The Audi R8 sportscar which was engulfed by flames, was not part of the 2013 Parx Supercar Rally. Lucky for the driver of R8, his life was saved by the prompt action from participants of the 2013 Parx Supercar Rally.
Co-incidentally, Head of Audi India, Michael Perschke was also the part of this rally, and he too was driving an Audi R8 along with India’s Formula 1 driver, Karun Chandhok. Audi India launched the new R8 in India last week. Later, at the venue of the 2013 Parx Supercar Show in Mahalaxmi Race Course, RWITC, Mumbai, Michael said that the R8 that burnt down is now in their possession. They are currently looking into the car and have found parts which suggest that the completely burnt down R8 had been modified by the owner. He asked media to be patient and added that he will give more update as soon as possible. Michael said that the identity of the owner of the burnt Audi R8 is not yet ascertained, as he was not a part of the Supercar Rally.
Gautam Singhania, Founder and Chairman of the Supercar club of India, who too was a part of the Rally, addressed the media stating that the car did not belong to their club. He added that the Audi R8, in the picture here, raced at a very fast speed and overtake their cars who participated in the Rally. In doing so, the Audi R8 caught fire. Being an experienced supercar driver, Gautam was asked, what could be the reason behind the fire that engulfed Audi R8. To this he replied that the manufacturer will be able to give a better answer. He later tweeted. “Today had a unique opportunity to save an unknown hapless driver out of an Audi R8 which caught fire on Sea Link, along with my SCC members.”
The video here, shows that the Audi R8’s engine caught fire first, probably due to overheating. You can also watch the video below where Michael Perschke and Gautam Singhania gave their responses to the media regarding the burning Audi R8 sportscar. The image and video of the burning Audi R8 are courtesy of Bhavesh Gala. More images here.