The exterior was reassembled with custom CAD-designed "R8 Raptor" badges (named after the USAF's newest superjet, the F22) were applied. The wheels were replaced with 20-inch HRE M47s wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 rubber. The HRE alloys were endowed with custom R8 center caps, and the Milltek exhaust tips were custom powdercoated black.
What makes this car special, however, is really what you can't immediately see. The interior is a technical work of art, a triumph of reverse engineering. I remember a quote from the original Knight Rider where David Hasslehoff refers to KITT's interior as something akin to "Darth Vader's bathroom."
There's no toilet inside this R8, so I won't reckon it approximates Vader's privy. But it does make the Knight Rider TransAm interior look like so much 1980s high-tech baloney. The amount of technology sunk into this cockpit basically makes the Raptor a high-speed mobile command center. Which, essentially, it is.
Start with GPS; the R8 Raptor incorporates no fewer than five separate GPS devices, four of them able to interface directly with the cockpit inhabitants. One: Garmin 855T molded into the A-pillar. Two: Thinkpad laptop folded into the glovebox by way of a custom sliding and locking tray. Three: Apple iPhone molded into the driver's sunvisor (what Performance Outfitters Group techs lovingly refer to as the "iVisor"). Four: Alpine IVA-W505 touchscreen head unit mounted in place of the factory MMI display screen. And five: a GPS locator device that can be accessed from any external computer (with the appropriate credentials) and which updates the vehicle's real-time position every three seconds using Google Maps.
To stay a few steps ahead of the authorities-or at the very least, to stay abreast of their activities-the Raptor is equipped with a Uniden BCD996T digital police scanner and Uniden BC RH96 remote head mounted in the new, all custom interior headliner. This R8 is also armed with a Passport 9500ci, with all-band radar detection and 360-degree laser shifting technology-pretty much the daddy of all radar/laser detectors, with its display located in the rearview mirror and its controls residing in a custom pod where the ashtray was.
To keep in contact with its immediate surroundings, the Raptor is also fitted with a Cobra 75 WXST CB radio. Performance Outfitters Group actually pulled the radio apart and added an additional microphone for the PA system (for saying hi to your adoring public, or for shouting at slow movers to kindly make way). There's also a switch to activate the police siren (yes, the Raptor has one of those too).
The custom headliner, engineered by Performance Outfitters Group fabricator Pedro Negron (who reportedly dedicated several hundred hours to the interior, and who also molded the center dash and designed the iVisor), incorporates pods at each upper corner of the windshield for the Whelan TIR3 flashers, one red, one blue.
Negron also supplied the custom center-dash surround, modeled after the contours of the factory unit, which houses the Alpine head unit and the new various control switches. The custom A-pillar, along with duties to wire the whole monstrosity, were undertaken by Performance Outfitters Group fabricator Jon Bacco.
In the lighting department, the R8 Raptor incorporates two clusters of white Whelan TIR3 "burst" lights: an array of six stealthily embedded in the trapezoidal Audi grille, and eight located on the underside of the speed-deployed rear wing. These are to encourage slow-moving traffic in front of the car to dive out of the way, or to discourage fast-moving tailgaters at the rear. Each light cluster can be operated independently of the others, or all at once using a pre-programmed "show" mode.