I've been a lurker here for a while and decided it's finally time to start a project thread.
This may be the first quattro to land on United States soil...
1981 Audi Quattro
This particular car was imported by a Chicago dealer over a year before the cars were sold in the USA by Audi. It was then sold to a customer and was issued a Michigan title – without ever being converted to US safety and emission laws! It has the higher horsepower motor, metric gauges, halogen lights, and no safety bumpers, side impact beams, or catalytic converter.
Light Performance Works later modified the car for weekend rallying. Guy Light – who was building rally Golfs for Volkswagon of America at the time – installed a performance suspension, new turbo, an ECU modified by Ned Ritchey, a roll bar, dash top gauges, map lights, and large auxiliary driving lights. The car was not driven much after that, eventually winding up unceremoniously parked in the corner of a warehouse for many years.
A few years back, a rally enthusiast found the car buried away and brought the quattro back to life. He carried on with the rally themed modification using Audi Sport's 1981 Group 4 quattros as a template. Unlike later A2, S1 and E2 rally quattros, the early Group 4 cars were very close in specification to their road-going counterparts. It was then used for SCCA ice racing in Michigan until it ended up in a collectors garage.
I purchased the car from the collector sight unseen. I plan to finish what the previous owners have started and continue with the Rally modifications. The car now is a tribute to the 1981 San Remo Rally winning quattro piloted by Michele Mouton and Fabrizia Pons. This was the first win ever in World Rally Championship by a female driver and also one of the first of many wins for the quattro.
Many of the parts on the car are hand built replicas made from the Audi Sport rally cars themselves in the UK. Modifications include, Group 4 fender flares, raised wing, oil cooler, and extended grill. All new brakes, Porsche 986 fronts, and Ur-S4 vented rears. The entire shifter has been completely rebuilt. New Recaro Profi seats.
Future plans include a full roll cage and rally dashboard, Rallycross, other vintage racing events, and much more...
Since I bought it I've:
Rewired the headlights with relays
replaced misc switches/bulbs that didnt work
Patched a big rust hole in the trunk
Rebuilt the shifter and added an 034 short shift kit-
new shifter bushing, custom shifter pivot rod
Summer wheels R8 Ronals with BFG tires
Recaro Profi Seats
Refinished the exhaust
Porsche 986 brembo front calipers, 034 custom brackets and rotors
new brake proportioning valve
ate super blue
Urs4 rear calipers and rotors
upgraded to newer style dual cable e brake
Fixed rust on the quarter panel
Rear oil cooler
Fixed diff locks-
new diff lock actuators
new vacuum lines front to rear
Refinish suspension, subframes
034 delrin control arm bushings
034 delrin rear diff mount
034 aluminum subframe bushings
034 track density diff and trans mounts
a1 racing coilover setup
2 Bennett springs
Meyle HD top mounts
Group 4 Front fiberglass bumper
Group 4 fog light mounts
Group 4 front crossmember
Group 4 rear fiberglass bumper
ron davis aluminum radiator
carbon kevlar radiator shroud
new radiator fan
new radiator tank cap
kevlar front engine cover
Bosch 044 fuel pump
New Fuel accumulator
New Fuel Pump
New Stainless Fuel lines
Refinished gas tank
New wheel bearings all 4 corners
"correct" trunk tie downs
List of things to do in no particular order:
new 3" rally exhaust/straight pipe
Works Roll cage
Will never stop chasing rust
I take no credit for these pics. Just found them while surfing the web. They are awesome though!