Some Interesting Audi Trivia and Why They Need Relatively Little Repair

european auto specialists audi logoAudis are works of art on wheels. These cars aren’t just luxury vehicles. They’re practical. That’s something we’ve noticed at our Cincinnati auto garage after years of driving and repairing Audis. These are extremely well built cars. They’re built to last and don’t require as much repair as other cars. As it turns out, Audi has a long history with quality. Here’s a little about that history and why Audi continues to sell some of the best European vehicles on the market.

The name Audi is actually Latin for “hear.” The story is that August Horch founded his first car company, A. Horch & Cie. in 1899. Disagreements with his Chief Financial Officer forced him to leave his own company and start out anew with a new brand. Yet he soon learned that his own name was copyrighted by his previous effort. So he changed the new company to the Latin translation of his German name. Horch in German means, “hear,” or Audi in Latin.

The Meaning of Audi’s Intersected Rings

So what’s the symbolism behind Audi’s intersected rings? That’s a question that many Audi enthusiasts and Audi mechanics don’t know the answer to. But it’s actually meant to represent the time in early Audi history when 3 brands merged in 1932 to form a single brand under Audi. The 3 brands were DKW, Horch, and Wanderer. Each maintained their own brand identity at first — and the 4 ring symbol we now known as Audi was saved for high performance sport racing cars. Over time any car made by Audi shared that symbol.

Nobody knows who came up with the design, but many suspect the official Olympic symbol may have served as inspiration. That makes sense to us. Whenever an Audi shows up in our Cincinnati auto repair shop, we know it’s a vehicle of quality that holds up to Olympic outstanding standards of performance and achievement.

An Early Pioneer of the Modern Crash Test

One of the reasons Audi features some of the best car bodies when it comes to impact tests is the company was actually one of the first to conduct crash tests. No, they didn’t use dummies. Instead, they simply pushed a car down the hill and watched it smash into a brick wall. In many cases, after smashing to a stop, the car was relatively undamaged and still running. That’s just one of the reasons Audi repair is more infrequent in Cincinnati than most cars. They are truly built to last.

An Audi Hit Over 230MPH Pre-World War II

It was in the early beginning days of World War II, and unfortunately it was funded by Hitler and the Nazi party. But Audi, under the Auto Union name, had an epic rivalry with Mercedes. Ferdinand Porsche, who launched the Porsche, was also in charge of designing the contenders for Auto Union. He ingeniously placed the engine behind the driver to save weight, which also improved weight distribution for better handling.

The Auto Union Type C was powered by a V16 engine with 560 horsepower, and reached 268.4 mph on the autobahn. The car was actually narrowly beat by 4/10 of mile per hour by a Mercedes.

How Often Do You Need a Radiator Flush?

Like everything else in this world, radiators get grungy overtime. Either the radiator itself can become dirty, or the water and antifreeze mixture gathers too many impurities that render your radiator ineffective at cooling the engine, or freeing up in cold weather. That’s why the general rule is to flush your radiator every 40,000 to 60,000 miles. This can vary according to the climate you drive in, your driving habits and the quality of antifreeze you use. A good way to test your radiator is a simple litmus test available at most autoparts stores. All you have to do is stick the test strip into the radiator fluid and follow the color guide on the back of the box.