VIDEO: Ken Block Returns in ELECTRIKHANA, Sliding Through Las Vegas

Audi S1 HOONITRON

Move over Gymkana and make way for ELECTRIKHANA featuring Ken Block’s new Audi S1 HOONITRON in high stakes action!

The only thing better than a Gymkhana video is the new ELECTRIKHANA video featuring Ken Block’s latest feats. If you’ve never seen one of the videos on the Hoonigan YouTube channel, you’re definitely missing out. Donuts, jumps, and epic slides combined with incredible cinematography make Gymkhana one of the best-produced events you can watch anywhere.

This time Ken Block returns in the Audi S1 HOONITRON for an event he calls ELECTRIKHANA. Inspired by the 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1, the S1 HOONITRON uses an 800-volt bi-motor setup combined with all-wheel-drive. The setting is the Las Vegas strip, lit up in all of its splendor. It’s a bit eerie watching him drift wildly with the absence of internal-combustion mayhem. But the shriek of the electric motors and tortured howl of the tires is just otherworldly.

Ken Block is The King

At 54, Ken Block is still the king and shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, the electric power of the Audi S1 HOONITRON allows him to do even more incredible things behind the wheel. Backward drifts, reversing turns in mid-slide, even spinning in place. The nine-and-a-half-minute video includes all of the usual stunts and humor of his other videos. But it will take you at least three tries to watch it because you won’t believe what you just saw.

You’ll also rewatch it for all of the historic Audi car cameos. There are too many to mention, but the video includes the original Sport Quattro S1, an R18 e-Tron Le Mans race car, the new e-Tron GT, and an assortment of vintage Quattro models. It’s just a treat to see those cars under the spectacular lighting of the Las Vegas Strip. How they pulled all of it off, including locking down The Strip for Ken Block’s stunts, is incredible. It must have cost Audi more than 10 Superbowl commercials worth of money. But it’s one hell of a way to advertise electric cars!

Photos: Hoonigan   

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Mark Webb is fascinated by anything automotive and particularly loves cars that are unusual or have a good story. He’s owned a variety of cars from 60’s muscle, Japanese imports, and oddities like a VW Thing and Porsche 924. After 20 years in the automotive and tech industries, he’s a walking encyclopedia of car info and is always on the lookout for his next project or a good road trip.

World’s Best-Sounding Drag Race: 2023 Audi RS3 Squares Off Against Legendary Lexus LFA

best-sounding drag race2023 Audi RS3 with its 5-cylinder turbocharged unit makes a glorious sound. Oftentimes a turbocharged car doesn’t offer a thrilling sound as the turbo muffles the exhaust. But that is not the case with the RS3.

Sound is subjective but speed is objective. And in the speed department the RS3 is also a strong performer. But is it strong enough to take on a legitimate supercar? And is it really that much faster than the less expensive Audi S3? And what about when you throw a highly modified 1991 Audi 200 Quattro in the mix? Where does the RS3 rank in this oddball mix of cars? Jason Cammisa breaks this down in a video posted to the Hagerty YouTube channel. For good measure the video compares the Porsche Carrera GT with the Lexus LFA as well. Let’s consider that a bonus but focus on the Audi models for now.

R You Serious?

Audi RS3

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Woman Drives 80mph on the Freeway in an Audi SUV with Only 3 Wheels (Sparks Flying!)

Woman Drives 80mph on the Freeway in an Audi SUV with Only 3 Wheels (Sparks Flying!)

A three-wheeled Audi SUV was spotted yesterday on the 405 freeway in Orange County, California, driven by a woman who seemed intent on getting somewhere fast.

Motorists spotted a three-wheeled Audi SUV  in Orange County yesterday, and the video is lighting up social media. As you can see in the video, it was on the 405, with the tailgate open, keeping up with traffic. Filmed by Chad Stewart Towersey, a local news personality, the Audi showed clear signs of an accident and was missing the passenger front wheel. Towersey flagged the driver down to alert her of the danger she was posing to other motorists and asked her to pull over. The driver looked oblivious to the situation, seemingly intent on running errands or getting to an appointment.

Woman Drives 80mph on the Freeway in an Audi SUV with Only 3 Wheels (Sparks Flying!)

Eventually, the driver got off the highway and stopped at an intersection. It appears she hit another vehicle and got out to exchange insurance information. Towersey asks the lady if she’s on drugs, to which she denied and responded that she was having a bad day. However, pills were then shown in the front seat of the car.

Woman Drives 80mph on the Freeway in an Audi SUV with Only 3 Wheels (Sparks Flying!)

It’s easy to speculate what happened or jump to conclusions. From the video, we don’t know if the driver was on drugs or prescription medication. But she appeared under the influence of something and/or in shock and in a fragile state. Later she said she’d just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which could also explain the odd behavior. All we know for sure is that she was involved in more than one accident and determined to get somewhere on three wheels.

Eventually, the police showed up, and Towersey leaves. We don’t know if there’s more to this story, but if there is, you’ll be able to read it here.

Video: Chad Stewart Towersey 

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Mark Webb is fascinated by anything automotive and particularly loves cars that are unusual or have a good story. He’s owned a variety of cars from 60’s muscle, Japanese imports, and oddities like a VW Thing and Porsche 924. After 20 years in the automotive and tech industries, he’s a walking encyclopedia of car info and is always on the lookout for his next project or a good road trip.

Three EPIC Audi Drag Races to Get Your Heart Pumping!

epic Audi drag racesgood drag race to lift yourself out of the doldrums. But if you really want to get your heart pumping you might need a bit more. And for those folks we got you covered. We pulled three epic Audi drag races that are sure to get the blood flowing. Between the three races there is a little bit of everything. An overachieving 5-cylinder RS3 going against a massive V12-powered Aventador. An Audi vs. Audi battle with a V10 going against an EV. And finally, a fully built Audi TT RS facing off against a tuned McLaren 720S.

We will get to the specific videos in a moment but collectively they show us something about drag racing. And that is you really never know what the heck is going to happen. Engine size doesn’t matter, price tag doesn’t matter, and tires don’t matter. OK, well maybe those things do matter a little bit, but they alone can not predict the outcome of a drag race. The other thing we learn by watching these videos is that Audi has some damn quick cars, and they can be modified to go a lot quicker. Let’s get to the racing.

RS3 vs. Aventador

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V10 vs. Electric

R8 vs. RS e-tron GTMichal Karpat – Autožurnál TV YouTube channel to see for yourself.

TT RS vs. 720S

TT RSOfficially Gassed YouTube channel to see the little Audi mix it up with the mighty McLaren.

Wagon Wunderkind: Audi RS 8 Avant Rendering Has Us Dreaming Big

RS 8 AvantAudi RS 6 Avant is here and can do all of those things. Audi currently has an impressive lineup of cars and even in that lineup the RS 6 Avant stands out as one of the most desirable. Now, let’s go back to dream mode for a little bit. Let’s dial up that 6 to an 8. What if Audi produced an RS 8 Avant? What would that be like?

It may still be a dream, but an incredible rendering of an RS 8 Avant was recently revealed on the hycade YouTube channel. Our jaws have still not closed. There is nothing wrong with the RS 6 Avant we have of course. But why not dream a little more? It is just a rendering, not an Audi concept so we are in full fantasy mode here. But the good part of that is that we have freedom to make this what we want in our own minds. So, what would an Audi RS 8 Avant really be like?

Looks

RS 8 Avant

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