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I went to pick my car up from the workshop yesterday, the man was on the telephone, I overheard him say: “I’ll take that two-week cruise as I’m about to get some dough,” and then he saw me standing there and said: “I have to go!” He handed me my keys and said: “Your car’s as good as new, it’s lucky that you came in now, before that motor blew, the pistons were all blistered and the valve stems shot to hell, the manifold was old with holes, and ugly plugs as well! “The oil had boiled because it was a lump up in the pump, loose rings had worn the kingpins down and dumped them in the sump, the crankshaft and the petrol tank too rusted to repair, and damn it if the camshaft wasn’t jammed by bearing wear! “Your carby’s far beyond recall, the jets too wet and thin, the diff was iffy, so I fitted pin replacements in, the CV joints were pointy and your front end bent and old, it’s lucky that I stock your make of intake manifold! “I couldn’t take the risk, your disc pads had to be replaced, transmission bolts were faulty and the fluid thick as paste, then third gear nearly broke, then first, and then I lost reverse, I put a whole new gearbox in, as second gear was worse! “Your steering wheel appeared to be in need of special care, the seat belts felt all shot, I got a neat new front-seat pair, the clutch was much the same and all the headlights seemed quite crook, I think the blinkers might be too, but didn’t dare to look! “The pinion rack lacked tension and its screws were all bad news, my alternator tester says that yours had blown a fuse, the bonnet lock was shocking and the doors were poorly done, I changed the hinges, handles too, they’re just like new, old son. “I sprayed the radiator out, and filled the anti-freeze, adjusted all the air-con ports to twenty-three degrees, I nuked the duco with some special crack-resistant wax, you owe me seven thousand bucks, including federal tax!” Considering I’d booked it in to fit a speakerphone, I figured this excessive, but I didn’t like to moan, I wrote a check and drove home feeling like a stupid jerk, the car was running smoothly but the cellphone didn’t work!
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 R8 100th Anniv

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PostSubject: R8 100th Anniv   Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:26 am





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Ratings at a glance:
Speed 7.7
Handling 6.6
Acceleration 8.0
Launch 7.2
Brakes 6.6

HP 619 hp
Torque 426 lbs ft
weight 2910 lbs
AWD

First Impressions: The paint on the car has some great details, but for some reason it just didn't seem to work for me. A lot of time has gone into it, that's obvious, but there is the 100th anniversary block which seems to kill the design for me as it doesn't seem to fit. Just my opinion and I'm usually wrong on the paints. Before I goo too much further I will say that S class isn't my thing, but this is one of the easiest and nicest S class cars I have driven to date. The only problem I had was what felt like a little understeer, and I mean a little.

On The Tracks: A look through the race events list found the K&N 700hp event blank, so we hit the first race running at Road America. As I learnt the braking points, and the track in the car I felt how forgiving it is for a car so high up the classes. I managed a 2:08.574 P.B. recorded time which placed me at #4970 although I did have a 1.5 second faster lap which was not registered as I crossed the line on the last turn that would have moved it up by about a thousand or so on the LB's too and there's lots more in the R8 to be had.

Next we were at Sunset Peninsula for the Club Reverse circuit. Here I found the R8 to be a smooth, consistent car which could run pretty fast laps one after the other. My best lap was a 56.469 at #700 on the leaderboards, which should translate well in a race as in the Audi was just so easy to keep those sort of times coming.

Onwards to Maple Valley, and I had 5 appalling laps. Not one clean one among them, and it was all down to the aggressive way I drive the MV circuit. The Audi just didn't have enough turn in to allow me to brake as late and turn in as sharply as I do in my lower class cars. In the hands of a smoother driver the Audi should do ok, I managed a best of 1:30.390 but that was with time lost bouncing off a wall or over some grass.

Mazda Laguna Seca proved to give me the same problems with the car as Maple, the tighter turns and the Audis steering not working well with my bad driving habist on this track either. A pretty crap 1:26.883 dirty lap shows how bad things were here too. Again this isn't the car so much as the bad habits I have driving this course.

Le Mans Bugatti track was down as another disaster, having run this track only a handful of times I had to re-learn it again as I went. The Audi R8 did help by not pitching me off the track when I didn't get things exactly right, and I managed a P.B. of 1:42.699 at #4917. Not bad considering I wasn't always in the best place for corner entry or at the optimal speeds.

The Verdict: Glossing over the paint as I've already said it all in the first impressions, the Audi R8 is a brilliant car to drive, fast and smooth and forgiving in the main. I found this to be a good car for me as someone who doesn't usually drive higher than A class, as it has good grip and handling to go with the extra speed. My only problem was the steering not turning enough to get me around the tighter turns, not the cars fault so much as the way I dive into a corner late. Smoother drivers will find this is not a problem. I'd recommend the Audi to all levels of driver though, and even new drivers should be able to do well with it. Get more info at the sales thread http://forums.forzamotorsport.net/forums/thread/3436069.aspxfm3 sales thread herefm3 sales thread here
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