• Jan 24, 2012
Some vehicles are made to be stretched. Others, less so. A Lincoln Town Car, for example, is a good platform for a limo. A Mercedes-Benz S-Class, sure. A Rolls-Royce Phantom. We could even see the attraction behind a Cadillac Escalade limo, if we had to. But not an exotic supercar.

The folks over at Carbonyte would beg to differ, though. The British coachbuilder made its reputation, such as it is, by helping Mercedes-Benz and McLaren develop the chassis for the SLR. But after that, things took a drastic turn for the worse.

Following the SLR project, Carbonyte turned its attention to unusual stretch jobs that usually involve supercars we'd rather not see chopped up and lengthened. Among its first projects was a stretched Ferrari 360 Modena that did not please the people in Maranello. Then the firm turned a Smart ForTwo into a giant rolling Red Bull can, before setting its sights on the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg CCX.

We're glad we never saw those projects come to fruition, but the company is now reportedly preparing to do the same with an Audi R8. Whereas the Ferrari job incorporated two giant gullwing doors to give access to all the rear buckets at once, the R8 project – commissioned by the same company that owns the Ferrari limo – appears to feature individual gullwing doors for each of the passenger seats.

The vehicle is reportedly tipped to be completed by this coming summer, and will retain the donor car's 5.2-liter V10 – but we'd guess not its all-wheel drive system, and none of its handling dynamics. Check out the renderings in the image gallery above and the ludicrously dramatic video after the jump.



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      amac
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG this thing is horrible.
      Clock
      • 2 Years Ago
      The music at :34 is right. HA HA. HA HA.
      Devin Christiansen
      • 2 Years Ago
      As disgusted as I am, I'd still like to take it out on a track day.
      hmmwv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the R8L for the Chinese domestic market.
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi bus
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fiat 500 Limo makes more sense, and is actually rather nicely proportioned
      OfDukes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs more bacon...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @OfDukes
        [blocked]
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @OfDukes
        BaconStrips& BaconStrips& BaconStrips& BaconStrips& BaconStrips& BaconStrips
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Until you get stuck over a speed bump swaying back and forth like a playground swing. I see that these guys have the creativity of a 3 year old with Lego blocks. How do you expect to make out with your date with that huge center console, do they not know what limos are hired for? Should have gone with minivan power sliding doors.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        [blocked]
      Jeeho
      • 2 Years Ago
      should go to the hell for ruining R8.
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeeho
        The car gods have already promised the souls of everyone involved with creating this car to Satan.
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      I once said that there was a special place in hell for people who ruin great cars. While the R8 may not be everyone's favorite car, it is sad to see that this car will never again see its full potential on the road. May the creator of this car burn in eternity.
        TruthHertz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean
        I know what you mean. The Civic was a great car until 2000 and then they ruined it...
          Dean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Umm...not sure how to reply to this as I'm not sure whether you're serious, or really just f**king with me (my guess would be the latter). I do agree that the Civic was a good car up until 2000...bought a new 98 Civic my junior year in college...served me well...
      Justin B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surely this is yet another sign of the apocalypse.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        [blocked]
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing quite says like "I"m a douchebag" than riding in one of these.
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