Ever wondered what the TT in that super Audi beauty stands for. Well here it is.
The Audi TT takes its name from the successful motor racing tradition in the British Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy). The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is a motorcycle racing event held on the Isle of Man and was for many years the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world. The first race was held on Tuesday 28 May 1907 and was called the International Auto-Cycle Tourist Trophy. Traditionally held in the last week of May and the first week of June, the TT races create a carnival atmosphere. Picnicking crowds flanking the circuit are reminiscent of the community festivals that are part of another form of cycle racing in a different country – Le Tour de France.
Audi (previously known as NSU, named after two rivers, Neckar and Sulm which meet at the town of Neckarsulm) began competing in the TT in 1911.
Why should a car company take a name from a Motorcycle racing tradition? Well, NSU began as a knitting machine manufacturer in Germany. In 1886 the company began to produce bicycles, the first of them branded as the “Germania”. Then they manufactured motorcycle in 1901, followed by the first NSU car in 1905. These NSU motorcycles competed in the TT races.
The Audi TT is a sports car manufactured by Audi since 1998 in Győr, Hungary, now in its second generation — and available as a 2+2 coupe or two-seater roadster.
Here are some photos I shot of an Audi TT.