The Audi Quattro is one of the most famous rally cars of all time. Along with cars like the Lancia Stratos and the Ford Escort RS, the Quattro is one of the all-time greats. In fact, an Audi Quattro Rallye A2 is going to make an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in just a few days. One of its most famous drivers was Walter Rörhl who, along with Stig Blomqvist and Michele Mouton, made the Quattro one of the most successful rally cars of all time.
Because we just learned that the Audi Quattro will be debuting in Goodwood, we though we’d show you this old video of Rörhl simply mastering an Audi Quattro S1 rally car on a dirt rally stage in France in the early ’80s.
If you like rally racing, this video from Audi France is old but magic. Watching Rörhl’s incredible footwork on the pedals; left-foot braking and heel-and-toeing; and twitchy steering movements is like watching a conductor work an orchestra. There are just so many things to control and operate, with more controls than limbs, and he works them all together in perfect harmony. All while sliding around a dirt track at crazy speeds, inches from fans standing in the road and brick walls. How he, and the rest of rally drivers back then, had the courage to drive like that is beyond my comprehension.
The Audi Quattro is simply one of the coolest rally cars in history and Rörhl is one of the all-time greatest rally drivers. So this video is pure rally hall-of-fame and it’s awesome to watch. It truly is watching a master work his craft and, in this case, that craft is an all-wheel drive, fire-spitting monster. Check out this video, it’s awesome. Corny French ’80s music and all.