I said in the past and I say it again. I truly miss them old school racing days.
Gotta love that VHS Quality......
Audi’s emergent Quattro technology and warbling, fire-spitting turbo fives made for some of the most spectacular racing of the 1980’s, and not only in WRC. The company’s 1988 Trans Am champ 200 Quattro utterly dominated the series that year, winning eight out of 13 season races with its 510 HP 2.1 liter engine and massive, all-wheel traction. Undaunted by the series’ governing body’s decision to ban 4WD for the following season, Audi simply changed direction and prepared a new IMSA GTO racer based on the smaller, lighter 90 Quattro.
The resultant car remains one of the most distinct looking–and sounding– “production” sedans ever made, and with 720 HP squeezed out of its 2.2 liter 20V five, one of the fastest too. Unfortunately Audi elected to skip Daytona and Sebring rounds to allow for further development of the platform, the result of which was second place in the Constructor’s Championship. Regardless, the IMSA 90 Quattro’s legacy remains perhaps even bigger than that of its Trans Am-winning 200 stablemate, thanks in large part to its even wilder widebody kit, iconic red, white and gray livery, and flame-throwing sewer pipe exhaust exiting directly through what would’ve been the front passenger door of a production example.
This period Audi-produced documentary is full of VHS tracking and sound issues, cheesy 80’s synths, and some of the absolute best footage of the cars available anywhere, on track, in the pits, and in development–in brief, it’s a great way to spend an inspiring ~40 minutes this weekend.