If you happen to Google search ‘Gatebil’, there’s a reasonably good likelihood you’ll discover photographs and movies of all-wheel drive vehicles being drifted about in Sweden and Norway. At Gatebil Mantorp again in June, I discovered a machine that’s definitely able to four-wheel smoky slides, however this one’s not constructed for gathering fashion factors – though it is vitally fashionable. It’s constructed for ripping quick lap instances.
I did some digging round, and discovered that it was featured on Speedhunters nearly a decade in the past. What’s occurred with it within the time since then? Let’s discover out…
The Audi Ur-Quattro remains to be owned and pushed by Börje Hansson, a racing veteran who has been concerned in motorsport for greater than 50 years now. I caught up with Börje on the Saturday night of the Mantorp Park occasion, and he was joyful to offer me a run down on the whole lot that’s modified since his first Speedhunters highlight in 2013.
If you happen to examine the then and now, it’s apparent that the outside has seen some work. Customized-made over-fenders have been fitted in 2015, on the identical time Börje was stepping as much as an 18-inch wheel and tire bundle. On prime of this, a brand new wing – 80mm taller than the earlier – was added to enhance downforce, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser was fitted too.
One 12 months previous to the outside makeover, Börje fitted a brand new 2,180cc engine that revved to nearly 9,000rpm and pumped out a strong 650hp. It wasn’t sufficient although, and in 2015, VS Motor in Norway was known as upon to take the Audi five-cylinder engine to the subsequent stage. A BorgWarner EFR 8374 turbo was added together with a much bigger and more-efficient intercooler setup within the rear. All informed, the upgrades lifted energy output to 780hp, which is the place it nonetheless sits at this time.
To benefit from the Audi’s newfound energy, Börje now additionally shifts by a sequential transmission.
I discussed a second in the past Börje switching to 18-inch wheels, and these come within the type of Braid Solid Is wrapped up in super-soft compound Yokohama rubber. The brake system has been upgraded too, with AP Racing DTM 6-pot calipers biting down on 380mm carbon-ceramic discs on the entrance, and an AP Racing DTM 4-pot/340mm setup in use on the rear.
There’s definitely loads to like about Börje’s Quattro, however my favourite facet of the automotive is its inside. The carbon dashboard, white inside paint and fighter jet-style switches – the whole lot goes so nicely collectively. Particularly when it’s darkish exterior and the brilliant pink lights on the sprint illuminate the cabin.
Given how beautiful this construct is, you may suppose that Börje goes simple on it, however that couldn’t be farther from the reality. He’s an absolute maniac on monitor, and the Audi is blisteringly fast.