The beginning: quattro
Audi wins the World Rally Championship
In 1978, the Audi Sport department was set up to prepare for motorsport commitments. Three years later, Audi celebrated a sensational debut at the Monte Carlo Rally: after ten kilometres of the first stage and on a snow-covered track, Hannu Mikkola overtook a Lancia Stratos that had started a minute before him. In the autumn of 1981, a WRC round was won for the first time in history by a female: Michèle Mouton at the San Remo Rally. Dominant victories and two drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles with the ‘Ur-quattro’ in the World Rally Championship between 1982 and 1984 were important factors for the market success of quattro drive.
Record on Pikes Peak
From 1984 to 1987, Audi took part in the famous Pikes Peak Hillclimb with various versions of the quattro – winning three times in succession. Behind the wheel of the Audi Sport quattro S1 in 1987, Walter Röhrl became the first driver to complete the hillclimb under the eleven-minute mark.
Goodbye rallying, hello circuit racing
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