Audi Racing in the Late 80s: After Rally and Before Le Mans

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="51815"] words: Jim Benoit, photos: Audi of America, Audi Tradition, Audi South Africa, Mosport Canada Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the Q3_2020 issue of quattro Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here. The mid 80s for Audi of America was a time of highs and lows. In 1984, Audi released the newly revised Audi 5000. It was sleek and aerodynamic, replacing the box shaped model from...

Road & Track: How Racing in America Saved Audi

source: Road & Track, photo: Audi Sport In the mid-Eighties, Audi was reeling from an unintended-acceleration scandal. To restore its image, the company entered a 200 Quattro sedan in Trans-Am for 1988. It was a flag-bearer for the company’s signature road-car technologies, turbocharging and all-wheel drive. Audi had two FIA Group B rallying titles with the Quattro but little in the way of road-racing experience. Group B hero Walter Röhrl was tapped to drive alongside Le Mans winne...