 2000 (a 225 quattro coupe just like the one pictured...which I almost instantly regretted buying...but that’s another story) and the mods had already been applied to mine. I drove another guy’s and he’d had the spoiler and ESP mods fitted but retained the original suspension tune. His was definitely more lively and fun to drive with lift-off oversteer easily available if you got even a little aggressive with it. It felt a lot sharper than mine which felt anaesthetised by comparison. I guess easily available lift-off oversteer may not be what you want at 240kph though.

      2 years ago
  • If you listen to the collecting cars podcast by Chris Harris on one of the episodes it has a story with a guest that was part of the reason for the spoiler.

      2 years ago
  • I have that car but in yellow. Super fun

      2 years ago