Audi R8 Drives Through the Streets of Beijing Share Comments Beijing, China – Emanuele Pirro had an extraordinary appointment on his schedule on July 13: The Audi works driver chauffered the Audi R8, with which he won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans together with Frank Biela and Tom Kristensen for the third time in succession last year, through the city centre of Beijing, the Chinese capital city. Coinciding with the market launch of the Audi A8 in China, Pirro drove the powerful 610 hp racing sports car along Chan An Avenue, Beijing’s splendid boulevard, and made a lap of the “Forbidden City” before finally stopping in front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel where the Audi R8 was displayed. “It will definitely be an incredible experience,” said Emanuele Pirro prior to the event. “China is a large, expanding country with a very unique culture. Motorsport is still relatively unknown in China. That’s the reason why I am really looking forward to be able to present the Audi R8 to so many people in the city centre.“ Pirro will travel a second time to China at the end of July to show the Audi R8 in action on a race track close to Beijing. For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums at the left.