To highlight the handling prowess of its not-for-U.S.-sale RS4 Avant, Audi opted to stage and film a paintball war in an abandoned U.K. Ministry of Defense aircraft hangar. The cars were left in stock form (aside from the paintball guns and paint slick dispensers), but the tires were overinflated to promote rotation on the slick concrete floor.
For those of us devoid of the RS4 Avant’s charms, it’s a station wagon packing the same 4.2-liter V-8 used in the RS5. It sends 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, and it can make the trip from 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. When it comes to grocery-getters we can’t own, the RS4 Avant is near the top of our wish list.
Behind the wheel were veteran stuntmen Jim Dowdall and Colin Skeaping, whose body of work includes various James Bond films, Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan and Batman. Dowdall, in the black car, was the stunt double for Harrison Ford’s Han Solo character, while Skeaping was the stunt double for Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
We think Audi is on to something here, and we’re looking into the idea of starting our own high-performance automotive paintball franchise. We love indoor go-karting as much as the next person, but this would take the experience to a whole new level (especially if we got to use paint grenades, too).
In fact, we’d pay good money to participate in such hoonage, particularly if we could opt for a liability and damage waiver, since we probably wouldn’t be as delicate (or talented) with the cars as Dowdall and Skeaping were.
We’re not sure who had the unenviable task of cleaning the mess up, but we’re thankful it wasn’t us.