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- Full detailed history of the Quattro's rally career
- Complete story of concept, design and development
- Unrivalled coverage of people and influences behind the cars
- Step-by-step account of technical evolution
- Description of cars: why, how and when evolved
- Details of principal people involved
- Packed with pictures
- Comparison with rivals
- Complete listing of important successes and 'works' Quattros
The Audi Quattro was the world’s first successful four-wheel-drive rally car. It brought new standards to the sport, and inspired many others to copy it. This is the complete story.
The Audi Quattro is a Rally Giant because it was the first to combine four-wheel-drive and a turbocharged engine – not the most sophisticated, but it was the first, and very successful. It was also the first to run with more than 300bhp. As it was re-homologated/transformed from Group 4 into Group B in 1983, it was also the first successful Group B car. The Quattro dominated rallying from the start of 1981 until late 1984 (when the Peugeot 205 T16 took over). Quattros won no fewer than 23 World rallies from 1981 to 1985, won the Makes Championship in 1982 and 1984, and drivers Hannu Mikkola (1983) and Stig Blomqvist (1984) also won the World Drivers' series in Quattros. The Quattro led the World and European rally scene in the first half of the 1980s.
"The book delves into the first ideas for the Audi right through to its successes at World Rally. As well as the star drivers over the years and the second half of the book details its competition years. Another good book from the 'Rally Giants' series." - Track & Race Cars
"The latest two softbacks from Veloce are part of a series by Robson that will cover 16 of the most important rally cars of the last half-century. Each runs to 120-odd pages and boasts straightforwardly written, authoritative text and a large number of colour and b&w pictures." - Octane
"Graham Robson once again provides a cracking read of the period during the eighties when the Quattros with their distinctive five-cylinder 'blat' were all but invincible ..." - Old Stager
"Each and every section ï¿½ of which there are many within this book's 120 plus pages ï¿½ brings to light both interesting facts and anecdotes. This book is a very detailed account of what happened and when and has numerous illustrations in both full colour and black and white ... If you have anyone in the family interested in rallying I would suggest this book would make a most welcome present." - Volkswagen Owners Club GB
"... from Clark and Vatanen to Mikkola and Blomqvist, plus all the others behind their many successes; the competition they faced, and lovely little snippets like registration numbers and the occasional blind alley." - New Zealand Classic Car
"... Robson's compact and informative series or Veloce provides an ideal reference." - Speedscene
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