Audi at GTI Meet
Audi A1 clubsport quattro concept
Audi A1 clubsport quattro concept
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It gives the impression of having just emerged from
the shop, freshly painted, on its way to the first roll-out on the race track. The Audi A1
clubsport quattro is a one-off vehicle built to the limits of technology for breathtaking dynamics.
Audi presented the show car in Reifnitz, in the Austrian state of Kärnten, at the Wörtherseetour
2011 (aka GTI Meet). The 30th edition of this major meeting for Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW fans took
place from 1st-4th June, 2011.
The 'heart' of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro is a classic Audi petrol engine – a five-cylinder
unit displacing 2.5 litres with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. Compared with the version
used in the Audi TT RS and RS 3 Sportback on which it is based, the output of the TFSI has been
increased dramatically to 370 kW (503 hp) and 660 Nm (486.79 lb-ft) of torque. Maximum power is
available between 2,500 and 5,300 rpm.
The turbocharger, intercooler, admission 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.
Another area where the A1 clubsport quattro shines is its overall weight of just 1,390
kilogrammes (3,064 lb). The powerful engine catapults the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7
seconds. From 0 to 200 km/h (124.27 mph) takes just 10.9 seconds, while the car goes from 80 to 120
km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in fourth gear in just 2.4 seconds.
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. Top speed is governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
The Audi show car 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 disc brakes. Up front,
six-piston callipers grab perforated carbon fibre-ceramic discs. Large steel discs are mounted on
the rear axle. The coilover suspension of the A1 clubsport quattro features adjustable compression
and rebound damping.
Dynamic and brawny: the exterior
Sporting a very dynamic appearance and an exquisite finish, the show car makes no secret of its
potential. The body has a Glacier White matt paint finish, with accents provided by many add-on
parts. The roof arch in high-gloss black supports a roof made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer
(CFRP), and the four rings at the front of the car are solid aluminium.
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Large, split air intakes with carbon struts are integrated into the distinctively modified front
skirt. The single-frame radiator grille sports a black honeycomb design, and the headlights feature
matted clasps with a red “wing.” Heat from the engine compartment is dissipated via two large air
outlets in the bonnet.
The front mudguards, the doors and the rear side panels of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro have
been widened by a total of 60 millimetres (2.36 in). They form horizontal “blister” edges, like
those found on the Audi Ur-quattro. Air outlets are integrated into the rear ends of the guards,
and the newly designed trim strips on the sills are made of exposed CFRP. Sleek side mirrors are
reminiscent of the Audi R8 high-performance sports car.
The rear of the show car is dominated by the roof spoiler, which features a double wing to
provide for sufficient downforce. Darkly toned rear lights and a large, closed diffuser hone the
rear view of the A1 clubsport quattro.
Designed as a road vehicle for the race track, the show car has no rear seat. In its place are a
large crossbar to further stiffen the body and storage for racing helmets. A weight-optimised
starter battery used in racing is mounted in the rear below the two storage compartments. The
strict high-performance concept left no room for an infotainment system, an MMI monitor or even a
loudspeaker. The lightweight bucket seats are taken from the Audi R8 GT and feature a chassis made
of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. Red four-point belts secure the driver and passenger.
The interior of the show car is a study in dark grey. Large areas are covered with exposed,
matt-finished CFRP, including the walls in the rear section of the car, the tubes of the air vents
and the “stern of the yacht” in the lower section of the centre console. The CFRP material used on
the open-spoked sport steering wheel is covered with leather. Rocker switches on the centre console
replace switches on the control stalk and in the door panels. Three additional instruments indicate
the oil pressure, boost pressure and electrical system voltage.
The centre console and the seats are covered in fine leather upholstery with tone-on-tone
stitching. The selector lever is made of aluminium; the caps of the pedals and the surface of the
footrest are made of stainless steel. Red loops replace the handles on the doors, the glove box and
the covers of the storage compartments.
The Audi stand at Wörthersee
Joining the A1 clubsport quattro on the Audi stand at the GTI meet are 17 production vehicles
from the current Audi model line-up. Among the vehicles that the brand is presenting to the public
at the Wörthersee is the new Audi Q3. The public can also take a close look at the Audi TT RS in
Ibis White and an RS 3 Sportback in Misano Red. Another model is the new Audi A6, which is on
display next to an A7 Sportback in Misano Red.
Those who made the trip to the Wörthersee had the opportunity to present their tuned Audi in a
worthy manner by driving it past the Audi stage at the company’s stand.
New accessories for production models
Many of the features of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro will soon show up in the accessories
programme for the A1 range, which Audi is steadily expanding. Adhesive film decals in the contrasting
colours Amalfi White, Ice Silver, metallic and Daytona Grey, pearl effect for the vehicles’
'shoulders' are available immediately. Another option is the union square lifestyle kit. It comprises
exterior decals and design elements for the interior, both with a diamond pattern. Audi is presenting
both this and the A1 aerodynamics competition kit at the Wörtherseetour. The customer can order this
add-on kit painted either in the body colour or in a contrasting colour. The same applies to the Audi
A1 roof spoiler competition kit.