Bid for a co-drive with Walter Röhrl during the Eifel Rallye Festival

This is without doubt the chance of a lifetime for any rally fan. Very soon you will able to bid on eBay for a ride with Walter Röhrl in an original Group B Audi Sport Quattro, now owned by Wolf-Dieter Ihle. This will take place during the shakedown of the Eifel Rallye Festival (July 21st, 2016) that will be held on the famous “Mantaloch” stage.

The highest bidder will tackle a run over the 6.5 km shakedown stage alongside the double World Champion. The start of the eBay auction 262457970562 (June 08th, 2016) will be announced here well in advance. When the auction is over, the organisers of the Eifel Rallye Festival will inform the highest bidder about the procedure for their participation at the Shakedown.

The proceeds achieved during the auction will be doubled by the car owner, Wolf-Dieter Ihle, and will then be given to a local charity project called “Bürger für Bürger e.V.”. The organisation was founded for the people in the community of Daun in 2012. The aim of its members is to support elderly people in the region since it is thought desirable that such people should carry on living in their own homes for as long as possible. Members of the organisation assist with chores like mowing the lawn, cutting the hedge or shovelling snow as well as taking care of people inside their homes.

Audi Sport quattro Gruppe B

Audi Sport quattro group B

This vehicle is one of only 22 group B competition cars developed by Audi sport and the second one used in a world championship rally. It was homologated on May 1st, 1984 with Nr. B 264.

It carries the "Matter” number “RS05” and has the chassis number 85ZEA905105.  It was registered on April 10th, 1984 with the German license plate IN-NL 2.  Audi Sport entered Michèle Mouton and Fabrizia Pons with this car for the Rally Acropolis and starting number 4 from May 28th to May 31st, 1984. The Rallye led across 2.266 km and 47 stages with 799 km. Unfortunately the ladies team had to retire after SS 14 with engine failure, after they had already reached 2 stage wins and in SS2 the very first stage win of a Sport quattro in WRC.

Next event for the car was recce for Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz before the 1000-Lakes-Rally in Finland from August 26th until August 28th, 1984. Michèle Mouton and Fabrizia Pons were entered for this rally again with this car and starting number 7 by Audi Sport. The Rallye led across 1.420 km and 50 stages with 457 km. But again there was lack of luck. After a rollover in SS 21 the rally was over for the team.

Audi Sport repaired the car with a new roll cage (Matter Nr. 10.1984). Stig Blomqvist / Bjorn Cederberg took the car for recce before Rallye San Remo from September 30th until October 5th, 1984.  From November 1984 it served for PDK test and endurance runs at Porsche Weissach. After the ban of group B end of 1986 the vehicle was sold to Dahlbäck Racing in Sweden. But there it was used only for display and run never again for the next 3 decades.

The current owner bought the car from Dahlbäck in January 2009. After a thorough restoration until April 2016 it is now fully operational and is presented occasionally in European rallies. First event and 3rd rally for the car was the Lavanttal-Rallye in Carinthia in April, 2016 with Harald Demuth driving.

Technical specifications:

Engine Turbocharged, 5-cylinder, aluminium, in-line
Turbo KKK K27
Capacity 2,110 cc (x turbo factor 1.4 = 2,954 cc)
Power output 420 BHP (309 kW) at 7,500 rpm
Bore / stroke 79.5 x 85.0 mm
Torque 469 Nm at 5,500 rpm
Injection Bosch Motorsport Motronic 1.2
Power transmission Permanent 4-wheel-drive
Clutch Double-plate dry clutch
Gearbox All-synchromesh 5-speed manual gearbox
Front differential Ferguson limited slip visco coupling
Centre differential Torsen limited slip differential
Rear differential Friction plate limited slip
Fahrwerk Boge McPherson Aluminium
Tires Michelin 26/64-16
Rims Compomotive 9J x 16
Weight 1,075 kg empty
Dimensions Length 4160 mm, width 1790 mm, height 1344 mm