Audi A1 clubsport quattro

The larger-than-life A1 clubsport quattro is capable of out-running supercars in a 0 to 62mph sprint – a sprint that it demolishes in just 3.7 seconds.

At the heart of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro is a classic Audi petrol engine – a 503PS version of the RS 3 Sportback’s turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine – which dispatches 0-124mph in a mere 10.9 seconds. The engine displaces 2.5 litres with turbocharging and direct fuel injection and has been heavily modified to develop 660 Nm of torque. Top speed is governed at 155mph.

But it’s not all about power. Another area where the A1 clubsport quattro shines is in its overall weight of just 1,390 kilograms. Its lightweight, coupled with the six-speed manual transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive from the TT RS, helps the re-engineered A1 to achieve it supercar levels of performance.

The one-off showcar wowed the crowds on its debut at Austria’s 30th annual Wörtherseetour meeting for fans of VW Group models in June 2011 with its stunning design touches. The clubsport quattro rolls on 255/30 low-profile tyres, which are mounted on 19-inch alloy wheels with a unique turbine design. Sitting behind the wheels are large, internally ventilated disc brakes. Up front, six-piston callipers grab perforated carbon fibre-ceramic discs. Large steel discs are mounted on the rear axle. The coilover suspension of the A1 clubsport quattro also features adjustable compression and rebound damping.

The body has a Glacier White matte paint finish, with accents provided by a number of body kit parts. The roof arch in high-gloss black supports a roof made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and the four rings at the front of the car are solid aluminium.

Large, split air intakes with carbon struts are integrated into the distinctively modified front skirt. The single-frame radiator grille sports a black honeycomb design, and the headlights feature matted clasps with a red “wing.” Heat from the engine compartment is dissipated via two large air outlets in the bonnet.

The front wings, the doors and the rear side panels of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro have been widened by 60 millimetres. They form horizontal “blister” edges, like those found on the Audi Ur-quattro. Air outlets are integrated into the rear ends of the wings, and the newly designed trim strips on the sills are made of exposed CFRP.

The rear of the showcar is dominated by the roof spoiler, which features a double wing to provide for sufficient downforce. Darkly toned rear lights and a large, closed diffuser hone the rear view of the A1 clubsport quattro.

Designed as a road vehicle for the race track, the showcar has no rear seat. In its place are a large crossbar to further stiffen the body and storage for racing helmets. A weight-optimized starter battery used in racing is mounted in the rear below the two storage compartments. The strict high-performance concept left no room for an infotainment system, an MMI monitor or even a loudspeaker. The lightweight bucket seats are taken from the Audi R8 GT and feature a chassis made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. Red four-point belts secure the driver and passenger.

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Audi Placement Scheme

Each year across the entire Volkswagen Group in the UK we offer students the opportunity to join us for 12 months and carry out a real job within our business. These roles include placements in Marketing, Business Analytics/Planning or Finance related roles.

We will give you the opportunity to use your year in industry to its fullest potential – really immersing yourself in our business, adding value from day one, and gaining a wealth of experience that will be both applicable to your studies and to your career post-graduation.

The scheme is open to any student at a UK university who is eligible to work full-time in the UK. Students should be on a sandwich degree or course which offers a 1 year industrial placement. We are looking for strong academic achievements of course but we also want well-rounded ambitious people with plenty of motivation and a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Applications for the 2013/14 intake are now closed.

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Audi recycling waste material

We’ve already reduced our waste by a considerable amount using some innovative thinking. We all know waste significantly affects the environment, but disposing of it costs a lot of money too. And that’s not efficient.

So a thorough review of our practices on the production line led to an extensive recycling scheme and a complete rethink about the logistics of waste management. Now most of the waste produced on the assembly line is separated and sorted on-site, reducing the need to transport elsewhere for processing.

(We’ve also reduced our transport needs by using a software system which calculates every last square centimetre of loading space in our lorries, maximising the available space. Packaging is already optimised in the planning stages; our packing team and their computer find the most efficient way of loading, further reducing the number of lorry journeys.)

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Audi UK is the official car partner of Chelsea Football Club

Commenting on the partnership, Audi UK Director Martin Sander has said: “Chelsea offers us the broadest scope for future opportunities, and our brands are very closely aligned in terms of innovation and progressiveness or ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ as we call it.”

“Their focus on high performance and sports science, where we are looking to share knowledge and best practice between their top performers and Audi elite racing drivers, demonstrates how perfectly Chelsea’s forward-looking philosophy matches ours”.

The Champions’ League-winning London club joins an impressive and long-standing global Audi partnership portfolio that also includes FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich.

Chelsea, the current FA Cup holders, are ranked as the fifth largest team in the world in terms of fan base.

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Audi driving experience

This is your chance to hone your driving skills at Silverstone, scene of the British Grand Prix. Driving the Audi RS 5 Coupe with its 450PS V8 FSI® engine, the Audi TT RS and the incredible R8 V10 Coupe, you’ll learn how to evaluate risks, recognise dangers – and react to them.


Our experienced instructors will train you in every aspect of car control and safe driving at speed. Techniques you’ll learn include cornering, understeer, ABS braking, high speed lane changes and avoidance manoeuvres.

Audi UK reserves the right to change the cars at anytime without notice.   

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