• May 2, 2007
The guys over at Fifth Gear get some pretty sweet work assignments, but few match up to Tiff Needell's task of driving the brand-new Audi R8 through cones at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If you're a fan of Top Gear, you know how well-produced their spots are, and the video enclosed after the jump is just terrific.

Tiff starts off by driving the gorgeous R8 down the Las Vegas strip, and Audi's supercar generated plenty of gawking. Our favorite part of the video comes about 2/3 through, when Tiff swerves through four cones, cuts left, then banks to the right through some tightly arranged cones. Another highlight comes when Needell, on several occasions, manages to kick out the rear end of the mid-engined AWD supercar after turning of the ESP.

Hit the jump to take in the sights and sounds of Fifth Gear getting the most out of the R8. You'll be glad you did.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone tell Honda to forget about making a new NSX, Audi's beaten them to it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tiff Needell is a superb driver. I'd hardly call him an ex-F1 driver (he only ever qualified for one, so I wouldn't call it a career.) That piece of film was the only quality feature in the show.

      Then again, the quality of the latest season of Top Gear was absolutely appalling. I'm surprised they didn't have an R8 on there.

      Presumably they were too busy 'staging' accidents in home-made limos.

      Both shows need alot of work to bring them up to scratch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      *Raises hand* I want one! Jesus, that was practically porn!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of both shows, but come on- Fifth Gear and Top Gear aren't the same program; fix the slip in the lead paragraph.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Menh...Eurotrash...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why did Tiff have the rear fog light on, in the middle of Vegas?
      • 7 Years Ago
      #14 - I don't understand why certain people try to compare a Corvette to an Audi/Porsche. The R8 will outperform a Corvette in overall handling, performance and overal style/detail. A Corvette could NOT--I repeat NOT--handle around those cones like the R8 can. All a Corvette can do best is STRAIGHT LINE speed and that's boring. Sure, Corvette's are fast--and that's all they have going for them. No style, detail or personality inside. They're soul-less. Go race a Saleen Mustang, or something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. How can a common 911 be more desirable than the R8? I saw an R8 in person on the interstate and it was magnificent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they build and sell the R4, it will sell like hotcakes.

      --chuck

      • 7 Years Ago
      What is the time left when he does the move mentioned in the post?
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn...