Certain automotive enthusiasts have a particular lust for certain makes and models that can lead them to do crazy things. Some spend ridiculous amounts of money, some dedicate a little too much elbow grease and other do both. Their quest to obtain the vehicle of their dreams often ends with half built cars, clutter garages and broken marriages; but for some reason they strive on. Fortunately there are a few instances where all of the benefits can be had with none of the nasty drawbacks. One suck lucky car builder is Coen Donkers from Holland. Donkers was a fan of a particular Audi race car, but being that the real thing is over twenty years old and in limited supply, Coen decided to build himself an Audi Sport Quattro.

When Donkers picked up the car that would eventually become what you see before you, it was a wrecked shell of its current self, but luckily for Coen, he runs an Audi parts shop in Veghel, Holland. So he already had garage space for the project and a team of mechanics that could work on it in their down time. Coen decided to keep things simple, replacing the bent bodywork and work out pieces with all new OEM parts. Despite the Audi Sport Quattro replica’s wild appearance, the exterior is stock, it is just covered in graphics inspired by the rally car from the 1980s that make it look so radical.

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Audi Sport Quattro replica
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Although the body is just as it was when the Audi Quattro left the factory, the running gear is not. The original Audi 20 valve motor was replaced with a modern day V8 out of an S4, it’s not the 600 HP of the Group B car, but 344 HP is more than enough to have fun on the street without getting into too much trouble, and the new six speed manual must shift a lot better than the rally car’s straight cut gearbox. The only parts that did not come from an OEM supplier are the rollers. Coen searched endlessly for a set of the car’s original wheels, but when he finally found them, they were out of his price range. So instead he mounted a set of 17 inch Azev rims that look the part. Anyway, they look terrific on top of the Porsche brake calipers.

The moral of the story is, if you want to undertake a project in order to create the car of your dreams, keep it simple. Plan out your project, set aside a dedicated space away from the wife, and it always helps to have a crew of mechanics on the payroll to do all the dirty work.

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  (182) posted on 06.2.2009

What was the original car? Its hard to identify it from the changes that Coen did. Of course, it was harder to identify its original name after I went to see what is inside the hood. I say that its one of the best car projects ever and should be an inspiration to the many car enthusiasts that would want to reinvent their own car.

  (182) posted on 06.2.2009

Could someone possible blame Coen for his obsession over the Audi Quattro? Quattro is an Italian word for "four," which in this case is pertaining to the four wheel drive system of the car. It was the first rally car to join the competition after they changed the rules and allowed four wheel drive to join. They won for two straight years then.

  (177) posted on 06.2.2009

On the other hand, I think that this car is pretty cool! Sometimes the meters of being a car enthusiast is so rigid that many are forgetting that its not all about having the finest and most expensive car available. It also have something to do with making the most of what you have.

TJKEON  (138) posted on 06.2.2009

Come on this car is sick!!!!

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