The latest-generation Audi R8 is essentially a gentlemen’s Lamborghini Huracán. It’s packing the same V-10 engine, and the four-ringed beast makes 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It’s fast. It’s beautiful. It’s fantastic.
For some, however, it’s not fast or fantastic enough, and that’s why a company like Underground Racing exists. The team there has added a pair of turbos to the back end of the Audi, and the resulting machine just set a new record for the R8 in the quarter mile.
Running at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina, the Underground Racing Audi R8 blitzed down the track and crossed the lights in just 9.025 seconds. The trap speed was an even 160 mph. Underground Racing says the tuning for this car is just in its beginning phases, so that means the car should get into the eights in short order.
Underground Racing offers a number of twin-turbo systems for the Audi R8. We don’t know which one is installed here, so we can’t speculate on how much horsepower the car is making. The base system produces 800 horsepower at the wheels on 93 octane fuel, and it costs $ 49,000 fully installed.
The insanity rises from there up through Stage 1, 2, and 3 until you hit the Race version and then the X Version. That final X Version will reportedly be good for 1,200 wheel horsepower on 93 octane or an insane 2,200 horsepower at the wheels if you’re running race gas. No word on what that will cost, but expect to pay out some serious coin as the Stage 3 upgrade runs $ 99,000 installed.
If you want your R8 to be the fastest down the track, you’re going to have to pay for the privilege.