WORLD-BEATING AUDI QUATTRO SET FOR RALLY COMEBACK
“For now, this car is just for our own use, but when we will be satisfied with its performance, we will offer it for rent or purchase to other competitors,” comments Mattias Ekström.
In 2014 EKS entered the FIA WorldRX with an in-house built Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro cars that proved to be amongst the most successful rallycross cars of the modern era.
“When the new generation of Audi A1 was launched, we knew we want to build something out of it.
And since everyone knows my passion for rallying, it quickly became clear that we will build a rally car,” says Mattias Ekström, who recently competed in WRC Arctic Rally Finland.
EKS JC in cooperation with Rally Technic, a rally car manufacturer from South Africa, have built the Audi A1 Quattro rally car by using the Rally2 kit. The car is built according to the FIA standards and will be eligible for entering national and international competitions.
“At the moment the car is fully built and ready for racing, but we will still work on set-up finetuning of it,” states Joel Christoffersson, EKS JC Team
Manager. “We will start with snow and gravel specification tests and later in the year we will also focus on tarmac spec.”
Audi A1 Quattro is a four-wheel-drive rally car with a 1,6-liter turbo engine, that produces 263 horsepower and is paired with a 5-speed sequential gearbox.
“Former FIA Junior WRC champion Emil Bergkvist will be our development driver and we will start our testing sessions in a near future. We also plan to enter some local or international rallies in the 2021 season,” comments Joel Christoffersson.
Audi revolutionised rallying in the early 1980s with its turbocharged four-wheel-drive Quattro. When the fire-breathing Group B era was introduced in 1982, the 370bhp A1 was soon at the forefront of the new generation.
It made its WRC debut in 1983 at Rallye Monte-Carlo but only started four rallies as a works car before it was succeeded by the A2 version. Hannu Mikkola drove it to wins in Sweden and Portugal and went onto win the drivers’ world title that season.
Audi and its Quattro departed the WRC as a factory team in 1987 after scoring 24 wins from 58 rallies. The Quattro remains probably the most important rally car in WRC history.
“We are very happy to collaborate on this project with EKS JC. The Rally2 kit provides a unique price-performance balance for competitors, but in this case, it is also combined with a legendary brand and a glorious body kit,” says Chris Coertse, Director of Rally Technic.