You should have seen the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio retromod. Its construction process is basically taking the latest Alfa Romeo Giulia and then sending it back sixty years to the 1960s, when it started out as the Type 105 Giulia saloon. This brings us to the E-Legend EL1.
The E-Legend EL1 is an all-electric car that feels eerily familiar in a way that reminds us of ErreErre’s resurrection of the ’60s Alfa Romeo Giulia. The car is a reinterpretation of the Audi Quattro Group B rally legend from the 1980s. This is neither a restoration nor a restomod, but an all-new all-electric Audi Quattro-inspired supercar.
ErreErre’s work comes to mind, but to be fair, EL1 is essentially different from the Giulia Quadrifoglio retromod. It pays homage in its design to the Quattro of the 80s, which dominated Audi’s rallies, but that’s it. Here’s what you need to know about the E-Legend EL1 with a claimed 800 horsepower.
The E-Legend EL1: Remembering the legendary Audi Sport Quattro
E-Legend says their new car is a dream come true for any ambitious car enthusiast. This description fits those familiar with the rally racing exploits of the Audi Quattro, or at least the road homologation versions of the car at the time. Currently, Audi affixes the ‘quattro’ badge to all of its AWDs, but it was the Group B rally drivers of the 80s who earned the respect the badge enjoys to this day.
Audi of the Volkswagen Group unveiled the Audi Quattro (also known as the Ur-Quattro) at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980 and produced the car until 1991. Same name or “quattro” badge which has been with all Audi AWD vehicles ever since.
The original Quattro from the 80s was known by its German christening (Ur-Quattro) as suggested by Audi engineer Jorg Bensinger. “Ur” is German for “prime”, “original”, “first of its kind”, etc. All of this, of course, was a testament to the vehicle’s AWD setup, which means engine power is sent to all four wheels.
As you might have guessed, Audi was big on “Quattro” at the time because the car was the first rally car to take advantage of the recently changed rules that allowed the use of 4WD in racing. competition. It was also the first to pair the front-engine 4WD layout with a turbocharged engine: a longitudinally mounted 2.1-liter SOHC 10-valve inline-5, with a turbocharger and intercooler.
The first powertrain was good for 197 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm, taking the Quattro to 62 mph from static in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 137 mph. In 1989 the engine was modified to a 136 cubic foot straight-5 with 20 DOHC valves to produce 217 horsepower and a top speed of 143 mph. The original Quattro was largely based – in terms of platform and parts – on the B2-series Audi 80 (Audi 4000 for the North American market) produced from 1978 to 1986.
Quattro’s signature flared wheel arches were styled by Martin Smith – the famed automotive designer who also cut his teeth at Opel and Ford Europe – and you can see it reinterpreted on the EL1.
The Audi Quattro also had independent front and rear suspension. It won back-to-back competitions over the next two years, and Audi held an ongoing celebration of Quattro’s original competition successes by slapping the trademark “quattro” badge (with a lowercase “q” letter) on all following Audi vehicles with its 4×4 System.
The Electric E-Legend EL1 in all the details
Audi came pretty close to teasing the resurrection of the original Quattro a few times, but didn’t put the suggestion to good use. The first time was with the 2010 Audi Quattro Concept painted white to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Quattro. The second time was with the 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The plug-in hybrid Sport Quattro has remained a concept to this day. It sported a beautifully minimalist design marked by a mostly breathable front fascia and exposed LED headlights that require ventilation to offset the intense heat. So it’s a welcome move to see a German car startup race with the idea of a limited-production 800-hp homage to Ur-Quattro, even if its name is EL1. Here are the highlights about EL1 you should know:
It imitates the design of the Audi Quattro rally car developed in collaboration with Roding Automobile.
- E-Legend claims the EL1 has 816 horsepower, can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and cover 249 miles of range on a full 90.0 kWh battery with three electric motors.
- The German electric vehicle startup says it will start building the first 30 units of the EL1 by hand this year, with two more rally racing icons of the same type, also limited to 30 units, expected to follow.
E-Legend describes the EL1 as a retro-futuristic all-electric supercar, combining advanced technology with a passion for motorsport and retro-futuristic design. The main selling points of the car, as far as we are concerned, are the Ur-Quattro heritage and the combined suitability for track and everyday driving.
The body is made of composite materials and sits on a 2-axis carbon fiber monocoque chassis. The 3,700lb curb weight allows the 800V battery to propel the car to 124mph from a static point in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 187mph. With this, the alleged minimum two laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife on a single battery charge are achievable. The E-Legend EL1 is a million dollar supercar priced at $907,105.80 plus VAT.
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