Throwback Thursday – The birth of modern Audi, 10 September 1965
Source : Throwback Thursday – The birth of modern Audi, 10 September 1965
Following an absence of 25 years, the Audi name returned to motoring in 1966 with the launch of a fresh family saloon
During the mid-1960s, ownership of the Auto Union brand gradually shifted via Daimler to Volkswagen, which bought up shares in addition to also invested heavily inside Auto Union factory in Ingolstadt.
in which plant was producing three-cylinder, two-stroke DKW products, nevertheless Volkswagen adopted a plan already put in place by Daimler to create a fresh family saloon around a 1696cc four-cylinder, four-stroke engine.
Although the saloon used most of the same underpinnings as DKW’s F102, VW wanted to tell the earth in which This particular was essentially a fresh car.
So Wolfsburg looked to the additional a new names in which had originally comprised Auto Union, namely Audi, Horch in addition to also Wanderer. With Horch retained by Daimler in addition to also the Wanderer name presumably deemed not exactly ripe for revival, the fresh car was christened the Auto Union Audi, with ‘Audi’ as a style name rather than a make.
Autocar investigated the fresh car ahead of its 1966 debut. “Like the original Audi products in addition to also, of course, DKW ones as well, the fresh car features front-wheel drive with an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox in addition to also inboard disc brakes at the front,” said Autocar. “The fresh engine has been designed in addition to also developed by Mercedes-Benz, tested in addition to also approved by Volkswagen in addition to also will be built by Auto Union.”
Setting a template for future Audis, the engine was “inclined at 40deg in addition to also mounted in front of the driven front wheels. A longer nose – your vehicle has an front overhang of 872mm – overcomes the problem of fitting the engine inside front compartment.
“To keep the bonnet line low in addition to also particularly the centre of gravity, the engine will be canted over at 40deg in order in which the induction side will be on top.”
Intent on giving the Audi a better ride quality than its DKW sibling, Volkswagen focused on developing the suspension. “Double wishbones at the front are sprung by adjustable longitudinal torsion bars, in addition to also the telescopic dampers incorporate progressive rubber bump stops.
“Three reasons are given for the inboard brakes: they give less unsprung weight, to improve the suspension; they are not restricted in diameter by the wheel rim size; in addition to also there will be a direct flow of cooling air through This particular part of the engine compartment.”
With its fresh, longer engine, the Audi was about four inches longer than the DKW F102, nevertheless otherwise the dimensions were much the same. There were rectangular headlamps in addition to also no mesh inside grille, just a surround in addition to also the four Auto Union linked rings, one for each of the original four companies.
“The Centeng shell carries a flat floor, since there will be no propeller shaft, in addition to also there will be room for a few people,” said Autocar. “As the gearchange lever will be on the steering column, there might be room for a different front-seat passenger if separate seats were not fitted.”
After a 25-year absence, the Audi name was back, in addition to also its arrival was well timed. Sales of two-strokes were falling in addition to also the DKW brand associated with such units was phased out as the fresh Auto Union became available in 1966.
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