• Audi Celebarates 100 years at Goodwood

Audi celebrated their centennial at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend and Top Speed previously showed you a teaser image from the German automaker’s centerpiece at the event. Commemorating 100 years of automobile production and over 70 years of rich racing heritage, the four ringed automaker showed off competition proven models like the classic Auto Union Grand Prix cars, Audi Sport Quattro based rally and touring cars as well as their latest alternatively fueled Le Mans competitor. However Audi’s the crown was the sculpture in front of Lord March’s home that showed where the Germans have been and where they are going. At one end pointed an Auto Union streamliner and at the other a V10 powered R8 super car shooting up into the heavens. The two high performance machines are linked by a stretch of road that resemble the historic Avus race track with it’s highly banked, nearly 180 degree curve.

Meanwhile the rest of Audi’s racing fleet was busy entertaining the crowd making passes up the 1.8 Mile hill climb course. Formula 1 and Le Mans legend, Jacky Ickx, and Pink Floyd drummer and Auto Union enthusiast Nick Mason, drove a pair of the 1950s race cars up the hill, the first was a full blown Type D Dual Compressor driven by the professional and D Type with the drummer behind the wheel. This was also the last running of the mostly original 1938 Type D before it goes on permanent display at the Audi Tradition’s museum in Ingolstadt, Germany.

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Sideways legend Sir Walter Röhrl, who just so happens to be recognized as the greatest rally driver of all time got a chance to get reacquainted with the Audi Sport Quattro S1 that he raced up Pikes Peak at a record setting pace almost 30 years ago. Rally aces Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist were also on hand throughout the weekend driving the car that captured the 1982 World Rally Championship.

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Audi also took the opportunity to use the festival to show off a few more of their creations like the A1 concept car, A5 Cabriolet, factory tuned TT RS and the Lamborghini challenging V10 powered R8 super car.

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The grand unveiling of the Audi Centenary Sculpture at Goodwood from Audi on Vimeo.


Audi demonstrated ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ in spectacular fashion at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend (3-5 July).

Audi, which formally began life as a car manufacturer on July 16 1909, wheeled out its “stars and cars” as part of its Centenary celebrations.

The German manufacturer has supported the annual motorsport extravaganza for the past 13 years and fittingly was the “featured marque” at this year’s “True Grit – Epic Feats of Endurance” themed event attended by 150,000 spectators over all three days.

Ultra-rare Auto Union Grand Prix cars, all-wheel-drive Audi quattro rally and touring cars, plus its latest diesel-engined Le Mans sportscars – documenting over 70 years of motorsport involvement by the Four Rings brand – were in action up the 1.8-mile hillclimb.

Each and every one of them transformed motorsport forever with many re-writing the history books. Importantly, pioneering technology first featured in motorsport, has been successfully transferred across to Audi’s burgeoning roadcar line-up.

The mouth-watering collection was driven by a star-studded array of champions: Former World Rally Champions Walter Röhrl, Stig Blomqvist and Hannu Mikkola plus Le Mans 24 Hour race legends Allan McNish, who became the first Briton to win the 24 Hour race driving a diesel-engined sportscar last year, Frank Biela, Dindo Capello, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner – who between them can boast a staggering 18 Le Mans 24 Hour race victories, 12 American Le Mans Series titles and seven “national” Touring car championships.

Meanwhile Formula 1 and Le Mans legend, Jacky Ickx, and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, drove an Auto Union Type D Dual Compressor and D Type respectively. Mason had previously driven a Type C and the Type D Dual Compressor “Silver Arrows” for Audi Tradition at Goodwood. The motorsport enthusiast piloted the largely original 1938 Type D in its very last demonstration run before it goes on permanent display at Audi Tradition’s museum in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Röhrl, widely regarded as the greatest ever rally driver, was reacquainted to the Audi Sport quattro S1 the German had swept up the Pikes Peak in the USA in record time, and also the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO he participated in circuit races in the USA in 1989.

He was joined by fellow Audi Sport rally legends Mikkola and Blomqvist. Hannu drove the car in which Audi captured the 1982 World Rally Championship, the Audi quattro A2, while Blomqvist was in the “monster” Audi Sport quattro S1.

In addition to the Audi R8R, R8, R10 TDI and R15 TDI Le Mans sports-prototypes, Biela, McNish, Capello and Werner, plus German Rally Champion Harald Demuth, shared driving duties in the 2007 Audi A4 DTM, 1996 Audi A4 BTCC, Audi V8 quattro DTM, 1988 Audi 200 quattro TransAm and the Audi R8 LMS.

Audi’s centrepiece Progress feature in front of Goodwood House was a fitting backdrop to the action. Designed by Gerry Judah, the structure featured an Auto Union Streamliner sprint record car and an Audi R8 V10.

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