R8 VF800 supercharger installation

We complete the VF Engineering upgrade on this Gen 2 R8 V10 Plus, giving it 800hp

The Gen 2 R8 Plus is an awesome machine straight from the factory. Like its Lamborghini sibling, which shares the same V10 platform, it packs a winning combination of sleek good looks, finely balanced chassis and is packed with the latest tech. But it’s the engine that steals the show.

The 5.2-litre V10 produces just over 600hp in the Plus and delivers potent performance, together with a scintillating soundtrack. There’s not much that can beat the sound of a V10 at full chat. However, when it comes to power, there’s always room for a little improvement…

The owner of this vehicle came to us requesting more power. A beautiful, low-mileage example, that’s been fully wrapped by Yiannimize, we recommended a supercharger kit, which would deliver significant gains in power and torque, while retaining the linear power delivery. Having installed VF Engineering packages before, we were confident this comprehensive and very well-engineered kit would offer the perfect solution.

It comes with everything required for a full drive in drive out installation to produce 805hp and 610/lbft of torque, including the Eaton TVS 2300 roots supercharger, the cooling system, aluminium intake manifold, Hex flash ECU tuning, high-flow MAF housings, high-flow dual throttle body inlet, internal bypass system, 2x K&N filters, all brackets, belts, pipes and hoses, plus ready to rock software for the stock R8 ECU.

Click HERE to watch our VF800 unboxing video.

The customer also asked for the supercharger to be finished in Porsche Riviera blue so that it would really stand out in the engine bay and we have to say it looks stunning. He also asked for the brake calipers to be painted to match – a really nice touch that draws your eye to the beefy carbon ceramics front and rear. We then installed some KW Automotive V3 coilovers, which will allow the R8 to be dropped closer to the road, but benefit from the HLS front-end lift kit – the ideal solution for negotiating speed humps and steep car park ramps

One of the benefits of the VF800 setup is that you don’t have to drop the engine to install it. But that’s not t say, it’s a quick job! VF Engineering suggest 40 hours for a full installation. With the mid-mounted V10, there’s limited access, so our technician Karl, had to work patiently and methodically. The car was with us for just over a week and once the software had been installed and the final checks made, we took it for a test drive. The beauty of the VF kit is that it behaves like a regular naturally aspirated car. There’s no fuss or drama and it’s easy to drive around town. But, once you get on the open road and hit the throttle, the extra 200bhp suddenly makes itself known.

With a large capacity V10 and bags of torque, it doesn’t matter what gear you’re in; mash the throttle and there’s savage acceleration. The big V10 howls as the revs rise, accompanied by a thrilling whine from the supercharger as the power builds and builds. It’s a very linear delivery and it feels relentless. Needless to say, within a very short space of time, you’re into three-figures and leaning on those carbon ceramics to calm things down. 

Now let’s be clear, a stock R8 Plus is a fast and highly capable car, but the VF800 package moves things into another league – giving it the performance to match some really big hitters with £250k+ price tags. If you love the sound and power delivery of the 5.2 V10, but just wish it had a little more poke, then the VF800 kit will not disappoint – whether you drive a Gen 2 R8 or a Lamborghini Huracan, it’s a fantastic solution and guaranteed to put a huge smile on your face. 

Click HERE to discover more about the VF800 supercharger kit from VF Engineering. We can supply and install this package to any Gen 2 Audi R8 or Lamborghini Huracan. Please call us for a quote.

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Supercharged R8 GT


Just over 30 R8 GTs came to the UK, but this one has been transformed into an 800bhp, supercharged track weapon thanks to supercar specialists RE Performance. Davy Lewis from Ultimate Supercar explains why it’s such a formidable weapon…

As I slip down into the R8’s carbon-fibre passenger seat and fasten my six-point harness, my driver, Ricky Elder of RE Performance gives me a mischievous look. “Are you ready?” he asks. That’s a good question. You see this isn’t just any R8. For starters it’s a rather desirable GT model, of which just 333 examples left the factory at Ingolstadt, with a mere 33 reaching the UK. Priced at a hefty £142,000, these uber R8s came with more power (552bhp), less weight (-100kg) and featured unique styling, including front winglets, oval tailpipes and a fixed rear wing. It’s fair to say they’re as rare as… (Insert your own hens’ teeth or rocking horse analogy here). 

The second reason to pause for thought is that we’re at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Leicester. In case any of you have been living in a cave for the last 20 years, it’s an ex-WW2 airfield where it’s possible to achieve trouser-worrying speeds without getting your collar felt by the Rozzers. Still, that’s no big deal, really is it? Well, perhaps not. Except this V10 Coupe is packing a rather hefty 800bhp, thanks to the VF Engineering supercharger. And that’s not all. Because this particular car belongs to one of RE Performance’s best customers, a guy who loves track days and has even entered Time Attack in this very car. Consequently, it goes rather fast thanks to the chassis upgrades, £10,000 adaptive rear wing (yes, ten-grand; that’s not a typo!) and sticky Michelin Pilot Cup 2 rubber. 

Think I’d better tighten that harness a little more…

This is basically an R8 that’s been turned up to 11. It’s harder, faster, more focused, yet has a fine balance that almost defies belief. With over 100kg removed, it feels much more nimble and changes direction with alacrity. Heading into the esses at well over 100mph, Ricky hits the brakes and the carbon ceramics scrub of speed with devastating efficiency, making the R8 squirm under pressure as the Pilot Sport Cup 2s do their thing. I’m thrown forward as the G-force hits, then flung sideways as we mount the kerb, first to the left, then again to the right, before exiting wide onto the main straight. It’s startling stuff. 

I’ve been out in countless quick cars over the years, but this thing is already starting to make me feel a little light headed with its ability to change direction so rapidly. Part of the reason is that there’s virtually no body roll and it feels like we’re cornering almost flat. Clearly a lot of work has gone into making this car handle like no other R8.

The R-tronic gearbox may be criticised for its recalcitrant nature and it’s light years behind the superb S-tronic unit fitted to the Gen 2s, but at the hands of an experienced track racer, it still allows us to make rapid progress. “The trick with the R-tronic ’box, is to treat it almost like a manual and lift slightly when you change gear,” explains Ricky, which he ably demonstrates as we head towards a sweeping right-hander, eliciting a delicious bark from the V10. The 5.2-litre unit is one of the finest sounding engines ever made and delivers that authentic racecar howl, something that’s amplified as we’re using the full rev range on track. But there’s more. Ricky has fitted a super-lightweight Akrapovič Slip-On Line titanium exhaust system, which not only delivers a thrilling race-car sound track when you open the taps, but is refined enough to pass track day noise tests. Although no longer available (they do cater for the Gen 2, plus Huracan), this sublime system releases the full performance potential of the V10 and is the perfect accompaniment to the supercharger. The VF Engineering set-up produces an extra 250-odd bhp, which makes a significant difference to performance, in partnership with the RE Performance custom ECU map.

Power delivery is impressive on a stock R8 GT, but this is on another level. Hammer the throttle in pretty much any gear and this thing just goes. The supercharger delivers a very linear response and the car behaves almost as if it’s a larger, naturally aspirated unit. The shove in the kidneys as it accelerates is intense, and although there are no figures available, I’ll eat my hat if this thing can’t reach 60, from rest, in less than three-seconds. 

One thing that has been measured is the top speed. The owner recently competed at the V-Maxx 200 event, where this hard-charging R8 managed a highly creditable 206mph. 

“The client lives in the Bahamas, so he stores the R8 in the UK, along with his other toys and uses it for track days,” says Ricky. “It came to us in 2016 as a totally stock car and we’ve carried out all of the work to get it to where you see it today.” Every aspect has been carefully looked at in order to achieve maximum performance and ensure it all works as a package. The KW Clubsport coilovers keep it planted on track, ably assisted by uprated ARBs and rear toe arms. The Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres offer prodigious grip, while the adaptive rear wing provides greater downforce, the faster you go. 

Inside, this thing feels very special thanks mainly to the gorgeous custom Alcantara and carbon steering wheel and those uncompromising, but surprisingly comfortable carbon seats. The set of larger and more tactile paddle shifters (in carbon, of course) make a huge difference to the driving sensation. With the half-rear cage and six-point harnesses, it’s how you imagine a Clubsport edition R8 might look. The track theme is reinforced by the lightweight battery and fire suppression system also fitted inside. 

At a recent Akrapovič track event, Ricky took several high-profile UK tuners out for hot laps of Bruntingthorpe and every one of them came back with huge smile on their face. 

For me, the best part about this GT is that it still feels like an R8. The character hasn’t been lost and the upgrades have maintained the innate drivability, which was central to Audi’s plan when they designed it. Make no mistake, this thing is an absolute weapon on track and few stock supercars could live with it, but you can also drive it home afterwards. No reliability issues, no dramas. It is a very special car and a credit to the prodigious talent of Ricky and RE Performance.