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Tyler Aul’s MK7 GTI goes 10.11@142.7 MPH at Waterfest 23!

Tyler Aul’s MK7 GTI goes 10.11@142.7 MPH at Waterfest 23!

The bar has been risen, again. This past weekend, at Waterfest 23, Tyler Aul, of USP Motorsports, piloted his MK7 GTI into uncharted territory, breaking the 140 MPH barrier at two separate drag strips on the same day. Ultimately, Tyler captured the quarter mile world record for both trap speed and elapsed time, for any MQB platform vehicle anywhere in the world. True to his outspoken nature, he set the record with hundreds of spectators gazing on. It was a sight to be seen as he raced alongside an Alpha 9 GTR, pulling out a better trap and ET to the crowd’s delight. Congratulations Tyler!


Tyler’s vehicle is a VW MK7 GTI with a 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 engine and DSG Transmission. Unlike the typical record setters on the MQB platform, his vehicle only has front wheel drive and is a non-power pack model. The engine is outfitted with an off the shelf APR EFR7163 Turbocharger System with several new development and prototype parts and software.



The EFR7163 has proven to be shockingly capable. It’s designed for the circuit and daily-driving with excellent transient response, making it a pleasure to drive in all scenarios compared to larger, and laggier turbos often more ideal for drag racing. However, despite the smaller size, it was able to propel the GTI to over 140 MPH in the quarter and clench the record even under less than ideal conditions. Through this exercise, APR’s engineers were able to further identify areas for improvement which may result in exciting new hardware and software solutions for our customers.



Vehicle and Track:

  • 2015 VW GTI MK7
  • 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3
  • DSG Transmission
  • 2,835 Vehicle Weight (With driver and 3/4 tank of fuel)
  • Englishtown Raceway
  • July 15th, 2017
  • 2218 Foot Density Altitude at 82°F
  • ~570 Horsepower at the Wheels
  • ~520 FT-LBS of Torque at the Wheels


  • APR ECU Upgrade (Development software on E90 fuel)
  • APR EFR7163 Turbocharger System
  • APR Long Block Engine Build with Motul 300V
  • APR Ported Head (Prototype design with net result unverified)
  • APR Fueling System (With prototype LPFP)
  • APR Full Intake System (With filter removed and prototype racing inlet)
  • APR Race DP (With catback removed and prototype racing downturn)
  • APR Intercooler System
  • APR Boost Hoses
  • APR TCU Upgrade
  • APR DSG Clutch Packs
  • APR Rear Wiper Delete
  • Wavetrac Differential
  • BFI Stage 2 Mounts
  • Spulen Dog Bone Insert
  • BC Coilovers
  • Superpro Control Arms and Bushings
  • Belak Drag Wheels
  • M/H Drag Slicks
  • Kirkey 41 Series Drag Seat




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