The Audi RS3 is the logical successor to the S3. The iconic 5-cylinder engine was first fitted in the Ur quattro and has been continuously improved ever since. The sound of the engine is a perfect dream for every petrol head. The RS3 has the nickname Blackbird from the Lockheed SR-71 airplane, and it's still an open question whether the electronics and all the gadgets will still be working in 30 years time.
Paddy only drove the Quattro for a short time - Paddy had a lot of problems and much more fun. The power and handling of the Quattro was phenomenal. Sadly the car had an accident a few years ago and was badly repaired. So Paddy had to sell the car with a tear in his eye.
The Audi S3 is the newest member of Team Paddy Murphy. He is nicknamed after Manfred von Richthofen, a german fighter pilot during First World War and a flying ace. The S3 is a four wheel drive and the difference in driving enjoyment between the Scirocco and the S3 is staggering. Because of his young age, Team Paddy Murphy can't use this car in classic car rally. However, Paddy has doubts: Will all the electronics last thirty years or more?
Henry joined Team Paddy Murphy in August 2014. Henry was named after Henry Joy McCracken, an Irish industrialist and a founding member of the Society of the United Irishmen. The first time Paddy drove the Capri in a race, he emerged victorious as the winner of the Strade del Vino 2015 rally. Henry is now the official vintage car of Team Paddy Murphy and will be for the next years.
Model: Ford Capri MK III 2.3 S
Engine: Petrol, 2.3 L (2294 cc), 114 PS (84 kW), 176 Nm
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Paddy was allowed to drive this Alfa at the rally Strade del Vino in 2014. After that four days he fell in love with that car, the engine sounded just like angels singing in heaven to Paddy's ears. Needless to say the Italian car had his breakdown a week before the rally ‐ during the rally it was totally reliable. The Alfa was the chariot that led Paddy to his first victory at the Strade del Vino 2014!
Paddy owned a VW Scirocco for around four years. He had a lot of fun with that car as you can see in Season 02 (Driving Swiss roads). The Scirocco has a front engine and that's quite unusual for a sports car ‐ in some situations the engine has too much power for the Scirocco's suspension.
Paddy «Chef» Murphy calls this car Renault Clitoris, because he thinks that it is a pussy wagon (and he is right). Paddy drove a Clitoris twice (technically, more like three times) and every time he plunged into disaster. But it's a rental car, therefore it is one of the best cars in automotive history past, present and future.
The Mazda 3 is one of the best cars in the world as it is a rental car. According to the people renting them out, they are the best cars in automotive history, past, present and future. Additionally it's one (of many) cars that survived a journey with Team Paddy Murphy and reached its destination in mint condition. The Mazda is a reasonably priced car, it was okay to drive, however a engine with more power could not hurt.
The thing about Irish roads is that you'll never know what comes next after a hill or a bend. Just close your eyes, come and rely on the luck o' the Irish.Paddy Murphy, 2012