Michael Aitken designs flight simulations for fighter jets for a living. For a person with such a unique and stimulating job profile, his preference for cars would have to be special. His playmate of choice is the Audi R8. He puts the R8 to good use too, its not just sitting and looking pretty at his driveway, he does take it out to the Yas Marina for track days. It’s his way of de-carbonizing the engine internals.
Michael Aitken and his Audi R8
Arnab : Michel, tell us how you zeroed in on the R8
Michael : Well, I picked up the 2008 Audi R8 about 3 months ago. I had rented a White 2013 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador prior to that for 2 days and had fallen in love with its power and mid engine handling characteristics. The only concern I had that it was not comfortable at all. So I began thinking, I want a Super-Car power that’s just as quick as my new 13′ Repsol CBR1000RR, but I want it to be comfortable and at the same time not crazy maintenance heavy. This was the same time Iron Man 3 was coming out. So my search for an Audi R8 began. I looked at over 5 different ones, and when I saw the one I have now, driving up to Emirates Mall (meet up spot) I fell in love. The site and sound blew me away. The interior was in excellent condition. The previous owner took extreme care of it, and kept a meticulous maintenance history along with it.
Arnab : Was the R8 in stock form when you bought it or did the previous owner indulged on it a bit?
Michael : When I bought it came with Forged Wheels, Supersprint Exhaust system, aftermarket seats, Carbon Fiber rear wing & side mirrors, aftermarket paint jobs on the gas cap, R8 Logos, Engine Cover etc. The Aftermarket Wing gives way more down force that the stock. You can really feel it as it passes 170/180 kmph (on the track). Seems that the faster the R8 goes the more stable it it.
Arnab : Did you get chance to add your own personalization to it, or have you left it as it was?
Michael : Arnab, I have thought about the mods the moment I had made my decision on getting the R8. The first mods were the 3M Complete Crystal-Line tint job all around her, keeping 99.9% of UV rays out of the car, followed by a custom “Stark Industries” logo sticker across the back window. Later on I will be installing LED remote control lights that will make the engine bay glow all sorts of different colors. I have ordered an “Iron Man’s Arc Reactor” to be placed inside the engine bay as well to show the source of the Audi V8 4.2 immense power.
I had much fun with this car, including taking it out the YAS F1 Track night, where a car like this belongs and excels. Last month I drove to it Muscat, put in around 1000 clicks on the odo but the ride was smooth as silk as ever, I just love how Audi has balanced power and handling in such a stunning looking package.
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