Hammond drives the icons: Audi Quattro
Richard fires up Ingolstadt's legendary turbo mentalist...
Posted: 15 Aug 2012
I was privileged to be driven in one by Stig Blomqvist, many years ago. I was nearly sick - hangover-related issues on the day - but was entirely and gloriously dazzled by the meeting of man and machine as they made the seemingly impossible into fabulous reality. It just seemed so natural, so organic the way he plugged into the car and used it as an extension of himself and his own imagination.
Getting to the limits of such a car would take time, a lot of it. But thanks to build quality and rock-solid values, you would probably have that time. And I, for one, would be very, very jealous. Yes, there would be things designers and engineers would do differently today if they made it again. I like to think they'd put the steering wheel and the pedals on the same side, for instance - it is a very offset driving position. But it's not often that a genuinely brand-new thing comes along.