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Encounter – The Audi Technology Magazine 2/2015
Rally tracks were, of course, the perfect stomping ground for the quattro. And in 1981, Audi proved the superiority of the permanent all-wheel drive system to the motorsport world. 1984, the build year of our 360 hp example of the A2 generation, began with Walter Röhrl’s victory at the Rally Monte Carlo and ended with Stig Blomqvist claiming the world championship title.
Aerodynamics do not feature in this underbody, which called for toughness in the face of intense contact with gravel, stones and sometimes even rocks. The MacPherson suspension front and rear is far more robust than the one on the production car, but also lighter. The second generation of the Rally quattro had a homologation weight of just 1,000 kilograms. And, of course, not only is the exhaust system completely minus any form of muffler, it also has a considerably larger diameter than on the road car. For a good 50 percent more power, it also needs a proportionately higher airflow. The battle scars from its active period more than 30 years ago are still evident on this quattro – despite having been carefully preserved for posterity.