To be honest, I was quite speechless when I saw the Potter & Rich “Recon MC8” LMS Ultra V10 for the first time.
Back then as a “body shell”, the Recon already showed on the KW 7-post rig that it is not only an R8, but much more.
It is the revelation of a true super sports car! Nothing against the “normal” Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (!), LaFerrari, Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, yes and even you my hero, the Porsche 911 Turbo S – all of you are still desirable and absolute dream cars. But compared to the Potter & Rich “Recon MC8” LMS Ultra V10, these automotive treasures are in a certain way only a compromise.
Either Bugatti and Co. is too focused on comfort or the Aventador too much into maiking a riot. Sounds harsh, but it is true. The “Recon” is something completely different. This is because of its genesis. While “everyday” super sports cars are built up under the protective hands of a watchful company group, and the developers usually only need to justify their vision of car to the internal controlling staff and their desires of the distribution, the focus is totally different with the “Recon MC8” LMS Ultra V10 that was developed from “mcchip-dkr” and built for the British tuner Potter & Rich.
Here, a small medium-sized company with twelve employees, is left to battle against the rest of the (automotive) world. As in the recent years, while the “big ones” have claimed more and more market share in the niche of tuning with original factory accessories, the refiners must be more than just one step ahead. Danny Kubasik and his team have shown that they are indeed several steps ahead.
The R8 built for the British company is actually based on a “conventional” Audi R8 V10 plus. To refine the Audi just according to “Scheme F” was not within the meaning of Potter & Rich and mchip-dkr. Within several months, the Audi has been completely rebuilt. As you can see in the photo above, immense amount of carbon fiber was used. The LMS Ultra Carbon body kit just had to born.
It still continued to get even better. Although the R8-bodies made of aluminum are manufactured in the Audi factory in Heilbronn, Germany, their final weight was not ambitious enough.
From the doorframe, the aluminum skin was removed and replaced by lightweight carbon fiber.
This piece of woven carbon is not intended for the doors, but for the roof.
But not even the roof is the center of attention. When you squint backwards, the ten-cylinder presents itself a little different in the rear…
Why? Well, 610 hp from a 5,2 liters capacity was simply not enough. The technicians at mcchip-dkr dismantled the V10, disassembled it into its single components and provided a solid performance update – including a Carpisto stainless steel exhaust system.
Forged conrods, high-perforamance pistons, modified head and processed flywheel were just the beginning.
As a kind of a culmination, the elaborately prepared V10 even got a compressor conversion. In order to meet the sportiness and to further save weight, the Quattro drive also had to go.
Why? The “Audi all-purpose weapon” Quattro makes no sense on a race track. But a Drexler differential lock came on board of the R8 that was converted to a pure rear wheel drive, and the 7-speed dual clutch transmission brings the combined power to the road.
For traction they also retrofit KW Competition 3 way racing suspension which plays the most important role. Do I need to tell you what our KW Competition suspension can do? I don´t think so!
The dampers are installed in an inverted version (upside-down) on the mountings on the double-wishbone axles of the R8. Located on the steel braided hose that comes out of the suspension at the top, the expansion tank with the adjustment wheels for the low speed and high speed compression.
The ceramic brake system was replaced by the Audi R8 LMS Ultra Motorsport brake.
Slowly the “Recon” is taking shape with its LMS Ultra Carbon Body including spoiler, flaps and Makrolon rear window.
By the way, the Recon also has our KW HLS installed, so that the low super sports car can get up to 45 mm more ground clearance by the push at the button.
For example, the HLS is not only useful when driving into a parking garage or over speed bumps, but also when driving onto a chassis dynamometer. The HLS is very helpful every now and then…
Why is the Potter & Rich “Recon MC8” LMS Ultra V10 such a revelation? At first glance, the R8 is a Spartan-like lightweight racing car, that was only developed for the racetrack.
On the other hand, the limited super sports car is also a revelation in everyday life despite its consistent lightweight design and the numerous motorsport components.
Finest Alcantara was used for the sports seats and the entire R8 V10 plus series-interior.
The instrument cluster has a speedometer extended to 430 km/h and the sound equipment allows to individually adjust the volume and at the same time to regulate the back pressure of the Capristo exhaust system optimally to the currently required power.
The “Recon” with its 850 hp V10 is fast. To avoid any compromises on the race track, three-piece BBS Motorsport wheels in 11 x 18 inch and 13 x 18 inch with 305/30ZR18 and 335/30ZR18 sport tires are always mounted.
For the joyride to the French Riviera, the automotive strolling on the “Kö” or wherever away from the race tracks, the three-piece mbDesign LV-1 in 9 x 20 inch (with 245/30 ZR20) and 11,5 x 21 inch (with 305/25 ZR21) are the first choice. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the onlookers faces who are surpirsed when an “ordinary person” in casual business look exists the vehicle instead of a racedriver with full face helmet and racing suit.
And that’s the great thing about the Potter & Rich “Recon MC8” LMS Ultra V10 – outside a merciless “carbon-racer” and inside a luxurious super sports car that on request also can be a Gran Turismo …
Photos mcchip-dkr / words CS