the big audi r8 heffner twin turbo build

09Aug10

The Audi R8 on the rack the day before testing.

About a month ago I was out at Miller Motorsports Park taking some photos of my friend Matt Guiver racing his junkyard Nissan 240SX project and came across an old friend, Scott Brown who runs TDC Motorsports in Salt Lake City.  TDC helped me on my 77′ Scirocco build way back in the day, so needless to say I spent a lot of time at his shop and got to know him and his crew.  Scott brought me into one of the team garages out at MMP to show me the Audi R8 and all the parts from Heffner Performance twin turbo kit about to go in.  I’d been wanting to shoot some photos while Matt was working on the 240SX however our schedules just didn’t seem to work out very well but as it turns out, I had time to come out during the R8 build that Scott was doing.

Heffner Performance Twin Turbo kit intercooler

The twin turbo would bring the R8 some pretty big gains, going from a stock 353 HP at the wheels to 536 HP with the added bonus of some great sound as well as some great looks under the trunklid (rear mounted motor) however once the heat shield and the rear bumper go back on the beauty of all turbo piping and exhaust get hidden.  At least it’s being covered with the PPI carbon body kit with the carbon diffuser on the rear bumper.  In fact in order to get some of the PPI carbon body kit parts mounted both bumpers had to be modified, as of course some drilling and cutting to mount the twin turbo kit.

KW electronic height adjustable coilover kit

About a month ago I was out at Miller Motorsports Park taking some photos of my friend Matt Guiver racing his junkyard Nissan 240SX project and came across an old friend, Scott Brown who runs TDC Motorsports in Salt Lake City.  TDC helped me on my 77′ Scirocco build way back in the day, so needless to say I spent a lot of time at his shop and got to know him and his crew.  Scott brought me into one of the team garages out at MMP to show me the Audi R8 and all the parts from Heffner Performance twin turbo kit about to go in.  I’d been wanting to shoot some photos while Matt was working on the 240SX however our schedules just didn’t seem to work out very well but as it turns out, I had time to come out during the R8 build that Scott was doing.

It was pretty sick to see how quick Scott from TDC and Zach from Heffner Performance worked to complete the build in 5 days as it was quite a daunting task that was achieved.  It’s been a while since I shot a project that was really for fun and nothing else.  There will fortunately be more projects this summer that I’m doing, just to do.  I’m hitting the reset switch.

20100622_R8_Build_Day_1_028Zach, drilling away to mount intercooler coolant line hoses.Frame bitsThe exhaust, turbo, intake and intercooler plumbing all mounted up and ready to go20100622_R8_Build_Day_1_069Intercooler mounted, plumed and ready to boost!The front bumper being sacrificed for the new carbon vents.Flying bumper bitsShoes for the upgradeZach from Heffner PerformanceScott Brown from TDC MotorsportsThe R8 with the rear bumper still off looking like the Batmobile ready for it's first test runThe first test run out in the paddock at Miller Motorsports ParkBit of a break after the test runsBack in the garage after the first test runButtoning the rear end up, rear bumper and spoiler back onSome real track testing, flat out of the front straightTesting.....at 120mphMore track timeTeam testing

6 Responses to “the big audi r8 heffner twin turbo build”


  1. 1 Jeff Posted August 9th, 2010 - 10:10 am

    ….oh man…. Me wants one…

  2. 2 PSEVIGNY Posted August 9th, 2010 - 5:24 pm

    That is some nice piping…

  3. 3 Clint Davis Posted August 16th, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Loooove the rear end shot without the bumper. Bauce!

  4. 4 Erik Seo Posted August 18th, 2010 - 11:42 am

    Thanks Clint! Yah that side of the car was hard to not take like 100 photos of it looks so good. It’s a shame that it gets covered up by the rear bumper!

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