Audi has unveiled this astonishing 500hp version of its supermini hatchback at the annual Wörtherseetour meet (June 1-4) in Austria. Now in its 30th year, the event attracts VW and fans from around the world to the week-long celebration that takes over the small Austrian town.
The A1 Clubsport quattro show car uses the 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine from the Audi TT RS and RS3. But whereas the production version produces 340hp, this concept car boasts 503hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. It will also apparently accelerate 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and 0-124mph in 10.9 seconds, with a governed 155mph top speed.
The one-off A1 clubsport quattro uses a heavily modified version of the RS 3 Sportback’s turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine to deliver electrifying performance which is headlined by figures including 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and 0-124mph in just 10.9 seconds. To gain the extra power, the turbocharger, intercooler, intake, exhaust and software have been tuned for performance. As on the Audi A4 DTM racecar, the exhaust tailpipe is located on the left flank, just in front of the rear wheel. The blistering acceleration is said to be courtesy of its quattro all-wheel drive system in combination with its 3065 lb weight. In addition to the figures already quoted, the A1CSq is said to dispatch the 50-70mph overtaking surge in fourth gear in just 2.4 seconds. The car uses a six-speed manual transmission and quattro AWD, both taken from the TT RS but uprated to cope with the additional torque output. The show car rolls on 255/30 R19 tires mounted on 19-inch wheels with a unique turbine design, very reminiscent of the cooling fins on ’80s endurance racers, and not too dissimilar from Ronal’s Turbo wheel.
Sitting behind the wheels are six-piston front calipers and drilled carbon fiber/ceramic discs. Steel discs are fitted on the rear axle. The coilover suspension of the A1 clubsport quattro features adjustable compression and rebound damping. We suspect this may but units from KW based on previous VAG projects.
The exterior is finished in Glacier White matte paint, while the pillars are in high-gloss black with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof. The four rings in the grille were machined from solid aluminum. Large air intakes with carbon struts are integrated into the front spoiler. The radiator grille gets black honeycomb mesh and heat from the engine bay is relieved through large vents in the hood.
The front fenders, the doors and the rear quarter panels were widened 60mm to form flares reminiscent of the Ur-quattro. The front fenders also have air outlets on the back. The mirrors are styled after the Audi R8’s. The rear is dominated by the mother of all wings, which double planes to provide downforce. There’s also a diffuser section and dark rear lights.
Designed as a road car for the track, the clubsport has no rear seat. In its place is a large crossbar to stiffen the body, as well as storage for helmets.
There’s also a lightweight starter battery below the two storage compartments. The performance concept left no room for infotainment so Audi’s MMI monitor and all the loudspeakers were deleted. Instead, the car has the lightweight bucket seats from the Audi R8 GT with CFRPshells.
Red four-point harnesses secure the occupants. This vivid color is repeated on the loops that replace the handles on the doors, glovebox and storage compartments. The tacho is also faced in bright red.
Otherwise, the interior is a study in dark grey, with large areas of exposed, matte CFRP, including the rear side panels, the air vents and part of the center console.
CFRP was also used on the steering wheel, which is additionally covered in leather. Rocker switches on the center console replace switches on the control stalks and in the door panels. Three additional instruments indicate the oil and boost pressure plus voltage.
The centre console and seats are covered in fine leather. The gear lever is aluminum, while the pedals and footrest are stainless steel. You can experience the Audi A1 clubsport quattro interactively at Need for Speed World as a free in-game rental car from June 1-4 to commemorate its Wörthersee appearance. Visit http://world.needforspeed.com for access to the car from EA Games.