Sunday, February 5, 2012


Back in 2008 when the first Ironman movie from Marvel Studios was released, a lot of fans were intrigued to see the sports car that Tony Stark drove around the city in. It was an Audi R8, which was a flashy concept car at that time [it was showcased in the Paris Auto Show in 2006, and the vehicle's creators were contacted by Marvel execs in the developmental stages of the superhero flick]. And the vehicle seemed to be the perfect fit for the suave, rich, eccentric character played perfectly by Robert Downey Jr.. The LED Headlamps of the R8 are sleek and cool, while it is equipped with a standard 4.2 liter V8 engine - which can be upgraded to a V10. This racer has a top speed of approximately 200 mph. The body of the sports car is made from a light hi-tech aluminum structure tagged as the Audi Space Frame. And it is available as a 2-door coupe, the GT model, or the convertible Spyder.

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Based on the Audi Le Mans quattro that debuted in 2003, the Audi R8 is a street legal racer that yields a sense of power and refinement.

Jon Favreau, the director of the 2008 and 2010 Ironman movies had this to say during post-production: "...The R8 is the perfect car for Tony Stark... it is a technical masterpiece ... and it's the ultimate eye-catcher.
This vehicle definitely has a sci fi feel to it. And these screenshots below from the movie will give flashbacks of the R8, showing its silver, chrome and black accents that stand out in the daytime and at night.


But a year after that superhero movie was released, a concept artist named Marouane Bembli from Sweden did some design studies to create a next generation model of the R8 - enter the R10. The three images below are the only images on the Web tied to this particular R10 Super Sports Car, since officially Audi is yet to unveil even the R9 concept car. According to the artist, the Audi R10 features a mid-mounted V10 engine and its estimated price is probably about $300,000 - that's pocket change for a billionaire, yet it appears that Robert Downey Jr. will be driving another concept car by Acura [Honda Motor Company] in the forthcoming The Avengers 2012 movie - and a pic of that ride is in this Other Article


So what do you think? The best of the best, or just a futuristic Autobot dream car? All right, now I'll help you make up your mind. Imagine sitting in the driver's seat of that ruby-red R10 Super car... and you've been granted access to the Autobahn in Germany - one of the most popular expressways in the world with absolutely no speed limit - and now, imagine you've got a full tank of gas and the voice-activated CD player comes on and plays this for you:

Assuming you survive the high-speed race across Europe while listening to that classic track, I'm sure you'll agree that the R10 is a concept design that the engineers at Audi ought to take very seriously...

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