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The outrageous electric Audi S1 Hoonitron stars in new Ken Block video

The Group B-inspired EV uses Formula E motors to turn its tires into smoke.



Enlarge / The Audi S1 Hoonitron is inspired by the company’s 1987 rally car. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

The last time I wrote about one of rally driver Ken Block’s jaw-dropping Gymkhana videos, it was about his trip to the summit of Pike’s Peak in a 1,400-hp methanol-fueled 1965 Ford Mustang. Spectacular as it was, I couldn’t help but feel it was time for Block to join the EV revolution. That time has now come, as Block released his latest demonstration of automotive acrobatics in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The video’s name gives it away: Electrikhana.

Now, you don’t just go hooning any old EV around the strip, at least not if you’re Ken Block. In this case, his ride is a stunning one-off electric Audi, the S1 Hoonicorn, inspired by the 1987 Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak car.

“Developing a fully electric prototype for the unique requirements of our partner Ken Block was a big and exciting challenge to which the whole team rose with flying colors. It is great to see how ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ is presented in an all-new environment,” said Oliver Hoffman, Audi’s board member for technical development.

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