The Audi Quattro is a Rally Giant because it was the first to combine four-wheel-drive and a turbocharged engine - not the most sophisticated, but it was the first, and very successful. It was also the first to run with more than 300bhp. As it was re-homologated/transformed from Group 4 into Group B in 1983, it was also the first successful Group B car. The Quattro dominated rallying from the start of 1981 until late 1984 (when the Peugeot 205 T16 took over). Quattros won no fewer than 23 World rallies from 1981 to 1985, won the Makes Championship in 1982 and 1984, and drivers Hannu Mikkola (1983) and Stig Blomqvist (1984) also won the World Drivers' series in Quattros. The Quattro led the World and European rally scene in the first half of the 1980s.
Graham Robson possesses a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years, as a competitor, team manager, organiser, reporter, commentator and observer; in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. Not only has Graham competed in many British and European events, he's also reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a travelling controller in the legendary London-Mexico World Cup Rally. As a recognised authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring of that period, he is the most prolific of all authors, with more than 130 published books to his credit. Over the years Graham has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in the Rally Giants Series, and his insight to their merits is unmatched.
IntroductionThe car and the teamInspirationThe Escort MkII's importance in rallyingThe Escort MkII's home groundFacing up to rival carsHomologation - meeting the rulesEngineering featuresMotorsport development and improvementsWas the the Escort MkII unique?Building and running the works carsPersonalities and star driversCompetition storyThe Escort MkII's careerPast its best? Which rivals took over?World/major European rally winsVictories in British international ralliesIndex