When it comes to detailing cars, there are are few services as prestigious as AMMO. Utilizing their own set of cleaning products, combined with unbridled, meticulous passion for a car’s cleanliness, and a thorough process that leaves customers 100 percent satisfied, with the sheen lasting longer and brighter than the competition. However, AMMO is located in New York. Luckily, they teamed up with the DRIVE channel to broadcast to the world how to properly wash the exterior of a vehicle. In this case, it’s a very special Audi R8 “Blackbird”.

The first step for AMMO when it comes to cleaning a car is the walk-around inspection, looking for any scratches, bumps or dents prior to applying soap. Second comes an assessment of the vehicle’s most dirty areas, such as the front bumpe, rear bumper, and lower rocker panels behind the wheels. Afterwards, pull the vehicle into a cooler, shaded area away from the sun to give the cleaning products a chance to do their job before they would otherwise evaporate from the sun or heat.

The host goes through his impressive disposal of cleaning tools and products, and points out a very important fact: do not use conventional sponges, as they scratch away at the paint. Rather, utilize “mitts” that allow the dirt to be absorbed rather than scraped around. Then there’s the types of soap. While the brightly colored car soaps at the conventional auto parts store do their job, they can be too harsh on the coat. And while dish soap can be useful, it removes the wax coating from the car. One should also utilize a soap specific to wheels.

For those DIY detailers, a PDF of all the techniques in the 14-minute video can be found at

The coveted 2012 Audi R8 is available as both a Coupe and Spyder bodystyles, with each style offering two levels of power – a 4.2-liter FSI V8 or a 5.2-liter FSI V10. While the V8 generates a potent 430 hp at 7,900 rpm, with 428 Nm of torque at 4,500 – 6,000 rpm, the high-revving 5.2-liter V10 gives the driver 525 hp at 8,000 rpm with 530 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm.

Today, buyers can choose between two fantastic engine variants: a 430 horsepower base V8 engine, or the aforementioned 560 horsepower V10 — for those who simply require the extra power and performance. Channeling the power to all four wheels of the R8 can be either a satisfying 6-speed manual transmission, or a precise R tronic sequential manual transmission — the paddle shifting kind. Give the R8 enough room, and it will rocket from 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and will push all the way to 300 km/h. And that’s just with the V8.

With the V10, the R8 will clear its throat and howl its engine from 0-100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and rocket all the way to an electronically limited 320 km/h in the GT Coupé 5.2 FSI — the fastest R8 that can be found on the road. Wonderfully, the R8 is as refined as it is fast.

Recently, the 2012 Audi R8 Spyder was selected as the Autobytel 2012 Convertible of the Year.