Leather and Alcantara dominate an interior structured around the driver in a philosophy of form following function: that’s not to say, however, that it is as spartan as a race car, but, rather, that it is defined by linearity and simplicity – with the exception of the carbon fibre inserts echoing the styling of the exterior. “We could not leave out an element of comfort”, explains De’ Silva, “as we believe that the R8 is a car to be driven every day, not just on the weekend. Two suitcases can fit in the front luggage compartment, along with a suit bag and a shoe case. Two more suitcases can fit behind the seats or – to cater for the American market – two golf bags.” Much painstaking work has gone into the details, and alongside De’ Silva on the project were Gert Pfefferle, Audi design director until a few months ago, … Lamberti for the exterior, Carsten Monneryan for the interior and Andreu Sola for the lights, wheels and engine bay. Is De’ Silva happy with the results? “If I were to put the R8 next to the original concept, I’d actually say that it looks even better”, answers de’ Silva.