20 years since Audi Sport quattro S1 wins Pikes PeakEnlarge Photo
The S1, which Röhrl took victory in, featured a 2.1L five-cylinder engine developing 600bhp at 8,000rpm and 435ft.-lbs of torque at 5,500rpm thanks to the Three-K K28 turbocharger. Power was transmitted via a six-speed gearbox, which even then used the dual-clutch principle on a quattro driveline equipped with three locking differentials.
After claiming victory, Röhrl is said to have been close to tears and later commented, “all I can say is that it was great to take part. It was crazy, but often it is in fact the crazy things which are the best in life. It was the very pinnacle of what can be done with a rally car.”