This summer, the Audi RS3 Sedan set a new record for a compact car on the production Nürburgring. Today we want to share with you the story of a much faster Audi, even if it has very little to do with Ingolstadt’s performance sedan. Friends, meet what is now considered the fastest all-wheel-drive Audi in the world.
The above video was shot at Arad International Airport, 2.4 miles (4 kilometers) west of the city of Arad in western Romania, where Konstantin Dinev of Bulgaria set a new record for the fastest Audi AWD with a time of 7.47 seconds on the quarter mile and a terminal speed of 188 miles per hour (303 kilometers per hour).
Under the hood, this Audi S2 has a turbocharged 2.2-liter inline five-cylinder engine fitted with a concrete-filled engine block from a 2.5-liter diesel. The new block helps the five-cylinder unit withstand more than four push bars from the massive turbocharger. The result is 1,350 horsepower (993 kilowatts) at the wheels or about 1,500 horsepower (1,103 horsepower) at the crank.
Power reaches the wheels via a special Liberty clutchless transmission that works with compressed air to change gears. The flow of power with this gearbox is never interrupted between gear changes, resulting in extremely consistent output from the engine to the wheels. The car was designed, assembled and tested by the Bulgarian team Heed Auto.
Speaking of which, the people behind the project told us that it was the second fastest Audi in the world, only being beaten by a rear-wheel-drive Audi in America doing the quarter-mile in the middle of. six seconds. Unfortunately, we could not find more information on this car to confirm its existence.
Finally, during the same race in Arad, a 1000 hp (735 kW) Volkswagen Lupo struck the race semaphore, which was then struck again by a 1,200 hp (883 kW) BMW 3 Series E36 . Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash and the semaphore was repaired just in time for the final round of drag races last weekend. A video of the accident is attached below.