Paul Hartlmaier undertook an epic 8,000 km road trip across India back in 1935. Needless to say, the conditions back then were nowhere next to as favorable today. That journey involved three DKWs of Auto Union fame. Today, we know it as Audi. Paying tribute to that memorable journey, #quattroXpedition retraces his steps in three modern day Audi vehicles, the Q3, Q5, and Q7.
Leg one of quattroXpedition saw the team spend four days on the road. Flagged off at Mumbai, all trip vehicles are riding ahead on Goodyear Tyres. From Mumbai, the team headed north to Delhi. The first stop after Mumbai was Vadodara with a stopover at Lakshmi Vilas palace. The team then drove north to Banswara before heading to Rajasthan. From here on, the journey stayed on NH8 from Udaipur to Delhi.
Leg one of this Goodyear Joy Of Journey saw only the Q3 on road. Leg two moves from Delhi to Kolkata via Gangtok. This leg will see both Q3 and Q5 take on the journey. That leg of quattroXpedition begins in October.
Leg one quattroXpedition came to a successful end after a great performance by the Audi Q3 running on Goodyear India tyres. The 2 litre, four cylinder turbocharged diesel Q3 returned 174bhp. With 380Nm torque on offer, driving is smooth that really makes the drive a breeze. With help from Goodyear Tyres India, pacing on NH8 was a breeze. The drive wasn’t just smooth on the wider highway but even when the team turned into Banswara, overtaking on narrow roads was effortless.
Goodyear EffiicientGrip tyres were used, and ensured smooth ride quality throughout. At the end of Leg One, 2,000 kms of the Goodyear India Audi Quattro Expedition have been completed in the Q3. When driving from Udaipur to Delhi, the #quattroXpedition tea, of three stopped at Deogarh for lunch. Though the team had intended to stopover at Jaipur for the night, since Delhi is never too far, they headed on.