Supercars are expensive, especially if they come with extensive documentation proving that they’ve lived pampered lives. But there is another path to exotic ownership. A…darker path. A path many of us have pondered taking.

All those cheap, totaled cars for sale on vehicle auction sites like Copart -- they look pretty good in the photos, right? Maybe the insurance company wrote them off for some silly reason. Maybe it’s even something we could fix at home! Sweat equity, right? What could possibly go wrong?

Samcrac, is a popular YouTuber known for rebuilding busted up vehicles -- from German luxury rockets to, more controversially, a Domino’s DXP pizza delivery hatchback -- is more or less in the business of finding out what can possibly go wrong. His most recent purchase might be his most ambitious yet: He snagged an Audi R8 with unspecified “undercarriage damage” on Copart (which, helpfully enough, is one one his video channel’s sponsors). The car, a 2010 V8-powered model, was coaxed back to life easily enough. You can check out its delivery in the video up top.

But -- surprise! -- its problems ran far deeper than a bad battery:

Yeah, a cracked frame is rotten news. Samcrac’s solution? Having a buddy come over to weld in a patch. This is, perhaps, not the best approach to supercar repair. A car might not demand same level of precision as a nuclear submarine or the International Space Station, but the R8 is designed to operate at a high limit -- and if the rather crude repair were to fail anywhere near that limit, the consequences would be disastrous.

Then again, maybe the patch will hold perfectly! Who knows! But even if it does, our intrepid YouTuber will be left with a supercar that, as a salvaged vehicle, is effectively worthless. We’re not even sure how you’d go about insuring a cobbled-together R8. The rebuild process sure makes for some entertaining videos, though, which we suspect is exactly the point. You can follow the progress, such as it is, here.

Source: Autoweek

November 8, 2018