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Affordable Supercar: Audi R8

By   March 22, 2018

Audi R8

Audi R8

When talking about supercars the term affordable is quite relative. For some $100,000 is a reasonable price, for others $50,000 is a nice price. For most about $30,000 or less is the within reach price range.

A new 2018 Audi R8 starts at $164,900 which puts it well above most people’s budget. Fortunately, for supercar enthusiasts on a budget, depreciation has hit the early R8 pretty hard.

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What’s Better 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Or 2014 Audi R8 Spyder

By   July 17, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet VS 2014 Audi R8 Spyder

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet VS 2014 Audi R8 Spyder

Both the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet (991) and the 2014 Audi R8 Spyder are great drivers cars. The R8 is a mid-engined all-wheel drive car that has very good acceleration and now has perhaps the best dual clutch transmission that money can buy. The 911 has a rear engined rear-wheel drive layout that provides a different experience than any other sports car.

While both cars are great, the 991 is the more modern car as it was brand new last year where the Audi is more of a slight update. The Porsche has less horsepower, but more torque and the bigger thing is it weighs 400 pounds less. Either car is fun to drive, but the Carrera S is just a bit more fun thanks to its nimbleness.

This video pits the two German sports cars head to head to see which one is the better on the road and track. It tests all the performance stats on a track and then takes them to some great mountain roads for a road test. Both cars are good, but which is the better car to own?

Checkout the video and then let us know which car you would rather own in the comments below.

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Audi Gets Victory At Norisring

By   July 15, 2013

Audi Gets Victory At Norisring

Audi Wins at Norisring

This weekend was a very good one for Audi at the Norisring race. The German auto maker was able to come out of the race with a hard earned win. The racing weekend saw a large crowd of 126,000 people. This was the first time that they have been able to walk away with a victory from (the last was in 2002).

The win went to Mattias Ekström driving the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM. It was a fitting time for the win for him as it was his 35th birthday. Winning a race is always a big deal, but I’m sure that made his birthday even more special.

The tone for the race was set early when Mr. Ekström passed the defending champion Bruno Spengler in his BMW and Robert Wickens in his Mercedes-Benz, who was the fastest in qualifying. This gave spectators a sense that the Audi driver would likely be a force in this race.

With it being over 10 years since their last victory at the race, Audi was obviously quite happy with the win.

Press Release

A great day for Audi and Mattias Ekström: In front of 126,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) the Swede from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM on his 35th birthday won the DTM season’s pinnacle event at the Norisring. At the same time, Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM after an impressive recovery took the sole lead of the standings.

For Audi, this marked the first success at the DTM home round in Nuremberg since Laurent Aiello’s triumph in 2002, for Ekström the first victory in the Audi RS 5 DTM and for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline the first in a DTM Championship round since the race at Valencia in October 2011.

Right in the early phase of the race, Ekström overtook the BMW of title defender Bruno Spengler and the Mercedes-Benz of the fastest driver in qualifying, Robert Wickens, and just like his brand colleague Edoardo Mortara switched to the fast option tires on lap 13. Running on these tires, to the delight of the large crowd of Audi fans in the grandstands, the two managed to put an increasingly larger gap between themselves and their immediate rivals. On lap 64, Ekström took the lead and shortly before the finish had such a large advantage that even after the second pit stop he remained at the front and went on to cross the finish line as the cheered Norisring winner.

“This is a very special moment for me,” said the Swede who turned 35 on race day. “The home victory at the Norisring for Audi was something I still had on my list in the DTM. I’d like to thank everyone at Audi Sport, Team Abt, my engineer Florian (Modlinger), my guys and the mechanics. My RS 5 was perfect. Behind Edo (Mortara), I was able to take it a little easier on my tires. He had some problems while braking, so I was able to overtake him. It was thrilling and hot through to the end. I knew that it would be close in the end with Gary (Paffett). Fortunately, it worked out.”

Heading for a podium finish for a long time as well was Edoardo Mortara in the Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg. The Italian switched to option tires right on the fifth lap and after two early safety car periods was leading the field as of the 14th lap before letting Mattias Ekström go ahead. After the second pit stop, he was back on track right behind Gary Paffett. In the battle for second place, two collisions occurred between Mortara and Paffett. The second crash took both opponents out of the race shortly before the finish and prevented a possible one-two victory by Audi.

Outright sensational was the recovery shown by Mike Rockenfeller, who had to start the race from the last row due to a transmission change on his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM. Within the space of a few laps, the leader of the standings battled his way forward into the top ten and made his two mandatory pit stops in direct succession on laps 13 and 15 during a safety car period. Thanks to this clever strategy by Audi Sport Team Phoenix and a flawless race, ‘Rocky’ recovered from 21st to fifth place and secured the sole lead of the standings with a two-point advantage over BMW driver Bruno Spengler.

Less fortunate in terms of strategy and safety car periods were Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), Miguel Molina (Audi RS 5 DTM) and Adrien Tambay (Audi ultra RS 5 DTM), who despite fast lap times had to settle for positions 12, 14 and 15. Jamie Green had to park his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM on lap 66 in a promising position when the second gear got stuck. Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM) was even prevented from starting at all due to a brake problem.

All these mishaps were unable to mar the great joy about Audi’s first victory at the Norisring since 2002. “What a brilliant day for Audi and the many Audi fans who’ve had to wait for a victory of their four rings here at the Norisring for such a long time!” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “We always came close in the last ten years – now it finally worked out. Mattias (Ekström) gave himself the nicest birthday gift by driving a perfect race. Edo (Mortara), too, was strong. It’s a shame that the two collisions happened with Gary Paffett at the end, as otherwise we’d have even had two Audi drivers on podium. That ‘Rocky’ recovered from the last row to take fifth place and now is the sole leader of the standings is brilliant. My thanks go to all who’ve been working hard to make this success possible.”

2103 Le Mans: Good Day For Audi, Nissan, Porsche And Tragedy For Aston Martin

By   June 23, 2013

Audi Wins At The 24 Hours of Le Mans

Audi Wins At The 24 Hours of Le Mans

This weekends running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans saw some very exciting racing action. Thanks in part to off and on bad weather the race had a quite a few incidents, but the worst happened in the first ten minutes of the race. The indecent involved the number 95 Aston Martin and sadly ended in the passing away of driver Allan Simonsen. Because of this event much of the celebration from the winning teams was tempered.

The overall winner was the number 2 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro driven by Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Allan McNish. The win was much harder than previous years with a last minute regulation change that made it so the Audi cars were forced to pit more often. Because of this Toyota became much more competitive in the race, but Audi managed to hold on for the win. Next year’s race should be even more competitive as Porsche and Ferrari will compete in the top LMP1 class.

In the LMP2 class the number 35 Morgan LMP2-Nissan driven by Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez took the win. The car also managed a very good seventh place overall finish. The class was dominated by Oak Racing as the first two teams in the class were cars by the racing team.

Porsche 911 RSR Drivers

The 24 Hours of Le Mans debut of the new 991 based Porsche 911 RSR was a very successful. The wining car in the GTE-Pro class was the number 92 911 RSR driven by Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Romain Dumas. The car was raced by Porsche AG Team Manthey as was the second place number 91 car that came in second place in the class.

In the GTE-Am class the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR also proved to be a good race car. The number 76 Imsa Performance Matmut 911 GT3 RSR managed to finish ahead of two Ferrari cars. Also, noteworthy in the class was the Porsche raced by Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long managed a good fourth place finish.

You can see the full racing results at LeMansLive.com.

Press Release

As expected, the twelfth triumph for the four rings at Le Mans was one of the most difficult and hardest-fought ones. Following a change in the regulations that was made at short notice, the three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars on average were able to do two laps less on one tank filling than their main rival Toyota. The Audi drivers had to compensate for the additional pit stops by faster lap times on track – and did so in weather conditions that at times were extremely difficult.

Rain showers crossed the track again and again during the dramatic race. They resulted in numerous incidents and a total of eleven safety car deployments. The field ran for more than five hours under ‘yellow’ while the track was cleared and repairs were performed.

The three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars, which are equipped with an electrically driven front axle, were the fastest vehicles in the field throughout the entire race – as well as the most efficient ones: Victory in the Michelin Green X Challenge, a competition of the cleanest, fastest and most efficient prototypes, went to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm as well.

“We owe the twelfth victory of our brand at Le Mans to the consistent, innovative spirit of our engineers, the unconditional commitment of the entire team and the skills and strong nerves of our drivers. On behalf of Audi, I extend my sincere congratulations on this success to all of them,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, who, as usual, personally watched the race on location. “This marks another great success for Audi in which our hybrid system again prevailed and new technologies, which our customers will also benefit from in the future, were tested.” They included innovative radiators and matrix-beam LED headlights, which make optimum lighting of the corners at night possible – a crucial advantage at Le Mans.

“We knew that, not least due to the regulatory requirements, it would be very difficult for us this year,” commented Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “As expected, Toyota was a very strong rival – but our Audi R18 e-tron quattro was in a class of its own. My thanks go to the entire team that worked for months to achieve this success.”

The twelfth Audi victory at Le Mans was achieved by the number ‘2’ Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by Loïc Duval (France), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland) who had started the race from the pole position. For Duval, who had clinched the pole position on Wednesday, this was the first success at the classic French endurance race and the third for Allan McNish. Tom Kristensen, who has been the sole record holder of the race since 2005, triumphed for the ninth time.

The victorious Audi R18 e-tron quattro ran for 24 hours without the slightest technical problem. Duval/Kristensen/McNish took the lead at 21:43 on Saturday night and would not relinquish it anymore up to triumphantly crossing the finish line at 15:00 on Sunday. The three Audi drivers achieved the crucial one-lap advantage over the second-placed Toyota at an early stage and maintained it all the way to the end, even in partially chaotic conditions with torrential rain.

Misfortune struck the other two Audi squads that almost simultaneously were forced to make unscheduled pit stops shortly before the end of the seventh hour of the race and, up to that time, had made for an Audi one-two-three lead up to that time. Oliver Jarvis was touched by a slower vehicle and, as a result, suffered a punctured tire on which he had to complete nearly an entire lap that cost him two laps. In the thrilling final phase, Le Mans newcomer Lucas di Grassi (Brazil), Marc Gené (Spain) and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) managed to overtake the Toyota that had been running in third place up to that time, and to thus secure third place on the podium.

Due to changing the alternator Marcel Fässler (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Benoît Tréluyer (France) lost their sure lead a total of twelve laps. With an impressive recovery the 2011 and 2012 winners managed to advance from 24th place to position five in their R18 e-tron quattro.

The 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours was overshadowed by a fatal accident that occurred in the GT class shortly after the race started. “Obviously, this horrible incident dampens the joy about another great Le Mans victory for Audi in which our team and our drivers were under extreme tension for 24 hours and couldn’t make any mistakes,” commented Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “We were all completely shocked by the news of Allan Simonsen’s death. During his career, he also contested races in the Audi R8 LMS. Our sympathy primarily goes to his family and friends but to the team of Aston Martin as well. It shows that you must never stop doing whatever is possible for safety in motorsport. This is the first fatal accident we’ve had to witness in 15 Le Mans years. I hope it’ll remain the last.”

What Is Better A Tuned Audi S4 Wagon Or A Base Porsche Cayman?

By   June 4, 2013

A Tuned Audi S4 Wagon and a Base Porsche Cayman

A Tuned Audi S4 Wagon and a Base Porsche Cayman

Recently, Matt Farah and Chris Harris decided to answer the question, what is better a tuned Audi S4 Wagon or a base Porsche Cayman? The tuned Audi S4 Wagon is quite a sleeper that can put out 415 horsepower. That is quite different from the base Porsche Cayman that has a mere 275 horsepower.

The S4 belongs to Chris and after watching the video, you start to wonder if he has ever heard of a vacuum. Perhaps the folks over at Dyson can help him out a bit. Even though the car is dirty and scratched, it just disappears into the distance when the gas pedal is punched. While capable of hauling around the family the car provides plenty of performance in a package that nobody would expect to be quite so fast.

On the other hand you have the Cayman, which has much less horsepower than the Wagon. However, the car is lighter and much more balanced helping to get the driver more involved. So, with the Porsche it is all about the driving experience. The downside is when driving behind the tuned car it just isn’t fun watching the more powerful sleeper get away from you so quickly.

In this video the two cars are tested and then Chris and Matt try to decide which is more fun to drive. It is a tough choice between theses two cars, but if you were to go for the Cayman S over the base model much of the horsepower disparity would go away.

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