Nostalgia is one of the main sources of inspiration for the automotive industry, some times this resulted in something good, like the 2005 Ford GT, however this isn’t always the case. Back in the year 2000, Audi wanted to pay tribute to one of the drivers of Auto Union (Audi’s predecesor) this driver was Bernard Rosemeyer, who died in January 1938 in a car crash on the highway that conected Frankfurt and Darmstadt, he was trying to set a new speed record when a strong burst of wind made him lose control of the car and sent him to his death.
62 years later, Audi decided to create a supersports car to pay tribute to this driver creating The Rosemeyer Concept.
So why we haven’t seen the Rosemeyer on the streets yet?? well even though many people liked the concept, Audi decided not to produce it because it would be too expensive to build. However some people say that it wasn’t produced so that it didn’t get in the way of the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron concept, which would later become the Veyron
valvetrain: 5 Valves / Cyl
displacement: 8004 cc / 488.4 in³
power 469.8 kw / 630.0 bhp
specific output 78.71 bhp per litre
torque 761 nm / 561.3 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
driven wheels Mid Engine / AWD
wheelbase 2910 mm / 114.6 in
length 4540 mm / 178.7 in
width 1920 mm / 75.6 in
height 1240 mm / 48.8 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
top speed 360 kph / 225 mph (estimated)
So there we are, the Audi Rosemeyer, the pinacle of automotive technology combined with the most succesfull race cars
from before the war. The result was literally the first victim of the Bugatti Veyron, and it looks like it is completely dead because after this Audi hasn’t even thinked of building anything like it.
What do you think? Would you like to see something like the Rosemeyer on the streets some day? Leave your answers in the comments, hope you guys liked it :)