My good friend Lukas, whom I have known for some time from various NASCAR groups, has written a very interesting report of one of the AUDI 200 from the Trans Am series. I just took some photos for him and I wouldn`t like to withhold the report....
The exit from the World Rally Championship and a record run on the oval of Talladega in 1988 put Audi into the American Trans-Am series. Audi is developing a special race car based on the Audi 200. This racecar uses a 510 hp, 5-cylinder turbo engine with a displacement of 2.1 liters. With this engine concept, Audi gained valuable experience in rallying. In addition, one sat on the proven all-wheel drive, which should turn out to be the absolute advantage over the competition on the many narrow city circuits of the racing series
Thanks to the relatively free regulations that dictated only a minimum length of the racing cars, the 200 Quattro over the series accelerator grew neatly in the width, which was another advantage for the choice of tire size and the aerodynamics of the car. In the cockpits of the German all-wheel racers was 1988 Rally World Champion Walter Röhrl, as well as the two-time Le Mans winners Hans Joachim Stuck and Hurley Haywood.
From the beginning of the Trans Am season onwards, the Audi 200 Quattro was far superior to the competition. This means that the Audi team was officially slowed down by the official side.
Despite all these measures, the Audi 200 won eight out of thirteen races of the season. Both - the brand rating, as well as the driver title for Hurley Haywood, went to Ingolstadt
The well-known model car manufacturer Minichamps adopted this interesting US motor sport model at the end of the 2010s in the scales 1:43 and 1:18. I’m lucky to have the 1:18 version of Hans Joachim Stuck in the showcase.
With which detail should I start?
In any case, the car acts as a model but very impressive between ITC Calibra, DTM M3 and DRM Capri. The level of detail meets any expectations of a Minichamps model. Especially if you take off the front and get a clear view of the 5-cylinder turbo powerhouse. Ignition cable, turbo and the attached Audi stickers on the belt.... everything where it should be.
The boot remains closed in the Minichamps model. If you want to risk looking into the interior, you have to look through the opening on the passenger side or the rear windows, as there are no doors to open, as with the original. In addition to the obligatory racing shell seat, roll cage and fire extinguishers, various cables and wires have been pulled through the interior. A kind of ¼ dashboard, as well as a switch box next to the driver’s seat, were modeled faithfully by Minichamps.
Another detail then falls into the eye: the exhaust pipe, which goes from the engine compartment in the interior, across the passenger side his way out. For the Quattro friends, there’s the underside of the front and rear differential, as well as the cardan shaft that connects the two.
A completely successful model, which I’m really proud to own it. In addition, it makes something good when Audi 200 Quattro Trans Am, Audi 90 Imsa GTO and Audi V8 DTM side by side in the showcase