11-year-old boy pulls wild donuts in Audi R8 sportscar (+video)

July 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

There may be a few parties that would object to the antics of this 11-year-old boy who does some donuts in an Audi R8 in a vacant field. There’s the boys mother, who we’re guessing isn’t in attendance, there’s the cops because who don’t usually endorse this sort of thing, and there’s the greens keeper because this kid makes a mess of his pristine lawns. But what is most disappointing is that this apprentice hoon doesn’t even put on a seatbelt. Is he too young to remember the McDonald’ ‘Make it Click’ campaign?

But seriously, someone actually entrusted the R8’s keys to this kid and encouraged him to pull some donuts for the camera. It’s not the most responsible parenting around, and this lad doesn’t even seem all that fussed about it. They just don’t know how lucky they really are.

Check out the lad make Audi’s sports car dance in the video below. Continue reading “11-year-old boy pulls wild donuts in Audi R8 sportscar (+video)” »

Audi R8 GT Spyder let off its chain – expect 418kW

June 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Audi has let the latest version of its hardcore R8 GT supercar off the chain with details and images released of the new convertible version. It was only two months ago that Audi announced it would build a top tier roadster version of the R8 and already it appears to be completed.

Like the coupe variant, the R8 GT Spyder will use a tweaked version of the regular R8 V10’s 5.2 litre engine, boosting power to 418kW with 540Nm of torque.

The power is sent to all four wheels through Audi’s R tronic sequential automatically-controlled manual transmission and the well-proven quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Performance claims peg the R8 GT Spyder at hitting 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, compared to 3.6 for the hardtop R8 GT and 3.9 seconds for the regular R8 5.2 FSI V10.

A range of weight-saving measures help the R8 GT Spyder achieve its performance figures with the special model weighing 85kg less than the standard version. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic chips in for shedding the kilos and makes up the cover for the soft top, the rear spoiler and the rear bumper. However, the most effective weight-saving measure is the seats, which drop off 32kg. Continue reading “Audi R8 GT Spyder let off its chain – expect 418kW” »

Audi releases R8 Spyder Brazilian road trip video

March 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Audi R8 is a stunning machine in anyone’s book and when it’s in Spyder V10 form it’s the dream car of many. Taking such a machine on a tour of Brazil would be a dream road trip for a lot of adventurous souls. Audi has recognised this and put its R8 Spyder against a Brazilian back-drop for a stylish and relaxed promotional video.

Take two minutes out of your day, sit back, crank up the volume, watch the video below and let yourself do some serious daydreaming. Continue reading “Audi releases R8 Spyder Brazilian road trip video” »

HSV unveils 20 Years Of Maloo R8 Limited Edition

September 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Holden Special Vehicles has released details on a special Limited Edition 20 Years of Maloo R8 to celebrate the 20th birthday of the iconic Aussie ute.

Since its launch at the Sydney Motor Show in October 1990 the HSV Maloo nameplate has proved popular for ute enthusiasts on both sides of the ditch.

Recently the Maloo received modern features like launch control, competition mode ESC, and Daytime Running Lamps when HSV’s E2 Maloo R8 was released.

HSV is looking to continue this tradition of pushing the boundaries for utility vehicles with the 20 Years of Maloo R8.

The special edition Maloo will be available in only 100 units and will have such features as Vector E-vents and bonnet scoops, 20 inch black alloys, and a bi-modal exhaust system. It will also showcase the brand’s latest technical developments, including the new Enhanced Driver Interface system, Side Blind Zone Alert, a rear park assist with reverse camera and satellite navigation.

Prices for the 20 Years of Maloo R8 will begin at $67,900 AUD for the manual.

The 20 Years of Maloo R8 is due to make its first public showing at the Deni Ute Muster in Australia this October, and will begin arriving in showrooms around the same time. Expect a few to make it across to NZ so if you’re interested get in touch with your local HSV/Holden dealer.

Audi R8 Spyder ‘Beauty and the Beasts’

June 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Directed by Sam Brown from Rogue Films it uses 24 precision drivers, 22 heavily modified ‘beast cars’, 2 R8 Spyders (just in case) and two pieces of music.

Audi R8 vs Bugatti Veyron

March 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Audi R8 vs Bugatti Veyron. This ist not a race you see only how fast the Veyron is!!!

Ultimate Play Date – Testing Five Exotic Supercars

February 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Testing Five Exotic Supercars

Heffner Performance twin-turbo Audi R8

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

It’s just a teaser. Take a look at the pipework, and listen to the demon of a noise it makes

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