This Audi S1 Quattro Hoonitron Is A Pikes Peak Stand In

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron
Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron

This is the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron and its been exclusively and uniquely developed for American drift artist Ken Block…

Why? Well, it’s an all-electric one-of-a-kind car that you can’t ever get your hands on but will feature in a new video that Block and his buddies are producing together for release in the next few months.

If the silhouette rings a bell, that’s because it draws inspiration directly from the illustrious triple Pikes Peak Audi Sport Quattro S1 champion we all love to wax lyrical about.

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron

Block said:
“The S1 Hoonitron combines a lot of what Audi was already famous for in the nineteen-eighties. For instance, the car’s spectacular aerodynamics have now been translated into a totally modern form. I think it’s cool that the Audi designers have been inspired by their own past and uniquely transferred the car’s technologies and appearance into the present.

“Audi gave me the opportunity to test it for a few days in Germany,” says Ken Block. “I’m familiar with a wide variety of cars using internal combustion engines and transmissions, but there were a lot of new things for me to learn here. Spinning into a donut at 150 km/h directly from a standstill – just using my right foot – is an all-new experience for me. Our work was focused on getting the car and I used to each other. My thanks go to the whole Audi Sport squad for their outstanding teamwork.”

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron

There are some differences though…

The boisterous 20v DOHC 2110cc lump has been kicked into touch and replaced by [whispers quietly] two electric motors accompanied by an all-wheel drive system all squashed into a lightweight carbon fiber chassis, conforming to full safety standards as prescribed by motorsport’s top governing body, the FIA.

Since there is no power data on the Hoonitron, we can only speculate on it’s capabilities. Lightning fast seems to be the only party line at the moment.

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron

The S1 Hoonitron project has been managed and developed by Audi Sport at the Neckarsulm location which is the home of Audi’s RS e-tron GT.

Audi Design in Ingolstadt was responsible for the styling, which has been anything but a run-of-the-mill job for Marc Lichte and his team.

Pikes Peak Audi Sport Quattro S1
Pikes Peak Audi Sport Quattro S1

Audi’s chief designer:
“When we first heard about this project, the whole team was thrilled immediately: we had the opportunity to develop a car that combines an icon of our brand with the future. The challenges were tremendous: “It was about creating a modern, all-electric interpretation of the S1 Pikes Peak. The timeline was extremely tight: while our design process normally takes one to one-and-a-half years, we only had four weeks from the first drawing to the final design. We were constantly in touch with Ken Block and his team and engaged in intensive exchanges.”

Block fans will soon be able to see the US star thrashing his new wheels for themselves in the ‘Elektrikhana’ video which should be released online in the coming months, as part of the famous Gymkhana series featuring the S1 Hoonitron.

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron

Block went on to say:
“The collaboration with Audi is a very special partnership for me. The brand and its passion for motorsport motivated me to get into rallying. That Audi has now developed this car for me and my team and has joined us in our next project, has made a dream come true for me. The Hoonitron is writing the next chapter in our history and taking our Gymkhana story into the future.”

Images: Philipp Rupprecht

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