One of the things I love the most about Audi is that for some time they liked to do things differently. Now, if you’re Porsche and you’re able to build a reputation around that insistence to do things differently through racing, then you can be a successful company. As such, the closely linked cousin Audi was taken racing by some of the same team from Porsche. The first big attempt in the 1980s was the push to win the World Rally Championship with their new Quattro model. Highlighting turbocharged technology coupled with a semi-revolutionary all-wheel drive system, the Quattro was a positive sensation until the mid-1980s and the death of Group B. Audi then took on Group A with the non-turbo Coupe quattro briefly, and also enjoyed some unlikely success rallying with their 200 sedan. But even success in World Rally Championship events wasn’t enough of a reputation boost for what lay ahead of Audi next, as 60 Minutes highhandedly nearly took the company right out of the marketplace. In order to rebuild the reputation of the company in the U.S., Quattro guru Jo Hoppen convinced Audi to go racing in the SCCA Trans-Am series. Headlining that series were tube-frame V8 behemoths that outwardly laughed as a production based luxury sedan with a measly 2.1 turbocharged inline-5 hanging way out the front pulled up to grid. It turned out they didn’t laugh too long:
To call the TireRack sponsored “One Lap of America” anything other than a grueling competition would be a disservice to the event. On par with some of the greatest endurance races in the world, the 7-day, 3,200 mile trek around the United States has an added twist – you have to drive your race car between stages. Now, that’s something that occurs in the World Rally Championship – but they cover far fewer miles and have pro teams, pit crews and major automotive manufacturers backing them up. To say that the One Lap is a amateur-only event would also be misleading, but it is far from a strictly professional series – and where else would you see a Honda Odyssey win at anything? Combining several different classes of cars, you get the spectrum from classic performance muscle cars through modern super GTs. The winner of class “SSGT2 SB” in 2014 was a Volkswagen GTi – one of a trio of cars prepared to dominate the event. When you consider that the cars that ranked above them were super GT royalty – Corvette ZR-1s, Viper SRT-10s, Boss 302s and a plethora of Nissan GT-Rs – the level of performance from the GTis is drawn into perspective. Now the builders are moving on, leaving these seriously potent track weapons available at a fraction of their build cost:
It goes without saying that the Porsche 911 is one of the most popular modified chassis ever conceived, and a fair amount of those modifications are track-based. The results are sometimes mixed; however, one of the more popular trends which I think is pretty slick is backdating 911s. It’s ironic, since for some time it was more popular to update the looks of many of the older race cars to new 964 or 993 bodies. However, the surge in pricing in the 1960s and 1970s 911 market has resulted in many backdated cars coming to market. Obviously, the advantage is that you get a better driving and more powerful car with more options than original, but it’s got the look of the sought after early models. However, probably the biggest advantage is that of price; with a lower entry cost, prospective buyers aren’t afraid to use the 911 where it is well suited; driving fast on a race track. Today I have two different takes on backdated 911s, both with a nod towards the mega-buck RS model. Which is the one you’d choose?
Going to the track is like any other addiction; it has its highs and lows. You may start going with a stock car, but soon you’ll feel the need to modify the suspension, beef up with wheels and tires, throw on some racing brakes, strip the interior and all of that heavy stuff that slows you down like air conditioning, sound deadening, and seats. Then you drop a cage in and hit the track; all smiles, no doubt, but it’s been an expensive journey and your track weapon is really only good at fast laps for a small percentage of its existence; the rest of the time, it just sits or is exceptionally uncomfortable and inconvenient as a daily driver. Plus, modern cars have gotten so expensive and complicated, with enough computer aids that they can nearly lap themselves. What is an enthusiast to do, then? Well, you can look towards some perennial favorites that helped to establish the reputation of BMW; the M3. In this case, I have two examples that are set up to hit the track – a racer E30 and a street-drivable but track-biased E46. Which is your flavor?
Homologation for motorsport is nothing new, but it’s uncommon that a vehicle will make the transition into multiple race series. Mercedes-Benz had intentions of rally competition with the 190E when it was introduced in the early 1980s, but, as they say, life is timing. With the Audi Quattro lighting up the World Rally scene, Mercedes became a bit gun shy of the proposition. Instead, they decided to go racing in the newly devised Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car) race series. The first years of this series were legendary, with Mercedes going head to head with E30 BMW M3s on the track in some epic battles.
The two competition 190Es we’ll take a look at today were intended for two very different race series. The first 190E we’ll take a look at is for sale in Holland and was intended for the rally circuit.
There are precious few times that you’ll see something like we have to feature today; while there are plenty of clones of the factory Audi Rally cars, few make it up for sale. Last month I wrote up a Quattro rally tribute car that was pretty well built, though I suggested perhaps overpriced given what it was. The same might be said of this car today, though while you could build an exhaustively accurate replica of this car for much less than the asking price, you can’t recreate provenance. Today’s Quattro is one of the A2 long wheel base factory cars that was later bought and raced by Frank Sprongl – infamous in the Audi and Rally scene. At some point this car switched owners and was bought by the equally notable Shokan Coachworks in New York. Shokan has amassed an impressive collection of rare Audis over the years, including a Sport Quattro and several RS2s, but this car was likely the crown jewel in the collection. It’s not often that you even get to see one of these cars outside of the factory. Despite this, the time has apparently come to move on and this revolutionary car is up for sale:
Model: Quattro (A2)
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 9,184 mi
Price: $385,000 Buy It Now
Audi factory built A2 Groupe B Rally Car. All original with logbook. Comes with huge spare parts collection including engine. Will not separate. Actual VIN # is WAUZZZ85ZDA900006 this is a import from germany Again, this car is factory original, not a clone.
Please call for details and additional information.
If you’re a classic Audi fan or just a Rally aficionado, this is a rare treat.…
Okay, okay, you’re right – last week we featured BBS wheels too. But let’s just say I have a thing for BBS wheels and I’m in the driver’s seat on this one, so I get to control the radio, okay? Seriously though, BBS wheels are some of our favorites at GCFSB when they’re specified as either OEM wheels, OEM upgrades or aftermarket options. Today we have a few different options for you and like last week, I tried to get one of each marque. Unlike last week, we’re going to focus on specifically the “basket weave” design that BBS popularized. Let’s start with one of the more under appreciated BBS wheels, the RA found on 1987-1992 Volkswagen Jetta GLis:
Model: RA 375
Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Offset: ET 35
Tires: Not included
Price: $1,199 Buy It Now
a set of 4 genuine
BBS RA 375 SPORTLINE
They are OEM from VOLKSWAGEN GERMANY!!!!
6x15H2 ET 35
The wheels are hard to find in this condition, but don´t forget the rims are used, look the pics.
Shipping to USA $ 395. For shipping to other countries please contact me for the price.
Payment with PAYPAL only.
The refinish on these wheels sure looks great – I actually had a set of RAs that looked just like this, gold with a polished lip. They could be specified from BBS like that in the 1980s; these, however, have been made to look like that from the original all-silver (or super rare Helios Blue) that came on the stock GLis. I think they look great; gold was one of the most popular colors in the 1980s and these would dress up just about any 2002, 320i, E30, A1, A2, A3 or early Audi.…
Here’s an easy recipe for fun: take a small light-weight rear-wheel-drive car, strip out the interior, toss on some wider and stickier tires, and go to a track day. That’s almost exactly the recipe it appears the seller of this 1972 BMW 2002 Tii followed, though with this build the car was taken through the additional steps that turn what would be an undeniably fun car into a fun and competitive car. The BMW 2002 provides an excellent platform for a track car as it combines vintage-racer styling with fairly simple mechanicals. While the price of these cars has been on the rise with collectors, a track-prepped car such as the one featured here should still come at a reasonable cost.
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Price: Reserve auction
For sale is a 1972 BMW 2002Tii. The car is a nice example of a stock looking vintage race car. The car has no significant rust, typical spots such as the floors, frame rails, rocker panels, shock towers, etc. are solid. Paint is clean and shiny with no major dents or scratches. There are some very small chips/scratches/dings etc and a couple very small (pin head) bubbles in the paint work of the car as to be expected on a used car. Purchased as a fully restored stock Tii, the car has now been turned into a full track car. The following is a list of what’s been done to the car:
I like the look of a stock 2002Tii so I kept the exterior looking that way. The only modifications from stock are rolled front and rear fenders to fit the larger wheels and tires.