Let’s say you’re a race car driver. You weren’t born in Monaco, but your racing career is successful and you now live in the magnificent principality on the sea. Everywhere you look, your friends and neighbors drive all manner of luxury and exotic machinery. Would you follow this same path? Not if you’re André Lotterer.
Racing for Audi Sport and Porsche, Lotterer has laid claim to three class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. So his daily driver reflects some of the German racing history. No, it’s not a modern 911 or some fancy Singer with a price tag eye opening even for most of the Monaco set. Instead, Lotterer drives an old Audi.
And it’s a damn fine old Audi, because this specific car is a Tornado Red Sport Quattro from 1984. Sitting deep in the nose is a 2.1-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. At the time, it was supposed to crank out a bit under 200 horsepower while sending power out to all four wheels. Along the way, it turns out tremendous noise and one hell of a driving experience. This is basically a homologated rally car for the road, and it truly looks the part thanks to those pumped up box flares.
Watch and listen
André’s car is not stock. The wheels appear rally ready. There’s been a bit of engine work as well, so this car now produces 450 horsepower. That’s more than the actual rally cars made. At least until full-out Group B insanity took over and the Sport Quattro S1 E2 appeared.
Now Lotterer uses this amazing bit of Audi history as his daily shuttle when he’s in Monaco. Every other modern car at the valet stand looks a bit less special when this one pulls up. This is 80’s design done damn near perfectly, and it’s a vision of an extraordinary moment in time for motorsport in general.
This is how you do a daily driver right.