The Group B rally class from the 1980s was the pinnacle of automotive competition and racing, it was fast, exciting, entertaining and ridiculously dangerous. So dangerous that it was eventually banned altogether. There were simply too many deaths involved, and that went for races and spectators. To be fair, spectators from back then were next-level stupid and did things that would get them lifetime bans from motorsport events, or even jail time. Group B was introduced way back in 1982 and it pushed the limits of technology, speed, and performance to unprecedented levels thanks to massive budgets allocated by the various automakers involved in racing at the time. Group B regulations allowed manufacturers to create highly advanced and powerful rally cars while having minimal restrictions on technology, design, and materials. The competition was fierce between the likes of Audi, Ford, Lancia, Peugeot and Renault and they had some amazing cars created for the sole purpose of winning races. While all these automakers had flagship cars, none were more recognisable than the Audi Quattro Sport. As is usually the case, to get the car eligible for competition use, a certain number of road-going examples had to be built and sold through regular dealerships. As you might imagine, with the race series being in the region of 40 years old now, there are even fewer of these limited-number homologation cars left making them rare, sought-after and eye-wateringly expensive. When clean examples come up for sale, they can fetch really good money. This specific example recently listed at RM Sotheby’s for the annual Arizona auction is arguably one of the cleanest around.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the Petrolicious crew as they take a deep dive into everything about one of the most recognisable and iconic homologation cars of all time, the original Audi Quatro Sport. The street version is amazing and it did what it needed to do to get the car into the legendary Group B rally series of the 1980s: 1984 Audi Sport Quattro: The Racer’s Daily | Petrolicious
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