The Audi 90 IMSA GTO is Beautifully Engineered
In this editor’s opinion, in the top 5 best engine sounds in the world, ever. LISTEN
Speedhunters.com has written a more complete profile of this car than I have found anywhere else on the internet. They have excellent pictures and informative, clear writing (as is usual for Speedhunters) about the car, and it would be a crime for this blog to butcher their layout and presentation by posting it here.
If you would like to view the Speedhunters article, please go here.
This is the Audi that essentially pulled Audi from the brink. In the mid to late 80’s, Audi was mired in lawsuits alleging their cars were the subject of “unintended acceleration”. Sales dropped significantly but the company pressed on.
It was around this time that I fell in love with the IMSA GTO Audi 90. I happened to catch a race on tv and I was immediately drawn to the spectacle of its super-wide bodywork. But it was the sound of it, under braking, going around a turn with all four of its tires chirping during deceleration that beckoned my attention. Granted, with over 700 hp it was fast but I had never witnessed anything like it when it was slowing down which is where the all-wheel drive system gave it a distinct advantage.
Not only could it commit to late-braking maneuvers, the all-wheel drive system provided superb traction exiting a corner. And if it was raining during the race, the Audis were essentially guaranteed a podium finish.
Eventually, the Audis were seen to be so advantaged that after numerous wins they were burdened with additional ballast and narrower tires just to even the playing field. They won races regardless of these measures which only highlighted the performance value of an all-wheel drive system.