Club News, Summer 2008Newsletter for the Volkswagen Owners Club GBThis is a very well written and illustrated book that traces the Audi Quattro - a rally giant - through all its stages of development and rallying history. It starts at the very beginning with the inspiration for the car - deep thinking by one Dipl Engineer Jorg Benzinger - and the development that took it to a world beating rally car. Each and every section - of which there are many within this book's 120 plus pages - brings to light both interesting facts and anecdotes. One sections covers personalities and star drivers but, sorry to say, nothing about co-drivers.This book is a very detailed account of what happened and when and has numerous illustrations in both full colour and black and white and I would think is a must for anyone with the slightest interest in rallying and the development of rally cars. Some of the final pages cover the victories achieved by works and supported cars - of which there are many - in both World and European rallies. If you have anyone in the family interested in rallying I would suggest this book would make a most welcome present. While I appreciate that this book is about an Audi and we are a Volkswagen club the two marques are so intertwined that I could not let this 'history' book pass by without a review in Club News.Track & Race Cars magazine, August 2008UK magazineThe Audi Quattro changed rallying by 'nagging' the authorities to change the rules so they could use the four-wheel drive car. Once the rules were changed Audi brought success and showed the dominance of four-wheel drive. The book delves into the first ideas for the Audi right through to its successes at World Rally. The design of the car is well detailed, with insights into the engine and engineering of the car. As well as the star drivers over the years and the second half of the book details its competition years. Another good book from the 'Rally Giants' series. -Review from Old Stager, June 2008UK magazineAnother in the 'Rally Giants' volume, this covers the Group 4, Group B, Sport and Sport 1 evolutions of the ground-breaking 4x4 rallycar. Graham Robson once again provides a cracking read of the period during the eighties when the Quattros with their distinctive five-cylinder 'blat' were all but invincible ... as ever in motorsport, there can be no such thing as 'invincible', particularly when the fundamental design is slightly flawed by having a heavy engine slung out in front of the front axle. The Lancia 037 was superior on dry tarmac. However, drivers such as Hannu Mikkola, Stig Blomqvist, Walter Rohrl and Michele Mouton all revelled in the turbo-charged car's fabulous traction - before joining Audi, Rohl once said that "even a monkey could win in a Quattro'' ... then he too signed up to pilot the ground-breaking machine!Vom Verlag:
The Audi Quattro is a Rally Giant because it was the first to combine four-wheel-drive and a turbocharged engine - not the most sophisticated, but it was the first, and very successful. It was also the first to run with more than 300bhp. As it was re-homologated/transformed from Group 4 into Group B in 1983, it was also the first successful Group B car. The Quattro dominated rallying from the start of 1981 until late 1984 (when the Peugeot 205 T16 took over). Quattros won no fewer than 23 World rallies from 1981 to 1985, won the Makes Championship in 1982 and 1984, and drivers Hannu Mikkola (1983) and Stig Blomqvist (1984) also won the World Drivers' series in Quattros. The Quattro led the World and European rally scene in the first half of the 1980s.
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