Audi USA recently announced that the Audi S1 e-tron Quattro Hoonitron, designed and built specifically for Ken Block, will be publicly displayed in the US for the first time at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Laguna Seca, during the Monterey Car Week event.
This EV was created as the newest addition to the “Gymkhana” series which will be called “Electrikhana”. Powered by a pair of electric motors driving all four wheels, and built on a carbon fiber chassis, the car is compliant with FIA safety standards.
The “Hoonitron” design is inspired by one of the most legendary racing car brands, the Audi Sport Quattro S1. In honor of the legend, this car will be featured alongside an example of the car used by Walter Rohrl when he won the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in 1987.
Rohrl's time of 10 minutes 48 seconds was a record, and is now a record that may never be broken.
“The S1 Hoonitron incorporates a lot of what made Audi famous in the '80s,” said Block when the Hoonitron first launched in December. “I think it's cool, because Audi's designers have been inspired by their own past and uniquely transferred the technology and looks of the car to the present.” he continued
The output figures for the Audi S1 e-tron Quattro Hoonitron are still shrouded in mystery, but Audi's RS Q e-tron, the Dakar-competing electric SUV that uses two Formula E motors, can produce a combined 671 hp (680 PS/500 kW). No matter how much power it would produce, Ken Block seemed quite satisfied.
“Audi gave me the opportunity to test it for a few days in Germany, I'm familiar with all kinds of cars that use an internal combustion engine and transmission, but there are a lot of new things I've learned here. Doing a donut spin at 150 km/h is straightforward. from a standstill using only my right foot, it's a completely new experience for me.”