August 16th, 2010

Exclusive interview with the owner of ‘that’ Audi garage

Now you may have seen this awesome garage floating around on the internet. But who owns it? What is the story behind it? Motormorph is the only publication to track down and interview the owner of this petrolhead’s paradise. Enjoy.

The way that the internet can connect people from one side of the planet to the other is incredible. I was just browsing the internet and I saw these pictures of a slick modernist house littered a selection of Ingolstadt’s finest. We all have a pretty vivid image of what our dream car garage looks like, but this is any Audi lover’s dream.

After doing some more research, I was put in touch with Jimmy Chuang, a 38 year old doctor from Taipei City, Taiwan. Jimmy is an incredibly welcoming and charming individual but also the owner of this incredible motoring nirvana in the mountains of Taipei City.

We asked Jimmy to tell us a bit about himself and how he became so obsessed with Audi’s.

“I am quite busy in my daily working as a doctor. Sunday is really the only day that I get off. When I have some free time I like to drive my Audi’s around the city whilst listening to rock n roll music. When I am not driving I am also interested in collecting any unique miniature cars and accessories about Audi and other supercars. Being a surgeon I need a relaxing and comfortable place to relieve my tension from work. That’s why I built up the whole garage. I am an Audi nut for over 15 years, since my first car, a 1996 Audi B5 1.8T. That was the first time I knew about Audi’s turbo cars.”

It seemed to all go a bit crazy from there as Jimmy continued to tell me about his current car collection.

“I have a 1995 Audi RS2 avant imported from Germany. A 2001 Audi S4 sedan with a full RS4 carbon fibre wide body conversion. It is also heavily modded up by tuning the 2.7 twin turbo engine to 3.0L and installing RS6 hybrid turbochargers in order to squeeze the maximum engine output up to 650hp.My daily car is a 2005 Sportec RS600. This is a complete car based by RS6 C5 which is produced by Sportec – the Swiss tuner. Sportec AG rebuilt the whole engine and transmission software to squeeze the maximum 600hp out of it. Finally I have a 2010 Audi R8 V10 with full options like Suzuka grey color, palace blue/ambasster white exclusive interior, front and real ceramic brakes and full carbon loads.”

Jimmy didn’t try the original Audi R8 with the V8 engine. “I am not interested in any Audi with a naturally aspirated V8 engine, just look at the B7 RS4 or RS5 then you can guess why…”

But it didn’t stop there as Jimmy had another secret up his sleeve. “I also have a R8 GT coming in November. I can’t wait for the better handling due to the light weight version, and the more aggressive power, and of course the special exterior colour – Suzuka grey matte.”

When asking what his favourite car was, it wasn’t hard for Jimmy to pick it. “The RS2 for sure. I have owned the car for over three years. It was imported directly from Germany. I rebuilt the whole interior after she arrived here. Everything including blue/white alcantaras, Recaro racing seats, steering wheel was all from same the supplier of Quattro GmbH. I am crazy about the Audi/Porsche combo! It is so magical that I can use some Porsche parts in an Audi!  Also the limited production makes this car unique and rare – there are only TWO RS2s in Taiwan.”

With all these amazing cars Jimmy needed a house/garage to store them all. “All the ideas about this garage and the layout of this house are from my beauty sense. However I have another interior designer to build the whole interior and design the architecture.”

All of this luxury doesn’t come cheap though. The house (without the cars) is worth around $1.5 million, so you have to save up the pennies to enjoy a pad like Jimmy’s. What are his plans for the future? Well he isn’t sticking to Audi’s. “I want to find a good condition Porsche 993 turbo or B5 RS4 Avant first, and then the latest Audi supercar later in my life. An Audi Sport Quattro is another choice but it is too odd to drive legally on the local roads.”

With all this luxury you could mistake Jimmy for someone he is not. He was very genuine, honest and open, he stressed that; “there are so many things that money can’t buy… I just want to live my own life to the fullest.”

If living life to the fullest means buying a garage worth of Audi’s, so be it.

Rowan Horncastle

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