Ken Block’s Audi S1 Hoonitron made its grand debut today on the grand stage known as the internet. Block announced his partnership with Audi back in early September saying that he would work with the automaker on EV development. That announcement was followed up later that month with the confirmation that Block’s next Gymkhana car would be an EV built in conjunction with Audi.
The Audi S1 Hoonitron is the result of Block’s partnership with the automaker. Old school rally fans will instantly notice that the Hoonitron’s design is influenced by the legendary Audi Sport Quattro S1.
Looking at the Hoonitron from different angles will start to clearly reveal some of the inspiration taken from the original Quattro S1. The Hoonitron S1 has a short wheelbase, triangular C post which is all influenced by the Quattro S1.
Obviously, the aerodynamic package harkens back to the 80s rally car as well but with modern updates. Though, we wouldn’t be surprised if elements of the aerodynamic pieces are re-worked during testing.
You can watch Ken Block go over the finer points of the car with the S1 Hoonitron’s designers in a video below.
Ken Block reveals Audi S1 Hoonitron
The S1 Hoonitron was developed in Neckarsulm at the same facility where the Audi e-Tron GT is produced though it is unclear if any of the e-Tron GT engineering team had a direct hand in the development of Block’s car.
Neither Audi nor Block have revealed much when it comes to the Hoonitron’s specs but we can safely assume that it will have no less than two electric motors driving all four wheels.
Considering the S1 Hoonitron is a race car, it is likely to have no limitations placed on it for power or torque output. We’re speculating but we don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the Hoonitron to have four-figure horsepower and torque numbers.
Detailed specs might be held back until after Block completes production on the “Elektrikhana” video in which the Audi S1 Hoonitron will star. There is currently no release date for the Elektrikhana video but we expect to hear more about that in the coming months.
For now, you can take a closer look at the Audi S1 Hoonitron in the gallery below. Let us know what you think of Block’s new EV on Twitter at @MotorworldHype.