BARRY PARK June 28, 2012
An Audi R8 has been gutted by fire in Canada.
Scorched R8 sports car adds to growing list of burnt-out exotics.
The flaming supercar club has its newest member: give a warm, glowing welcome to Audi’s R8, an example of which has burned to the ground in Canada.
Reports claim that a version of the low-slung two-door coupe burst into flames while travelling on a freeway in Toronto, leaving the desirable supercar in a barely recognisable state from the driver’s door back.
The Toronto Star this week published a spectacular image of the $270,000-plus R8 with flames shooting up metres into the air behind it.
Amateur video footage uploaded to YouTube shows fire-fighters attempted to extinguish the blaze which appears to have started at the rear of the car in the engine bay, and goes on to show them smashing out a headlight in order to flood the front section of the car with water.
The R8 joins a select group of high-performance cars that are gaining a reputation for being hot in more than just their looks or performance.
The latter incident happened about the same time as a German owner returned to find his electric Spyker C8 – which was recharging while he was at a restaurant – a smoking pile of metal.
It’s not the first time an R8 has mysteriously burst into flames, either. Early in the Audi supercar’s history, an R8 V10 prototype exploded in flames while tackling Germany’s famous Nurburgring.