Audi Testing A1 quattro Prototype
Audi is currently testing its quattro all-wheel-drive system on the A1, as the carmaker is preparing to introduce this in upcoming go-fast incarnations of the car.
“Prototype versions of the Audi A1 equipped with quattro all-wheel-drive are being subjected to challenging driving conditions in sub-zero temperatures ahead of the system’s introduction in future high performance A1 variants,” stated the press release.
The company has created a one-ff development car, which is currently undergoing winter testing in Canada. The vehicle is also taking part in the “Fascination of quattro” event, which is being held in Montreal to celebrate the smart 4wd system, which reached the age of 30 last year.
“The latest member of the burgeoning quattro family uses technology very similar to that used in A3 and TT models. At its core is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch located in front of the rear axle for an optimized distribution of weight. Inside is a package of plates that rotate in an oil bath,” the press release explains.
“During normal driving, the clutch sends most of the engine’s power to the front wheels. If the front axle loses grip, the clutch can instantly transfer torque to the rear axle by forcing the plate packages together. A pressure reservoir helps the electric pump to develop the necessary oil pressure.”
This new development means that we are one step closer to seeing the Audi RS1 coming to life. We just can’t wait to meet the future hot hatch!