Audi purchases last Auto Union Type D twin-supercharged racerAugust 15, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
Auto union Type D twin supercharged racer has had quite a life. From the wild former USSR to the garages of various private owners, it has gone places. But finally it has found its home as Audi bought the last Auto union Type D twin supercharged racer.
Audi’s heritage arm Audi Tradition counts a total of 5 Auto Unions that exist, but the one that they have bought is the only one that has two superchargers instead of one. The car has an impressive figure of 485 hp, because of its 12 cylinder engine which takes them to a top speed of 205 miles per hour.
These cars ruled the circuits in their time and were regarded as the best ever until the outbreak of World War II, after which Auto Union from Zwickau fell in the eastern portion of Germany. After all this starts the story about how they were discovered back.
All due to Paul Karassik, an American Immigrant from Serbia, who had seen Auto Unions race and was a big fan. It took him a decade to track down the two Auto Unions, a 1939 model and a 1938 Type D with a single supercharger. 1990 saw the commencing of their restorations and completely new bodies were built and by the end of 1994 they were as good as new.
The 1938 Type D was sold to Audi in 1998 and the 1939 Type D went to another collector in 2000. Audi tradition has successfully made that car part of its collection and now has three of the five Auto Unions with them. They must be planning to get all of them now, well that depends if they can find them.
Source: Audi Tradition