Audi Sport Quattro Profile

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Audi Sport Quattro General Information

It took Audi until 1984 to look truely convincing with their Quattro idea. Before that the car was often hampered by reliability problems and the RWD, leightweight Lancia Rally 037 gave it a run for its money on occasions. Most embarrassing probably was the rough Acropolis 1983, where the 4x4 Quattros should have had a huge advantage, but it was the lightweight, and reliable RWD Lancia that stole the victory with the best Audi being 14 minutes off the pace! But as soon as the Quattro had reached the expected superiority, Peugeot launched the radical 205 T16 and Audi's domination was out the window again as soon as it came. Audi needed to go with the times, needed something more radical than the long, heavy and understeering A1 & A2 versions. This is where this car comes in, the short wheelbase Quattro.

But it all didn't turn out as Audi hoped. Yes the car was shorter but if anything the handling became even worse! Audi did, it seems, an obvious mistake when creating the new car. In pure numbers the Sport was compared to the long Quattro a full 244mm shorter, while - just to underline how different the shell was - it was 57mm wider as well. But instead of cutting the original long wheelbase Quattro off where it had huge overhangs, they cut it out between the wheels, behind the doors. And they went even further, the wheelbase has even been shortened by 320mm. This is hard to understand, as most rally engineers (see i.e. BMC Mini and Peugeot 205 T16) will tell you what you need is a short car with as long a wheelbase as possible - so Audi goes and shortens the wheelbase even more than the car! And exactly that was its downfall. The short wheelbase meant that the previously stubborn and sometimes unpredictable reacting 4x4 Audi now was nervous on top of it! Plus, embarrassingly, the short Quattro was actually heavier than the long one!

When the evolution version of the Sport Quattro came, the S1, things could have turned drastically. In its looks this car made the monster tag of groupB cars justice. Massive wings succeeded in making the short wheel base Quattro driveable, at least for short moments before they would rip off. Towards the end of 1985 Audi started experimenting with a double clutch transmission, making this the only groupB car with sophisticated gearbox. When Walter Röhrl won the 1985 San Remo, it may have been excused with a lack of asphalt driver opposition in competitive cars. However what should have been the S1's biggest story was the RAC 1985. Walter Röhrl crashed early. But Hannu Mikkola was leading until retirement in SS22! And he was leading not only both the new, celebrated Lancia Delta S4, but also all three Peugeot 205 T16! Unfortunately the S1 was never allowed to confirm this potential. In disastrous 1986 Audi was the first to withdraw from groupB rallying.

On the S1 there were many clever tricks and also confusion with its name, you should read the according "evo story", too.

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Audi Sport Quattro Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Audi Sport Quattro _ (84-86) 450/7500 460/5500 4160.1790.1344 1200 (3) 4x4 (2204)
Audi Sport Quattro S1 (85-86) 550/8000 550/5500 4240.1860.1344 1090 (1.9) 4x4 (2224)

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Audi Sport Quattro Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
3rd. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo H. Mikkola A. Hertz #6 [UNKNOWN] 10:18:46
4th. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #2 [UNKNOWN] 10:20:59
3rd. 1986 WRC USA Olympus Rally J. Buffum N. Wilson #5 [UNKNOWN] 5:50:24
2nd. 1985 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #3 [UNKNOWN] 10:26:06
4th. 1985 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #1 [UNKNOWN] 10:40:11
2nd. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #1 [UNKNOWN] 4:40:38
4th. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally H. Mikkola A. Hertz #3 [UNKNOWN] 4:50:32
3rd. 1985 WRC Rallye de Portugal W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #5 [UNKNOWN] 8:13:23
4th. 1985 WRC Rallye de Portugal S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #3 [UNKNOWN] 8:31:11
2nd. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #1 [UNKNOWN] 10:24:34
3rd. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #3 [UNKNOWN] 8:31:42
4th. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #1 [UNKNOWN] 8:35:22
2nd. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #4 [UNKNOWN] 4:11:23
1st. 1985 WRC Rallye San Remo W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #5 [UNKNOWN] 7:10:10
1st. 1984 WRC Bandama Rallye S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #1 [UNKNOWN] 5:24:00
4th. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Mouton F. Pons #6 [UNKNOWN] 9:37:28

Audi Sport Quattro Retirements

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Demuth S. Bond #21 [UNKNOWN] SS44 engine
Ret. 1986 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Mikkola A. Hertz #7 [UNKNOWN] SS0 withdrawn before start
Ret. 1986 WRC Acropolis Rally W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #4 [UNKNOWN] SS0 withdrawn before start
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye de Portugal W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #3 [UNKNOWN] SS3 boycott
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Mikkola A. Hertz #2 [UNKNOWN] SS22 electrics
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain W. Röhrl P. Short #4 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 1985 WRC Bandama Rallye F. Braun A. Fischer #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 car swapped?
Ret. 1985 WRC Bandama Rallye M. Mouton A. Hertz #2 [UNKNOWN] SS63 withdrawn - car swapped?
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland H. Mikkola A. Hertz #6 [UNKNOWN] SS32 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally Argentina S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #5 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #3 [UNKNOWN] SS1 steering
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #5 [UNKNOWN] SS2 brakes
Ret. 1985 WRC Safari Rally H. Mikkola A. Hertz #1 [UNKNOWN] SS20 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Safari Rally S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #11 [UNKNOWN] SS5 gearbox
Ret. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #5 [UNKNOWN] SS21 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Blomqvist B. Cederberg #2 [UNKNOWN] SS41 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye San Remo W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #5 [UNKNOWN] SS49 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland H. Mikkola A. Hertz #1 [UNKNOWN] SS25 steering
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland M. Mouton F. Pons #7 [UNKNOWN] SS20 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #1 [UNKNOWN] SS44 electrics
Ret. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Mouton F. Pons #4 [UNKNOWN] SS14 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse W. Röhrl C. Geistdörfer #2 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine