Quattro, established in Neckarsulm in 1983, is now operating as Audi Sport. Headed by Stephan Winkelmann, this fully owned Audi subsidiary currently has around 1,200 employees.
Since 1983 Quattro Neckarsulm, has been building high-performance sports cars and delivering high-tech automotive concepts. The renamed Audi Sport is built on four business areas – in addition to developing and manufacturing the Audi R8 and RS models, it is responsible for customer motorsport – Audi Sport customer racing. Other areas of business include car customisation options via the Audi exclusive programme plus lifestyle articles marketed as the Audi Sport collection.
The new name Audi Sport was inspired by a long and successful tradition of motorsport. As far back as the 1930s, the legendary Silver Arrow models of Auto Union were the ultimate benchmark on racing circuits worldwide. In the 1980s, the Audi Quattro, with permanent all-wheel drive, proved outstandingly successful in rally competition. Today the Volkswagen Group premium brand is involved in the DTM, Formula E, GT racing and in the TCR category. Young racing talent is being fostered in the Audi Sport TT Cup and production models benefit from developments and technologies first used in motorsport.
'RS' stands for the most powerful engine version within a particular Audi model line, beginning in 1994 with the RS 2 Avant.
Since then, Quattro steadily expanded the RS model line which today ranges from the compact RS 3 Sportback to the RS 6 Avant and Audi RS 7 Sportback. The subsidiary's focus is to create the most prestigious models.
The subsidiary has doubled its sales over the past five years. Over the next 18 months, Audi Sport will launch eight new models while the number of specialised dealers will increase from 370 to around 600 by the end of 2017.