A1 Clubsport Quattro

Audi will present a little rascal this week at Austria’s 30th annual Wörtherseetour meeting for fans of VW Group models. The carmaker from Ingolstadt will show a heavily modified version the of the smallest Audi to date.

The one-off A1 Clubsport Quattro uses a tuned version of the turbocharged five-cylinder from the TT-RS and the RS3 Sportback. This engine delivers a whopping 503 horsepower which peaks from 2,500rpm all the way up to 5,300rpm, and 660Nm of torque. The turbocharger, intercooler, induction tract and the exhaust line have been systematically tuned for high performance. As on the Audi A4 DTM, the tailpipe is located on the left flank, just in front of the rear wheel.

Also impressive is the overall weight of just 1,390 kilograms which was achieved trough the extensive use of carbon fiber. Thanks to this and the mighty engine, the A1 Clubsport Quattro is able accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds while the 200km/h is be reached in just 10.9 seconds. According to German tradition the top speed is electronically limited at 250km/h.

A six-speed manual transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, both taken from the TT-RS and enhanced, deliver the power to all four wheels.

The Audi showcar rolls on 255/30 low-profile tyres mounted on 19-inch alloy wheels with a unique turbine design. Sitting behind the wheels are large, internally ventilated carbon ceramic discs up front. Large steel discs are mounted on the rear axle. The coilover suspension of the A1 Clubsport Quattro features adjustable compression and rebound damping.

Other interesting features of this car are the carbon fiber roof, a black honeycomb designed grille, widened fenders, a double blade rear wing and a huge rear diffuser. Heat from the engine compartment is dissipated via two large air outlets in the bonnet.

The front wings, the doors and the rear side panels of the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro have been widened by a total of 60 millimetres. They form horizontal “blister” edges, like those found on the legendary Audi Ur-Quattro. Air outlets are integrated into the rear ends of the wings, and the newly designed trim strips on the sills are made of exposed carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). Sleek side mirrors are reminiscent of the Audi R8 high-performance sports car.

The interior received a treatment as well with many of the standard pieces being replaced with either exposed, matte-finished CFRP, or aluminum. Three additional instruments indicate the oil pressure, boost pressure and electrical system voltage.

As the A1 Clubsport Quattro was designed as a road vehicle for the race track, the showcar has no rear seats. Instead there is are a large crossbar to further stiffen the body and storage for racing helmets.. The lightweight bucket seats are taken from the Audi R8 GT and red four-point belts secure the driver and passenger.

The one-off Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro will be one of the highlights of the 2011 Wörtherseetour, running from the 1st to 4th of June. This car can also be experienced in the game Need for Speed World, where it will be available to all players as a free in-game rental car from June 1 – 4.

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