It will be like Gymkhana, but electrified.
Drifter extraordinaire Ken Block has been breaking the internet for years with his insane Gymkhana videos that see him drifting his way across the globe. Block, who was traditionally associated with Ford, has recently broken ties with the American manufacturer to join forces with German manufacturer Audi and spearhead the brand's EV motorsport efforts.
Block has had some EV experience having piloted the massively powerful drift version of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, and has now made a super exciting announcement on his YouTube channel rearing his future with EV vehicles: Electrikana is coming!
According to Block, his partnership with Audi will focus on the performance side of Audi's EV efforts, and will include expanding the Gymkhana drifting franchise to include the new Electrikana series, featuring a specially designed Audi e-tron. "This union will also see me exploring Audi's cutting-edge racing and EV technologies, plus serve as a catalyst to push the limits of what's possible in an electric vehicle. This partnership is literally a dream that is decades in the making," said Block.
In the first of a three-part series, Block takes to the track to sample some of the finest vehicles in Audi's long and illustrious history, including the classic Sport Quattro, and the new all-electric Audi RS e-tron GT. Block also got the opportunity to experience Hans Stuck's championship winning DTM Audi V8 and Walter Rohrl's Group B Audi Quattro S1 E2.
Exciting new EV race cars such as Audi's all-new RS Q e-tron Dakar rally car is exactly why Block is joining up with Audi, and going all-electric: "For me, it's simple really: It's new. It's a high level of performance. It's the future. And new technology and forward-thinking - the things Audi is great at - can be used to have even more fun with cars, and I am all about that" the racer says.
For now, details on Ken Block's new Audi EV race car are under wraps, but if his previous cars are anything to go by, we're expecting AWD, power figures well above 1,000 horsepower, and the silent whine of electric motors at full tilt. The Electrikana film is scheduled to release some time in 2022, and we can't wait.