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Ken Block will be burning rubber with the Audi S1 Hoonitron

To appear in a future stunt-driving video called 'Elektrikhana'

Ken Block's next video will be kinder to the environment thanks to the Hoonitron. PHOTO FROM AUDI

Ken Block may be driving for Subaru once again, but that doesn’t mean he will be tied down to just one manufacturer. He recently announced his partnership with Audi, with the automaker saying that it will tap the rally driver’s help to develop electric vehicles.

This partnership has already produced one car, the Audi S1 e-Tron Quattro Hoonitron.

Audi seriously needs to create a proper successor to the S1 Quattro. PHOTOS FROM AUDI

The Hoonitron melds both historical elements from the Pikes Peak-winning Quattro S1 race car like the massive downforce-generating aerodynamics and large fender flares, with the sharp, futuristic styling from the Audi’s current lineup.

There are no specifics for performance, but it’s said to have “power galore” from two electric motors powering both axles. Combined with a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis and the latest FIA-compliant safety features, even Ken Block himself was reportedly caught off-guard with how fast the vehicle was.

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

Look closely at these details now, because you won't see them behind clouds of smoke. PHOTOS FROM AUDI

If you think this one-off car took months to create, think again. The Hoonitron was developed entirely at the same place where the RS e-Tron GT is produced, allowing it to make the jump from paper to metal (or carbon fiber) within four weeks.

Expect to catch this crazy Audi sliding around in a future Ken Block video titled “Elektrikhana.” You can also take this as a preview of the future for Audi’s motorsports division.



Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.



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