The dynamic subsidiary of AUDI AG, quattro GmbH is celebrating a special anniversary in 2013. For 30 years now, the company, which currently has some 800 employees, has stood for high performance and high tech, i.e., everything that makes quattro so special. The magical word quattro encapsulates not only an extremely successful technology, but also a dynamic approach to life under the four rings.
quattro GmbH covers three areas. The first is the development and building of high-performance Audi vehicles, the RS models and the Audi R8, which are marketed under the Audi Sport label. The second area comprises vehicle customization and accessories; the youngest area is customer racing, which dates back to early 2011.
Since 1996, quattro GmbH has produced some 75,500 high-performance vehicles, with the last decade in particular seeing a further significant rise in output – from 2,500 cars in 2000 to around 11,500 in 2012. quattro GmbH also customized 160,000 cars and sold almost 2.5 million accessories in 2012 alone.
As for customer racing– known as Audi Sport customer racing – the R8 LMS ultra and its predecessor have driven to more than 150 victories worldwide in just three years. In the 2012 season, the R8 LMS won the most important 24-hour races in Europe, including four victories in rigorous endurance races at the Nürburgring, at Spa Francorchamps and Zolder and at Bathurst in Australia. The R8 GRAND-AM kicked off the 2013 season with a legendary win at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
As for the RS models and the Audi R8, quattro GmbH is aiming to sell 15,000 units this year. Driving this growth are the new models: the RS 5 Cabriolet, the RS 6 Avant, the RS 7 Sportback and the RS Q3. Eight RS models in all amount to the broadest portfolio yet. The company is greatly expanding its presence in the United States, China, Russia and the Middle East to reach more customers.
The vehicles crafted by quattro GmbH have a very special mission as Audi’s dynamic spearheads. RS models are only offered where they are the perfect complement to a model range. Each of them is an individualist with its own distinct character. The abbreviation RS always stands for the most powerful engine within a particular model series, for extremely dynamic performance, for understated sophistication coupled with comprehensive everyday practicality, and for quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Technical Development at quattro GmbH employs 120 people, has its headquarters at the Neckarsulm site and collaborates very closely with AUDI AG colleagues. quattro engineers handle nearly every task, including engine development. A second major area of expertise is the chassis. For instance, the RS models are equipped with what is now the third generation of Dynamic Ride Control, the purely mechanical roll and pitch stabilizer.
quattro GmbH seeks to push the boundaries of modern engineering time and time again. Technologies such as the crown-gear center differential in the quattro drivetrain and the wave-design brake discs made their respective debuts in RS models. quattro GmbH repeatedly contributes to Audi’s lightweight excellence by blazing trails with respect to components made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).
quattro GmbH’s development expertise is complemented by production know-how. The Audi R8 is built in a dedicated, small-series production facility in the Neckarsulm plant. About 80 percent of the work is done by hand. The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet, the new RS 6 Avant and the RS 7 Sportback are likewise built in Neckarsulm. As for the other models, quattro GmbH collaborates closely with production sites for the respective base models: Ingolstadt (Germany), Martorell (Spain) and Györ (Hungary).
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.