Ever since it burst onto the scene back in 2006, the Audi R8 has evolved into one of the more customized supercars in the tuning market. Even into its second generation, tuners remain rather interested in pushing the R8 to its max. German tuners, in particular, are always quick to build programs for the R8, knowing that its popularity on German soil always creates demand in the aftermarket scene. MbDesign falls in that category, as shown by its new take on the beloved Audi supercar ., and in 2014 it is offering a fresh new take on the R8. The camouflage car wrap is a pretty darn good indication that this isn’t your regular aftermarket program for the R8.
Some parts of the program are admittedly underwhelming, but the jet-inspired camo wrap more than makes up for those little shortcomings.
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Audi R8 By mbDESIGN in detail
MbDesign began its program by installing a handful of aerodynamic components to make the car look more like the V-10 version of the R8. Original R8 V-10 parts like the carbon-fiber front splitter, the side blades, the carbon-fiber rear wing, and the GT carbon-fiber rear panel can be found on this particular R8. As soon as these components were installed, the entire supercar was wrapped in the colors of the F16 Arctic Aggressor fighter jet, hence the camouflaged look. A new full-carbon-fiber diffuser from SuperCar24 and a carbon-fiber trunk cover lining round out mbDesign’s aero upgrades on the R8.
The tuner also replaced the R8’s old wheels with a new set of 20-inch KV1 camouflage wheels, and wrapped them in a set of Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires.
The interior of the R8 received an original GT carbon package, as well as healthy use of Alcantara on the trunk lining and carbon on the trunk’s interior cover. Finally, mbDesign installed a Bang&Olufsen sound system, providing top quality audio technology in a supercar that deserves it.
mbDesign’s program focused on aesthetics and aerodynamic improvements more than anything else. But it still came with a subtle engine upgrade. The tuner accomplished the power bump by modifying the engine software and by using a K&N motorsports air filter. Once completed, the R8 saw its output rise to 453 horsepower, a littler better than the 420-horsepower output of the standard R8 V8.
Gallery Audi R8 By mbDESIGN
Car wrapping is definitely THE discovery of the past years that accounts for a true revolution in the tuning scene. No more expensive painting but a mere endless array of colors, samples, surfaces and design options to choose from. It’s all a freaky affair with this Audi R8 at mbDESIGN because it was here that the agency “raum22” performed a full wrapping in the design of the F16 Arctic Aggressor fighter jet.
To match the aggressive looks, exclusive mbDESIGN KV1 rims in dull gray with camouflage rim bed rotate in the wheelhouses of the sports car from Ingolstadt; in the format 9x20 inches ET34 with 235/30ZR20 in front and 12x20 inches ET42 with 305/25ZR20 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires in the rear. Practical: There is a TÜV parts expertise for this wheel/tire combination to facilitate smooth registration in the vehicle documents. While the “normal” concave version of the KV1 is used on the front axle, the "deep concave“ variation provides an impressive disposition on the rear axle with its particularly distinctive concavity. In any case, the KV1 perfectly matches the exterior wrapping of the sports car. The chassis is lowered through a GT coil-over kit which finally beams a perfect light on the wheelhouses.
Retouch works on the body was a complex affair because the 2009 model was given a completely new facelift on the front apron including the original carbon front splitter and the side skirts and side blades of the big V10 model. The rear was also completely redesigned with an original GT carbon rear wing, an original GT carbon rear panel and a custom full-carbon trunk cover. The whole thing is rounded up by a full-carbon diffuser from SuperCar24, original Audi carbon mirror caps and an engine compartment and trunk cover lining made of full carbon.
The V8 now has 453 HP thanks to a K&N motorsports air filter and reworked engine software. The exhaust gases are processed by a sophisticated Capristo stainless steel exhaust system with electronic valve control.
However work was also done on the interior because in addition to the original GT carbon package and the Bang&Olufsen sound system, a complete handmade Alcantara full-loading was also installed. The trunk liner made of Alcantara is also handmade and the interior cover of the trunk is equally made of carbon.