1981→1982 Audi Quattro Rallye

Even during the 1981 season, the first in which Audi participated, the quattro began to hint at its later superiority. The Finnish Hannu Mikkola won two events and came third in the drivers’ rankings, despite the teething troubles suffered by the car initially. In San Remo, the Frenchwoman Michèle Mouton became the first woman ever to win a world championship rally.

In Detail

type Racing Car
production years 1981 – 1982
released at 1981 Monte Carlo Rally
built at Germany
engine Inline-5 w.Dry Sump Lubrication
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration KKK K27 Turbochargers
block material Cast Iron w/Aluminum Cylinder Heads
valvetrain 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Pierburg-Bosch Mechanical Injection
displacement 2144 cc / 130.83 in³
bore 79.5 mm / 3.0999999 in
stroke 86.400002 mm / 3.4000001 in
compression 6.3000002:1
power 238.60001 kw / 320 bhp @ 3500 rpm
specific output 149.25 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 268.91 bhp per tonne
torque 412 nm / 303.89999 ft lbs @ 3250 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels 4WD
wheel type Fuchs 5 spoke
f suspension MacPherson Stuts w/Boge Rallye Dampers
curb weight 1190 kg / 2623.95 lbs
wheelbase 2524 mm / 99.400002 in
front track 1465 mm / 57.700001 in
rear track 1502 mm / 59.099998 in
length 4404 mm / 173.39999 in
width 1733 mm / 68.199997 in
height 1344 mm / 52.900002 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
tran clutch Fichtel & Sachs
top speed ~253 kph / 157.11 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.8000002 seconds

Auction Sales History

1981→1982 Audi Quattro Rallye


The car on offer left the factory on 31 March 1983. According to its owner, it was used by the Audi team to carry out reconnaissance on rallies. The official team, appropriately structured, used back-up cars, which were equipped with ” semi-racing ” equipment. The car was then bought by a French driver who took part in several rallies on his own home ground. It was later sold again to a Belgian and in 2010 the car was prepared to compete in the Tour de Corse Historique. It appeared in white and yellow livery, with official team decoration, as well as the extras required for a rally car : extra lights and rally tyres. The engine was rebuilt in 2012 by Francis Dosières and easily produces 250 bhp. Here is a car that is a part of the history of rallying, ready to take to the asphalt !
Auction Source: Artcurial Motorcars à 2013 Rétromobile