One of the oldest and simplest forms of motorsport, drag racing is one of the quickest ways to settle the score among gearheads – drag racing is seen as a way to showcase a car’s skill, rather than the driver’s, in the most popular of sports.
Since YouTube’s inception, we’ve seen at least one side-by-side example of virtually every car race, from Marcos Chavez’s 911-slaying Nissan Maxima to the very idea behind Hoonigan’s “This Vs. That.” Chances are if it has wheels then it has a drag racing clip on YouTube.
Harnessing the ever-popular sport, Carwow has made a name for itself outside of car sales as one of the premier automotive channels dedicated to drag racing.
In her latest video on her YouTube channel, we see a modern day Audi The RS3 takes on the most iconic rally car of all time: a 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 in Group B livery.
The classic Audi Sport Quattro is 37 years behind the 2022 Audi RS3
When the Quattro was released in the mid-’80s, rally cars were yet to discover the wonders of all-wheel drive, which was largely reserved for military vehicles.
The first of three generations, the S1 wasn’t necessarily the most successful of the range, but the Quattro suspension system made it clear that the future of rallying was all-wheel drive.
With 500 horsepower from a modest 2.1-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the Quattro weighs 1.1 tons and can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in about three seconds.
The Audi Quattro: A monster on the rally stage and drag strip
The RS3 will certainly have its work cut out for the Quattro, as it only brings 400hp and a weight closer to 1.6 tonnes – but has the power of technology in its corner.
With the latest Quattro system and new-age perks like Launch Control, the RS3 certainly holds its own with 400 horsepower and 0-60 MPH acceleration in 3.8 seconds.
Not to mention the $70,000 price tag, which is a lot easier to digest than the $2 million insurance value for the S1.
It certainly didn’t take long to settle the debate, however, as the S1 completed the first 1/4 mile run in 11.8 seconds, compared to the RS3’s 12 seconds, even with the RS3’s lightning-quick start.
In the next race all doubts ceased as the Quattro took home victory in the rolling 1/2 mile race at 30 MPH and 50 MPH; the RS3 managed to take home victory in the braking test, a small consolation prize for being waxed by the Quattro.
While it was hard to imagine that the RS3 would beat a dedicated race car in any category, it proves how far modern production cars have come to rival the greatest rally car of all time.