25 years ago, Walter Rohl won the 1987 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb while driving the Audi Sport quattro S1. Fast forward to this year and the 2012 installment of the annual race in Colorado will ring nostalgic as Rohl is set to make his return race to Pikes Peak.
The car Rohl will be piloting? No other than the same 591-horsepower Audi Sport quattro S1 he raced to victory a quarter of a century ago.
In this video, Audi takes us on behind-the-scenes look at preparations being done on the Sport quattro S1 leading up to its Pikes Peak return. Fascinating is an understatement in trying to describe the video, especially when you take into account all the things that need to be done to ensure that a 25-year old race car can tackle Pikes Peak the same way it did during its lean years.
So if you have the time, spare the three minutes and change and watch the video.
We’re pretty sure by now you know that August Horch was the one responsible for Audi. You didn’t? Well, he is (he was also a former engineer for Karl Benz – the other guy in the Mercedes-Benz - tie-up, but that’s not relevant to the topic at hand). As a matter of fact, if you translate ’Horch’ to Latin, you’d come up with – make a wild guess – Audi.
That being said, you can expect that the man whose name bears the brand would have a car named after him. And the company did just that with the Horch - a car that survived until 1953 when the last one was rolled out of Ingolstadt. In recent years, Audi has been in search to find the last Horch that was created in ’53. So they got Ralph Hornung, their resident vintage car locator, to find the missing car.
It’s a treasure hunt that would make even Indian Jones blush.
After months of searching, Hornung found his unicorn in West Texas. We’ve spoiled enough so we’re just going to let you watch the video to find out how Hornung ended up in the most unlikely of places and, more importantly, how the Horch found itself there in the first place.
Here’s something that might be worth picking up at an auction – that is if you have at least £5.5 million in your pockets.
This Auto Union D-Type racer is a prized commodity – it’s actually one of the rarest vintage cars in the world - in its own right, but does it justify the £5.5million tag it’s expected to command?
Let’s just say that the previous owner of this car is someone our history books are all familiar with: Adolf Hitler.
As a fanatic of motor racing, the Führer spared no expense in building a team that could dominate all the races it ran back then. The German technological superiority wasn’t any more evident when you look back and see how Mercedes and Auto Union – known as Silver Arrows back then – completely wiped out all other competitors that came their way.
The D-Type racer that will be auctioned off was actually driven by one of Hitler’s BFF’s, Hans Stuck during the 1939 Grand Prix season. What makes this car all the more valuable is due to the unfortunate fate its brethren suffered after the fall of the Third Reich.
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Audi Tradition is marking this year’s Festival of Speed at Goodwood, England (July 11 to 13, 2008) with a world debut. At the largest classic car racing event in the world, the Ingolstadt company will be taking the wraps off an absolutely authentic reconstruction of the original Auto Union "Silverarrow" Type D Dual Compressor from 1939.
Construction of this racing car, the original version of which won two Grand Prix races at the hands of H.P. Müller and Tazio Nuvolari, took four years. The "Silverarrow" will be taken on its maiden drive by Nick Mason, the Pink Floyd drummer, in front of some 150,000 spectators at Goodwood.
When Auto Union was broken up by the occupying Soviet forces in East Germany after the Second World War, not only were all Auto Union racing cars lost. Most of the technical documents, too, vanished without trace. The Type D racing car is the last version of the Auto Union "Silverarrow" cars (1934 to 1939) to be developed by Auto Union’s Racing Division in Zwickau. In an effort to make the 420 hp twelve-cylinder engine in the Type D even faster, the single-compressor version from 1938, the year it made its debut, mutated into a dual-compressor version. This boosted the power output by 65 horsepower, but also necessitated various modifications to the body.
Based on the new Audi TT Model MK2 8J Pogea Racing created a complete new Body Kit Program, Stainless Steel Exhaust Systems, Performance Engine Upgrades and Carbon Fibre Parts for all of the car. Beginning with the HUSTTLER Front Bumper Version “ONE” with only one fog light on each side of the bottom part of the bumper, you can also get the “TWIN” Version with 2 fog lights on each side. This can also be used as cornering lighting. Lastly, the Version “ZERO” without fog lights. The new face can be ordered in PEC (Polyepoxycarbonate) or in full carbon fibre.
Audi has an interest in its own history, and has a division which is charged with looking after the marque’s history: Audi Tradition.
Audi Tradition now has a new, well new them, Type M.
It was manufactured in 1925 and it is a Anudi 18/70 hp Type M. By itself, that would be a venerated car.
But this one’s different.
This one’s a cutaway.
Audi Tradition specifically commissioned the restoration of the car by German restoration specialist Fahrzeugrestaurierung Rosenow as a cutaway to show (...)
A couple of weeks ago, Christies withdrew their much-hyped 1939 Auto Union from their showcase Retromobile auction at the last minute. Since then, any number of theories about the car’s provenance have been floated, mostly concerning the veracity of the chassis number, and the car’s racing history.
Perhaps the most expensive car ever to be sold in the history of the prestigious auction house Christie’s is due to go under the hammer on 17 February at the international vintage car fair Rétromobile in Paris: one of two remaining original Type D racing cars from Auto Union dating from 1939. Christie’s has estimated the value of the car at 8.8 to 12 million euros. That would be a new record in the British auction house’s long history. Worldwide interest in the vehicle is huge. For that reason, (...)