Twin-Turbo Audi R8 V10 Blows Engine Cover from All The Boost, Glass Goes "Boom"

Lamborghini Huracan Blows Glass Engine Cover while Racing 4 photos
Photo: Underground Racing/Instagram
Lamborghini Huracan Blows Glass Engine Cover while RacingLamborghini Huracan Blows Glass Engine Cover while RacingLamborghini Huracan Blows Glass Engine Cover while Racing
The Lamborghini-Audi V10 platform, together with the R35 Nissan GT-R, is one of drag racers' favorite street car basis. These mid-engined machines are taken to insane muscle numbers, with this obviously resulting in wacky 1/4- and 1/2-mile times. However, all those years of experience (tuners have been at work since the days of the Gallardo and the first-gen R8) don't guarantee a surprise-free experience.
In fact, I've brought along an example that perfectly demonstrates the point made in the intro.

Thanks to the piece of footage at the bottom of the page, we can see a twin-turbo Lamborghini Huracan second-gen Audi R8 (this is a V10 Plus model) rushing down the Colorado Springs airport - the hostilities took place over the weekend, as part of an event that's aptly called Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack.

We're talking about a 1/2mile adventure and, much to no drag racer's surprise, the Sant'Agata Bolognese machine had a bit of trouble putting that power down.

Nevertheless, the Lambo Audi experienced greater issues, the kind that can't be corrected using the gas pedal.

To be more precise, the glass engine cover adorning that forced-fed V10 can be seen shattering mid-race. However, the said element was only a sharpnel victim - the air intake cover plate was blown off by all the boost.

In fact, here's Underground Racing, the specialist behind the build (the company has a solid reputation in the racing community), explaining the shenanigan: "No traction at all with the power on. The cover plate on of the intakes blew off from the boost, a first time this has happened. All fixed, just need to borrow any R8 hatch and we can send it again,"

In case you're wondering how the engine looked after the said incident, you should check out the second Insta post below.

For the record, the wackiest TT Lambos and R8s out there can go go all the way to around 3,000 horsepower and climbing to about 260 mph in the half-mile.

If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Andrei Tutu
Andrei Tutu profile photo

In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories