The British Touring Car Championship was the most hotly contested race series of the 1990s, so when Audi decided to compete, they had to be good. They entered in 1996 and instantly made an impression with a pole position and two wins at the opening rounds, then that season dominated with eight wins, twice as many as any other manufacturer. The secret to Audi's success was their 4WD system which offered immense traction and cornering speed, even with a 275lb (125kg) weight penalty over other cars with 2WD only. The car used an ultra stiff multi-point roll cage with double wishbones and struts, plus 13-inch (330mm) disc brakes with alloy callipers that gave immensely powerful yet lightweight brakes. The all-alloy engine displaced 122ci (1.9 liters) and used four valves per cylinder. Wheels were 8.2x19-inch (208x483mm) OZ forged alloys with slick Dunlops.
Audi A4 BTCC Specifications
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