In the next few months or even a few years we will be seeing more usage of lightweigth materials on the Audi R8. This was relayed by the designers and engineers of Audi in a recent press briefing. In that said meeting, the Audi designers talked about this new variant referred simply as the NF. This news story expound on the future plans of Audi regarding this technology. And based on what I got the new variant called NF will feature the new carbon-fiber rear bulkhead that is fitted between the seat backs and the engine compartment. The carbon fiber extends into the lower B-pillars. Check out this site for a briefing on this technology that will be used on the future Audi R8 NF.
This page will rot if this is not updated, so here it goes. Bringing pedaltothemetal back to where it belongs. As usual lots of posts will be focused on my fave cars like the introduction of 2009 Nissan GT-R, my Audi R8-naks, and of course a smattering of coupe’s from Lexus, BMW and Mercedes. Nissan and Audi are Kings for me, of course. Bringing this back to life after more than 3 months of hibernation. Just right, no?
It’s nice to know that this site still rocks. Top searches include the Nissan Skyline, Skyline and Mercerdes. Actually it was really my intention to develop this along the line of Skyline and a smattering of Audi cars, like the sexy Audi R8. Is the Nissan Skyline about to be released this year? I’m lost..Been very busy.
You have to excuse my R8 posts. There are many of course. It’s just that I am researching well on this car since this is one of my dream cars out there. On one of my pages in this blog, I listed the Nissan Skyline/GT-R as one of my faves of all time. Now, the Audi R8 for 2008 is next on my list.
One technology that sets the R8 apart from the competition is the Audi Magnetic Ride. From the car’s micro-site, this technology is labeled as the one that makes the Audi R8 a smooth operator on the road. This technology is actually called the Audi magnetic ride damper system. That instead of the conventional oil, the shocks on the car are filled with the special fluid whose viscosity can be controlled by the electromagnetic field. This innovative technology that can be seen on the Audi TT as well uses the magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers that can effectively provide continuously variable real-time suspension damping control. Thru this kind of technology, the vehicle can get maximum driving dynamics and superior road isolation that can result in better driver comfort. It responds in real time to the varied road and driving conditions based on input from sensors that can monitor the body and wheel motion.
There’s a new movie in town and Audi is set to star in that flick. Audi is one of the sponsors of the newest action flick in town, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. When I first saw the trailer for the movie, I thought I saw an R8 pass by on the screen. I wasn’t dreaming, Audi is in fact stars in the movie. And for the April 30 premiere of the film at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Audi cars transported the stars of the film in style. Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges drove new R8s going to the theater. For Jack Black and Vince Vaughn, Q7s did the trick. And for Gwyneth Paltrow, it should be an Audi A8L sedan.
In celebration of the participation of Audi in the film, a micro-site was developed. The site featured some articles about the movie, and a more focused look at the Audi R8 complete with the top-of-the line features of R8. This Audi model that was featured prominently on the movie features a LED design in headlights and tail lights. So what this means to the common enthusiast like you? Some of the benefits of this kind of design include low energy consumption, a color similar to daylight for that enhanced contrast. Under the hood is the Audi R Tronic transmission. This kind of transmission allows for the driver to shift gears from a joystick mounted on the center console or shift paddles on the steering wheel. This also means that no shift pedals are needed. Brakes are dependable as well that has 8-piston fixed caliper brakes at front and a 4-piston fixed caliper breaks at the rear end. Setting to improve the engine performance of the Audi is the Audi FSI. With this technology in place, the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber. An Audi R8 will not be complete without the services of the tough Audi R8 engine. Feel the rush as it takes you from zero to 62 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds! Want to speed your way on the road? Rest assured that you can do it in style as this R8 can max at 187 miles per hour. For the car’s body, there’s the Audi ASF technology. The company introduced the next generation high-strength space frame. A lot of things go with every Audi R8, and this is the reason why the Iron Man himself chose to drive this sport car. To learn more about this car, just visit Audi’s micro-site for the film.
The movie is based on the fictional comic book hero from Marvel Comics. The film is directed by Jon Favreau. The movie tells the story of Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr., a billionaire industrialist who was captured by terrorists in Afghanistan. When ordered to build a missile for them, Tony Stark then uses this technology and the resources to instead build a powered exoskeleton so that he can escape. The moment he returned home, he then chose to improve the armor and in the process used this armor to fight evil. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark and the Iron Man. Though the director initially intended to cast a new comer for the role, he eventually chose Robert Downey Jr. since he felt that his past in the public eye will make his character more true and convincing. The movie also stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia Pepper Potts, Iron Man’s personal secretary. She is also his love interest on the film. The premiere was held as well on April 14, 2008 and the movie is set to be released worldwide anywhere from April 30 2008 to May 3, 2008. It opens May 2 in US.
Best in handling, the fastest car, best in design and best in performance; these are just some of the many awards that has been scooped by the Audi R8 since its introduction in the market. Of course, the best validation will be the ones coming from the consumers. And one such citation was delivered by MSN.com on its survey for MSN Cars Car of the Year. The award that was given by MSN was actually based on a poll of MSN Cars users that was posted late last year. The survey was based on all UK cars that was launched in 2007. And with over 37,000 votes cast, 42 percent of the votes were dedicated to the Audi R8.
So what are 2007’s best cars according to the users and the readers of MSN.com? Rounding off the top ten are the Ferrari F430 Suderia, the BMW M3, the Ford Mondeo, the Rolls Royce Phantom DHC, the Fiat 500, the Mercedes Benz C-Class, the Mini Clubman, Mitsubishi i and the Mazda 2. The bottom dweller, the Mazda 2 incidentally was the recipient of the Car of the Year at the recnetly concluded New York Auto Show.
Previous winners of this survey were the BMW 3-Series Coupe’ for 2007, the Bugatti Veyron for 2006 and the Aston Martin DB9 for 2005.
As part of the recently concluded New York Auto Show, a number of awards had been given and two of the major awards was scooped by Audi R8. This sports model of Audi got the World Performance Car of the Year and the World Car Design of the Year. Actually Audi retained the World Car Performance of the Year, since the company also bagged this citation a year ago courtesy of the Audi RS 4. The jurors of the said gathering praised the Audi sports car for transforming the sports car landscape. They added that the R8 is striking, original and full of interesting details from the nose strakes to the much discussed vertical blade behind the B-pillar. This Audi supercar lost to the Mazda 2 for the overall crown of World Car of the Year.
For the design category, the Audi R8 edged out the Mazda Demio and the Volvo C30. The design award was given so as to highlight new vehicles in the market regarding their innovation and style that effetcively pushed established boundaries. Thanks to the designs that go with every Audi R8, this sports car is a sure traffic-stopper on the road!
The Audi R8 is a towering figure in the sports car category. In fact it won a number of awards this year. This is perhaps a testament to the quality of the Audi R8, that is why I am making this post about this car. I even read that this R8 is even better than the SLR and can even match a Ferrari. Too good to be true? There’s no other way but to find that out, and here’s my little research about this Audi sportscar.
The Audi R8 first entered the consciousness of car enthusiasts way back in 2006 when this appeared in a number of automotive shows. The body structure and the platform of the R8 is somewhat similra to the Lamborghini Gallardo; it is because Audi has full ownership of a subsidiary of Lamborghini- the Lamborghini S.p.A. The R8 was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show in 2006.
On the technical side of the R8; the R8 is equipped with the 4.2 Liter FSI V8 engine, the same engine that powers the Audi RS4. Transmission maybe manual or R-Tronic. More than just power, our Audi R8 has an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system and the Carbon-Ceramic composite brakes with monobloc Brembo calipers.
The R8 is built using the Audi Space Frame Design that was also used in constrcuting the A8 and the A2. The body structure of the R8 is crafted from aluminum material. When the R8 is crafted, the body structure is first attended. the supporting structure is largley hand-crafted from a series of aluminum extrusions. If you are interested how each R8 is really crafted from the start from body to finishing, this site can help you and you can learn more. A first-hand account as to how the R8 is crafted in Neckarsulm complex in Germany. Perhaps due to the kind of attention that is showered on every R8, you can expect that not too many R8s are produced every day. In fact the R8 team of Audi can tune around 27 to 28 cars a day, or can move up to 30 cars a day.
After the R8 has been assembled adn all the necessary parts and accesories are all accounted for, the car is fired up before being driven to the staging area for the usual test. As with other cars, the R8 is driven up to moderate speed so that all the necessary systems can be checked, like the lights, the steering and the rest. On an average a single Audi R8 can be finished in 7-8 days.