About the Car
The Audi Quattro, produced by German auto maker, is a road and rally car. It was first introduced in 1980 and continued to 1991. “Quattro” is Italian for “four”, referring to the Quattro’s four-wheel-drive system. Audi took advantage of the recently changed rules that allowed four-wheel drive rally cars to compete. The original engine was a 2.1L, inline 5-cylinder with a turbocharger. It had 197 hp, 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and top speed of 137mph. The A2 won eight world rallies.
The 1984 Sanyo Rally of New Zealand was the third one held. There were two Audi Quattro A2’s driven in the race, coming in 1st and 3rd place.
About the Brand
A subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, Audi is a German automobile manufacturer of luxury vehicles. It has its roots at Ingolstadi, Bavaria, Germany. The origins are complex, founded by August Horch in 1909. The name if based on the Latin translation of the founder “Horch” meaning listen in German becoming “audi” in Latin. The logo of the 4 rings represents the four car companies that came together to create Audi’s predecessor company.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps was founded in 1990 as a die-cast car producer in Aachen, Germany under the name of Paul’s Model Art GmbH. The original company was the Danhausen, a trade company that made 1:43 scale models and sold them over the counter and mail order. From 1971 to 1993 the company published the famous Danhausen World Model Car Book. Danhausen was owned by the grandsons of Emma Danhausen – Hans Peter and Paul Gunter Lang. There was a dispute between the brothers in the late 1980’s. That is when Paul formed the Paul’s Model Art. Diecast models were made more for the adult clientele and holding their value was a big question that needed to be answered. Minichamps’ excellent quality has been noticed by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, and BMW.