It’s one of those spectacular midsummer evenings. As the sun creeps down towards the horizon, we turn off the road onto a track that climbs over a gentle hill. ‘Watch out for the pothole,’ someone shouts, and everyone braces themselves, but there’s barely a bump. Thanks to an additional 34mm ride height over the standard A4 Avant, the new Audi A4 allroad quattro rides over the deep rut as if it wasn’t there.
However, this isn’t just a trip to rural Wiltshire to test out the vehicle – we’re here to make a crop circle with a team of experts. Helping us with our mission is Matthew Williams, a crop circle researcher and founder of Circlemakers TV. ‘Intricate crop circles are becoming quite a rare sight,’ he says. ‘But in the 1980s they captured the imagination of the era.’ Artist Julian Richardson is our creative lead and has sketched out a familiar design for us.