Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Audi 200 Quattro Trans-Am

Developed for the 1988 Trans-Am season, the Audi 200 Quattro was met with derision from the die-hard Ford and Chevrolet fans. But they'd soon be eating their words. Created in collaboration with Bob Tullius's Group 44 Racing, the 200 Trans-Am destroyed the competition at the hands of Walter Röhrl and Hans Joachim Stuck, taking 8 wins out of 13 races. It was so successful, in fact, that the SCCA changed the regulations for 1989, stating that all entrants must be two-wheel drive and (somewhat petulantly) couldn't run non-American engines. This was great news for Audi's marketing department; fresh from revolutionising the world of rallying with their game-changing Quattro system, they were now firmly on the radar in the US as well.
The racer was powered by a turbocharged, five-cylinder, 2.1-litre engine offering 510bhp - coupled with LSDs front-and-rear and a self-locking Torsen diff in the middle, a package was created that changed Audi's Stateside fortunes forever. That their entrant was the least powerful car on the grid was the cherry on the cake...
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