Lot 227 - 1985 Audi Quattro Competition Coupé
|Result||Sold - £23,850|
Few motorsport images are quite as evocative as the legendary period of Group B; flying machines spitting stones and belching flames as they skirted trees and rocks at breakneck speeds with crowds only inches away. The ever more powerful cars hurtled their drivers in increasingly lighter and more delicate evolutions of cars towards immovable objects - an act which is some cultures would probably be akin to ritualistic suicide. By 1985 the writing was on the wall; it was a deadly sport that needed to be reined in. But perhaps more than any other period, this is the time that rally fans and motorsports fans in general identify as one of the most memorable and important periods in racing history. Obviously, the big winner of the period from a reputation standpoint was Audi. The car that helped to define and end the period of wild turbocharged excess, the Quattro has obviously been the spawn of many tributes, such as this Hannu Mikkola Group 4 specification example.
Supplied with a fully seam-welded shell and FIA roll-cage, rear firewall, sport Quattro bonnet and high level boot spoiler, this striking evocation also benefits from Brembo brakes, Brembo slave and master cylinders, a limited slip differential and a 3" stainless steel exhaust. The suspension is made up from coil-over units with Sport Quattro arms and aluminium strengthening bars, all fitted to Speedline alloy wheels. Power comes from a big-turbo powerplant with Lumenition engine management, Green injectors, uprated fuel pumps with forged pistons and an aluminium sump. All cooling, as you would expect, utilises a front-mounted oil cooler, large radiator and connected with a braided hose kit. It not only looks the part but has the potential to deliver on its promises…