This is our first intro to English supercar boutique Potter and Rich -- but they are making a strong impression even across an ocean!
The latest P&R custom is dubbed the RECON MC8 -- and is a wildly ugraded Audi R8 V10 Plus. Ten are planned for sale to customers, with a laundry list of racing upgrades and custom details.
Most importantly ... the RECON MC8 is a racecar for the road! Anyone with eyes or ears will know that as the beast rumbles past. A supercharged and strengthened V10 engine comes from McChip-DKR in Germany, while the shouty exhaust from Capristo in Florida. The carbon-fiber reskin from the Audi R8 LMS Ultra is race-ready with a weight drop of around 250 pounds versus the alloy bodywork of the factory R8 V10 Plus. The LMS carbon bodywork is wider than the normal R8, with pronounced fender flares and vented ductwork that is functional and beautiful. A bit brutal, yes, but certainly artful too.
Aero flics and spats live on every surface of the machine -- setting the tone for the giant surfboard rear wing in back. All helpful considering the MC8 speedometer now maxes at an ambitious 270MPH.
Why go to such extremes for a street racecar? The joy of excess speed and ultra-rarity of a bespoke exotic, of course!
Everyone within a three block radius will have eyes and ears on the RECON MC8 where-ever it goes!
RECON MC8 By Potter and Rich
POTTER & RICH present limited special series „RECON MC8“
Potter & Rich proudly present to the amazed publicity the completion of the first of ten cars of the limited Audi R8 V10 Plus special series, who already ex factory has the fame to be extraordinary. The named “RECON mc8” bolide has been developed by mcchip-dkr company and was built in expensive handwork. It unites in a spectacular way motorsport and luxury: real racing techniques in combination with on-road comfort.
Audi itself offers this super sports car that has become legendary already at lifetime, in various versions. The admitted for road traffic models are named R8 V8, R8 V10, R8 GT, R8 V10 Plus and the limited upon 99 exemplars R8 LMX edition. The latter is in principle the road model of R8 LMS that has become very popular in GT racing sports. Racing series have been already won by this R8 LMS, like the GT Masters, or the also legendary 24h Nuerburgring-North loop race or the 24h Spa-Francorchamps race, making this model a GT3 racer, the success of which are undeniable.
The heart of the RECON mc8 is a serial V10 engine, charged by mcchip-dkr refitted compressor. The engine has been completely demounted and equipped by high performance pistons and forged conrod – after cylinder head and flywheel finishing. The especially shaped at Mechernich/Germany, headquarter of mcchip-dkr, engine management gives the motor very powerful 950 HP (= 699 kW) with 900 Nm of torque after retrofitting. The software was developed, by the way, on the company-own test stand. The setup was tested in longtime tests on German highways (allowing speed above 300 kmph/180 mph) and on many race tracks, the Ascari Race Resort in the Spanish Marbella, e.g. and the Nurburgring Northern loop.
The factory-set 4-wheel-drive has been replaced by a rear-wheel drive – in favor of a more sportive behavior and better power-weight-ratio. A Drexler differential lock warrants now for a significantly better traction behavior during acceleration and in cornering limits. A 7 speed double coupling gear box brings the concentrated power quasi transition-free down to the road. The car slowing is made now by an extremely efficient Brembo motorsports braking system from R8 LMS Ultra.
In order to be able to handle this power packet safely and surely on the track as also on road, mcchip-dkr has let KW automotive conceive and materialize a completely new wheelwork. As basis of this special edition served a KW competition motorsports chassis, paired with hydraulic air system (KW HLS).
Also in fields of „sound“, for RECON mc8 was made a successful balancing act between motorsport and comfort. In cooperation with Capristo, the mcchip-dkr team has developed an innovative sound system, likewise in special edition, offering the driver the opportunity to adjust loudness and dynamic pressure of the sound system optimally to the even needed performance via radio.
Concerning the RECON mc8 exterior, the most evident characteristic is the originally Audi R8 LMS Ultra Carbon Body kit. Besides very impressing optics, it causes a significant total weight reducing. Front flaps, a front splitter and an impressing GT3 rear spoiler warrant for excellent output values.
In the wider carbon fiber wheel wells, especially made for trackdays three-part BBS motorsport rims in 11x18 inches with 305/30 ZR18 in front and 13x18 inches with 335/30 ZR18 in rear find place now. For everyday life, Potter & Rich have chosen three-part LV1 MB-Design rims in 9x20 inches with 245/30 ZR20 in front and 11.5x21 with 305/25 ZR21 in rear. Both rim variants have been developed – it could not be otherwise – especially for this vehicle.
In contradiction to the exterior, the RECON mc8 interior is dominated by comfort. Here, all parts of the serial R8-V10-Plus have been coated by finest alcantara, ennobled by seams in contrasting colors. Finally, the instrument cluster was completed by a speedometer extension up to 430 kmph/270 mph. At the end, there is to be mentioned that motor and passenger compartment are fire distinguisher equipped. By the way – the vehicle can be purchased, now.
Photos: Jordi Miranda
Price on demand directly at:
Potter & Rich
Madison & Springfield LLP
7 Adam House, Adam Street
London, WC2N 6AA