No matter the accomplishments since, Audi will always be most known for rally racing. Audi was born in the woods, on dirt and gravel roads, covered in mud. That’s where Quattro was born and the history of the Audi Sport Quattro S1 is one of the best of all rally cars. It’s captured the hearts of so many enthusiasts but one in particular was so smitten by the Sport Quattro that he had to build it. We get to check it out in this latest video from Petrolicious.
After Volker Gehrt’s wife bought him a little toy replica of his favorite car, the Audi Sport Quattro S1, for his desk, he came up with the idea to rebuild one. Gehrt actually ended up becoming friends with Roland Gumpert, the lead engineer behind the original Quattro, without actually know Gumpert’s history. When Gehrt found out, the two decided to go ahead and build this replica racer.
During the build, Gumpert then surprised Gehrt with a special visitor. Gumpert called his office and told him to make some coffee because Walter Röhrl was on his way over to check out the car. Röhrl is an absolute icon in the world of motorsport and was the man who actually raced the Sport Quattro in its rally days. The man is a legend, so naturally Gehrt was a bit nervous to hear what he had to think.
When Röhrl saw the car, he told Gehrt that it felt like he was having deja-vu. He said it was exactly like the car he used to race and he felt like he was standing in front of his old car again. Coming from Röhrl, that’s about as high of praise as it gets. And it’s all because the car is so perfectly replicated, down to the most minute of details.
Listening to Gehrt push the 2.2 liter turbocharged I5 engine is a thing of joy. It sounds so delightfully like a rally car, with that raspy bark and high-revving howl. It’s just lovely. And it looks the business as well, the those chunky fender flairs, massive air intake and huge wing. This is an incredible car and probably the best replica we’ve ever seen.