The Best Day at Work Ever

– Hey, Austin, this is Austin, and today I'm here in Austin, Texas at Circuit of the Americas for one reason: I'm about to go faster than I've ever gone in my life Well, I mean, in a car, at least

And I'm doing that thanks to Audi, who not only were able to sponsor our video, but also let me drive the R8 on the track The Audi Driving Experience starts by putting you behind the wheel of the car that I drive every single day, the Audi RS3 The day begins with a simple slalom and lane change exercise and ends with the braking zone You know, like the license test in Gran Turismo that I always missed the braking zone in Next up, I got some seat time with the autocross course in the TTRS

Now I'll admit, even though it's the same 400-horsepower turbo five cylinder with all-wheel drive, as well as the seven-speed dual clutch, it feels a lot more lively I got the car sideways almost every single lap, especially in the wet area, which is just a giant test of patience So after a little bit of time in both the RS3 as well as the TTRS, it is time for a full track session on the main Circuit of the Americas track in the R8 This is going to be the full R8 Plus We've got the 600-plus horsepower V10, seven-speed dual clutch transmission, huge tires, and a whole of track to use it on

It is an incredibly hot day here in Austin Right now the temperature reading is 102 degrees Fahrenheit, but the cars are actually holding up pretty well, and that dual clutch, I mean, it just feels so responsive I grab a paddle and I am immediately there And with that V10 right behind us (engine accelerating) Oh! And we're short-shifting a little bit because I don't want to overheat it I may have overheated a transmission earlier in the day Listen to that! (engine accelerating) 100 miles an hour 110

120 125 130 And hard on the brakes, hard on the brakes The speed is serious in such a car like this, and there is definitely a lot more in it

Circuit of the Americas is an F1 track, so they do other types of racing here, and the Audi Experience actually does take advantage of this track for events like this, but this is really designed first and foremost as an F1 track, and you can tell It's wide, it's fast, it's very technical There's certain sections where if you get it a little bit off, you can totally mess up the next couple of corners But the R8 is forgiving I don't have a ton of track experience, but I feel really comfortable pushing the limits of at least what I can do

Definitely not what the car's capable of All right (engine accelerating) Full throttle, let's do it, let's do it! (engine accelerating) Dude, the shifts are instant! You hit a paddle and you're immediately going And I love being able to really haul down on these ceramic brakes I mean, we've been going, it's a hot day, and they have not faded one bit, which makes sense, right? I mean, that's why you buy incredibly expensive ceramic brakes on your very, very pricey Audi R8

Pulling on the straight Full throttle, let's go (engine accelerating) I'm legitimately convinced, mid-engine I've never really fully experienced what a mid-engine car feels like, especially on a track, but I get it now Like, that balance, just being able to place the car exactly where you want it

This car, this car is something else I mean, first of all, look at it It is absolutely beautiful The performance on the track? Man, I'm in love, I'm in love V10, mid-engine, all-wheel drive? Sign me up

Today was absolutely awesome I can't think Audi enough for not only of course sponsoring the video, but for letting me have the opportunity to drive the R8, the TTRS, and the RS3 If you guys ever get the opportunity to do a driving school like this, absolutely go for it

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