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The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today.

Audi - The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today. - Blog

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.

Inside its alluminium body, the Rosemeyer was equiped with the most advanced technology.

Audi - The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today. - Blog

However, the outside was designed to look like the old Auto Union race cars, keeping details like the front grill and the fact it had no paint, its silver was aquired from the polished alluminium.

Audi - The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today. - Blog

Audi tried to inovate a lot with this car, so much in fact that for better aerodynamics it had small cameras instead of side mirrors, this is very common today but at the time it hadn't ever been done. It had enourmous 20 inch tires as well as vented and perforated disc brakes.

Audi - The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today. - Blog

The interior had the style of other Audis at the time, exept for some details like making the dash completely out of carbon fiber and having the roof, the floor, and the rear of the cabin covered in Nomex, a fire proof material. It was also very well illuminated, having a having a gigantic front windshield, it also had one at the rear but it allowed absolutely no visibility of whats outside, instead it allowed you to see the engine.

Audi - The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today. - Blog

Said engine was in deed a big one, it was the W16 engine that would later be used in the Bugatti Veyron, exept that for the Audi, it had no turbochargers, it was also fitted with a 6 speed manual gearbox that would distribute the 630 BHP among the 4 wheels using a Quattro 4 wheel drive system

Audi - The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today. - Blog

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

Bugatti Chiron 18/3 concept

Audi - The Audi Rosemeyer project, the car that could have redifined what Audi is today. - Blog

Full Specs

engine: W16
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 :)