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RE: Audi in F1???


You are right Benetton did run this torque shift system but only on certain circuits, I don't think it really did them any great favours. On another motorsport subject I wonder what David Richards (boss of Prodrive Subaru Rally Team) is going to do with the 75million gbp he has just got from selling half of Prodrive????? Back into F1???? Who knows. 

Why not use Laguna Seca as an F1 venue, it's a great circuit, saw some GT cars racing their on satellite recently.


-----Original Message-----
From:	MSV96@aol.com [mailto:MSV96@aol.com]
Sent:	01 December 1999 17:04
To:	quattro@audifans.com
Cc:	iain.atkinson@etl.ericsson.se
Subject:	Re: Audi in F1???

In a message dated 12/1/1999 "Iain Atkinson (ETL)" 
<iain.atkinson@etl.ericsson.se> writes:

Audi has admitted they have a Formula One project in the wings. The German 
marque, who was rumoured to a buy-out of the Benetton team in 1997, could 
enter the sport in the next five to seven years. The increasing involvement 
of major carmakers has doubtlessly sparked the motor giant's interest.

I wonder if they will be using the Quattro system?? >>

Thanks for the news flash Iain! I didn't see anything yesterday on this on F1 
message boards I frequent but it sounds plausible. Here's hoping that it 
really happens *and* we in the US have a decent venue USGP by then (and I 
don't mean Tony George's speedway/infield "road circuit" either...;-)...)

As far as quattro? No, awd is banned in F1. However, last season the Benetton 
(?) team ran a front half-shaft/differential arrangement to shift torque (? 
please no t*rsen threads from this) side to side on the front wheels to 
increase grip at the front. This was a passive device and it was 
controversial, but it was allowed. The device in question was developed by 
Audi for use in the FWD A4 touring cars to help them offset the AWD ban. Not 
sure if it helped any as the Benetton cars were not real good last year, 
partly due to old engine technology.

Ah...Audis and motorsports, a subject I love ;-)

Mike Veglia
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