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What was that a freakin devil that 5-cylinder snarl that kick-started an all-wheel-drive revolution both on the streets and the rally stages it's the German car named for in a non German language this is everything you need to know to get up to speed on the Audi one two three four cuatro in the winter of 1976 outtie engineers were. In snowy Sweden testing the Volkswagen eltis a jeep like 4x4. They'd been developing for the German military one of them jörg bensinger realized that their pokey seventy-five horsepower eltis handled the snow way better than any of Audis more powerful front wheel drive sedans the light bulb came on hey you got. All-wheel drive in my sedan no you got sedan on my. All-wheel drive most all-wheel drive vehicles at the time were tall off-roaders or clunky cars like the Jensen FF they used a big transfer box to split the torque between axles it wasn't an elegant setup and it didn't jive with Audi's philosophy of building sophisticated road cars. But bensinger wanted to try anyway he pitched the idea of an all-wheel drive sedan to the head of R&D Ferdinand yet he Ferdinand piëch peak was like yeah give it a shot but only if you work on developing an high-performance street car he was a scientist and he was already thinking that. Maybe this new Audi would be a good car duration so bensinger and a development team led by Valter Tresser slept achieve it body on one of those four-wheel-drive ill test drives aims. To show off what it could do they took the mule and a bunch of Audi execs to. The snow and ice covered to rocker poha pass in Austria in January there's a lot of words that I don't know how to pronounce in this episode there's a lot of letters that I don't even recognize I just want you guys to know. That I'm trying my best I'm glad that he acknowledged it it was distracting the prototypes impressive performance in the 30 degree grades convinced the head honchos to approve production of the new all-wheel drive car but no one actually thought it was going to be a big seller the fact that outtie put its engines ahead of the front axle. Made them perfect candidates for all-wheel drive conversion therapy the power could easily be sent straight from the back of the transmission to the rear wheels but they still had to figure out how to get power. To the front wheels - it's making a car all will join Stumpy's hall and the two transmission experts on Ben singers team hans ned vidiq and franz Tingler came up with an idea they could make the transmission output shaft hollow and run another shaft straight through the middle of it to drive the front wheels it was. A super smart solution that was perfect for a. Sports car for the Audi Quattro de budded as the company's first all-wheel drive car at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1980 it wasn't gonna be cheap and the company didn't think they'd sell many but at the press-conference Peak peach. Peach passionately announced that it was the start of something big today sees the premiere of all-wheel. Drive for the world going passenger car that's a lot of emotion coming from a German the hatchback. Coupe had chiseled fender flares independent suspension a five-speed transmission in a turbocharged 2.1 litre five-cylinder engine making 200 her Spurs in 1980 the new Quattro did 0 to 60 in I'm not so shabby seven seconds drivers could take advantage of the all-wheel drive system which they also called Quattro peach was right people want it all wheel. Drive for the. Road going passenger car millions and millions of Audi's have been sold with Quattro all-wheel drive so fans now refer to the car as the Quattro to differentiate it from the drivetrain the ER means original in German in reality the. Quattro was actually just a parts been special it was built on an Audi 80 floor pin it was full of Mark one Volkswagen Golf components and it had the now-infamous inline 5 engine out of an Audi 200 what makes. A good car so special here PS it has a 5 cylinder engine what what it was a special parts been special every Quattro was hand-built with real human hands out he had a special team of 20 people working eight hours a day each car took one week to build and only three came. Out of the factory each day peach wanted to go racing right away an Audi quickly formed a new factory race team called out eSport they took a race prepped Quattro to several to several W see rallies it was the first ever. Rally car to have a turbo 310 holy grail of traction all-wheel drive my babies all-wheel drive it didn't need the FIA homologation rules because outtie hadn't sold 400 of them yet but it was allowed to run anyway as a non competitive entry you know just for fun development. Driver Honda Macola would have won the Algarve a rally by over half an hour if the Quattro had been eligible so things already look pretty good for Audi Sport. Me I'm coming here oh you think so critics thought. The all-wheel drive Quattro. Was too heavy and mechanically complex to be successful in a rally but they quickly ate crow just like me and a crow Eden Festival at the fair last year in 1981 ow. D sport officially entered two cars in eight WRC events and won three of them McCulloch drove one Quattro in its first victory at the Swedish rally which was only its second event Michele Mouton drove over the other car to win a rally at Sanremo becoming. The first woman. Ever to win a WRC event nice job Michelle stick oh you guys you guys are all named dr. dragon Stig Blomqvist joined the team in 82 and Michelle led. The team to 2nd 3rd and 4th places in the driver's championship they also helped out a win its first manufacturers championship title the next year was the start of the infamous WRC group B era when they drop almost all of the restrictions on how the cars could be built because I don't know everyone went crazy I already. Dominated the series with the cuatro a-one and a-two and Nicola won the drivers championship they slayed the competition again in 1984 with bloom Quest winning the drivers. Title and Audi scoring their second manufacturers title by the time 1985 rolled around sales of the production Quattro coupe had exceeded expectations so how deep it Quattro all-wheel drive in every. Other model they had four yeah meanwhile horsepower wars were raging over in WRC his group beat and Audi wasn't about to be left out they made a homologation. Run of 224 new production sport Quattro s1 models that cost more than 200,000 German marks that's four times more expensive than the regular Quattro it's a Quattro that costs Quattro a Quattro it got a huge turbo. Kevlar reinforced body panels and twelve point six inches chopped off the wheelbase to make it more maneuverable on the rally stages Kobe. Roll that sweet sweet groupby footage huh the stubby little production cars made around 300 her spores while the rally versions were pushing 450 baby just like me on chest day but. Serious crashes started happening in Group E and Audi's started to question their commitment to the factory team unless changes were made for better safety they pulled back a little and the Quattro's glory faded some in the 85 WRC season the only. One at one rally but. Bloom quest and vaulter roll yeah I got it still managed to come. Up in 2nd and 3rd in the driver's championship Michele Mouton impressively won the Pikes Peak International. Hill climb with a time thirteen seconds faster than the previous. Record by 1986 the rally sport Quattro was making 500 horsepower and sprouted a huge rear wing in front splitter for more downforce a recirculating air system was added to help keep the turbo constantly spooled and provide quicker. Throttle response the car slimmed down to 2,400 pounds and it could do 0 to 60 and an insane 3.1 seconds a few of the race versions also got a new powershift gearbox. Which was an early version of a direct shift gearbox kind of like Volkswagens modern DSG hey hit that subscribe button if you want Bart to do a science garage on DSG. So we can all know how it works the sport Quattro s1 driven by Bobby unser 186 Pikes Peak International hill climb with a record time yet again but over in WRC everyone's worst fears. For being realized separate crashes by Group B cars killed several spectators it was quickly announced that the fan-favorite group B cars including the Audi would be banned next. Year not wanting to tempt fate outtie pulled its factory teams out of the rest of that year's WRC rallies that's like honorable man cuz like Racing's cool and all but life's cooler they returned to WRC rally in 1987 and got on the podium a few times but never had the. Same success there again the fire-breathing sport Quattro wasn't banned from Pikes Peak dough ball to roll took a 600 horsepower s1 to Audi's third consecutive record-breaking win there beating Unser's previous time by 22 seconds after that Audi focused more on building all-wheel drive production cars instead of racing ones while all that sick rally. Stuff was going on out II had launched the Quattro in North America it went on sale in 1983 with a few changes to comply with American. Safety and emission standards it had bigger impact bumpers a catalytic converter and lower turbo boost to the tune of only a hundred and sixty horsepower you know the usual crap where America never gets the cool stuff over the next three years Audi sold just 660 for Quattro's it's just too shy the most. Mental members out he pulled the. Quattro out of North America in 1987 back in the European market production Quattro's were getting updates like abs wider wheels and tires better handling and Marv after a couple years of the 2.1 liter engine out he bumped the engine size the 2.2 liter called the MB and when the sports Quattro version got. 20 valves instead of 10 out. He passed that down to the regular production. Model to the 20 valve engine was called the AR AR and it made 220 horsepower it was good for a 6 second. 0-60 even better the manually locking center differential was replaced with an automatically locking Torsten differential. In 1987 but aside from changing the grille and headlights the badges and a few other little things the boxy hatchback looked almost the same for its entire production from 1980 to 1991 and fewer than 12,000 Quattro's were sold over those 11 years at the 1991 Frankfurt Auto Show outtie teased the world with a mid-engine 2.8. Liter v-6 Quattro spider concept it's been all but forgotten now but at the time the super sleek concept attracted a ton of attention but. Unfortunately the economy was looking bleak and Audi didn't think they'd sell enough to justify the cost of developing it maybe it wasn't the right time for a new mid-engine sports car right then but it was the start of an idea that led them to eventually give us the incredible out e r8 even though the Quattro is gone. Don't despair because it's performance driven all-wheel drive soul lives on in every Audi built today yo thanks. For watching up to speed we make videos every day to make. Sure you don't miss. Any hit. 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