• Aug 13, 2008
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Alex Roy, currently locked in an M5 with our own Damon Lavric, recently got a video tour of a rather nifty Audi R8 owned by someone who insists he remain nameless. Codenamed Blackbird, the coupe is stuffed with enough gadgets to be a testbed for NASA's shuttle replacement, but don't for a second think the interior resembles a jungle of wires, screens and antennae: all the electronic gear is seamlessly integrated in a most impressive way. A sample of the wares in the blacked out supercar with the gunmetal gray blade include four GPS units, two radar detectors, police scanner, CB radio, kill switch for all rear lights, high-speed broadband Internet with Wi-Fi running on a tablet PC, power ports, takedown lights, a remote-controlled exhaust bypass valve, and -- get this -- a liquid-cooled infrasonic wave pulse generator. Apparently, you don't want to stand by that last item if you wish to have children. Follow the jump for the whole story in moving pictures. Thanks for the tip, Mike!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is dumb. Why does he have 2 Garmin GPS units with traffic link. Just in case one fails? Its almost like he added a second one just to increase the numbers (4 gps antennas vs 3, WOW! MY HERO!). It basically seems like he came up with a list of what sounds "cool" to have on a car, multiplied it by 3, and decided to glue it on. I like the fact that he used the overhead console and mounted stuff cleanly in it, but aside from that, this dude has seen too much Knight Rider.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The answer is much simpler, and its not just for redundancy, though that is a benefit.

        Two Main Reasons:

        1) Displays of different information. One GPS can display an overview of the route, the other one has the actual turn-by-turn, etc.

        2) Modifying routes on the fly. If you have two GPS units, and you need to change routes, or think of a better one and need to check it out, you can do so on one GPS with out having to lose out on the information being presented by the first one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have no idea. The only reason I could think of is to have one set to "avoid freeways" and the other set normally.

        That way, the one set to avoid freeways would constantly be remapping and could potentially give him a shortcut that the other contenders don't know about.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the wave pulse generator death ray is a actually a high frequency radar. I saw something on the military channel that seemed eerily similar to this. I think it is a kind of like sonar but for above ground and long range, kind of like a bat. Normal long range radar (like in a fighter jet) devices are big and heavy thus can only be fitted to large vehicles and smaller ones do not detect far enough (like a home security system). I think this device was developed so that smaller vehicle could use a long range radar system. Now I am only speculating based off of very thin knowledge so it could be some crazy jamming device but the thing is, jamming devices currently exist and work pretty well so I doubt thats what this is. It could also interfere with radio or other communication devices. I highly doubt it is designed to impair the human body as this would create serious implications. It may inadvertently harm someone but I do not think it was designed with that purpose in mind. I know some people at MIT and my uncle was a colonel in the gulf war so maybe he knows something or someone. If I find anything out Autoblog will be the first to know.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pigeons use infrasound. It would make an effective radar, especially when traveling at high rates of speed. My physics is a little rusty, but theoretically you should be able to use to cancel out an opposing wave generator, such as a radar gun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who is Alex Roy is why is such a douche nozle?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, I just found more info on this on the Talk Lambo forum, under a Bull Run '08 thread. Someone posts a pic of the infrasonic wave pulse generator, inquiring what it is. A member throws out some speculation and the owner shows up to clear it up (all of this starts about halfway down page 2 and continues on through the top of page 3, where if you pay close attention, someone addresses the owner by name!).

      http://www.talklambo.com/showthread.php?t=3869&page=2
        • 6 Years Ago
        He shall remain nameless... yeah, and just pretend you didn't see his front plate in the video at 2:20.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hasselhoff is driving the old KITT, and the R8 he has is his own, not the Blackbird pictured here. I saw his car the morning of Gumball, and externally nothing was simliar (different rims, no antennas, different front headlight covers, etc).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Should be Andre Betz from Team Angry.........but still, I wonder what he is doing with that thing.

        Shaking cars in front of him? Make their engines stall?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That wasnt ment to go under this post.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't watch vid, at work. But why do you need to have a kill switch for the rear lights? Is it so you pull into a driveway and fool the police into thinking you've been parked with the motor off all along? And if so, would that mean the police won't notice the R8 parked by the side of the road among the sea of R8's out there?

        • 6 Years Ago
        If you're running from the 5-0 at night, turning off the rear lights can aid you in making a quick escape.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do want...
      • 6 Years Ago
      sickest car ever
        • 6 Years Ago
        definitely a monster and a half!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The guy is a cop. All that crap in there is the same as all the crap in a cop car. Running down Lambo's and other exotic cars isn't easy...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate to be one one but it's "remain", Mr. Ramsey,not "rename"...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are the one one, Neo Neo. The Oracle Oracle said so so.
          • 6 Years Ago
          @Morpheus: Thanks for the laugh...
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow, opportunistic humor of the year award goes to Morpheus Morpheus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He ruined a great car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      An Audi RS6 Avant would have much been a better vehicle for all this gadgetry.
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