Ken Block just launched Electrikhana — the latest all-electric, Audi powered entry into his classic web series of videos takes on Las Vegas!
After a billion total views across 10 successful “Gymkhana” films, Ken Block is back an all-electric Audi race inspired by the classic Ur Quattro rally car in this new episode, dubbed Electrikhana. To provide the perfect setting for the Audi S1 Hoonitron (really) to make its tire-slaying debut, the Hoonigan Media Machine [sic] shut down one of the busiest cities in the world: Las Vegas!
Hoonitron Draws from Deep Ur Quattro Roots
“When Audi approached us with the idea of doing a film in a special electric vehicle, that they would construct solely for the film, we jumped at the challenge,” says Block. “While I may love the sound of a turbo engine, or the grunt of a V8, we have done that all before. The instant torque and shiftless nature of an electric motor allowed for us to push certain tricks to a whole new realm. From extremely exaggerated backward entries or flawless high speed 360s and four-wheel smoking launches, this Hoonitron is an all-new experience in our Gymkhana world. The final, tire-killing, center axis donuts reached wheel speed of over 140kph, and created G forces I have never experienced before in any racecar.”
The concept work of the Hoonitron began in March 2021 at Audi Sport in Germany. There, a team of Audi engineers and designers took design cues from the legendary Audi quattro S1 E2 Pikes Peak rally car (shown, above) and added e-tron technology developed for Formula E racing to create an all-wheel-drive, dual motor coupe capable of generating over 4,000 lb-ft of TQ at the wheels.
All that torque resulted in Block, “killing three times the number of Toyo Tires than typical during filming,” according to the official release. “Again, this beast does things others just can’t.”
You can check out Block’s Audi-powered Vegas burnout show in the gallery, below, then let us know what you think of Electrikhana in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Ken Block + Electric Audi Hoonitron vs. Las Vegas
SOURCE | IMAGES: HOONIGAN.
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