Quattro IMSA GTO Print

$ 48.00

  •  Vivid, acid-free, archival, automotive art print
  • Available in 24" x 18", 36"x24" and 18"x12" sizes
About the car

    This new print on the site started as my first commissioned piece. I couldn't be happier with my client's taste in cars or how the drawing turned out. 

    Here's the story of the car: 

    After Group B rally racing collapsed in 1986 due to a spate of fatalities, Audi sought new a motorsport venue for its game-changing Quattro 4-wheel-drive system. After a brief stint in the American Trans-Am series, Audi set its sites on the 1989 IMSA Camel GT championship, specifically the GTO class ("O" for GT cars over 2.5 liters). 

    They lifted the engine and drivetrain from the 2-door Group B rally car and dropped it into a tube-frame racing car, built to resemble the 4-door Audi 90. According to the homologation rules, the only piece of the original Audi 90 that had to be utilized was the roof. 

    The result was an impossibly wide, 720 hp track beast that dominated the 1989 season. By spreading the acceleration loads over all four wheels, the Audi made better use of its power with less tire wear. The car could brake later, corner faster, and take virtually any racing line. 

    Despite dominating the field, Audi didn't have the car finished in time for the first two races of the season and thus missed an opportunity to contest the championship. Still, proved to be a major technical and performance achievement and today is seen as a legend. 

    Below are a couple of great videos of the car on the track during its heyday.

    Quick video
    Longer video

    About the print

    Each print is a piece of automotive art featuring iconic, 20th-century cars, from the golden age of automobile design of the '50s, '60s, and '70s through to the '80s and '90s, rendered in a crisp, modern, vector illustration.

    They are printed on heavyweight, 10-mil, acid-free stock with vivid, crisp, high-dynamic-range, archival inks. Framed, these prints will remain fade-free for up to 200 years. These are much more than just a poster. 

    They’re for sale here and designed to look fantastic in your home, office, or garage.