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  • - Hey, Austin, this is Austin,

  • and today I'm here in Austin, Texas

  • at Circuit of the Americas for one reason:

  • I'm about to go faster than I've ever gone in my life.

  • Well, I mean, in a car, at least.

  • And I'm doing that thanks to Audi,

  • who not only were able to sponsor our video,

  • but also let me drive the R8 on the track.

  • The Audi Driving Experience starts

  • by putting you behind the wheel of the car

  • that I drive every single day, the Audi RS3.

  • The day begins with a simple slalom and lane change exercise

  • and ends with the braking zone.

  • You know, like the license test in Gran Turismo

  • that I always missed the braking zone in.

  • Next up, I got some seat time

  • with the autocross course in the TTRS.

  • Now I'll admit, even though it's the same 400-horsepower

  • turbo five cylinder with all-wheel drive,

  • as well as the seven-speed dual clutch,

  • it feels a lot more lively.

  • I got the car sideways almost every single lap,

  • especially in the wet area,

  • which is just a giant test of patience.

  • So after a little bit of time

  • in both the RS3 as well as the TTRS,

  • it is time for a full track session

  • on the main Circuit of the Americas track in the R8.

  • This is going to be the full R8 Plus.

  • We've got the 600-plus horsepower V10,

  • seven-speed dual clutch transmission,

  • huge tires, and a whole of track to use it on.

  • It is an incredibly hot day here in Austin.

  • Right now the temperature reading is 102 degrees Fahrenheit,

  • but the cars are actually holding up pretty well,

  • and that dual clutch, I mean, it just feels so responsive.

  • I grab a paddle and I am immediately there.

  • And with that V10 right behind us...

  • (engine accelerating)

  • Oh!

  • And we're short-shifting a little bit

  • because I don't want to overheat it.

  • I may have overheated a transmission earlier in the day.

  • Listen to that!

  • (engine accelerating)

  • 100 miles an hour.

  • 110.

  • 120.

  • 125.

  • 130.

  • And hard on the brakes, hard on the brakes.

  • The speed is serious in such a car like this,

  • and there is definitely a lot more in it.

  • Circuit of the Americas is an F1 track,

  • so they do other types of racing here,

  • and the Audi Experience actually does take advantage

  • of this track for events like this,

  • but this is really designed first and foremost

  • as an F1 track, and you can tell.

  • It's wide, it's fast, it's very technical.

  • There's certain sections where

  • if you get it a little bit off,

  • you can totally mess up the next couple of corners.

  • But the R8 is forgiving.

  • I don't have a ton of track experience,

  • but I feel really comfortable pushing the limits

  • of at least what I can do.

  • Definitely not what the car's capable of.

  • All right.

  • (engine accelerating)

  • Full throttle, let's do it, let's do it!

  • (engine accelerating)

  • Dude, the shifts are instant!

  • You hit a paddle and you're immediately going.

  • And I love being able to really haul down

  • on these ceramic brakes.

  • I mean, we've been going, it's a hot day,

  • and they have not faded one bit, which makes sense, right?

  • I mean, that's why you buy

  • incredibly expensive ceramic brakes

  • on your very, very pricey Audi R8.

  • Pulling on the straight.

  • Full throttle, let's go.

  • (engine accelerating)

  • I'm legitimately convinced, mid-engine.

  • I've never really fully experienced

  • what a mid-engine car feels like,

  • especially on a track, but I get it now.

  • Like, that balance, just being able to place the car

  • exactly where you want it.

  • This car, this car is something else.

  • I mean, first of all, look at it.

  • It is absolutely beautiful.

  • The performance on the track?

  • Man, I'm in love, I'm in love.

  • V10, mid-engine, all-wheel drive?

  • Sign me up.

  • Today was absolutely awesome.

  • I can't think Audi enough for not only

  • of course sponsoring the video,

  • but for letting me have the opportunity

  • to drive the R8, the TTRS, and the RS3.

  • If you guys ever get the opportunity

  • to do a driving school like this,

  • absolutely go for it.

- Hey, Austin, this is Austin,

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