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Audi 200 General Information

When for 1987 group B was banned, many new solutions had to be found. But one that was the most discussed new group A car was the Audi 200 T Quattro. It was absolutely huge and heavy and therefore of about the least fortunate shape to turn a rally winner. Even its drivers declared "T" stood for Taxi, not Turbo! To fuel the discussion, Audi had already homologated the 80 Quattro, 90 Quattro and Coupé Quattro into group A, all cars of more fortunate shape and all cars privateers choose to stick to rather than changing to the 200 T Quattro as the works team used it. But the "T" was exactly the secret, out of all the potential group A cars Audi had at the time, only the big 200 had a turbo charged engine.

Indeed before Monte Carlo 1987 Audi did back to back tests of 200 Turbo Quattro and Coupé Quattro and the results left no doubt! (See files for reg plates IN-NC 26 & IN-NZ 85. IN-NC 26 was a group A Coupé in full HB works colours, but after the tests never used in actual competition)

This choice may have seemed hard to understand, but we can never underline enough how efficient in torque and how comparatively easy to tune a turbo is. The non-turbo group A Audis all had around 200BHP. Audi officially claimed the 200 T Quattro to have 238BHP, which in Monte 87, from a 182BHP base engine and with the short development time since the group B ban, was likely spot on. But by Safari time rumours already had the car at around 270BHP. Already in road car trim the turbo meant for Audi's 2.2 5-cylinder engine an increase in torque of 76NM (from 176NM, an increase of nearly 50%) and expect the difference to have been even much more in group A trim. At the time, with the available options, it was the best way to go for Audi without any doubt. The big question should rather have been in that situation: "Should Audi have ever bothered with group A rallying in the first place?". For marketing and about every other aspect it would have been ideal to have a 90 Quattro or a Coupé Quattro with turbo. This wasn't available at the time and when it was, in 1993 with the Coupé S2, Audi had lost all interest. That is a shame, because if you look at the Coupé S2 file and results, I am convinced that car had massive potential and with a little works effort plus a front line driver the S2 easily could have returned Audi onto the winning highway.

At the same time the 200 showed how quickly things moved with group A as the main category, as if before 1987 group A was asleep. Yes, already the pre-Monte 87 Coupé vs 200 tests proved that the 200 Turbo was no doubt to be the preferred car. Only then more development went into the new group A Audi works car. This means already in Monte 1987 the 200 T Quattro had a 6-speed gearbox and an electronic clutch, latter only known from group B Quattros. No group A 80, 90, Coupé ever had this luxury. - Or this expense! The 200 T Quattro 6-speed gearbox + centre diff, as big an advanatge this may have been, was alone quoted at 32,000 GBP, a complete group A Coupé Quattro would not have been much more! And a complete group A Coupé GT (FWD) car would even be less than that! OK, this obviously is a UK David Sutton info, but this still takes us to the next level: The 270BHP from Safari Rally onwards is just a fantasy rumoured number. Audi officially confirmed 238BHP in Monte 87. Let them have that. Come 1988, a whole year later, an air restrictor hot in the discussion, there still was a hot BHP limit discussion, a new higher turbo cc factor, a much smaller charge cooler (by 2/3rd!), and the 1988 Llewellin car still had a proven 260BHP?

Indeed the 200 Quattro won the Safari Rally in 1987, and incredibly this means it was the first 4x4 car ever to win the Safari! It was actually even a lucky win. For the Safari's heritage Ford choose the torquey RWD turbo Sierra Cosworth over the Sierra XR4x4 and pre-event tests confirmed Ford to be the favourite. Not only that, as surprisng as this may sound Blomqvist in the Cosy was even the first Safari leader and that for quite some time. But a crash (Hellier) and electrical problems (Blomqvist) eventually sidelined the Sierra Cosworths. Now it was another big RWD, Waldegaard's 3-litre Toyota Supra to lead until on the very last day Taita Hill grass clogged the radiator and let the engine overheat.

After that Audi managed even a 1-2, so the 200 did not do exactly bad when becoming the first 4x4 car to win Safari. Still, this was about the only event the 200 ever looked promising, and even here it never led until the last day. In Acropolis Audi made a big public party for Hannu Mikkola's 100th WRC start, but Röhrl blew his engine and Mikkola's podium was watered down for being competing more with FWD R11 Turbo and Golf GTI rather than the leading Lancias, a big disappointment. In Finland 87 there was a single entry for Hannu Mikkola, who fittingly crashed out as early as SS2, and that was the last time a works Audi had been seen at WRC level...

...legendary Audi very quietly left the scene.

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Audi 200 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Audi 200 T Quattro (87-89) 238/6000 330/4000 4807.1814.1422 1250 (5.2) 4x4 (2687)

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Audi 200 Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
15th. 1991 WRC Rally of Finland R. Buri J. Stenroos #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
34th. 1991 WRC Rally of Finland J. Viita J. Markkula #61 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 1991 WRC Rally of Finland G. Fischer T. Zeltner #19 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1990 WRC Rally of Finland R. Buri J. Stenroos #29 [UNKNOWN] 5:05:06
5th. 1989 WRC Swedish Rally S. Blomqvist B. Melander #1 [UNKNOWN] 5:02:52
4th. 1989 WRC Rallye de Portugal G. Fischer T. Zeltner #17 [UNKNOWN] 7:21:56
8th. 1989 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Schwarz K. Wicha #18 [UNKNOWN] 8:29:57
4th. 1989 WRC Rally Argentina G. Fischer T. Zeltner #5 [UNKNOWN] 7:42:10
7th. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland A. Schwarz K. Wicha #16 [UNKNOWN] 4:53:57
9th. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland R. Buri J. Stenroos #27 [UNKNOWN] 5:02:27
11th. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland T. Heinonen T. Eirtovaara #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
4th. 1988 WRC USA Olympus Rally G. Fischer T. Zeltner #8 [UNKNOWN] 5:47:08
5th. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Schwarz A. Hertz #36 [UNKNOWN] 7:26:43
3rd. 1987 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #4 [UNKNOWN] 7:44:00
23rd. 1987 WRC Swedish Rally S. Kottulinsky T. Thörner #59 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
1st. 1987 WRC Safari Rally H. Mikkola A. Hertz #7 [UNKNOWN] 3:39:44
2nd. 1987 WRC Safari Rally W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #2 [UNKNOWN] 3:56:59
3rd. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Mikkola A. Hertz #4 [UNKNOWN] 7:31:21

Audi 200 Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1991 WRC Swedish Rally A. Mökkönen J. Stenroos #68 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1990 WRC Rallye de Portugal G. Fischer T. Zeltner #22 [UNKNOWN] SS32 turbo
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Schwarz K. Wicha #22 [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 1989 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland M. Sillankorva . UNKNOWN #67 [UNKNOWN] SS15 ?
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally Argentina G. Fischer T. Zeltner #5 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye de Portugal G. Fischer T. Zeltner #19 [UNKNOWN] SS3 suspension
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye de Portugal D. Llewellin P. Short #8 [UNKNOWN] SS24 crash
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Finland H. Mikkola A. Hertz #5 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #2 [UNKNOWN] SS35 engine