Type 85 Audi Coupe quattro Group A rally history

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Type 85 Audi Coupe quattro Group A rally history
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UK Group A cars

This is an edited version of a post by Booty at classic-audi.co.uk

Two cars were built in the UK that were to compete under ‘Group A’ regulations for the 1987 Shell Oils British Open Rally Championship. Group A regs were that the manufacturer had to build at least 2500 cars so the FIA would homologate them.

* 4 wheel drive transmissions

* liter turbo charged engines (there’s an FIA 1.7 engine displacement multiplication factor for turbo charged cars) using a 34mm turbo restrictor

* Front mounted engines (longitudinal or transversal)

* inimum weight of 1230 Kg

* Active differentials

However there were some modifications allowed by the FIA..which were.

* Full suspension geometry and layout. The original mounting points must be preserved within a 20mm radius

* Engine internals including camshafts, crankshaft, valves. Other engine components can be machined. The engine bloc must be preserved

* Engine peripherals (Radiators, intercoolers. )

* Engine management

* raking system

* Gearbox, gear ratios, number of gears and gear selection type

* Differentials

* Final drive ratio

* Electric equipment

So, as I was saying David Sutton built 2 cars, for Audi Sport UK, both left hookers and registered on the Isle of Man, as you could not get type approval in this country at the time for left hookers.

44 XMN was the first to be built and used and ran in the traditional ‘Shell Oils’ livery. Engine was standard 2226cc and were built by Schmidt Motorsport in Germany, and crated over to Suttons workshops, but they ran with a higher compression engine and ran on special fuel ( Toluene and Av-gas). This car ran a BHP of around 200bhp.

It competed in six rallies in 1987.

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The National Breakdown Rally – Yorkshire

Circuit of Ireland

Fram Welsh – Wales

British Midland – Scottish

Ulster Rally – Northern Ireland

Manx rally – Isle of Man

David Llewellin was the man behind the wheel and he was co driven by Phil Short. He did well to be honest getting the absolute maximum from the car but the problem was it was 100bhp behind the Sierra Cossies that had debuted in 1987 under Group A rules. The final rally of that year was the Lombard RAC and for this, David Sutton built a new car. MAN 44A was pretty much the same as 44 XMN but ran a different livery being the Shell Gemini blue colour scheme.

Llewellin was co driven by Short again and they came 7th overall, but a technical infringement meant Per Ecklund was disqualified in his Coupe quattro for having an oversize inlet manifold. So they ended up sixth in the end. Glyn Jones, who was a neighbour of Llewellins, also used 44 XMN as a privateer on the same rally but was not placed.

MAN 44A car went on into private ownership not long after as Audi pulled out of Rallying in 1988.

44 XMN was crushed and no longer exists but MAN 44A is now owned by Dave Preece and is still demonstrated when he gets the chance, he has sympathetically restored the car but has kept most of the orignal bits.

44 XMN on the National Breakdown Rally.

44 XMN on the Fram Welsh

44XMN, Excert from the 1987 Circuit of Ireland Rally

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