Audi Execs Tried to Bill Volkswagen for an Absurd Amount of Beer
With Volkswagen pulling out of what could have been a company-wide apocalypse after the whole Dieselgate scandal, the company has learned to keep a good eye on certain things. For reasons that I don’t need to state here, VW was doing some internal financial auditing when it ran across a gem of a bill for a beer-fueled showdown between about 30 different Audi executives. As reported by Bild Am Sonntag out of Germany, Rupert Stadler – Audi’s CEO – organized what had to be one hell of a party that ran up charges in excess of €12,500 or about $14,000 at current exchange rates.
Apparently, the party went down at a hotel called the Rothehof in Wolfsburg and involved what Bild is calling a “beer contest” that pitted managers from Rheinland against those from Bavaria. We’re assuming the contest was to see who could drink the most beer. To go along with this wild party, executives also ordered in a Bavarian brass band and a separate band from Cologne – that’s right these guys seriously had two bands at the same party. Making matters even worse, the party also reportedly included the appearances of two well-known comedians who, of course, kept the laughs coming.
To be clear, the $14,000 bill I mentioned earlier is what Stadler reportedly has to pony up. Chances are other execs also had to pony up, however, extensive researching has yet to yield any other significant numbers. Surely, a $14,000 bill is practically nothing for a company like VW if you forget about the Dieselgate scandal, but with Volkswagen hemorrhaging money to the tune of millions of dollars, Audi execs should have known better than to even try passing this bill off to the parental company.
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Driving a high-performance car comes with various pros and cons. Whether you own a full-blown supercar, muscle car, or simply a sports car with a high power-to-weight ratio, controlling your right foot and the throttle pedal is, and always has been, a delicate balance. This is thoroughly demonstrated in the featured video.
Filmed somewhere in Russia, the video depicts an Audi R8 supercar cruising the Russian streets before slamming into what’s suspected to be a Lada Samara in just a matter of seconds. As you’ll soon see, the R8 is seen making a U-turn from one direction of flow to the opposite direction of flow, before performing yet another U-turn just seconds after the first one.
It’s currently unclear why the R8 driver did this, but the result is as plain as day. While performing the second U-turn, the driver either intentionally or unintentionally kicked the tail of the rear-wheel drive supercar out, performing a drift Ken Block would be proud of. However, the result wouldn’t make anyone proud.
After drifting into traffic, the R8 smashes into a Lada Samara which rolls after the impact. However, instead of checking to see if the occupants were uninjured, the R8 driver instead paused momentarily while remaining in the car, before speeding off from the scene, even running a red light to escape the scene.
Although no number plates can be seen in the video, it’s likely to be crucial part of evidence if police decide to investigate the matter further.
Remember, please don’t try this at home!
Remember that Porsche 911 we featured a few days ago with about 10,000 bullet holes in it?
Despite its ramshackled state, we’re comforted knowing that the destruction of that 911 served a pretty good cause. This Audi R8, however, was doing nothing except being driven by a complete douchebag who thought that engaging the German police in a gun fight was a good idea.
The scene plays out in Germany where an armed man began opening fire at the police after he was about to be questioned for a domestic dispute incident in his household. After seeing the officers in their patrol cars, the idiot began opening fire on them. In the course of the pursuit, the police managed to pepper the R8 with 37 rounds of bullets, four of which found its mark into the driver.
Despite getting wounded, the driver managed to survive the whole episode where he was eventually arrested for all the trouble he caused. But where the driver escaped with his health intact, for the most part at least, the same cannot be said for the R8, which looked like it had far better days than this one.