The PPI R8 and PPI R8 Razor

automobile lifestyle in carbon fibre – With the launching of the R8, Audi heats up against rivals Porsche, Ferrari and Bentley vigorously providing stiff competition. The Swabian, German tuners PPI Automotive Design GmbH, customize Audi’s flagship sportscar by stoking up the fire with even more coal going that extra mile by providing an enhanced look combined with improved driving dynamics. A wind tunnel-tested aerodynamic kit of carbon fibre in combination with a performance enhancement and special lightweight magnesium wheels in 19-inch dimensions provides measurably improved appearance whether on the race track or the elegant promenade of the elite jet set.

Optimised performance for better resilience and increased driving pleasure

The stage 1 kit produces an increase power output of the original motor from 309kw/420hp to 348kw/460hp and increases torque from 430Nm/317lb-ft to 465Nm/343lbs-ft. A performance kit with durable components designed by PPI consists of corrosion resistant stainless steel sport rear muffler with throttle system. Just beginning at low-end torque, the resulting sound signals pure power, but with high speeds one experiences an even more imposing sound. Matched to this is a complete optimised engine management plus sport air filter providing the unit with extra breathing abilities. Results are a top speed of 192 mph (311 km/h) and sprinting from 0-60 mph in only 4,0 seconds; a six-tenths decrease versus standard production.

PPI aerodynamics: continued further development in carbon fibre

Without being overstated, PPI’s approach to the R8 was to retain the standard series design, with the addition of PPI developed aerodynamics. All PPI aerodynamics for the R8 are made of carbon fibre. This material is commonly used in motor sports reducing general weight yet simultaneously increasing sturdiness. This material is already featured in the Audi base model. PPI consequently takes a further step applying carbon fibre as the main component with highest quality for its entire car body material. Furthermore, PPI production carbon fibre parts are available in glossy or matte finish. The PPI aerodynamics package includes a lift reducing front lip spoiler. This more aggressive front air damn is designed to channel air to the front brakes, and cut through the air. In addition, the PPI designed, front bumper air intake “cartridges” were created for OEM fitting, and for improved air ventilation of the front radiator with separate air channel for brake cooling. Side sills sedate air inflow between the axles and provide this vehicle with a sporty and aggressive look even when standing still. It’s lateral appearance is completed with side blades in carbon fibre matte finish as standard production series offers carbon fibre glossy only. The diffuser with integrated PPI-designed air channels for exhaust pipe cooling stabilizes the rear with extra downforce and directional stability. The new double-sided rear grill deflects engine heat and exhaust system outwards and flanks the middle PPI rear plate. Rear spoiler with its adjustable wing increases downforce on the rear axle and completes the sporty elegant look.


PPI MAG9: the lightweight wheel from PPI

The new PPI MAG9 wheel design characterises the connection of high technical demands to sporty elegance. The two-part magnesium wheel with nine spokes and a wheel rim of carbon fibre commands not only by its exclusive look, but also through its outstanding craftsmanship setting new benchmark standards in the Audi tuning arena. The offered PPI MAG9 comes in dimension 9 x 19 front and 11 x 19 rear. Through the use of ultra light material magnesium resulting in reduction of unsprung mass, acceleration as well as deceleration and handling are distinctly improved. Weighing a mere 7,8 kg for front axle rims and 8,2 kg for rear axle rims, the PPI wheel are absolute champions in the lightweight arena. Optimal tires developed for the PPI R8 Razor in cooperation with Michelin are the supplied Michelin Pilot Sport Cup in dimensions 235/35 ZR19 (front) and 305/30 ZR19 (rear).


Ideal interior engineering

To complete the exclusive enhancements of the R8, PPI offers extensive modifications in materials and parts to the original interior. PPI offers handbrake, door entry threshold plates and middle instrument panel in carbon fibre. The technical highlight of the interior is the new PPI designed ergonomic steering wheel (available with Carbon Fibre sections) with additional interface controls for its driving dynamical program. Offered on special request is a personalized floor mat set furnished with leather trim. Also available is complete hand crafted precision leather, suede, alcantara upholstery from our in-house saddlers.


General specifications


Engine: 90º V 8
Engine Location: Mid , longitudinally mounted
Configuration: aluminum block and head
Displacement: 4.163 liter / 256.3 cu in
Valvetrain: 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC w/VVT
Fuel feed: FSI Direct Fuel Injection
Aspiration: Naturally Aspirated

Chassis/body: carbon fibre and aluminum body panels on aluminum spaceframe
Front suspension: double wishbones, coil springs over hydraulic dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: double wishbones, coil springs over hydraulic dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering: rack-and-pinion, power assisted, speed sensitive
Wheels PPI: Carbon Fiber-Magnesium, 9,0 J x 19 front, 11,0 J x 19 rear
Tires PPI: 235/35 front, 305/30 rear
Brakes: 8-piston front calipers, 4-piston rear calipers, vented discs, all-round, ABS, Ceramic Pads
Gearbox: 6 speed Manual
Drive: Quattro All wheel drive

Performance figures
Power (Series): 420 bhp / 313 KW @ 7800 rpm
PPI: 460 bhp / 343 KW @ 7800rpm
Torque (Series): 430 Nm / 317 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
PPI: 465 NM / 343 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm
BHP/Liter (Series): 100 bhp / liter
PPI: 109 bhp / liter
Power to weight ratio (Series): 0.27 bhp / kg
PPI: 0.295 bhp / kg
Top Speed (Series): 301 km/h / 187 mph
PPI: 311 km/h / 193 mph
0-60 mph Acceleration (Series): 4.5 s
PPI: 4.0 s
¼ mile (`400 m) (Series): 12.5 sec @113.2mph (182.2 km/h)

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