The Audi R8 Spyder 2-seated, convertible, high performance sports car was designed and manufactured by Audi AG’s exclusive private subsidiary Quattro GmbH. They named the R8 road car after Audi’s incredible R8 race car and designed it to be a mid-ship sports car, meaning the engine placement is centered in the middle of the vehicle, which provides beneficial weight distribution. The center being the heaviest section of the vehicle makes the street car more agile with a sharper turning radius.
The “Spyder” convertible model has added features such as extra chassis support and a pair of roll-over safety bars. R8s also uses the Audi trademarked “Quattro” all-wheel drive system making the vehicle handle like a true race car. 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans racing winner, Jacky Ickx hailed the Audi R8 sports car as “the best handling road car today.”
But for all its praise, Audi recently discovered a flaw. Certain R8 Spyders with FSI 4.2L V-8 engines and Spyders with FSI 5.2L V-10 engines have a defect that puts occupants at serious risk of bodily harm and injuries. 920 R8 Spyder high performance road cars are being recalled. These particular vehicles were manufactured between May 18, 2010 and June 22, 2011. Find your R8’s date of assembly on the driver’s side doorjamb label.
Improper placement of a fuel line may cause the line to rub up against a heat shield, causing wear and tear to the fuel line, which could lead to a leak. If the fuel comes into contact with an ignition source, of which there are plenty in Audi’s R8 super car, it could lead to a vehicle fire, an accident and the possibility of fatalities.
The recall is to start this week. Audi will be notifying owners and informing dealerships to inspect and repair or replace the fuel line for free. Owners can get more information on the recall by calling NHTSA’s safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or reach Audi directly at (800) 822-2834.