No automaker is more closely associated with the five-cylinder engines than Audi, ...
No automaker is more closely associated with the five-cylinder engines than Audi, and there is the good reason for that.
The German company introduced a first-ever gas-powered five-cylinder in the production car back in 1976 and stuck with the odd layout for 20 years. But more importantly, Audi took a five-cylinder racing with the huge success.
You can learn all about this Audi five-cylinder’s motor racing history in the new documentary produced by the company.
It is, ostensibly, the commercial for Audi’s new five-cylinder TT RS and RS3 sedan, and it features many great historical clips and the interviews with three of the company’s best drivers, Walter Rörhl, Hurley Haywood, and Hans-Joachim Stuck.
The Audi five-cylinder’s first motorsport outing was in a World Rally Championship during a Group B era in the 1980s.
With the five-cylinder power and all-wheel drive, Audi changed rallying forever, won two constructor’s championships in the process.
At the same time, Audi brought its Sport Quattro to Pikes Peak, and where it won overall from 1984 to 1987. Rohrl was a first driver to go sub-11 minutes in Audi’s final appearance at the hillclimb.
Then, Audi turned its focus to US sports car racing, and first in the Trans Am, and then in the IMSA series. Again, its vehicles dominated, with Rörhl, Stuck, and Haywood at the wheel.
Audi brought the five-cylinder back for the 2012 TT RS, it has the new, 400-horsepower version for today’s TT RS and RS3. Unluckily, Audi isn’t racing this engine yet. We would love to see it prove its worth, just like its predecessor.
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