A new R8 quarter-mile record has been set. This yellow, twin-turbo R8 from Underground Racing has run the quarter-mile in just 7.695 seconds.

In fact, the acceleration was so aggressive that by the 1,320-foot mark, the R8 was moving at 196 mph. As you might expect, getting it all off the line required drag slicks and a healthy wheelie. 


According to Underground Racing, this X Version upgrade, allows the R8 to make up to 3,000 hp at the wheels when it’s running on race gas. And to ensure that that power doesn’t just fry the transmission, they also fit a heavily modified dual-clutch transmission that includes billet gears, billet input and output shafts, and a billet AWD shaft. 

Underground Racing hasn’t even gotten around to lightweighting the R8 yet, so faster runs could potentially be coming if the team starts pulling stuff out of the car. At 3,815 lbs, there’s definitely work to be done there. Still, in the 1/2 mile, the car can run 244 mph—so it’s no slouch.