The Ultimate Recreation Of A Group B Legend

Group B rallying is remembered for many things, but at the center of it all are the four-wheel drive, flame-spitting turbo machines that defined the era of excess.

Given the sheer ferocity of these gravel bashers and the way they were driven at the absolute limit by some of the greatest rally drivers of all time, it’s little wonder that so many people who watched them compete in period hold Group B cars in such high regard. Few have taken their enthusiasm quite as far as Volker Gehrt, though.

This new video from Petrolicious takes a look at Gehrt’s 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 replica, a build that’s totally true to the ’85 Sanremo Rally-winning car of Walter Röhrl that it’s based off. You can only imagine the lengths that were gone to in creating this faithful tribute to the wildest S1 of them all, but it certainly helped that Gehrt had Roland Gumpert, the ‘Grandfather of Quattro’, on his team and able to source the technical manuals and even some of the parts required to see such a project through to completion.

Once you’ve finished watching the superb short film above, you can check out a German TV news story on the build as it all came together. It’s presented in German, of course, but even if you don’t speak the language it’s an interesting watch all the same.

If you had the means to recreate an iconic race car to the standard of Gehrt’s Audi Sport Quattro S1, what would it be and why? Let us know in the comments section below…

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I would make a mazda rx7 rally car

Matt Kambo Khoun

Ayrton Senna's 98t... of course.


Either a group 5 320 or a group 5 3.0csl






Colins 22B!


I know it's not really a race car, but I'd love to recreate the BMW M3 from Need for Speed Most Wanted.


William and Charlie Rutan's "bathtub" with which William broke Carol Shelby's Record up Mt Washington.


*Make a group B rally car to original spec - Check
*Make a video/movie/doco about said car - Check
*Drive said car like it was driven - Not Check



Lancia Stratos... Start with the Lister Bell or Hawk kit, add suspension height and period livery, (Alitalia?) find some logging roads and have fun!
At least that's my plan after I get through the next couple of builds...


Alfa Romeo 155 V6 DTM.


Per Eklunds SAAB 9-3 Pikes Peak. That or the Audi 90 IMSA GTO! Then off course drive them like I stole them. :)


Nice video, Impressive car, I really thought this gentleman owns an original one. Top notch replica!
I am really impressed to see so much dedication to create the dream car.


Lol, it is such high quality that it is missing constantly! Oh dear


Damn if i have the moneyo for build something like that of course i do it...or a 205 turbo T16

Automotive obsession

Picking up an AMG Edition One!


There is also a replica one in Australia. It was at last couple of WTAC doing display laps


i love the emotional story in that video.worth a translation for others!
haha and his Thüringen Akzent :-)


Phil Hill's 1961 Ferrari 156 Sharknose


Either the Gibson Motorsport R32 GTR from the early nineties here in Australia OR The Mclaren F1 that won the 24hr


The Quattro's rival, Lancia Delta S4 in Martini livery. Absolute animal of a car, also one of the reasons why Group B was banned. And after that, if I still had some spare change, a 1990 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R in Calsonic livery Group A spec.