Audi recently released its initial prototype of the S1 Etron Quattro “Hoonitron”, designed exclusively for the American drift artist Ken Block. Its designers drew inspiration from the legendary Audi Sport Quattro S1, known for its performance in the famous Pike Peaks Hill Climb event in the 1980s, to create a brand new, all-electric, one-of-a-kind car.
Although the resemblance isn’t obvious at first glance, the modern EV shares some of its distinctive features with the renowned race car. For example, its short wheelbase, classic box flares, giant wing, and rally lights. The key difference is that the “Hoonitron” prototype has a much sleeker and more streamlined design and, of course, instead of a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine, it’s powered by two electric motors and a battery pack. Not forgetting the EV’s advanced all-wheel drive.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know the specifics such as the power or top speed of the vehicle. However, Audi promises “power galore”, and the model certainly left an impression on the US rally driver as he said that the project “has made a dream come true.” We also know that the car is fully compliant with FIA standards and is built upon a sturdy carbon fibre chassis.
Ken Bock was invited to Ingolstadt to see the prototype for the first time in person and get a chance to get to know the vehicle. “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” says Bock. “Spinning into a donut at 150 km/h directly from standstill – just using my right foot – is an all-new experience for me.”
Very soon, fans will be able to see the project come to life as the S1 “Hoonitron” will be featured in the 12th video of the famous Gymkhana series, under the title “Elektrikhana”.