With six world championship titles, Sebastien Ogier is one of the best rally drivers of all time. With Citroen, Volkswagen, Ford and Toyota, he has won various WRC rally rallies. But Ogier dreams of a particular car in rally history – the Audi quattro from the Group B era.
“I recently saw Mads drive an Audi, which is something I would like to do someday,” Ogier is quoted by ‘WRC.com’. “I’ve had the opportunity to drive this car several times, but I’ve always refused and focused on the present.”
In 1983 and 1984, Audi became world champion with Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist. The last version of the Audi S1 E2 had an output of around 600 hp in 1986. That is significantly more than the approximately 380 hp of the current WRC cars. But the chassis is much better in the present than it was in the 1980s.
“The cars were very different to drive today,” says Ogier. “The current cars are the fastest rally cars ever built. But back then, the cars had tremendous performance. I think it was much more difficult to master. The brakes, suspensions, and tires weren’t designed to do that. “
These transverse monsters made up the allure and popularity of the Group B era. In contrast, the current cars run almost like on rails. In the test times, the current WRC vehicles would be significantly faster in a direct comparison with Group B. “But I would like to feel that and imagine the challenge these cars were,” says Ogier.
But only when he has finished his active career would the Frenchman like to drive historic cars. His contacts to the Volkswagen Group are known to be good. Apart from the Audi, another classic from the Group B era would also appeal to him: “The Peugeot 205 would also be something special, maybe I’ll get the chance to do so.”