Audi built a custom EV for Ken Block’s next Gymkhana video


Ken Block’s Gymkhana series is ready to go electric. On Wednesday, the rally driver showed off his new Audi S1 ​​Hoonitron, a purpose-built EV that the automaker designed especially for Block. Audi didn’t share many details about the prototype, but as you can see in the photo above, it takes more than a few design cues from the company’s iconic Sport Quattro S1. That’s not by accident; it was that car that inspired Block to continue his career.

Block promised to show what the EV can do in a future video tentatively called “Elektrikhana”. It’s unclear if Travis Pastrana will join a Subaru custom Solterra. If you haven’t seen a Gymkhana event yet, they are one of the most skilled riding styles you’ll see on a closed course. The S1 Hoonitron could significantly change the way Block approaches the annual series.

The instant torque of an EV should help with the constant drifting that comes with Gymkhana courses. The lower center of gravity could also make cornering a lot tighter. One thing we’ll have to see is whether the S1 Hoonitron replicates the sound a rev limiter makes in a traditional combustion engine car. After all, that noise is part of the fun of watching rally car driving.

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