Walter Rohrl to drive an Audi Quattro S1 at 2012 Pikes Peak

Ace racing and rally car driver, and current chief test driver at Porsche, Walter Rohrl will return to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this year driving an Audi Quattro S1.

The German won’t be racing the epic turbocharged five-cylinder rally icon, instead, he will be taking part in an exhibition drive up the famous climb. It will be great to see the two sprinting up the mountain, whether competing or not.

In 1987, Rohrl, during a time when he was racing in Group B Rally, took an Audi Quattro S1 to the peak in a record-breaking 10:47.85. This was back in the day when the Pikes Peak Hill Climb run was completely dirt.

The Audi S1 uses a 2.1-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine producing around 373kW, however, in later tunes it was known to produce around 450kW. All that power screaming up the mountain at 8000rpm, with the wastegate chirping, was enough to leave grown men drooling.

The 2012 Pike Peaks International Hill Climb will take place on Sunday July 8. The current record-holder is Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima who broke the record last year with a time of 9:51.278, driving a heavily modified Suzuki Sport SX4.

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Click play on the video below for a nice little overview of Walter Rohrl’s run back in the day. There is some German talking at the beginning, with the action starting at around 25 seconds.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.