Pierwsza połowa lat 80-tych uchodziła za złotą erę rajdów, a budowane według reguł powstałej w 1982 roku Grupy B pojazdy zdawały się łamać wszelkie limity i ograniczenia. Audi Quattro było pierwszy wozem w stawce, w którym zastosowano napęd na cztery koła, co pozwoliło zdobyć tytuł mistrzowski wśród konstruktorów w 1982 i drugie miejsce w 1983 roku. Konstrukcja była rewolucyjna, lecz w zestawieniu z konkurencją miała swoje słabości. Audi powstało w oparciu o seryjny samochód, co zaowocowało zbyt dużymi wymiarami i masą. Lekarstwem było zaprezentowane w 1984 roku Audi Sport Quattro S1. Z rozstawem osi skróconym o 320 mm i szerokim wykorzystaniem w konstrukcji lekkich materiałów, jak aluminium, włókno węglowe czy nawet Kevlar, Audi wróciło na szczyt. Zgodnie z wymogami homologacji powstało 200 sztuk tych samochodów. Egzemplarz z aukcji to wersja cywilna, doposażony w elektryczne szyby, centralny zamek, prawe lusterko i autoalarm. Zachowana w większości w oryginalnej formie, przejechało dotąd jedynie 18400 km, będąc jednym z najlepiej zachowanych egzemplarzy na świecie. Wycena opiewała na 450 – 550 tys. USD, czyli około 1,6 – 2 mln PLN, a samochód licytowany bez ceny minimalnej, sprzedany został za 484000 dolarów (PLN 1,758,795).
One owner from new
1985 AUDI SPORT QUATTRO S1
Coachwork by Baur
US$ 450,000 – 550,000
PLN 1,600,000 – 2,000,000
To be sold without reserve
QUAIL LODGE AUCTION
18 Aug 2017, 10:00 PDT
CARMEL, QUAIL LODGE & GOLF CLUB
1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1
Coachwork by Baur
2,133cc DOHC 20V Turbocharged 5-Cylinder Engine
302bhp at 5,700rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission – All Wheel Drive
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Just one owner from new who took factory delivery
*Highly original condition with less than 18,400 kms on the odometer
*Offered with much original documentation including factory invoice and Tourist Pas
*First All-Wheel Drive Rally Car
The Audi Sport Quattro
The early 1980s is often thought of as the „golden era” of rally racing. The principle governing body for motorsports, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), introduced a new category called Group B in 1982 to replace the rear-wheel drive Group 2 and the sportscar class Group 4 categories. Group B permitted all-wheel drive drivelines and near limitless horsepower output. With relatively low production numbers needed to satisfy homologation requirements, this class prompted the development of some of the fastest and most powerful rally cars in the history of the motorsport.
One of the manufacturers that responded to the opportunity to compete in Group B was Audi, who campaigned the first all-wheel drive vehicle in rally racing. In a field dominated by rear-wheel drivelines, Audi engineers effectively pioneered and implemented an all-wheel driveline into the Audi Quattro 80 A1 (urQuattro, or „original” Quattro). With rally drivers such as Michèle Mouton, Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist behind the wheel, the Quattro dominated. Audi won the constructors' title in 1982, and second place in 1983, validating the effectiveness of all-wheel drive.
Despite its innovations, the Quattro was not without its weaknesses. Excessive length and weight became apparent when compared to its peers in the class, Ford, Lancia and Peugeot. Audi furthered its development of the Quattro, leading to the eventual introduction of an even higher performing Audi contender, the Sport Quattro S1, in 1984. In the hands of Blomqvist, Mikkola, Walter Röhrl and Mouton, the Sport Quattro S1 raised the bar once again. Audi was at the top of the constructors' podium once again 1984. In addition to Group B competition, the Sport Quattro S1 proved formidable on the mountain. With Mouton behind the wheel, it won the 1985 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and set a hill climb record.
Manufactured in Ingolstadt, Germany, the Sport Quattro S1 was shortened from behind the doors by 320mm compared to a standard Quattro. For added weight reduction, Audi employed cutting edge automotive technology to reduce the amount of steel it employed, substituting lightweight materials like aluminum, fiberglass and even carbon-Kevlar composites into the body construction, further shedding pounds without sacrificing strength or rigidity. Under the hood, Audi’s all aluminum, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine boasted the latest in innovation and technology. At peak output, the homologation model produced 302 horsepower. Employing a 5-speed manual transmission, the Quattro’s all-wheel driveline established a new standard for power delivery and vehicle handling that left a lasting impression that is evident even today.
The Motorcar Offered
As Audi’s homologation hero, the Sport Quattro S1 was sold to consumers with one purpose in mind, to satisfy the minimum production requirements to qualify for racing in the class. Thus, just 200 units (although production numbers differ) were manufactured enabling the Sport Quattro S1 to be raced in Group B Rally competition.
This highly original 1985 Sport Quattro S1 is one these rare cars (model number 859115, construction completed on June 4, 1985) and was ordered by the cars sole owner from new – a noted lifelong car enthusiast – on April 7, 1987. Given the nearly two-year gap between manufacturing and delivery, it’s quite possible that the Sport Quattro S1 was under appreciated, despite its six-figure window sticker. This collector had a particular passion for Group B Rally cars and driving. So much so that he made the trip to Germany to take factory delivery of this Sport Quattro S1. With equipment package 711 725, this Sport Quattro S1 includes power windows, power door locks, a right-side mirror and anti-theft device.
This rare Sport Quattro is in largely original condition, including the interior and most of the paint. The odometer reads just 18,400 kilometers (11,500 miles). A full service, including the replacement of the timing belt, would be recommended before use. Meticulously kept records chronicle the purchase and maintenance of this incredible homologation car. The factory owner’s manual, original insurance documents, marketing pamphlets, tourist PAS documents (for factory delivery), original un-used spare tire, tools, and the Sabelt racing 4-point seatbelt harness in its bag all accompany the sale of this highly original, one-owner car. Group B legend Walter Röhrl has signed the steering wheel, which just ads to the cache of this incredible homologation car, which must be one of the lowest mile and most original examples in existence.