Block signs up for a bit of electric boogaloo

Riley Riley

The king of car videos Ken Block is back with a super cool electric Audi, aptly named the Hoonitron.

The Audi S1 e-tron quattro has been developed exclusively for the drift maestro and will of course feature in an upcoming video.

“I think it’s cool that the Audi designers have been inspired by their own past and uniquely transferred the car’s technologies and appearance into the present,” he said.

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron features two electric motors, all-wheel drive, carbon fibre chassis and the full safety standards as prescribed by FIA..

Block got to test the car for a few days last month in Germany.

“I’m familiar with a wide variety of cars using internal combustion engines and transmissions, but there were a lot of new things for me to learn here,” he said.

“Spinning into a doughnut at 150km/h directly from a standstill, just using my right foot – is an all-new experience for me.

“Our work was focused on getting the car and I used to each other.

“My thanks go to the whole Audi Sport squad for their outstanding teamwork.”

The entire development of the S1 Hoonitron was engineered by Audi Sport at Neckarsulm.

Audi Design in Ingolstadt was responsible for the styling, which has been anything but a run-of-the-mill job for Marc Lichte and his team.

Fans will get to see Block’s new project soon, under the working title Elektrikhana — the latest addition to his Gymkhana series.

“The collaboration with Audi is a very special partnership for me,” he said.

“The brand and its passion for motorsport motivated me to get into rallying.

“That Audi has now developed this car for me and my team, and has joined us in our next project, has made a dream come true for me.

“The Hoonitron is writing the next chapter in our history and taking our Gymkhana story into the future.”


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