Audi celebrates 100 years of ‘durch Technik’

2009-10-08 13:15

AUDI celebrates their centenary this year world wide and that means

festivities have been buzzing locally as well.

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

According to Audi SA, the story started back in 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 represented in motorsport with the

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

Audi the wheels of Audi cars. And SA shores have seen sport sedans and sports

cars make their way here.

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

And what better way to do it 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 is aimed at

drivers who have done the advanced safety and high performance courses and who

own or enjoy sports cars.

Driving instructor Mark Allison said it is designed to fine tune

driving skill and awareness and was designed with knowledge gained and input

from Audi Driving Experience Germany.

“The course is done world wide 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.

Audi Driving Experience SA runs their courses according to the

German standards.

“For the past 2 years, we have done over 400 courses and we have

done over 100 courses for 2009,” he said.

We did some braking exercises, cornering techniques and a few laps

on some of the most fun corners on the track in the S4 and S5.

These are the kinds of cars one would generally want to push to its

limits and you can’t really do that on normal roads of highways without getting

into some serious trouble with the law.

The cherry on the cake had to be the afternoon session where 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 machine like that 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)

Quick Stats

Model: Audi R8 V10

Engine: 5.2 V10FSI Quattro

Power: 386kW

Torque: 530Nm

Price: R1 900 000

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