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Made To Drive | S04 E13

Ur-Quattro gave Audi All-Wheel Dominance

In the late 1970s, Audi engineers started toying with the idea of pairing a turbocharged engine with the Volkswagen group’s four-wheel-drive platform. The result, in 1980, was the Ur-Quattro (Ur being German for “original”), a car that would ultimately change Group B rally racing and, in time, the way sports cars were prepared.
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jacobrajewski
jacobrajewski

Another great video, great car and a great enthusiastic owner. Way to capture it all Petrolicious, great work!

Ian Miles
Ian Miles

Nice to see snobbery and pomposity are alive and well. It is his dream car so perhaps driving too close to the side of the road is not something he wants to do and risk seeing his car written off. I would guess he has never been a rally driver and as such just enjoys driving his car and the pleasure it provides. There appears to be no one else on the road and as such why would you never cross the lines and use more of the road to make your driving experience smoother. Another video focusing on the… Read more »

Wessel Kouwen
Wessel Kouwen

Nice to have Manuel back with one of his other beautifull cars! Great collection and a very nice Ur. Really love these type of videos.

Zachary Rowan
Zachary Rowan

Nice car, but his driving does not encompass drive tastefully. I hope the road was closed or had some one ahead watching for traffic. Crossing center line is usually a quick ticket for reckless and excessive speed.

Pb
Pb

F off, way too deep, let the guy enjoy his ride, this and the other lane comments are ridiculous….get a life

Derelict
Derelict

He has a point. Enjoy your ride but do not drive like a complete, skill lacking person. It is not like he was nailing lines or anything. It was just poor skill. Cool car. Interesting person. Lacking knowledge however.

Jakub
Jakub

I totally like the plate and that was previously owned by Vasek Polak, Czech as me. I have to agree with Martin that some parts are not original. I saw this June here in Prague on Legendy event the original sport quattro from homologation series. By the way they had also original S1 and A2 versions (not mention several replicas). Stig Blomqvist who attended Legendy as well was amazed when he saw these originals standing on the lawn beside each other. Check the web or FB gallery. Note for Jacob Bengtsson: I saw there also Lancias 037, Delta, S4 and… Read more »

Jacob Bengtsson

Ohh joy… I have called for more video with Mr. Minassian repeatedly on Instagram, so nice to finally see some.

Although my own small collection of vehicles only have Italians in it, and therefore Mr. Minassians Italians caught me at the time, I can easily enjoy this amazing German as well.

Thank you for another experience for the eyes, the ears and the heart.

Best regards
Jacob

Matej Perko

But wouldn’t the Sport Quattro be closer to the Group B car, since it’s a homologation special?

brad ross
brad ross

The UR was actually the first Group B car. Sport Quattro didn’t come along until later. Then after that was the S1.

Ray Jay
Ray Jay

As a frequent rider of the two wheeled kind, and as someone who has logged a few miles along Angeles Crest, I can’t help but focus on the less than ideal driving lines selected by the poor Mr. Minassian. I sure the chap wanted to put on a good show, but whenever I see wheels persistently crossing over the double yellow, I think to myself that either one’s talent or common sense has come to a rather embarrassing end. I dig those gloves.

Kuroneko
Kuroneko

As a two-wheel rider too, I also cringed, but reconciled it simply as a cool car and a closed road. Or, minimum, one downstream spotter…

brad ross
brad ross

Awesome! I’ve been watching these Petrolicious videos for a few years now. I have a UR that I drive every day and have been waiting somewhat impatiently for a vid about one. Thanks and keep them coming.

brad ross
brad ross

p.s. My neighbor has an Audi R8 with a Lambo V10. It most definitely is not a rebadged VW.

Kuroneko
Kuroneko

Neither was my mere V8 driver… But, [i]never let the truth get in the way of a good story[/i]!

Dennis Cavallino
Dennis Cavallino

It’s quattro without the capital Q. /nag 🙂

Martin

Awesome to see another one on the road and cared for! Love the video and the story. However few pointers to the owner, sadly this car is far from original… The 8″ Ronals were not stock on 1983, the dash was swapped from later cars, it has Euro bumpers and black tail lights! Front lights are also updated Euro with sloping grill. Missing the original stripes and front valance stickers, the trunk lid should have “Audi” and ‘quattro” stickers as well, not decals. The trunk lid reflector is European and does not fit the US trims, you can see the… Read more »

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

maybe they should be called intercooler timers instead of TURBO timers ;)…dude has a tremendous collection though.

JB21
JB21

It was a wicked car back then…and slightly an odd one for me. For all the racing pedigree and charisma, and while really great to drive, I just never ever fancied this car. For me, it was a car that I was marveled by when I got to drive it (which was actually quite often, it was a pretty popular car back in the days), but still rather stand 5 ft away and just admire.

Gonzalo

Wow, i love Audis….and without doubts audi quattro is one of my favourites!

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

On one hand ; The uR was a milestone in Rally as well as Production Car AWD development . On the other .. as more than a few have successfully argued … it was the beginning of the end of WRC as we [ of a certain age ] once knew it . All but eliminating the abilities of small well run teams to go head to head with the big boys and eventually leading up to Group B’s wretched excesses that finally brought the class to a close and eventually leading to the EconoBox overly homogenized dreck they now… Read more »

Karst
Karst

They’ve had their fair share of mishaps and controversy regarding VW, but they wouldn’t be anywhere without it. Plenty of cars have come out since uR that were great, the B7 and B5 RS4s to name two of them. The Audis aren’t simply rebadged VWs, they are just conservative with their commercial designs. Their race heritage hasn’t escaped them either, the racing has just changed.