The 1936 Type C – the first Audi supercar​​

The very first Audi supercar was the brainchild of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, head of design for Auto Union (parent company for Audi and Horch). Porsche worked closely with engineer Robert von Eberhorst to create the Type C, engineered in 1936 at the Horch works unit in Zwickau, Germany. The Type C was the third in the series (series A to D) developed with large, powerful engines positioned in the rear - it’s amazing to think that nearly 80 years ago these cars could reach speeds of up to 248mph. By the time the Type C reached its second generation, it had 520 hp and over 600 ft of torque, generating wheel spin at 100 mph and was dominating the racing tracks, winning the German, Italian and Swiss Grand Prix.​​

Normally designated for aircraft testing only, the Type C was extensively tested by the German government to ensure the car was of the highest standard possible. The futuristic design and styling was unrivalled in its time – it has recently been given a 21st century overhaul.

Over three days Bernd Rosemeyer broke 15 world speed records in the Type C, including the track record of 237 mph, pushing the Streamliner to an incredible 254mph.

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