Is This Insane Custom Job A Fitting Send Off For The First Audi R8?

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter It’s a road-legal track monster. The first-generation
of the Audi R8 is one of the few supercars that drivers can enjoy on a daily
basis. It does everything well, including track days and running errands. But
Audi’s most powerful production vehicle is getting a little long in the tooth and
this may be the perfect send off before the next generation of the vehicle goes
on sale. Nathan Cicio, owner of TopSpeed Motorsports (TSM), took a stock 2011
Audi R8 and turned it into a widebody, twin-turbocharged track monster.

Is This Insane Custom Job A Fitting Send Off For The First Audi R8?

Cicio was
inspired by the R8 Ultra racing machine and had a clear vision for the vehicle:
“I wanted to build a car that looked so crazy-radical, most people would not
believe it was street legal.” From the looks of it, Cicio definitely achieved
his goal. He took the R8’s sleek body and made it 5.5 inches wider, added a host
of carbon fiber bits, as well as a massive wing from GoodAero. TSM doesn’t just
make radically designed vehicles. The shop turns supercars into track monsters that can be used on the road. Cicio took the R8’s stock V10 and added two Garrett 35R turbochargers, Tial wastegates and blow-off valves, along with a special cooling system.

Is This Insane Custom Job A Fitting Send Off For The First Audi R8?

All of this makes a claimed 750 hp
and 600 lb-ft of torque bringing the 0 to 60 mph down to 2.9 seconds. To keep
all of that power in check, the tire size has been increased to 295 (up from
235) and the transmission gains a carbon/Kevlar multi-disc clutch by TSM. Race
cars with these kind of modifications aren’t comfortable, but TSM worked magic on the inside of this R8 to ensure that it still can be driven on the
road. Everything on the inside has been wrapped in Alcantara and dry carbon accents, while
Recaro Sportster CS seats hold passengers in place. This no expense spared R8 has
to be the best way to say goodbye to the first generation of the supercar.

Is This Insane Custom Job A Fitting Send Off For The First Audi R8?

Is This Insane Custom Job A Fitting Send Off For The First Audi R8?

Is This Insane Custom Job A Fitting Send Off For The First Audi R8?

Is This Insane Custom Job A Fitting Send Off For The First Audi R8?

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