January 20, 2022

Ken Block has a brand new Gymkhana toy, and it is all-electric


American skilled rally driver Ken Block has a brand new toy for Hoonigan’s subsequent Gymkhana sequence of movies. After drifting in every single place whereas climbing Pikes Peak in Climbkhana, German automaker Audi desires Block to do it yet again with an all-electric automobile.

As anticipated, Block’s new automotive wants a reputation after passing on his beloved 1965 Ford Mustang “Hoonicorn” to daughter Lia Block – who, by the best way, can significantly drift a automotive like her dad. Enter the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, paying homage to the model’s Audi Sport quattro S1 that dominated Pikes Peak within the mid-Nineteen Eighties.

And sure, this one-off, all-electric racing machine is debuting in Block and Hoonigan’s “Elektrikhana” video coming subsequent 12 months. “It was about creating a contemporary, all-electric interpretation of the S1 Pikes Peak,” stated Marc Lichte, head of Audi Design. “The challenges had been great, and we solely had 4 weeks from the primary drawing to the ultimate design.”

Whereas creating a brand new automotive from scratch in 4 weeks deserves a medal of benefit, the Audi Design crew needn’t look far for design inspiration. Inheriting the unique S1 quattro’s distinctive physique panels, sharp strains, and intensive wings, Hoonitron is basically a “biggest hits” revival of Audi’s all-conquering classic rally automotive.

What’s extra, improvement for the S1 Hoonitron is at Audi Sport’s Neckarsulm headquarters, the identical place the place the manufacturing Audi RS e-tron GT earned its wings. Audi has but to outline what’s powering this wonderful rally automotive. Nonetheless, it talked about it has two electrical motors, all-wheel drive, a carbon-fiber chassis, and a number of security tools mandated by the FIA, like an electrical kill change, a roll cage, and a hearth suppression system.

Oh, and Audi additionally stated the automotive has “energy galore,” which is apt for a rallying wizard used to tame gasoline automobiles with greater than 1,000 horsepower. “Spinning right into a donut at 93 mph (150 km/h) immediately from a standstill – simply utilizing my proper foot – is an all-new expertise for me,” stated Ken Block. “There have been lots of new issues for me to be taught right here.”

The Audi S1 quattro Hoonitron stays a prototype at this level, however Block spent a few days in Germany to take the manufacturing mule for a brief maiden jaunt. All we all know is we are able to’t wait to see it in motion at Pikes Peak for the Elektrikhana stunt driving video.

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