Ken Block shreds tires in Vegas with his Audi S1 Hoonitron

by Vijay Pattni | Nov 4, 2022
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Ken Block has unleashed the latest salvo in his long-running war of attrition upon the world’s tire companies, perhaps more commonly known as ‘Gymkhana.’ Though in this case, it’s called ‘Electrikhana’ because it features a bespoke Audi fueled by electrons.

And thus, the only soundtrack to this 10-minute ode to sideways is your quiet disbelief at the physics-defying capabilities of a car built and designed to pay homage to that most famous of all Audis, the original Sport Quattro S1. Indeed, Audi design boss Marc Lichte was responsible for the shell.

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Block’s responsible for the slides of course. We’re only given a sniff of information about the drivetrain—800V architecture, two electric motors, all-wheel-drive, many horsepowers—but it appears to be enough to paint black lines up and down the most famous bit of all Las Vegas, the Strip.

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Block takes the S1 Hoonitron (good name) around Sin City, drifting along its Eiffel Tower replica, jumping from a car park to a hotel, and donutting along the strip in front of ‘Mr Le Mans,’ Tom Kristensen. Block even finds time to take in a few Audi treasures including the glorious Audi 90 IMSA GTO, a 200 Trans Am, that Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak, a quattro Gruppe B A2, and a pair of old Le Mans racers—the R8 LMP and R18 e-tron quattro. He also finds time to engage in a spot of ‘boxing’—Vegas’s other favorite pastime—on a rooftop.

So while the soundtrack is that of a radio-controlled car having a seizure, the overriding volume will likely be… your disbelief.

Ken Block shows off in Las Vegas

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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