By: Laurence Meredith .
The quattro wasn't the first car to boast permanent four-wheel drive, turbocharger or 5-cylinder engine, but it did combine all of these innovations for the first time in a usable road car, that was equally at home at high speed on a forest track.
International rallying, however, provided the company with an ideal opportunity to demonstrate what its new car could do against strong factory teams from Ford, Lancla and Fiat et al.
When the car was first seen as a rally-prepared quattro being used in anger everyone was truly astonished. The occasion was the 1983 International HAC Rally, the venue Weston Park, a special tarmac stage where grip is always at a premium.
For many dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts, the Audi name will forever be associated with the classic quattros of the 1980s, the Martin Smith-penned styling of the quattro a pinnacle of all that is, and remains, great and good about the rejuvenated.
This book gives full details of the evolution of the Quattro and its achievements during its life. A must have book for any Quattro enthusiast.