• Sep 2, 2007
While there were some R8s that burned in the development phase, Audi worked hard to massage the platform and make it production ready. These pictures are reportedly a mule, not a production R8 that went up in flames. Scuttlebutt has it that fuel spillage was the culprit here, though speculation of something else is also offered if you click through and read the related thread on the R8talk forum. Either way, it's a tragic end to this particular R8's short life. Of course, in the end, it's only a car, so as long as everyone escaped unharmed, it's not even a blip on the cosmic scale.



[Source: R8Talk.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      More about this issue can be found here:
      http://www.r8talk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1113
      • 7 Years Ago
      Once Again...

      At least it wasn't another Enzo(or Any other Ferrari)
        • 7 Years Ago
        All of the Ferrari 599s should spontaneously combust. That way, at least they'll attain some legacy some 20 years later. :-)

        I love Ferraris, by the way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That was one hot car!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow- there really isn't much left behind the IP. Even Fiero's had more left after they combusted themselves.
      • 7 Years Ago
      stop saying about this thing is a mule bcause it's not(see plate numbers and why it's covered up) it's an early phase production model that caught on fire bcause of audi/vw being the worlds famous of what u call the ELCTRICAL CULPRITS of the automobile industry....this isnt very shocking......it is expected due to audis poor knowledge on electrical circuitry.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So it's a conspiracy, eh?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A failed attemp to enter the exotic market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about reliability from Audi.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What are we...blind?

        "These pictures are reportedly a mule, not a production R8 that went up in flames."
        • 7 Years Ago
        "These pictures are reportedly not a mule, but a production R8 that went up in flames."- Right. I think the point is it was a production car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not a production car, fool.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Didn't this already happen another time with a pre-production model on the Nurburgring?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was with an RS8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The good news is Audi's giving away complimentary marshmellows with every R8 purchased
        • 7 Years Ago
        JD, yeah I can read, but it's NOT a production car...
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol. that really sucks. audi, what's your problem?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heilbronn number plates? About 90% of the R8s registered in Heilbronn county ARE actually mules or pre production cars, simply because Neckarsulm where the R8 is built belongs to Heilbronn county. So even if the car looks normal from the outside it is very likely that the car itself was used for testing purposes like gearbox adjustments or engine fine tuning.
      • 7 Years Ago
      UH-OH
      This could potentially sink Audi sales when a high profile flagship car has serious safety issues. Remember the acceleration problems in the 80's. Audi already has questionable reliability. Talk to anyone who has owned one after their warranty expired
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not a big deal at all. This is a test car - on a test track. It's no secret than Audi has been pushing the envelope with this V10 R8 that they are working on. This does not represent current R8s that have been driving on the road in Europe for many months now. Audi goes through extremes to make sure they sell safe and reliable cars to the general public. Yes, about 1/4 century ago (25years), 60 minutes lied about an unattended acceleration problem of the 5000 model. This was unfounded and proven in court, all charges and false allegations were dismissed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Didn't the acceleration issue caused by operator error? I thought Audi was cleared on that issue.
        But you're right in that this can give a bad name to the product. Although, this car is not a volume seller so I don't think it's going to effect Audi's bottom line much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That really is too bad about this super sweet car.
      However the first thing that I could think of is how awesome that front clip would look in my living room.

      I'm gonna catch some flack for that comment.
        • 7 Years Ago
        *throws some flack*

        :P... couldnt help it.

        But seriously, I thought the same thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A part of me just died...
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