CHRIS HARRIS VIDEO: AUDI A1 QUATTRO
Harris still none the wiser about the A1 Quattro, but attempts to find out via the power of video
factory Sport Quattro rally car cannot ever be described as bad, but this current fad of launching cars in a specification and on surfaces that bear no resemblance to real conditions does seem odd. Perhaps Audi is trying to hide something? It did the same with the RS3 - which seems to have taken chassis flak from many people.
More pertinent in the case of this car is how we respond to these trinket machines – and we need to think about this because they are going to become more and more commonplace. That’s right, in the oxymoronic world of the motorcar, super rare, super pricey limited editions will soon be commonplace.
A1 Quattros to keep them exclusive and because it ‘likes the number’ (R8 GT volumes were the same, but one suspects all the A1s will actually find homes) but there must surely be other reasons. The most obvious of which is, you’d suppose, a real RS1 sometime soon; the sneaker is type approval.
I don’t know how the German TuV works this stuff, but clearly there is some margin for mechanical madness if you produce small volumes. BMW wouldn’t publically admit the M3 GTS fitted into this category, but I can’t see how that exhaust could be legal any other way. It would trip the Brussels noise-meter doing a static 4,500rpm test over in Garching.
Manufacturers using small volume type-approval rules to indulge their passions has to be good news.
Anyway, here’s the vid, my first of 2012 without the faithful Neil Carey shooting and editing because there wasn’t space on the plane to get him there. I don’t intend to have many closing titles that read: Written, presented, drifted and edited by Chris Harris. Final Cut Pro is way more difficult than oversteer.
Regardless, enjoy the vid!