Audi returns to WRC with A1 Quattro WRC2 rally automotive
Adhering to WRC2 and WRC3 class rules, the A1 Quattro WRC automotive might be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed sequential transmission and an all-wheel drive system. As with all entrants within the class, peak energy is capped at 260bhp.
The physique is bespoke to the A1 Quattro, and takes a lot of its parts from the street automotive however combines them with exhausting factors outlined by the R1 rules corresponding to its prolonged observe widths, cooling and aerodynamic gadgets.
EKS JC will start testing with 2020 Junior WRC champion Emil Bergkvist, prioritising improvement on gravel and snow earlier than transferring on to tarmac. Whereas the A1 Quattro is not going to compete within the 2021 WRC2 championship wholesale, it’ll compete in particular person occasions later this yr to additional help its improvement.
The A1 Quattro will initially solely be raced by EKS JC Racing, however challenge chief and ex- Rallycross world champion Mattias Ekström has steered it could possibly be out there to different privateer groups in future saying “For now, this automotive is only for our personal use, however after we might be happy with its efficiency, we are going to supply it for lease or buy to different rivals.”
Audi’s heritage on this planet of rally wants little introduction, in fact, revolutionising the game with the event of Quattro all-wheel drive within the ‘80s and successful the general championship twice in 1982 and 1984. This contemporary day return to the game, though with out manufacturing unit assist, is a welcome addition to the lesser WRC courses that proceed to foster the following era of WRC stars.