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Audi tries for Guinnes Book of World Records

In message <Pine.HPP.3.93.960822161158.7837A-100000@bluejay.creighton.edu> Psycho Bob writes:

> Audi is trying to get into Guinnes Book as the first luxury car to go
> around, uh, many places. With A8 V6 5-valve Quattro, it left Ingolstadt on
> May ,1996 -- and will cover 4 continents, including 12-trips across the
> Arctic circle.

When the new streamlined 100 (5000) first shipped in the early 1980s, Audi took 
a diesel, a petrol carburretor and a petrol injection version up to Hamburg on 
a transporter and parked them outside Stern magazine's offices on the 
Alsterufer.  A few months before, Stern had publicly ridiculed Piech's claim 
that the new models were so aerodynamic they'd get to Munich without refueling.

Stern took up the challenge, and sent a reporter and photographer off in each 
car, "to creep down the Autobahn at Richtgeschwingigkeit (recommended maximum 
speed - 130kph" and "crawl up the hills in top gear".  They all got _way_ 
past Munich.  The injection version got to Salzburg, the carburretor version 
into Turkey, and the diesel to Ankarra and quite a bit of the way back to 

Stern carried a story in the next issue: "Herr Piech hat Recht" - "Herr Piech 
was right".  

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club