The automaker designed and built a one-of-a-kind electric race car in just a few weeks.
After the announcement of Ken Block’s collaboration with the Audi brand, we have been eagerly awaiting the car that will appear in the new Gymkhana video. Many expected the Audi production car to be modified, but there was also speculation that the idol selection would also fall into an old private race. But the reality is completely different in the end.
The new Ken Block will be the unique electric racing car Audi S1 E-Tron Quattro Hoonitron, inspired by the iconic Audi Sport Quattro S1 Pikes Peak – one of Ken Block’s most popular racing cars.
Hoonitron is not a modified production car or an electrified version of the famous racer. It’s a completely new, one-of-a-kind and one-of-a-kind machine, built in just four weeks. As the name implies – under the hood we will not hear the supercharged five-cylinder engine, but the rustle of many electric motors, which They will drive both axes.
Exact parameters, that is, the number of electric motors, their power, battery size and dynamic capabilities of the car were not disclosed by the car manufacturer. After all, it is no wonder – to create a car in just four weeks is incredible, since a similar process usually takes at least a year. The technology can still be tuned.
However, for Audi designers, it was to be a welcome project, and a slate of several designs for the new Hoonitron were to appear, all based on the original S1 model. The best model was then drawn using a computer, and then the technicians proceeded to build a mockup concept instead of building a scale model.
In addition, Ken Block boasted that he had already completed his first test drive, which he was excited about. “I wanted the car to drift fast, to be nimble and – despite the electric – to drift perfectlyWe’ll probably have to wait a while for the first shots of his rounds with the new Hoonitron, but we’ll almost certainly see him at the new Gymkhan. We have no idea when.
In conclusion, we can recall that the Audi S1 Quattro, which Walter Rolle drove for the famous race at the top of Pikes Peak, served as a model for the new Hoonitron. “To this day, I have no words watching the videos of Walter Rolle conquering the mountain at that time, “Block said on the Audi website.”It’s really amazing that Audi has managed to keep the spirit and design of this car alive today.“
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