1,300-HP Twin-Turbo Audi R8 Hits Drag Strip With Stock Engine

As it stands, the Audi R8 is a bit of a bargain in the world of mid-engined supercars. With its Lamborghini-derived V10 at a major discount, it offers a fantastic platform to make big power. That’s exactly what T1 Race Development, a Dallas tuner company, decided to do. However, part of what makes this build unique is the fact that it houses a stock engine.

According to CarBuzz, despite including a twin-turbo kit, this supercar doesn’t have any forged components to handle the extra power. If anything, this proves just how strong the car’s stock V10 truly is.

How fast is the Audi R8 V10?

Even in stock form, the Audi R8 offers a considerable amount of speed. You can have this German supercar in one of two flavors with the same 5.2-liter V10 engine. The standard car produces 532 hp, while the more expensive Performance model pushes out 602 hp. All of that power hits the car’s four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

As you might imagine, the car featured in That Racing Channel’s video is far from stock. In fact, this car features an AMS twin-turbo setup bolted directly to the stock engine. However, since this car pushes out 1,300 hp at the wheels, it needs an updated transmission.

To this end, T1 Race Development built the Audi R8’s dual-clutch transmission to handle all of the extra power. Additionally, this car also features a modified fuel system, injectors, and ECU. Basically, these extra mods help support the engine so it can reach its true maximum output.

In terms of rubber, it won’t surprise you to learn that this supercar features upgraded wheels with bead locks and drag radials. Since Audi’s all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased, there are larger tires in the rear.

How is this a stock engine?

An image of an Audi R8 out on a race track.
Twin-Turbo Audi R8 | That Racing Channel

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Despite all of the modifications surrounding this Audi R8’s engine, the engine itself remains completely stock, says CarBuzz. By “stock,” we mean that there are no forged internals in this engine. Typically, when a car runs this kind of power on the drag strip, a built engine is required to hold power. However, this R8 defies that rule with its stock engine.

To illustrate just how extreme this is for the powertrain. This supercar can lose traction on all four wheels. In fact, CarBuzz reports that it will cover a 60-foot in less than 1.3 seconds. In total, this car runs about 15-lb of boost. However, even on a low-boost setting, its owner claims it’ll run a sub-10-second quarter mile.

How much does a brand-new Audi R8 cost?

An image of an Audi R8 out on a race track.
Twin-Turbo Audi R8 | That Racing Channel

If you’d like to attempt an Audi R8 project of your own, you’ll need bottomless pockets. In fact, a brand-new one of these cars starts at $142,700. If you opt for the Performance variant, you’re looking at just under $200,000. Given all of the extra necessary modifications, you’re easily looking at an additional six figures to get a car that consistently crushes the drag strip.