Audi Sport

Friday Video | Five cylinders of fun from Audi Sport USA

Even if you’ve only got twenty minutes for lunch today, this is probably the best way you can spend it. We promise.

1987 Audi Sport quattro S1

It’s now officially September, the holidays are over, the nights are closing in, and the world is still just as big a mess as it was at the start of the year.

But forget all that, as Audi USA has shared this video documenting the history of the five-cylinder engine. From the Ur-quattro, though to the awesome 90 IMSA GTO, and eventually the insane assault on Pikes Peak by Walter Röhrl – it’s all here in full competition glory. Add to that on-track action with the new RS3 Sedan Saloon and TT RS and you’ve got the perfect lunchtime entertainment.

1989 Audi 90 IMSA GTO

Just make sure you have your speakers turned up to appreciate the offbeat sound of the five-cylinder motor:

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Friday Photo – Audi Sport TT Cup

In a slightly unsubtle precursor to something coming to EngageSportMode next week, today’s Friday Photo is the new Audi Sport TT Cup race car.

2015 Audi Sport TT Cup 001

Acting as a replacement for the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup, and set to be the main support race for the DTM, the new Audi Sport TT Cup becomes the first step on the rung for those wanting access to the Audi Sport stable.

Hello cheeky centre-exit oval exhaust pipe!

Hello cheeky centre-exit oval exhaust pipe!

The six event calendar for 2015 has been announced, with each race weekend consisting of two 30 minute races for the TT Cup cars. With a promised 24 car grid, made up of 18 ‘regulars’ and 6 rotating ‘guest’ drivers, the series should produce some close action on track. Assessment of which of the 165 applicants makes the grade to compete takes place this weekend.

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Using a production derived 2.0 litre TSFI engine making 306 bhp, plus an additional 30 bhp ‘push-to-pass’ option, in a car weighing only 1,125 kgs should make the TT Cup cars quite lively on track. The six-speed S tronic gearbox is also lifted pretty much straight from the regular road-going TT model. Interestingly, the Sport TT Cup car is front-wheel drive only; no quattro action here.

Win the title, and this could be your career mapped out.

Win the title, and this could be your career mapped out.

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Friday Video – Audi Sport Quattro S1

In anticipation of something special that’s coming to EngageSportMode next week, here’s a video featuring what is probably the most famous rally car ever; the Audi Quattro, shown here in short wheelbase Sport Quattro S1 form. 

Quite frankly, we could spend hours listening to that five-cylinder Quattro sound, so we’re sure it’ll help you pass a few minutes on a Friday afternoon. Enjoy.

Le Mans 2014 Gallery – Audi wins for 13th time with 1-2 podium

After qualifying, when Audi only managed the 5th quickest time behind Toyota and Porsche, we cautioned against writing off the German giant too soon. Turns out we were right not to. 24 hours is a long time, and Audi proved to have the most luck and reliability in what became a day-long war of attrition. The result was the marque’s 13th top category Le Mans victory in 16 years – quite a record.

Le Mans 2014

There must come a point where Audi starts to wonder just how many times it wants to win at Le Mans. Having all but dominated the event since the turn of the millennium, there surely has to be a moment where the Volkswagen Group board decides the brand should do something else. But, until that day, it almost seems inevitable that Audi Sport will take the top honours year in, year out.

That isn’t to do a disservice to Audi; their professionalism, experience and sheer determination to win means you can never rule them out of contention. The race wasn’t without its difficulties for the German team. The #3 R18 e-tron quattro was ruled out early on in chaotic scenes, as torrential rain lashed down the Mulsanne straight. In addition, both #2 and #1 cars required replacement turbochargers to be fitted – no small task in itself. Oh, and there was the need for the #1 car to be rebuilt from scratch after Loïc Duval’s huge crash on Wednesday!

But, despite all that, Audi Sport brought home a 1-2 finish, with the #2 car of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer taking first, with Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené and Tom Kristensen taking second in the rebuilt #1 car. 2014 was perhaps the most open race for sometime; it certainly wasn’t clear-cut Audi would win Until Porsche hit problems with only a couple of hours to go, did it became apparent they just might. But, as ever, there was always that feeling Audi would come through; and they did. Well done Ingolstadt.

Le Mans 24 Hours

#8 Toyota repaired after dramatic early Mulsanne crash to take third.

Early on it had looked like Toyota had the 2014 event already sewn up. The pace of the #7 TS040 HYBRID looked unstoppable for the vast majority of the race, showing the speed which has netted the team two wins in the World Endurance Championship already in 2014. (more…)

Friday Photo – Audi R18 e-tron quattro loose on the streets

EngageSportMode might be all about BTCC this week, but then it’s not everyday you see a prototype race car driving through the city streets. However, residents of Le Mans in France are probably more familiar with it than anyone else in the world.  Le Mans Warm-up 2014 To mark the launch of its latest LMP1 challenger, this week Audi Sport decided to take the R18 e-tron quattro out on the roads from the centre of Le Mans town, to the actual race track itself. Proof that not only is it likely to be an accomplished on-track performer, it’ll also come in quite handy if someone forgets to buy the baguettes come race weekend. Le Mans Warm-up 2014 This year’s R18 e-tron features a bigger V6 TDI engine, up from 3.7 to 4.0 litres, along with an electric turbocharger and an impressive system to recover energy from the heat generated by the exhaust system. On the outside a new, predominantly gloss white colour scheme, features silver and red elements with various parts picked out in special reflective paint. Audi Sport claims that on the move at night, the R18 e-tron quattro will be “particularly impressive” to spectators. Oh, and lest us not forget those scary laser headlights! (more…)

Audi Sport quattro laserlight Concept – Happy New Year!

Due to being out in the Scottish wilderness for New Year’s Eve, EngageSportMode would like to wish you all a belated Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014. To compensate for the lateness, here are some photos of the awesomely named Audi Sport quattro laserlight Concept car.

2014 Audi Sport quattro laserlight Concept 001

We mentioned not long ago about the fact Audi Sport would be using laser headlights for the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans prototype, and suggested it wouldn’t be long before the technology found its way onto regular road cars. We’ve also posted about the stunning Audi Sport quattro Concept, and how much we would love Ingolstädt to build it.

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For the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Audi has decided to combine the above two ideas into one show car. Painted in Plasma Red, the latest version leads to an even greater suggestion that Audi might be thinking about green lighting the quattro Concept for limited production. We can only hope.

2014 Audi Sport quattro laserlight Concept 003

Keep reading ESM for more news on the quattro Concept, along with a host of news, reviews, motorsport and much more throughout 2014.

Friday Photo from the Archive #13

Audi UK would like us all to know that tomorrow is the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year. To celebrate this occasion, it took cars from its model range out in the dark to create some rather fancy looking pictures.

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Audi hasn’t just used December 21st as an excuse to make pretty pictures – it’s also using tomorrow’s less than eight hours daylight to remind us that their range comes ‘well equipped’ for the darkest weeks. The photos have been produced using ‘light painting’, where exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or camera to illuminate certain parts of the car or to create light trails around it. We agree the pics look cool, but a Group B Audi Sport S1 quattro with full competition-spec spotlights is maybe a better reminder. But we’ll indulge Audi UK on this occasion.

Audi Sport S1 quattro

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New – 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept

A few weeks ago Audi teased us with a styling sketch of a concept quattro. Now we get to see the real deal ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show – and it’s a hybrid!

  • 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 with hybrid electric motor,
  • 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 187 mph top speed and 113 mpg!

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Audi Sport quattro concept 002

Styling of the Sport quattro concept clearly draws on the original “Ur-quattro” model which debuted in 1980. Whilst elements such as the squat stance, boxy rear ‘arches and bonnet vent may be inspired by the eighties original, Audi intends the Sport quattro concept to dictate future styling of its performance models. Expect it to influence the direction of the next generation A5 coupe. (more…)