Strong visual links to the Auto Union Grand Prix cars of the past combine with a mighty 16-cylinder engine and quattro four-wheel-drive to create one of the most arresting and exciting new models ever conceived. Yet despite this potential for phenomenal performance and handling, the Project Rosemeyer will fall short of providing driving satisfaction for its proud owners – about 36 inches short to be exact.
This new car is, quite literally, a new model - in fact a 1: 18 scale die-cast replica of the breathtaking Project Rosemeyer concept car on show at the Volkswagen Group’s Autostadt exhibition centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. Produced by model specialist Maisto, it is available for an ‘on the mantelpiece’ price of £16.99 from all good model, hobby and toy retailers nationwide.
The Project Rosemeyer joins an impressive line-up of convention-challenging Audi design studies which also includes the revolutionary aluminium-bodied Avus and Spyder two-door sports cars of the early Nineties. Many Audi concepts, including the TT, the allroad quattro and the Al2, have progressed from drawing board to driveway virtually unchanged.
Although Project Rosemeyer will remain in captivity in Wolfsburg, British sports car enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy a new 3.2-litre V6 version of the TT quattro sports coupé with 250PS channelled through an all-new semi-automatic Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) derived from motor sport.Published 10 December 2002