Thursday, 8 May 2014

Sport quattro S1 E2

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The S1 E2 was Audi's ultimate Group B development. The bloodline stretched back to the A1 quattro that made its competition debut in 1980, decimating all received wisdom about how a rally car should be configured and changing the nature of the sport forever. For all its radical traits, the A1 could pass for a liveried road car if you squinted, which you can't really say about the later evolutions; the A2 took power up to around 350bhp, and 1984's Sport quattro S1 really moved the game forward - 12" chopped out of the wheelbase, carbon-kevlar panels, 450bhp, and some rather aggressive aero addenda. The S1 E2, as we see here, arrived in 1985. Group B was disestablished in '86 after the deaths of Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto in their Lancia Delta S4, so the S1 E2 was the last evolution developed by Audi for the series: it offered around 500bhp and had staggeringly vast spoilers. With the likes of Walter Röhrl and Hannu Mikkola at the wheel, it was an intimidating proposition. I thought you might like to take a peek at a few of the details close-up. This example was spotted at Goodwood's 72nd Members' Meeting - click the pictures to embiggen. You can see more photos of the event here

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