|• UK show debuts of the A1 quattro, all-new A3, RS 4 Avant, new generation RS 5, A6 allroad quattro, S6, S7 Sportback, S8
• All the RS heroes from the first Avant RS 2 to the present day RS 3 Sportback, TT RS and RS 4 on parade
• Tom Kristensen pilots a former Senna Lotus F1 car
• UK debuts of the all-electric A3 e-tron and Urban concept design studies
• 560PS R8 GT Spyder, Le Mans-winning R18 e-tron quattro and historic Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car will all power up the hill
Editor’s Note: The below text is primarily from Audi UK. However, it has been compiled by the Fourtitude staff and bolstered with additional Goodwood coverage including information from Audi Sport regarding Tom Kristensen and other news added to better cover the greater Audi story. As with the story, we’ve pulled in a collection of photography from various sources including but not limited to Audi UK, Audi Sport, M25 Audi and Goodwood themselves. We sincerely thank them for their support since we were unable to attend the event ourselves.
Audi RS power met Audi e-tron ingenuity at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which ran from June 29 through July 1. The all-new 450PS RS 4 Avant was just one of eight important UK new models to debut at the annual Sussex-based celebration of motoring and motorsport, and just one of seven RS models on the Audi stand. Their combined output of 2,695PS was in complete contrast to another star of the show – the tiny Audi Urban concept with its two electric motors developing 20PS. All points in between these two extremes were also be represented, with highlights including the 256PS A1 quattro, the eagerly awaited all-new A3, the latest A6 allroad quattro and the new S6, S7 Sportback and S8 trio with their V8 cylinder-on-demand technology.
On the competition front, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro sports prototype #1 (a.k.a. “Electra”) was in the F1 paddock in commemoration of the eleventh victory for Audi in the 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon race earlier this month. One of its three winning drivers, Germany’s André Lotterer, drove the innovative diesel-electric hybrid racer up the hill course at Lord March’s estate.
A special treat for Lotterer, he also got a stab at a vintage Group B-spec Audi Sport quattro rally car. Of the experience, Lotterer (@Andre_Lotterer) tweeted “A dream is coming true today! I have the privilege to drive one of the most awesome cars of the planet”
Audi factory driver Tom Kristensen also enjoyed an appearance at the Festival of Speed. The eight-time Le Mans winner piloted the Lotus 98T in which Ayrton Senna had clinched two victories and eight pole positions during the 1986 Formula One season. “An honor to have the privilege of driving this car,” said the pleased Dane.
Audi Sport’s Le Mans reserve driver and former Peugeot ace Marc Gene also works as a test driver for Ferrari’s F1 squad. As a result, the Spaniard took the hill at Goodwood in a Ferrari Formula One racer.
Meanwhile, Audi Tradition also made its annual pilgrimage to Goodwood House, this time with the much-loved Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car which was again be piloted by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
Also destined for the hill will be the exceptional R8 GT Spyder road car, which unleashed the full might of its 560PS with the help of quattro all-wheel-drive.
The Goodwood off-road course was reserved for the A4 allroad quattro and the all-new A6 allroad quattro, and of course the now three-strong Audi Q model family – the Q3, Q5 and Q7. The toughest members of the Audi range were scaling its tricky terrain throughout the Festival.
On just two wheels, Audi’s new acquisition Ducati also had a presence at Goodwood with exhibition runs of various “Ducs” ascending the hill.
All-new RS 4 Avant
Of the seven RS models dominating the Audi stand, the all-new RS 4 Avant with its 450PS, 4.2-litre V8 was the highlight. Its ancestors, dating back to the 1993 RS 2, were positioned alongside it, including a mint example of the first V8-powered RS 4 owned by Audi UK facebook competition winner Martin Blakey. These legends were joined by the new generation RS 5, the RS 3 Sportback and the TT RS.
n addition to the battery-powered Urban concept with its compact and radically styled carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body and offset 1+1 seating, the A3 e-tron concept also showcased a very different side to Audi engineering. Showing how the lines of the all-new A3 could potentially look if they were reinterpreted for a four-door saloon body shell, this plug-in hybrid combines 211PS from a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine with 27PS from an electric motor. The motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries charged by an energy recovery system when the car is in motion or directly from a household power socket when it is parked. It gives the A3 e-tron concept a range of up to 34 miles on electric power alone.
Visitors to the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed can read more about the Audi element of this fascinating event by visiting www.audi.co.uk, or by downloading the Audi Goodwood app from the Apple iTunes store.
See more photos from the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed in our associated photo gallery.