This Insane 1,500 HP Audi R8 With No Body Panels Is Road Legal

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It looks like it belongs in a Mad Max movie.

The next-generation Audi R8 is going electric, but before then Audi will reportedly launch a hardcore final-edition of the V10-powered supercar with enhanced aero, more power, and less weight. It could be a track-focused model that revives the R8 GT, but it won't be as extreme as this one-of-a-kind R8 GT built by Scrap Life Garage. With all the panels removed, it's barely recognizable as an R8, yet it's somehow still road legal.

Before it was converted into a Mad Max-style car called the "SuperKart," it was originally a 2012 R8 GT powered by a 5.2-liter V10 producing 552 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Nearly ten years later, its performance is still impressive by today's standards: this setup enables the R8 GT to hit 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 199 mph.

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The Racing Channel/YouTube
The Racing Channel/YouTube

With only 333 units made, the R8 GT is a rare car, but before you get too upset, this is a salvage car. After it was sold to the second owner, the R8 GT was involved in a nasty crash just six days after it was bought and was totaled. The front end, driver's side door, and right-side rear quarter panel were destroyed.

It was eventually sold on Facebook Marketplace to Austin from LeeC Parts and The Scrap Life Garage, the car's current owner. Since the company specializes in salvaging wrecked cars and selling parts, he was interested in buying the R8 to see if he could salvage any of its high-value parts but decided to modify it instead and give it a new lease of life.

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To increase the power far beyond the original specification, Underground Racing installed a pair of turbochargers that boost the 5.2-liter V10 to "somewhere north of 1,500 horsepower" on VP Import race gas and around 1,000 horsepower on pump gas. And since it has headlights, it's road legal. The main beams are from a tractor trailer, while the regular headlights are from a 2020 Ford Mustang GT and the door mirrors are taken from a Honda S2000. Since most of them were destroyed in the crash, the panels were removed.

As a result, the bare-naked R8 has a curb weight of just 3,300 pounds, so it should be capable of setting some blistering quarter-mile times on the drag strip. Because of the R-Tronic transmission, more modifications need to be made before the stripped-down R8 can tear up the drag strip, but we can't wait to see the final result.

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The Racing Channel/YouTube
The Racing Channel/YouTube

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