Recreating A Group B Legend: Hamish White’s Sport Quattro S1 E2

In my college days, I had {a magazine} pull-out poster of this automotive’s predecessor on my bed room wall.

As a die-hard VW/Audi fanatic, Hamish White’s Audi ‘Sport Quattro’ construct was merely the most effective factor I’d ever examine.

I nonetheless have that version of Efficiency VW journal in a cabinet someplace, together with the poster. The automotive even graced Speedhunters’ pages again in 2013, courtesy of Ben and Paddy.

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The automotive you see earlier than you is Hamish’s second effort at constructing his imaginative and prescient of the right short-wheelbase Audi, and it’s a wholly completely different animal from his first construct.

“This automotive was given to me at no cost after crashing my previous Quattro throughout testing 10 years in the past,” Hamish remembers. “I used to be promoting for a brand new roof with out a sunroof, however I used to be supplied the complete shell of a sunroof automotive. It was too good to show down.”

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Hamish’s preliminary plan was to restore his crashed Audi, however that turned to finish re-shelling with a brand new, soon-to-be shortened chassis. Nonetheless, as is the way in which in life, priorities modified and the unique Audi was offered to fund a home deposit.

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A spouse and three youngsters adopted shortly after, and though the second Audi construct course of naturally slowed down, it by no means stopped.

Contemplating the ultimate outcome, I’d argue that the prolonged timeframe and extra thought-about method that got here with it has solely benefitted the construct. A decade is a very long time to dedicate to a single challenge in any case…

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Having began life as a 1986 Audi Coupé – the much less performance-focused different to the Audi Ur-Quattro – Hamish proceeded to shorten the physique shell by 320mm on his customized chassis jig.

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What units this construct aside is using the A-pillars and roof part from an Audi 80 saloon for a steeper windscreen angle. This was a key facet of the unique Sport Quattro homologation highway automotive and rally automotive, and was accomplished to cut back glare.

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The windscreen modification is one element most Sport Quattro replicas omit, unsurprising when you think about the quantity of labor required for it to not compromise the structural rigidity of the chassis. A multi-point T45 roll cage greater than makes up for any potential energy misplaced within the conversion, tied in not solely to the physique shell but additionally to the raised entrance strut towers.

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The roll cage can also be now a part of the pickup factors for the customized entrance subframe and the rear differential, surrounded by bespoke tubular T45 suspension arms. The rear subframe can also be customized, with a number of pickup factors at each axles for anti-dive/squat changes when tuning the dealing with properties.

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Talking of which, the Audi is suspended on a set of KW Competitors two-way adjustable coilovers with inverted dampers. Stopping energy has been severely bulked up too, with real WRC-spec callipers in any respect 4 corners; Brembo 8-piston items on the entrance and AP Racing 4-piston items on the rear with 330x32mm discs throughout.

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The AAN 2.2-litre five-cylinder engine mounted proper up within the Audi’s nostril has been freshly rebuilt with solid connecting rods and a Garrett GT28 turbocharger strapped to the facet, with bespoke exhaust work resulting in 3-inch facet exits from a 3.5-inch downpipe. The radiator and intercooler are additionally customized.

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The powertrain and the automotive’s ancillaries are managed by a MoTeC ECU and PDM wired with a bespoke harness constituted of scratch by David Rowe, one other Audi aficionado recognized to this facet of the web. Naturally, this implies there may be additionally a MoTeC-focused cockpit that includes a digital show and change panel.

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Different inside highlights embrace a Tilton adjustable pedal field and a Sabelt steering wheel matching the ex-WRC Sabelt harnesses with titanium adjusters. These safe Hamish and his passenger into a pair of real ex-WRC Recaro bucket seats that had been utilized by Peter Solberg and his co-driver Phil Hill all through their 2004 World Rally Championship assault.

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The Audi’s exterior is about as true to a Sport Quattro S1 E2 as doable, not solely in form but additionally in substance. In Hamish’s quest for weight discount, composite supplies function closely within the construct.

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Actually, “the solely metal remaining is the ground pan, bulkhead and entrance chassis rails. Every thing else is carbon-Kevlar physique panels together with the interior arches,” he says.

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My three favorite touches are a part of the obsession with weight discount, and simply occur to be period-correct cool.

Inside the Kevlar arches are a set of magnesium BBS E50 wheels. Not solely are they pieced along with uncommon titanium bolts, however the entrance wheels profit from a pair of real BBS turbo followers.

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Moreover, the facet and rear home windows have been changed with Lexan. The raised ‘QUATTRO‘ lettering within the rear shouldn’t be solely stylistic but additionally provides stiffness to the rear window and prevents flexing. As a result of why not take pleasure in each type and performance?

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Being the small-mirror-obsessed weirdo that I’m, I can’t end this highlight with out mentioning the automotive’s bespoke mirrors. They’re modelled on correct Group B gadgets, however on this case are produced in carbon fibre. The good contact? The additionally provide cool air into the cabin, good for a sizzling rally stage.

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Final Dubs 2024 was a return to type with some distinctive motors, however I’ve no disgrace in admitting this was a ‘by no means meet your heroes’ second. What a f**king phenomenal automotive.

Mario Christou
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