For many years, when people talked about supercars, Audi was not the first name that came up in conversation. However, in 2006 this all changed with the launch of the Audi R8. A mid engined 4.2 litre V8 supercar that changed the way many people think about Audi. The only problem for the average motorist is the price, at just under £100,000, the Audi R8 is well out of the range for most. Or is it? With an Audi R8 driving experience just about anyone can experience the ultimate German supercar without breaking the bank.
With a history of racing in the Le Mans 24 tesla accessories hours, it still came as a bit of a surprise when Audi announced the release of the R8 in 2006. Powered by a 4.2 litre, 32 valve V8 and utilising Audi’s Quattro system, the R8 is an outstanding drive. With 414 bhp, the Audi R8 powers from 0 – 60 mph in a meagre 4.4 seconds and if you keep your foot planted firmly on the floor it will eventually top out at 187 mph. It may not be the fastest supercar in the world, but that hasn’t stopped the plaudits coming in, many have hailed the R8 as a match for the Porsche 997 (praise indeed) and What Car? awarded the R8 the coveted performance car of the year in 2010. Light, fiercely powerful and with a superb handling system, the R8 has quickly become one of the most sought after Supercars in the world today.
Making the most of the Audi R8
Driving experiences are generally held at one of two venues, either a race circuit or on an aerodrome. Whilst the aerodrome option offers the chance to dive the R8 fast, the racing circuit is where the R8 comes to life. With a true racing pedigree and that fantastic four wheel drive system the R8 will leave you grinning from ear to ear every time you push the accelerator. Hairpin bends and chicanes will cause the driver no problems, get on the straights, push your foot down and the R8 growls as it eats up the tarmac beneath you.
The Driving Experience
When you arrive at the circuit there is a 15 minute safety briefing to explain exactly what the driving experience will involve. With the briefing completed it’s off to the circuit where a qualified racing driver will show you the lines in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta or a MINI Cooper S, showing you how to get the very best out of your Audi R8 Experience. With the familiarisation laps completed it’s time to jump into the Audi R8 for the drive of your life. For the next six miles the professional instructor will be by your side, pointing out the lines, when to push, when to brake. The Audi R8 driving experience will leave you wanting more for hours after.