1991 Audi V8 Quattro DTM Race Car Available for Auction

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Audi's Legacy in Motorsports Extends Beyond WRC and Le Mans: Discover a Rare Racing Gem at RM Sotheby's Auction.

1991 Audi V8 Quattro DTM Race Car

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Get Ready for an Iconic Auction Moment: Explore the 1991 Audi V8 Quattro, a DTM Racing Legend, Going Under the Hammer in Monaco on May 10th.

In a daring departure from the norm, Audi shook up the DTM scene, challenging the dominance of BMW and Mercedes-Benz with its formidable 1991 V8 Quattro sedan. Unlike its rivals' nimble contenders like the BMW E30 M3 and Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II, Audi opted for a robust V8-powered sedan, a precursor to today's Audi A8.

Pioneering Performance: The Audi V8 Quattro boasted a commanding 3.6-liter V8 engine and the legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system, renowned from its triumphs in WRC and IMSA. Adding to the intrigue, Audi enlisted the talents of 24 Hours of Le Mans victor Hans-Joachim Stuck as a driver for its inaugural single-car campaign in 1990—an endeavor that clinched the championship that very year.

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In 1991, Audi's DTM endeavour saw significant expansion, fielding four cars across two factory teams. The V8 Quattro underwent enhancements, including a new front splitter and adjustable rear wing, resulting in a power surge to approximately 500 hp. The season crowned Frank Biela as Audi's champion. However, the following year proved tumultuous, leading to Audi's mid-season withdrawal due to unforeseen setbacks.

This distinguished vehicle made its debut in the thrilling 1991 DTM season opener at Zolder. Piloted by racing legends Hans-Joachim Stuck and Hubert Haupt throughout that season, it continued its legacy into 1992. Retained by Audi until 2014, the car found a new home with Haupt, who oversaw its meticulous restoration, including the installation of a potent 4.2-liter engine. Since its restoration, the car has seen only minimal usage, as confirmed by RM Sotheby's. With estimations ranging from 750,000 to 1 million euros, or approximately $800,000 to $1 million, this prized possession is poised to make automotive history once again.

Gallery: 1991 Audi V8 Quattro DTM Race Car

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