Ken Block has a new machine, the electric E-Tron Hoonitron, inspired by the Audi S1

After the announcement of Ken Block’s collaboration with the Audi brand, we were all excited to see which car would be featured in the new Gymkhana video. Many expected a modification of the Audi production car, but there was also speculation that the choice of the idol would also fall on an older racing special. But the reality is very different in the end.

Ken Block’s new car will be the unique electric racing special Audi S1 ​​E-Tron Quattro Hoonitron, which was inspired by the legendary Audi Sport Quattro S1 Pikes Peak – one of Ken Block’s most popular racing cars.

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The Hoonitron is not a modified production car or an electrified version of the legendary racing car. It’s a completely new, unique and one-of-a-kind machine that was created in just four weeks. As the name suggests – you don’t hear a supercharged five-cylinder under its hood, but the rustling of several electric motors that they will drive both axles.

The carmaker has not yet announced the exact parameters, i.e. the number of electric motors, their power, battery size and dynamic capabilities of the car. No wonder, because the car can be created in just four weeks, as a similar process normally takes at least a year. The technology can still be tuned.

It should be a welcome project for the Audi designers, however, and overall several designs should emerge for the new Hoonitron, all based on the original S1 model. The best model was then drawn on a computer, and then the technicians set out to build a life-size concept instead of building a full-scale model.

In addition, Ken Block boasted that he had already completed the first test drives, which he was enthusiastic about. “I wanted the car to drift quickly, be agile and – despite electrification – drift perfectly“Said Block. We will have to wait a little longer for the first recordings of his rides with the new Hoonitron, but it is almost certain that we will see him in the new Gymkhan. We just don’t know when yet.

In summary, we can remember that the Audi S1 ​​Quattro, with which Walter Röhl drove to the famous race on the summit of Pikes Peak, served as a model for the new Hoonitron. “To this day I have no words when I watch Walter Röhl’s videos climbing the mountain, “Block said on the Audi website. “It is really amazing that Audi has managed to keep the spirit of this car and its design alive to this day.


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