We recently showed you a video by Petrolicious of a German man who created an exact replica of the Audi Sport Quattro S1 Group B rally racer. The man’s name was Volker Gehrt and he was first inspired to do so by his wife, who bought him a die-cast toy replica of the car. His dream was then realized with the help of a man by the name of Roland Gumpert, who was actually the leading engineer behind the Quattro AWD system.
Calling what they built a replica is doing both it and their work a disservice. They essentially just made another one, as Gumpert still had all the old manuals and specs on the original car, so they really just built a new one. It cost a lot of money and a lot of time but the finished product is so gorgeous and perfectly done that even Walter Röhrl himself — the man who actually raced the original and won the 1985 Sanremo Rally in it — was blown away. According to Gehrt, Röhrl was shocked at the accuracy of their work that he claimed, “Mr. Gehrt, I feel like I am having déjà vu. I am taken back to Audi Sport looking at my winning car.”
Coming from one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, an absolute legend, that is incredibly high praise. Röhrl even signed the roof of their car in sharpie.
The story is incredible and the video is worth watching, even if not for anything else but the noise of the thing. It’s glorious. If you want a little more, though, check out these behind-the-scenes photos of the video shoot by Petrolicious here.