VIDEO: Veteran copes with PTSD with 1990 Audi Sport Quattro

It can be incredibly difficult for some of our veterans to readjust back to normal life, as PTSD can be an extremely difficult thing to deal with. Many veterans cope by working on projects that help take their minds off of their stress and focus their energy on something constructive. For Nathan Scott, medevac pilot for the US military, that project was a 1990 Audi Sport Quattro.

“Getting shot at is an unnatural feeling. When somebody is hell-bent on trying to kill you, and you’re out there trying to save people’s lives… it changes your life… it changed my aspect on life.” said Scott. He sold his Audi S4 he bought while stationed in Germany for the Sport Quattro, as he wanted something with Audi’s famous five-cylinder engine. This car became his escape from the pain of PTSD. “The car enabled me to focus on something internally,” he said.

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Scott needed to rebuild the engine and did so from top to bottom and did so adding an extreme amount of power. His Audi Sport Quattro now makes 650 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, thanks to new pistons and con-rods, as well as a massive Garrett turbocharger. In a car that weighs less than 3,000 lbs and has all-wheel drive grip, that might feel like 1,000 hp.

This is a great story of coming back from PTSD using a car as the vehicle (pardon the pun) to do so. Scott’s Audi Sport Quattro is awesome and one of the coolest builds of one we’ve seen. Check out the video below.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.