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Audi R8 5.2 FSI tears up an airforce base – Click above to watch video after the jump

We all like a good car video. Whether it's a high-dollar commercial worked up just for the Super Bowl or one of Will Roegge's pieces of cinematic glory, it's hard to find someone who doesn't mind watching a slick piece of sheetmetal get sideways. But it's easy to underestimate the amount of work that can go into even the shortest pieces of footage. Take, for instance, this latest spot worked up by the crew at WebRidesTV for the Audi R8 5.2 FSI. The guys shot from dawn till dusk, hired none other than Nathan Swartzbaugh of ALMS fame to pilot the mid-engined terror and even rolled out a slick camera car just for the action – all 30 seconds of it.

Now, if you're like us, you're probably wondering where the "Gymkhana" part comes from in the title. We honestly have no idea. As far as we can tell, there's no sort of predetermined course, active timing or even meandering Segways – just Swartzbaugh getting sideways in a car that's worth more than all of our worldly possessions. Still, not a bad way to blow five minutes of your day. Hit the jump to see the action.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2009, Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: YouTube via WebRidesTV]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I mean on Hammond's side. With the sled. Was the camera crew also on sleds?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crap video, crap ad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WANT THAT CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I still think I want the V8 instead though.
      swbbreeder2
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish they would put a warning label to prospective drivers who think that they also can do this on local landing strips. A few years ago a young driver was allowed the use of his fathers brand new high performance BMW...he was on a nice long runway and took the car up to 160 MPH. The driver was not good at calculating distance and speed, he quickly ran out of runway, hit an embankment and flew into several trees. The passengers were a bunch of high school students and none of the five survived. I saw the car first hand and could not make it out as a vehicle. The car literally looked like a block of metal. The passengers in the vehicle were thrown and the bodies were strewn about two sides of the road past the embankment at the end of the runway. (Just a thought for safety.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      how i gonna drive this speedy in high traffic in the city......:-)

      whatever, design of the cars is amazing....... "Gymkhana" is an Indian word.... it is a place where people come to have some sporting activities. they must have copied word from there......

      Jack,
      www.esteemtrucks.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love R8 but the resulting video is kinda let-down. :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        works well for a 30 second spot kinda deal
      • 5 Years Ago
      so where can we see the finish product?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's at the end of the video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what I've always wondered about Top Gear (and makes me more and more skeptical of their antics). How does the camera crew follow or catch up? For example in the Bugatti Veyron vs Plane sketch, isn't it really a Range Rover vs Plane? Or the Polar Special, did the camera crew on Richard's end also ride in a Toyota Hilux?
      • 5 Years Ago
      For a video with "Gymkhana" in the title...I expected a lot more sidewaysness and smoke.

      At least throw in a hairpin or two...all of those drifts were high speed and in wide open areas.

      That car is sick though...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool video, that V10 just sounds great. A Audi RS6 camera car, how cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the gymkhana part was the STi sitting over his left shoulder at 3:27.

      "Any more horsepower and I would have been able to pull out of it, any less and it would have looped me around." Did he say that backwards, or is that one of the traits of a mid-engined car that I've never had the privilege to experience?
        • 5 Years Ago
        With a all wheel drive car more horse power means that you can pull out of a slide because of the drive of the front wheels. I you didn't have the power the car would not be able to power out of the slide and it would spin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic video, fantastic driving, uncompromisingly fantastic car. For the playfulness of the rear end alone, the 5.2 is a much better car than the 4.2. I only managed to get it to slide once (too much throttle turning left onto an onramp) but that was enough to illicit an unrivaled feeling of 'oh crap' and 'awesome' :P.
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