Audi constructed a particular S1 E-Tron Quattro, dubbed the “Hoonitron,” in December for American precision driver Ken Block. And now, the automaker is ready to carry the EV to US soil this month throughout Monterey Automobile Week. It’ll be juxtaposed with its design inspiration: the 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 that rally driver Walter Röhrl set a Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb report with in 1987.
Audi’s new efficiency E-Tron will make a starring look in Block’s newest manufacturing dubbed Elektrikhana, a play of phrases between electrical and gymkhana, the drifting motorsport with obstacles. Block and his crew produced a sequence of Gymkhana movies the place the professional stunt driver maneuvers via impossible-looking programs, just like the streets of LA. Beforehand, Block had constructed a relationship with Ford Efficiency and would usually check customized Ford automobiles like the Focus RS with a drift stick and a 650-horsepower Fiesta that he plunged via sand in Dubai for the Gymkhana sequence.
Ken Block had his first electrical automobile drive expertise when Ford let him test-drive a preproduction Mustang Mach-E, however the ride-along representatives didn’t let him check the automobile’s limits. To make up for it, Ford Efficiency constructed a high-powered 1,400-horsepower Mustang Mach-E, and Block lastly obtained a style of the moment torque of an EV. However with the connection with Ford now over, Block goes to Audi and handed down his well-known Ford Mustang “Hoonicorn” to his teenage daughter Lia in December.
When Block obtained to check out the S1 Hoonitron, he was nonetheless getting used to electrical automobiles. “I’m acquainted with all kinds of automobiles utilizing inside combustion engines and transmissions, however there have been numerous new issues for me to be taught right here. Spinning right into a donut at 150 km/h instantly from standstill – simply utilizing my proper foot – is an all-new expertise for me,” Block stated in December when Audi revealed the automobile.
The Audi S1 E-Tron Quattro Hoonitron might be seen on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on the Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, from August seventeenth via August twenty first. Ken Block’s Elektrikhana movie is at present in manufacturing and popping out within the subsequent couple of months.