I remember you talking up the red R8 last year before I sold it to John Cook. I drove it maybe once and really didn’t get the feel for it. I know you re-flashed it, and its pumping out some more power. I got to driving the car this week. Really driving it. After its warmed up properly and putting some miles and shifting through it. I gotta tell my impression has completely changed.
I absolutely love this R8 Twin Turbo!
Everything exactly as it is. Gearbox and clutch basics from factor work well together and the gated manual is something Ive always loved from old Ferrari’s – kudos to Audi on doing that. What I didn’t like on my black R8 I just sold was the throttle at initial step felt “all or none” meaning just feathering like 1/8 of the gas pedal kicked the revs up really high so coming off the clutch was awkward. Plus, once off, the car simply had nothing at the low end. And frankly very little at the high end – low torque making it both awkward and not enjoyable to drive. This red has a much better throttle response. Forget about 1st gear, I don’t really drag my cars and rip them out in 1st gear. Once in 2nd or 3rd starting from a low rpm then laying full throttle and just letting the boost build and peak is an unbelievable rush. This rush was my very favorite part of my very first car, an Audi 5000 turbo Quattro. I’ve been an Audi guy since 1983. And I have always loved turbo Audi’s for this rush. After the 5000s were the 200’s then the S6’s in those days were turbos and finally the RS6 of 2003. After that there has not been an Audi worth my time despite trying so many different S6, S8’s and the current turbo Audi’s are so weak its ridiculous.
But you have managed to build what even Audi could not.
You captured that feel and put it into a good road car and made it something special. Now I’m really curious about the internals. What size turbo charger’s do I have, and intercoolers 1 or 2, and what boost pressure am I running, and can I get a boost gauge digital or analog that wont look out of place – my favorite gauge on all my turbo Audi’s of days past was the boost gauge. If I’m really critical, the car rips through the gears too fast – I think the ratios are too short with the amount of added power. The older Audi’s were geared taller so that the first 2 gears would be all you ever needed for most driving then you throw it into top gear. But I can live with it since it feels so good. I’m going to play with the gear some more. Another thing is I like really low end torque. The Audi 200s would peak torque a flat curve from 1500 rpm through like 5800 rpm. Can I get a torque curve on this car from you? I don’t care what he hp truly is but can you tell me because everyone will ask. And again, if I am being really critical, I would either do smaller turbos that spool up quickly to get me max torque at 1500 rpm (superchargers I know will do it from 1000 and I have that in the Ford GT you did for me which I also love but we can get this with twin turbos). Either smaller turbos or BMW is using a new twin scroll turbo that gets this effect. Finally, the exhaust isn’t quote the note I’m looking for. It’s loud yes and sounds amazing when it reverberates off downtown buildings on a narrow road. But the Audi’s of past had a very deep baritone exhaust. It was not loud or unpleasant in any way, but the sound of it could be heard from 1/2 mile away. I always as a kid knew when my parents were even 1/2 mile from the house! That baritone sound was so intoxicating. The sound to me is the #1 most enjoyable part of a car. It’s why I love Aston Martins and Ferraris as well. But if you ever had the chance to hear that note on an older Audi 5000 turbo car, it is unforgettable. I don’t know if you can get me that sound or tune it. That I would pay a premium for. The reason I wrote all of this to you is that I don’t know if you ever really knew how much of a gearhead I am myself, how much I love Audi’s and turbos and so forth.
I’m proud to own to of your builds!