Ken Block, if you haven’t heard, is now an Audi driver. That comes with some privileges, like the opportunity to work closely with the company’s electric team to develop the future of the brand. It also comes with the chance to drive Audi’s greatest-ever rally cars in anger on a runway, including a one-of-one Group S prototype that would have defined the future of rallying if the class had not been canceled before it could ever debut.
Before that, though, Block got to check out the rest of the archive. The video covers a trip to the Audi Legacy facility in Ingolstadt, a private archive of the company’s greatest racing and rallying cars. One bank included a run of Le Mans winners, DTM racers, and GT3 cars, but Block and company were focused on the other side, the rallying group. At the end of that lane are two very special cars: A 1986 Sport Quattro S1 E2 Group B racer and the world’s only 1987 Sport Quattro RS 002, Audi’s sole survivor of a failed Group S development program.
Block’s time in the Sport Quattro is predictably incredible, but that’s all something you may have seen before. The unbelievable front-engined Group B racer that served as the ultimate variant of the car that made all-wheel drive the standard for the rest of rallying history is an absurdly wide development of what was once simply the most interesting version of the Audi 80 sold. Even on tarmac with the turbos tuned down for self-preservation, Block is still able to see what made the Sport Quattro S1 E2 so unforgettable it could justify three different modifiers in its name and still come out a legend.
But the highlight of the video is the RS 002, the Group S car. Before the video, just five people had ever driven the high-output, mid-engined beast from a long-abandoned class. Block not only became the sixth, he got to drive it hard enough to show it in all of the fire-breathing, popping glory one would expect from a car one evolution past the greatest Group B cars ever.
This was just the beginning. A story earlier this month indicated that Block also got a chance to drive the E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo and a DTM racer when visiting Audi’s shop. Videos of those cars being driven this quickly could follow soon.
From: Road & Track
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