A bunch of journalists just recently had the opportunity to drive the new 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan at Lime Rock Park. They were able to test the car on both road and track to get a good feel for it. Though, there was someone a bit more important that Audi brought along to Lime Rock to flog the RS3 — Hans-Joachim Stuck.
Stuck raced the legendary Audi 200 IMSA GTO at Lime Rock back in 1988. While Stuck didn’t win at Lime Rock, he was very successful that season and the Audi 200 IMSA GTO was even more so, winning the manufacturer’s championship. So seeing Stuck drive the new Audi RS3 Sedan, a car with some of the DNA of the Audi 200 race car he drove back in the ’80s, is pretty cool.
In this new video, Stuck drives the Audi RS3 hard around the track, proving why he’s a racing legend. He talks about the car with some serious enthusiasm, remarking on everything from the engine to the Quattro all-wheel drive traction. The engine, a 2.5 liter turbo-five, is similar to the one used in Stuck’s Audi 200. So he’s familiar with the sound and the way it feels and remarks on how good it sounds and how powerful it is.
He loves the Quattro grip, which allows him to put his foot down through hard corners and not struggle for traction. As we’ve recently heard, the new RS3 handles with surprising neutrality, so there’s just enough grip to keep it on the road but still allows you to play.
It’s cool to see Stuck drive the Audi RS3, as it’s one of the coolest Audis on the market and he’s an Audi racing legend. While the new RS3 is nothing like the original Audi 200 IMSA GTO car, the idea is similar. Both were based on humble VW chassis, both had 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engines and both were driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck.