Just a few months ago, the popular rally driver Ken Block moved to Audi, after several years with Ford and a brief stint with Subaru at the beginning of his public career. The co-founder of the DC Shoes brand, who became famous for his numerous stunts immortalized on the web.
For those who are interested, all the videos are available on the web for those who would like to watch again the multiple episodes of the Gymkhana series. This time, however, the main character goes electric, which explains why the video is called Electrikhana.
And don’t think that Mr. Block just used the electric cars of the four-ringed division, which are already quite powerful, we must mention. No, this time it’s the Audi S1 Hoonitron prototype that’s at the center of this other colourful and adrenaline-filled production.
The short film takes place in Las Vegas, a city Ken Block has visited many times in his career thanks to his involvement with the aforementioned manufacturers, including the SEMA Show, which, remember, even has sections where driving virtuosos can express themselves to fans and industry people.
Still, it’s surprising that the automaker was able to convince the city of Las Vegas to close up store for a few hours for the making of this burnt rubber-rich video, the Audi S1 Hoonitron having no trouble burning down its four Toyo tires. It should be noted that each axle is equipped with a motor from the German brand’s Formula E program. This means that there are 2,212 lb-ft per axle, which is more than enough for the rally driver’s controlled skids.
This video shows that it’s possible to have fun at the wheel of an electric car prepared for this kind of exercise, although it lacks the good old mechanical sound of combustion engines, but that’s another debate!
By the way, Audi couldn’t resist parking some of its mythical cars in strategic locations in Las Vegas. This shows that a brand’s past will always have an effect on some of the customers targeted by this dizzying stunt.
While waiting for more Ken Block videos to come, you can take advantage of your next coffee break to watch the video, a video that won’t force you to turn down the volume on your screen.