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The Audi 80 is a compact executive car produced by the German manufacturer Audi (initially known as Auto Union and Audi NSU Auto Union) from 1966 to 1996. This model debuted in Europe in 1972 as the Audi 80, and in 1973 in Australia and North America (Canada and the USA) as the Audi Fox, and was available as either a two-door or a four-door saloon (sedan). It effectively took the place of several models that Audi had discontinued, and provided the company with a viable rival to the Opel Ascona and the Ford Taunus (Ford Cortina in the UK), as well as more upmarket offerings including the Alfa Romeo Alfetta and Triumph Dolomite.
The Audi 80 B1 was only the second modern-era Audi product to be developed entirely under Volkswagen ownership. The B1 was a clean break from the Auto Union era, being equipped with a range of brand new 1.3 and 1.5 litre SOHC inline-four petrol engines - the first appearance of the now legendary EA827 series of engines, whose descendants are still used in VW Group vehicles to the present day. The internal combustion engines were available in various rated power outputs.
The Audi 80 had a MacPherson strut front suspension, and a C-section beam rear axle located by trailing arms and a Panhard rod, and using coil springs and telescopic dampers. Audi's design and development efforts paid off during the 1973 European Car of the Year competition where the 80 won ahead of the Renault 5 and the Alfa Romeo Alfetta. A facelift in autumn 1976 brought about a revised front end in the style of the newly introduced Audi 100 C2 with square instead of round headlights, 1.6- instead of 1.5-litre engines and a new 80 GTE model with a fuel-injected version of the 1.6-litre replacing the former 80 GT.

RGA Sohler Ski Racing Team Audi 80 GT Johann Abt
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European Touring Car Championship 1975
ETCC 1975
RGA Sohler Ski Racing Team Audi 80 GT Johann Abt Michael Endress
Abex Pagid Racing Team Audi 80 GT Johann Abt
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European Touring Car Championship 1976
ETCC 1976
Abex Pagid Racing Team Audi 80 GT Johann Abt Hans-Joachim Nowak
Abex Pagid Racing Team Audi 80 GT Freddy Kottulinsky
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European Touring Car Championship 1977
ETCC 1977
Abex Pagid Racing Team Audi 80 GT Freddy Kottulinsky Hans-Joachim Nowak
Abt-Hinse-Motorsport Audi 80 GT Johann Abt
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European Touring Car Championship 1977
ETCC 1977
Abt-Hinse-Motorsport Audi 80 GT Johann Abt Norbert Julicher