Shutdown: Power to the Corners

Only slightly less complicated than a set of assembly instructions from Ikea.

In honour of Ben Wojdyla coming home to his rightful place at Hooniverse, we’re looking back at the technology that started this whole Audi supercar concept. As anyone who has followed the old Group B Rally series (or anyone who happens to be a fan of Box Flares over on Facebook) would already know, the quattro (no capitals!) all-wheel-drive system really did change the game for performance cars. How does it all work? Well, Audi was only too happy to explain it a few years ago. Their explanation wasn’t all that helpful, but hey, thanks for trying.

Now, of course, with their new E-Tron concept, they’re taking a totally different approach to all-wheel drive. Could this mean the end of intricate cutaway drawings of slick differentials? Not if we all stick together!

  • Fancy. If this system totally changes the AWD game, I should go to Audi school and become a mechanic for these things exclusively.

  • I've always believed that differentials — particularly AWD differentials — are infused with a large dose of black magic, and, thus, should not be messed with.

    • Deartháir

      I use that rationale for a lot of things. When something goes in one end of a box — like power into a differential, or my rational words going into the keyboard of a computer — and comes out the other end as something totally different — like awesome from a differential, or nonsensical ramblings coming out of my computer monitor — I blame it on magic. Even at work.
      "How does this navigation system work?"

      • My boss asked me a few weeks ago how I was planning on doing something. I didn't have a good answer on the top of my head because, frankly, I hadn't even thought of it yet. So, I just answered, "Magic". He asked where the magic was coming from, and I said I would put a note on the drawing to refer to specification number 666.