It’s difficult to imagine life without the Internet, and while it may seem to be deteriorating society in some regards, I’d say on the whole it’s made the world a better place. Outside the fact that my job at Speedhunters revolves entirely around the web, there are often times when I find myself doing all sorts of fascinating things that couldn’t have been orchestrated without it. The stunning R8 above is just one example of seemingly random Internet conducted rendezvous.
After attending Gatebil Rudskogen Rod invited to come back to Stockholm to check out the Speedhunters HQ and the city he now calls home. I had always wanted to visit the place that produces so much cool stuff I enjoy, like Miike Snow, Nudie and Profoto and this seemed like the perfect excuse. What I didn’t plan on was meeting up with fellow photographer and e-friend Oskar Bakke and shooting professional skier Jon Olsson’s incredible wide body R8.
It all started when I posted a geotagged photo on Instagram and Oskar noticed that I was in his home town at which time he contacted me asking if I wanted to meet up. He suggested that we could shoot a car together, and then he mentioned bringing a crazy fully carbon PPI Razor R8. The next evening Oskar came by and picked me up in what has to be the loudest open titanium exhaust in all of Scandinavia.
Originally we set out to just have a laid back shoot and I had no intentions of publishing the photos, and I have to admit that while Speedhunting can be quite rewarding, it was nice doing a stress free shoot at my own pace again. Spending most of the evening talking about cars and photography and not really taking anything too serious was a nice reminder of why I fell in love with photographing cars in the first place. Having such a gnarly machine to photograph was an added bonus.
Jon has become pretty well known for his addiction to tuned exotics, each topped with his signature roof-mounted ski box; if attempted by anyone else it would just look tacky. I literally couldn’t find a bad angle of the car and I probably could have shot it well into the morning, but around four AM my body gave up.
Traveling home through the empty streets of Stockholm is when I realized that even two years earlier and this shoot would have never happened. Thanks to a borderline useless iPhone application, I was able to shoot one of the most badass cars I’ve ever seen. And thanks to the same Internet that supported that app, I can share it with all of you… and on top of that, let you know that it’s for sale!
Jon has always had his hands on those mindblowing rides, those rides that we all dream of, have as backgrounds, watch on youtube just to let the world go by as we envy the sound and look that pleasure our eyes and mind like kids getting their most wanted gifts for Christmas. I rememeber when I first saw his Lambo with the skibox on it. #WTF! But after a few looks on it, with all the details, winterarmy colours and those wheels I just fell in love with it. I think it was because he is something else, someone who goes out of mainstream.. I thought, who else would do this to a Lambo? The car so many are dreaming about. Just to see, hear or experience would be all they would ask for. And then came Jon Olsson, sideways. Sliding around that snowy road and the photo became an instant "did you see this bro?" around the worlds widest web. And modified it to that ski carrier no one else do have anythin like it. THAT is what I admire him for. The R8 wasn't rolling in the streets before he sent it away to get it "Jon'ed" up.. Sean, you lucky son of you know the rest. Amazing job on the photos, great locations by Oskar and totally impressions are far beyond those three letters of WOW. Thanks for letting us enjoy your, and the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER crew!Looking forward to see you at Gatebil next year.
Nice photos. You should have also taken a picture of it's engine. I'm pretty sure It also looks good under the hood. Is that a split-open carbon fiber hood?
So one time i drove to NYC to catch the finish of the gumball. While entering the lincoln tunnel a carbon Lamborghini, a maserati, a porche, and a bently pull up next to me at the toll and i follow them through the tunnel while they make magnificent noises while stopping traffic and doing launches in the tunnel. WHen we exited they parked on the side of the street and waited for friends so i chilled with them. It was commical looking, a lambo, maserati, porche, bently, and a garbage looking jeep grand cherokee illigally park on the side of NYC. The carbon lambo had a roof rack just like that. Was it the same guy?
Front end looks like a Chevy, but really nice photography saves this vulgar exercise of a car......quite nice photos.
I'm torn...before i saw the box on top i had already assumed the fap position...then....not so much you can still have both my bawlz for it tho...my number is.....
LavarBowers I find the box sort of balances out the shape of the car. I find the standard R8 has a strange cab-forward shape to it.
oh. it's that guy that likes to put ski boxes on exotics. at first i was like 'you couldn't take the ski box off?' also the car's in stockholm so it makes a little more sense there.
car is sick though. even with the ski box
the carbon on the ski box is a good touch and it matches the car that is true, but give me a carbon r8 sans ski box and i'll take that any day of the week. then again, i live in tx, don't ski and am certainly not a freestyle skiing legend. plus, from the inside you couldn't even tell it was there and that's what counts after all.
also nice call on the shooting location.
Not automatic, R-tronic. Electronically shifted Sequential manual gearbox.Why? Because they are faster.
i saw this car before somewhere on the net...and looking at the those badass ADV.1 wheels i know where!!
and boy am i glad you did decide to post these! this car is freaking sick!!!
I could live in that car! Good location you picked, to make it stand out, excellent photography work.
nice that it's not a common car to mod, but the carbon is just too much IMHO - it cheapens the look of the whole car, even if the carbon is legit. The car already is ostentatious as far as it standing out in a crowd. The carbon makes it like the loud, sultry woman at the party - when being sultry is more than enough already
I think that's what makes it so great. I think it would be gaudy and overbearing if that weren't the point. He built a car that makes ZERO sense to take up a mountain to ski... but that's LITERALLY what he does with it, then he skis his ass off and drives it back home. It's awesome!
sean klingelhoeferits cool if he uses the car in an unpredictable way; it's just not my thing styling wise. Certainly gets props for actually using what he's bought/built vs just sticking in a show or polishing it endlessly
Damn that is sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've never seen such a mean looking car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Man, when Gumball came through Detroit this year, Jon left as I was walking out of the parking garage. All I saw was the side and heard the exhaust of this car. That alone was good enough, but at least one picture would of been nice.
EricSeanDelaney Ya, every time we had to start the car up to move it I thought my ear drums were going to be pierced as it echoed off all the concrete. It was fabulous lol.