A legendary brand of the rally scene could return to the World Championship of the specialty. Nothing less than Audi, which dominated the pageant in the 1980s. The project is not official, although it is headed by one of the main exponents of the Ingolstadt house, the Swedish Mattias Ekström.
The two-time champion of DTM and also monarch of Rallycross -In both cases he reigned with products from the firm of the four rings- created the team EKS JC which is in full development of a Audi A1 with specifications of Rally2, the category that will take over from WRC2 from the next one.
The car has been built according to FIA regulations in collaboration with the South African company Technic Rally and the team has confirmed that it will be fit to race in the World Rally Championship.
“When the new generation of the Audi A1 was launched, we knew we wanted to build something from it. And since everyone knows my passion for rallying, it quickly became clear that we would build a rally car. " Ekström admitted.
“The car is ready. Only the set-up work remains. We have to do a few test kilometers and gather the information. There is no set date for this, but it is clear that we will see the car in some races this year. When we are satisfied with its performance, we will offer it for rent or for purchase to other competitors ", Anadio.
Audi revolutionized rallying in the early 1980s with its Quattro turbocharged four-wheel drive. When the era of Group B in 1982, the A1 370 hp was not long in taking the lead of the new generation.
It debuted in the WRC in 1983 at the Monte Carlo Rally, but only participated in four rallies as a factory car before the version succeeded. A2. Hannu mikkola he drove it to win in Sweden and Portugal and took the drivers' title for that season.
Audi dropped out of the category in 1987 after scoring 24 victories in 58 starts.