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The one-of-a-kind vehicle was developed exclusively for American drift artist Ken Block, and will be featured in the next installment of his famous Gymkhana series, “Electrikhana.”
The Audi S1 e-Tron Quattro Hoonitron brings electrification directly to the performance car enthusiast’s doorstep. Featuring dual electric motors, all-wheel drive, a carbon fiber chassis, and incorporation of the full suite of safety standards as dictated by motorsports’ top governing body, the FIA – the S1 Hoonitron dispels any doubts that an electrified car cannot be engaging and synonymous with modern performance. Audi is displaying the S1 Hoonitron at the Laguna Seca racetrack as part of the historic Monterey Car Week from Aug. 17 – Aug. 21.
This will be the first time that the North American public will have a chance to view the electric car that Ken Block will drive in person. Furthermore, fans will also witness the original Audi Sport Quattro S1 that was driven by Walter Röhrl. That’s when he set his record of 10 minutes and 48 seconds on gravel at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in 1987. It still stands as the fastest time on the unpaved stretch of road into the sky as it has since been paved.
In December 2021, plans to create an electrified version of an Audi design icon were rapidly set into motion. Typically for a project of this magnitude, designers and engineers allot upwards of one year to produce. It is a pretty ambitious concept. However, in the case of the S1 Hoonitron, four weeks is what the Audi Sports facility at Neckarslm needs.
After an approximately one-month-long labor-intensive pursuit toward the future, the S1 Hoonitron was finalized. Audi Design in Ingolstadt, Germany, is responsible for the styling. However, the entire development, including the technologies which brought the car to life, took place in Audi Sport’s Neckarsulm location. This location is fitting for the development of a future-forward electric performance car. This same location is also where manufacturers are producing the commercially available Audi RS e-Tron GT.
From 1984 to 1987, Audi rally driver Walter Röhrl drove the original Audi Sport Quattro S1. Moreover, during the Group B era of rally racing. The “unfair advantage” brought to the road via the unique Quattro all-wheel drive system propelled the success of the brand in off-road, pavement, and track competitions alike. The performance benefits reach beyond snow-covered roads and off-road driving.
Today, the Audi Quattro system has evolved with the latest technologies and credentials adapted from the world of motorsports. The modern interpretation, the S1 Hoonitron, serves as a nod. That’s to this significant period while remaining laser-focused on the commitment toward electrification. Moreover, the Q4 e-Tron SUV and Q4 Sportback e-Tron are joining the e-Tron, e-Tron Sportback, and e-Tron GT. It’s increasing the size of the e-Tron portfolio to five unique models offered in the U.S. market. The S1 Hoonitron serves as a glimpse into the electric future that is exciting and sustainable.
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