We love ourselves a ridiculous hill climb automotive right here at CT, and as we speak we convey you one that ought to blast away these January blues with a snarl of V8 anger. That is SB Racing’s ‘Audi R8’, these inverted commas are crucial because it has treasured little to do with the street automotive it (principally) appears to be like like.
Beneath the pores and skin, it has a bespoke construction combining a carbon fibre tub with a tubular area body. And though that tough R8 form is there, it has a radically completely different ‘open’ entrance finish, making it appear as if the automotive has no face.
It appears to be like suitably scary for the devilish noise belted out of the twin-exit exhaust, which does really come from an Audi, albeit not an R8. It’s a twin-turbo 4.2-litre ‘BCY’ V8 pinched from the C5 RS6, right here producing 750bhp. In a automotive weighing underneath a tonne, that’ll do properly.
The mid-mounted V8 feeds energy to the rear wheels by way of a six-speed Quaife sequential gearbox and a differential taken from an Audi S2. The dampers are all the inboard selection (you get a wonderful view of the entrance two), and guaranteeing all the facility is successfully transmitted to the tarmac, the ‘R8’ wears Avon slick tyres.
By the hands of driver Simon Bainbridge, the automotive appears to be like phenomenally fast. It’s set to evolve into one thing much more monstrous, too – a peruse of SB Racing’s Fb web page reveals that Bainbridge has a brand new undertaking involving an Audi V10. One to regulate, we predict.