Audi 920 Stromlinien Coupe Berlin-Rome 1938 by Autocult
for a race that never took place
The idea of using the new highway system for a
long-distance races originated in the year 1937 and came from Adolf Hühnlein and
his Italian colleague count Alberto Bonacossa.
first race was scheduled to take place between the capitals Rome and Berlin in
1938. This plan also got through to the big car manufacturers and especially
executives of the “Auto-Union” felt called to compete in this long-distance race.
All those involved were very probably aware from the beginning that a standard
car was not fast enough to compete successfully in a race, which takes part on
highways. Soon Auto-Union’s executive board voiced its approval of the
development of extra-fast series cars, which should compete for victory under
the signets of Wanderer, DKW, Horch and also of AUDI. The entire project internally
bore the name “Stromlinien-Limousine” (“streamlined sedan”). Although all cars
originated from the same department and production of Auto-Union, each car had
a different design. The chassis of the AUDI came from a type 920, which was
available from November 1938. The design of the aluminum bodywork came from
Paul Jaray and was designed to reach the best possible aerodynamic efficiency.
In his skillful and accustomed manner he drew a car whose shape ran in roundish
and large arcs from the front towards the rear end. The body maker “Hornig”
built the aluminum bodies for two AUDIs. According to internal records the AUDI
was able to reach a top speed of 160 km/h, thus about impressive 30 km/h faster
than the standard type 920.
Auto-Union had its racecars all set for the competition, but the long distance
race was first postponed from 1938 to 1939 and ultimately completely cancelled.
|Description: ||Audi 920 Stromlinien Coupe Berlin-Rome 1938 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC04018 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||GT & Sports Car Racing |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1938 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||September 2018 |
|Weight: ||500 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces. |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.