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Little Classics News: 26 June 2014

Audi Heads up its Speed Machines with Classics at Goodwood

The 1936 Auto Union Type CJust two weeks after his triumph at the world’s most famous endurance race with team-mates Marcel Fässler and Benoït Tréluyer, Audi Sport factory driver André Lotterer will be back behind the wheel of two Audi racing cars at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The three-time Le Mans winner and fellow 24-hour stalwarts Allan McNish and Frank Biela will be among the stars celebrating the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s remarkable track record in motorsport at the much-loved event.

Lotterer, who also set the fastest lap of the 24-hour race, will drive the monstrous Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO (below) up the famous 1.16-mile hill to commemorate 25 years since Audi first entered the GTO category of the IMSA Series. This two-metre wide pure-bred race car develops a staggering 720 PS and achieved seven wins in its 13-race campaign, piloted by Hans-Joachim Stuck who subsequently claimed third place in the 1989 IMSA GTO Championship despite Audi opting to miss two races.

The Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO

The Goodwood hill will also see the Audi Type C “Alpine Victor” (below) for the first time at the Festival of Speed. When founder August Horch left the Horch company in 1909, he established a new enterprise in the very same year and named it Audi – the Latin translation of his surname, which means “Hark!” August Horch’s third Audi model, the Type C, was unveiled in 1911 and considered to be one of his best and most mature designs. The “Type C” truly proved its mettle when it won one of the toughest motor sport endurance races of that era – the Austrian Alpine Trial – three times in succession between 1912 and 1914.

The Audi Type C 'Alpine Victor'

The Auto Union Type C from 1936 (top) is a familiar face at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year it will be driven by five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela, who is inseparably associated with Audi’s racing achievements. “Driving at Goodwood is always a special experience. I’m really looking forward to the Auto Union Silver Arrow,” remarked Biela.

A real favourite with the crowds, the Silver Arrow piloted by Bernd Rosemeyer dominated European racing circuits in 1936 and, in 1937, was driven to victory by the ‘Mist Master’ in the first Grand Prix to be held at Donington Park. The 16-cylinder engine which produces 520 PS turns hundreds of heads from the moment it is started.


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