How the Audi R8 Works

It’s tough to find someone who wouldn’t like an exotic supercar. Even if you don’t know much about cars, you’d probably enjoy the envious looks as you cruised down the street ensconced in the coddling cabin inside a futuristic automotive shell. And if you had the chance to open the throttle, to feel those 400-odd horses take off while the car clings to the curves — well, you don’t need to be a car enthusiast to appreciate that.
Now, imagine you could have all that at about half the price of most exotics. You just imagined the Audi R8.
Sure, the R8 still runs you more than $100,000 — but considering that most exotics start at about $200,000, by shelling out $114,000 for the base R8, you’re saving money. Right?
The R8 is the marquee car from German car maker Audi, which has recently been enjoying a successful sales run, even in the recent economic downturn. That’s due in part to the halo effect of the R8

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, a supercar built to showcase the best of what Audi, and its parent company Volkswagen, can do.
VW owns a controlling stake in Audi, and in Lamborghini, the vaunted Italian supercar company

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. By combining Audi’s first-class designs with Lamborghini performance parts, Audi has made the R8 capable of straddling the line between high-priced supercar and luxurious daily driver. In essence, the Audi R8 gets you Lamborghini-like performance at Porsche 911 Turbo prices, plus one of the most admired exterior designs in the industry. When you add in Audi living up to its reputation of building what some consider to be the finest automotive interiors in the world, it’s not surprising that the R8 is quickly becoming the smart car to drool over.
Keep reading to learn the more about the Audi R8 — including its famous Quattro all-wheel drive system and Lamborghini engines.

Effects of Gold on Skin

Egyptians believed the healing powers of gold could cure all manner of physical, mental and spiritual ailments. Romans used gold preparations for treatment of skin lesions and sores. It is believed that Cleopatra wore pure gold for a radiant complexion. In ancient Chinese medicine, gold was the secret to youthful skin. Today, gold leaf is used in the treatment and rejuvenation of skin conditions. The application of gold compounds to medicine, called chrysotherapy, reduces inflammation beneficial in the treatment of a variety of diseases, but this therapy often causes adverse gold-related skin reactions.
Many luxury spas use 24-carat gold leaf treatments to hydrate, firm and moisturize the skin, claiming reduced fine lines and wrinkles and resulting in smooth and radiant skin. A news feed from the World Gold Council site reported a gold leaf facial treatment created in Japan declaring gold leaf put on the face naturally rejuvenates skin and reduce wrinkles

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. According to the creators of the treatment, gold locks in moisture and keeps skin firm by maintaining collagen in the skin and inhibiting the breakdown of elastin. A study appearing in the ¡°The Journal of the American Medical Association¡± reported the effect of gold leaf on low blood-flow skin ulcers. Findings showed a significant improvement in mouth legions and skin ulcers with no adverse reactions to gold leaf observed.
Allergic reactions to gold are rare but can result from direct skin contact. According to a publication in the ¡°Daily News Analysis,¡± some people display allergic skin responses to gold jewelry or dental crowns, says Dr. Thomas Fuchs of Goettingen University Hospital in Germany. After a survey of various dermatological clinics and hospitals, he concluded pure, unalloyed gold can trigger allergic reactions. The degree of allergy varies from immediate dermatitis on hands and feet from contact with gold items to reactions only after many years of skin contact.
Chrysotherapy is a successful treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, but dermatological reactions to gold limit therapeutic usage. A study done at Tel Aviv Medical Center reported in ¡°Annals of Rheumatic Diseases¡± was discontinued when patients given gold salts reacted adversely with symptoms including gold-induced skin rashes. After the study was stopped, coincidentally the patients with skin rash experienced remission in their rheumatoid arthritis. The patients without skin rash did not.
Gold is thought to have antibacterial properties and to help transport oxygen molecules into the skin for cell renewal to treat ulcers and inflammatory disorders of the skin. Some skin-healing benefits of gold were demonstrated by an in vitro chrysotherapy study by the University of Miami School of Medicine, which found that concentrations of gold administered in skin inhibited prostaglandin synthesis. ¡°The Journal of Investigative Dermatology¡± reported that the findings suggest gold is beneficial in treating autoimmune diseases and inflammation, and inhibits skin enzymes involved in blister formation.