23 September 2016 | Story and images: RaceMasteR J
Audi - Vorsprung durch Technik, meaning "Advancement through
Technology". A global brand known for their German quality,
luxury and innovative design to their vehicles. Even though
Audi has a rich motorsport heritage in rallying, touring cars
and even Le Mans, the four circles never really played in the
supercar space. But all that changed when the block buster movie
i-Robot starring Will Smith was released in 2004 which featured
a very futuristic looking Audi. It was the birth of the Audi
Hopeful as we all were, concept car’s never end up looking
very much like the road going production versions. Not to say
we wanted the car to float around like it did in the movie,
but at least some similarities would be great. When the car
was finally released to the world in 2006, we were not disappointed
at all. It was called the R8 and it had the same basic shape
as the vehicle in the movie. It was something like we’ve
never seen on our roads before and looked out of this world!
Rewind back to 1999 we have one of the biggest Audi fans around,
Gerick Mouton. If Audi had a 5th circle, it would surely be
Gerick hanging onto that badge. Gerick was the first person
in South Africa to own a supercharged Audi RS4 called Mufassa…
mwahahahaha! He’s current daily is a Q7… V12!!!
... And his wife naturally also drives an Audi, A1, with some
APR software to give it some added flavour. So when Gerick was
in the market for a supercar, it was the unmistakable choice
of going with the R8.
The particular car which Gerick chose was a stock standard 2009
Audi R8 V10 5.2L R-tronic which was purchased from Audi Sandton.
Stock standard in this case is far from boring but being the
petrol head that he is, Gerick just had to put his own personal
touch on it. The plan was simple - increase power, reduce body
weight and create additional downforce. Creating more downforce
just so happens to make the car look a whole damn lot cooler
First up was increasing the already impressive power output
from 386kW’s to 435kW’s (583HP) and 584Nm’s
via some trick APR stage 1 software mapping. This improvement
is clearly felt by Gerick and says it made a huge difference.
The now extra added power was combined to an ear shattering
109Db Quicksilver Titanium SuperSport exhaust system which is
also a whopping 27kg’s lighter than the standard OEM system.
Gericks only disappointment is not with the car itself, but
with APR not producing a supercharger kit for the car. He does
however plan on sourcing one from a USA based company next year
which should bump the power up to a healthy 700hp!
The standard wheels were thrown aside to make way for a better
handling car with a chunkier set of Ace Alloy Convex 20”
rims all in black which is wrapped in Yokahama Advan Sport tyres
with 245/30/20 section on the front and 305/25/20 sections at
Improving the downforce at the back was helped by a Rieger carbon
fiber spoiler and Prior design rear bumper and diffuser. It
also sees a set of Prior design side skirts adding to that already
aggressive side view stance.
While a custom front bumper and grill with extra air intake
slots finishes off the car nicely giving it that “get
out of my way now” look from the front. Gerick is withholding
information on where exactly he obtained this bumper as he says
he is currently the only one in SA to have it. Unless he bought
it from an Italian supercar dealership in Joburg then he is
in for a surprise and better suck it up.
Jumping into Gericks place of work aka the cabin, my bottom
was sucked into the firm grip of a sued Audi Racing Sparco bucket
seat. The original heavy seats included seat warmers which were
rather heavy. These new seats not only serve a purpose by reducing
weight and giving you a better driving experience, they look
amazing as well. Gerick says that only people with waists no
bigger than a 34 will fit, so this is definitely no Kim Kardashian
The engine bay was not forgotten about either and full carbon
fiber inlays were installed around the entire area making this
R8 truly unique in every way.
Wrapping up all the modifications together quite literally the
car was wrapped in a custom electric matte blue and black combination.
These images do not do this colour justice and it must be seen
in person to appreciate its entire awesomeness.
When I asked Gerick about what he likes most about the car he
said it was undoubtedly the performance… and the handling…
and the looks… and the noise… So in other words,
EVERYTHING about the car! I don’t blame him, what’s
NOT to like?!
The way it drives perhaps? No, as Gerick describes it as being
the closest thing he’s been to a superbike. It bolts off
the line thanks to Audi’s AWD Quattro system and the speedo
just keeps on climbing making every road just not long enough.
But Quattro’s have sometimes said to be dull with their
understeery type of handling. This is quickly remedied on track
by switching the ESP system off which completely changes the
handling characteristics allowing you to play just the way you
One thing about this supercar is that it could be used as a
daily if need be. It could be said it’s a lady on the
streets and a freak on the… track… when needed.
I’m not sure what gender Gerick refers to his blue eyed
baby but I don’t think I should call it a lady anymore,
my bad! “It’s a very comfortable car.” says
Gerick. He decided to go for a drive and ended up doing a 1200km
round trip just for the fun of it.
Gerick would like to thank the following people for making his
dream car a reality:
Sportech Cars in Johannesburg who did most of the work including
the wrap – Chad Wentzel
Audi Centre Sandton – Patrick Rauch
Audi Centre Cape Town – Hennie Kriel
In my opinion this Audi is probably the most modified R8 in
the country - which takes a lot of guts and determination to
pull that off. Over the years it has changed shape into many
different forms, from just another regular R8, to eventually
what we see and love here today. It makes this R8 what Gerick
likes to call… Shifter!