A century of ‘Vorsprung durch Tecknik’

2009-09-16 15:04

AUDI worldwide celebrates its centenary this year and festivities

have already been buzzing locally.

The company has a history going back more than four decades.

According to Audi SA, the story dates back to 1967, when Volkswagen

SA and Auto Union GmbH concluded an agreement to assemble and distribute Audi

vehicles in South Africa. In 1968, the first Audi Super 90 was produced at the

Uitenhage plant in the Eastern Cape.

Since then, the company has been represented in motorsport by the

likes of Sarel van der Merwe, Geoff Mortimer and Terry Moss clinching titles

behind wheels of Audi cars.

Audi SA recently added to the celebrations of the sporty heritage.

And what better place to do it than on the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit with the

latest S4, S5 and the R8 V10.

The first part of the morning we did some theory and driving

techniques as part of the Sportscar Experience course. This is an extension of

the High performance course.

According to Audi Driving Experience, this course was aimed at

drivers who had done the advanced safety and high-performance courses and who

owned or enjoyed sports cars.

Driving instructor Mark Allison said it was designed to fine-tune

driving skills and awareness, and more – it was designed with the knowledge

gained and input from Audi Driving Experience Germany.

“The course is done worldwide in several other countries and two

top instructors from Audi Driving Experience Germany came over for a week to

assist the local team,” said Allison.

The cherry on the cake had to be the afternoon session when we took

the new R8 V10 models out on some hot laps. Most women enjoy shopping to their

hearts’ content, I would much rather be on the track working on my race line in

a R8 V10 machine any day.

Quick Stats

Model: Audi S4

Engine: 3.0 V6 TFSI

Power: 245kW

Torque: 440Nm

Price: R580 500 (manual) and R597 500 (S-tronic)

Model: Audi R8 V10

Engine: 5.2 V10FSI Quattro

Power: 386kW

Torque: 530Nm

Price: R1 900 000

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