/Drive takes us behind the scenes on Audi Sport Customer Racing Program’s R8 LMS Ultra. I’m amazed at how much of the production R8 parts are retained for the race version.
Ben Thomas’ B5 Wagon is the epitome of a well executed modified Audi B5 S4. Being an avant wins many brownie points around the office, but the addition of the RS4 fenders takes the cake. This is the twin turbo every Audi enthusiasts lusts for and this video just wets the appetite.
This year’s H2O International 2013 was the year of the Audi B5 S4 and VW MKIV GTI. I swear I saw more examples of these two vehicles than in all the years previous. Maybe it’s because I yearn to one day add a VW MKIV R32 to the stable right after finishing up the recently acquired Rezmoto B5 S4. Or maybe it’s because there were actually a lot of B5’s and MKIV GTI’s..
(Photo Credits: Ruckus)
This years event was held at Fort Whaley campground about 20 minutes out from Ocean City. It could not have been located at a better venue. Hopefully this will be the new home for H2O from here on 0ut. Extremely organized, easy to get too (the line getting in was a breeze), and plenty of parking. Not to mention a plethora of awesome spots to park your ride for some very nice photo spots.
“Audi B5 S4 shaved bay. Thought I would never ever see something like this. I can’t even fathom the hours that went into this build. Just WOW!”
Well, we’re just now getting back into the groove of things after the 12 hour up, 12 hour back drive from Miami to Helen, GA for the annual SOWO Euro Car Show. If you own a modified Euro anywhere on the East Coast and you weren’t at SOWO 2013, there must be something wrong with you. This is probably one of the best Euro car shows of the year and this year was the biggest turn-out yet.
This year, the vendors were out in droves. Stop by any booth and you found yourself drooling over the amount of sick parts available and at a show price discount at that. Walking away empty handed was not an option. APR even had two full lifts with techs installing exhausts, downpipes and programming ECU’s on site. Now that is service.
By the quality of cars that roamed the small alpine town of Helen, we can all assume the recession is over. From HPI’s white signature covered VW Scirocco to Unitronics Jetta Hybrid to a newly modified Audi S6; There were a lot of sick cars parked on the grass is what I’m trying to get at. If new models are not your thing, not to worry, old school classics looking as clean as they did rolling off the manufacturer’s assembly plant were everywhere to be found. SOWO has everything.
Staying in downtown Helen at any of the hotels is cool if you book early enough, but I highly recommend renting a cabin. After the shenanigans that go on in Helen and the crazy fast drives through the mountains, it’s nice to leave it all behind and just chill at the end of the day in a hot tub somewhere in the quiet seclusion of the mountains.
Overall, we had a blast. We spent some good times with some good friends, connected with some old friends and got a nice break from the daily grind. We patiently await to make the trip again back to Helen for some more mountain run shenanigans next year.
With the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps now behind us and the 24 Hours of Lemans quickly approaching (June 22-23), now would be a good time to admire the Audi R18 at full tilt. Check out these fly-bys at close to 210mph. You can barely hear the power-plant over the wind noise. The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro technical specs are simply phenomenal especially considering how Audi is dominating with this platform.
I’ve been a DTM fan as far back as I can remember. Back in the days when the cable box had a max of 65 channels, I’d stay up till the wee hours of the morning after Headbangers Ball (MTV) to catch a glimpse of DTM racing. Nowadays you can just tune in at the official DTM website or Speed2.com to get your fix on. Or the best option; To watch a Clash Productions behind-the-scenes short cinematic film. Popcorn highly suggested.
Yes, that’s right. Audi is about to unleash a Diesel BiTurbo Electric into the wild blue yonder. The main turbo is driven conventionally by the exhaust with it’s sibling relying purely on electric. Check out the video to see what I mean. Sick!