• Mar 29th 2007 at 12:57PM
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A seminal car like the Audi R8 needs a proper marketing push to become an effective halo vehicle, so the Stuttgart crew has produced the first commerical for its supercar called "Warm Up". Much like the recent Shell/Ferrari commercial (if you haven't seen it, do so), "Warm Up" takes us from the past all the way up the present. Audi begins 70 years ago with the introduction of the mid-mounted engine, which leads to the use of aluminum construction for the first time, quattro all-wheel drive and finally the automaker's FSI direct injection technology.

Filmed over six days in Mexico, "Warm Up" certainly has a lot of production appeal and features the R8 front and center the whole time. It also features five actors, 1,050 extras and 100 crew members. A little movie of its own, "Warm Up" will be debuted during the showing of "I, Robot" on the RTL Channel in Europe on April 6th.

Check out the full commercial after the jump.

[Source: Audi]


The new "Warm up" commercial for the Audi R8 gets into gear
  • 70 years of motor racing history in 60 seconds
  • Six days of filming in Mexico with a total of 1,050 extras
  • Crew of 100 shoots ten kilometres of film
  • Tagline: "The Audi R8 – Born of powerful ideas"

This is the limbering up time, the warm-up before the off. In 60 and 45 seconds, the new Audi R8 zooms through 70 years of motor racing history. "Warm up" is also the title of the new sports car's TV commercial, which will be premiered in Germany on 6 April when the blockbuster "I, ROBOT" starring Will Smith (and the Audi RSQ) is broadcast on the RTL channel. The commercial was shot over six days in Mexico at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres and uses 1,050 extras. Its tagline: "The Audi R8 – Born of powerful ideas". The production was masterminded by Hamburg agency kempertrautmann.

"Time and time again during recent decades, Audi has led the way forward with its innovative technologies: the mid-mounted engine, aluminium lightweight construction, quattro drive and our FSI petrol direct injection technology. We're bringing all this together in the new Audi R8, and our journey through time creates a link from our new sports car to the core values of our brand," says Jagoda Becic, Head of Advertising at AUDI AG.

Filming in Mexico kicked off at the beginning of December last year. Gerhard Kiefer, responsible for the production of commercials at Audi, explained that, "We chose Mexico as the location for several reasons, the most important being that we had access to two racetracks at the same time for the filming work and that this location enabled us to obtain top-class technical equipment and props from nearby Hollywood."

No less than three lorry loads of clothing including countless wigs, false moustaches and accessories from the different eras, not to mention kilos of make-up, were provided to ensure that the film's five actors and 1,050 extras were authentically attired. It was extremely important that the clothing used in the film was in keeping with the different eras. Also fulfilling this requirement were remodelled historic backdrops, five original vehicles from the 1920s and 1930s, six original 1950s vehicles and the replica of an Auto Union Type C racing car dating from 1937, all of which were transported to the location especially.

Filming took place over six days at two different locations in Mexico. The huge team spent three days at Mexico City's Autodromo track, situated at an altitude of 2,300 metres. Filming then moved for three more days to a private racetrack 2,600 metres above sea level in the vicinity of Tulancingo. Cameraman Ian Foster, who also worked on productions such as the James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Alexander", directed by Oliver Stone, shot no less than ten kilometres of film. During the post-production phase in London, the material was edited in HD quality, a process that lasted one and half months.

The TV commercial starts at a racetrack during the 1930s. Away from the track, racing cars are being prepared for their big moment; photographers and reporters are flocking around the crowd of excited onlookers when, suddenly, the Audi R8 drives through the scene. The new sports car makes a similar entrance in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, leading up to the moment when the R8 finally takes up pole position on the grid at an ultra-modern circuit crowded with spectators. Meanwhile, a commentator has been listing Audi's engineering achievements down the years. Then the starting lights at the racetrack are faded in and the commentator says, "70 years of preparation – for this start." The lights flick off and the Audi R8 powers away. Next comes the tagline: "The Audi R8 – Born of powerful ideas".

Overview of the R8 commercial
Name of commercial: "Warm up"
Length: 45 seconds and 60 seconds
First broadcast on TV: 6 April 2007
Directed by: LynnFox trio of directors (Patrick Chen, Bastian Glassner and Christian McKenzie)
Camera: Ian Foster, who also worked on the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Alexander", directed by Oliver Stone
Production: Tony Petersen Film GmbH, Hamburg; ten kilometres of film were shot
Post-production: The Mill, London, where one and a half months were spent editing the film in HD quality
Agency: kempertrautmann, Hamburg
Filming period: Six days in December 2006
Location: Mexico; three days at Mexico City's Autodromo track at an altitude of 2,300 metres; three days at a private racetrack 2,600 metres above sea level in the vicinity of Tulancingo
Participants: Five actors, 1,050 extras and 100 crew members
Vehicles: Two Audi R8 models in Ice Silver
Historic vehicles: Five original vehicles from the 1920s and 1930s, six original 1950s vehicles and the replica of an Auto Union Type C racing car dating from 1937

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      "so the Stuttgart crew has produced the first commerical for its supercar"

      *cough* Ingolstadt *cough*
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought the commercial was better than the car will be :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's a crap ad. Who the hell does that appeal to?
      • 8 Years Ago

      What the hell is THAT?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Which "Stuttgart crew"? The R8 is -- like all spaceframe aluminum Audis and somm Lamborghini bodies -- built in Neckarsulm, a rather small town (27.000 inhabitants) near Heilbronn, about 55km (or 35 miles) north of Stuttgart.

      In fact, Neckarsulm is cool. I went to trade school there during my apprenticeship as car mechanic. We had lots of NSU Wankel- and Prinz engines at the school (just ten years ago).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would like to have heard much more of the rumbling music the R8 is capable of producing .
      None the less, the R8 is one awesome automobile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #11; the ad is probably meant for Europeans - we have different standards for advertising here, american ads can be very different. You will probably have your own ad. This one will do nicely for my European tastes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They were pumping that advertisement about every 10 minutes in the main lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas back in February. It got old pretty quick. Let's hope the rest of The Warm Up is better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ditto to #1
      Ferrari commercial made my hair stand up... this one made me want to drink orange juice...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5: Ingolstadt is even further away from the R8 than Stuttgart.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would have rather seen the Auto Union car rounding the corner...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Ferrari commercial made my hair stand up... this one made me want to drink orange juice..."

      I agree wholeheartedly except replacing orange juice with a hot espresso so I could keep awake during this R8 commercial
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