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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.