It will run from a standstill to 60 mph (96 kph) in only two seconds and do the quarter mile in nine.
When talking about first-gen Audi R8s with a turbocharged heart, in most cases Underground Racing springs to mind, but this time around the conversion comes from duPont Registry. Actually, Chicago-based Speedriven has been asked by duPont to give the former supercar from Ingolstadt a biturbo V10 5.2-liter setup to turn it into one of the most powerful R8s out there. How powerful you ask? 1,500 hp.
In order to efficiently put all that power to the road, the tuners have reinforced the S-Tronic gearbox now capable of delivering “lightning-fast gear changes,” while turbo lag is no longer an issue according to the people behind the project. With the upgrade in place, the R8 will run to 60 mph (96 kph) in approximately two seconds and it will need an extra seven to complete the quarter mile at more than 150 mph (241 kph).
Save for the new custom 20-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels and some badges, the biturbo R8 looks pretty much the same as the standard car. Only 25 conversion packages are being offered at a yet undisclosed price tag. You’ll have to give Speedriven a call and sort out all of the details and then ship the car to its shop in Chicago where the aftermarket specialists will overhaul the V10 engine, gearbox, and the R8’s suspension.
The first prototype was unveiled this week in Las Vegas during a Barrett-Jackson auction and duPont Registry says the plan is to begin customer deliveries before the year’s end for those willing to give their R8s a turbo heart to turn it into a beast on the drag strip.
As a refresher, the folks from Underground Racing are already taking a stab at modifying the second generation of the model, which with the most hardcore kit available can pump out a massive 2,200 hp on race fuel, or 1,200 hp when using pump gas.
Source: duPont Registry