The all-electric one-off creation is brilliant at showing off.
After 10 years of shredding tires and showing the world just how much angle you can get in a reverse-entry drift, Ken Block's Gymkhana series passed the baton to Travis Pastrana, and many of us assumed that Ken Block would be retiring from making these epic films. But then, a year ago, an Audi RS e-tron GT was gifted to Block (as a daily driver) as a promotional item since the two teamed up and announced that a new film would be coming: Electrikhana. This will doubtless become a series of films too, but before we get ahead of ourselves, we have to know if a purpose-built all-electric prototype can provide the same level of drama that a fire-spitting, rally-bred hot hatch or twin-turbocharged Mustang can.
Well, take a look at the first-ever Electrikhana film, shot on the glitzy streets of Las Vegas, and tell us that it isn't highly entertaining.
As awesome as that looks, how did it feel from behind the wheel? Allow the Head Hoonigan in Charge to explain:
"Over the past decade, we have continually pushed to do something new and different with my Gymkhana series," says Ken Block. "When Audi approached us with the idea of doing a film in a special electric vehicle that they would construct solely for the film, we jumped at the challenge. While I may love the sound of a turbo engine or the grunt of a V8, we have done that all before. The instant torque and shiftless nature of an electric motor allowed for us to push certain tricks to a whole new realm. From extremely exaggerated backward entries or flawless high-speed 360s and four-wheel smoking launches, this Hoonitron is an all-new experience in our Gymkhana world. The final, tire-killing, center axis donuts reached wheel speed of over 140 kph [87 mph] and created G forces I have never experienced before in any racecar."
So not boring at all, then.
With over 6,000 Newton-meters (4,425 lb-ft) of torque at the wheels, this film saw Block decimate three times the number of Toyo Tires than normal during filming. Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Board for Technical Development at Audi, loves the film and says that this exciting challenge was "truly exceptional."
Exceptional indeed, as Electrikhana director Brian Scotto recounts: "Vegas is such a unique place, it's literally pulsing with energy at night, and that's what we wanted to capture by going there. It's still shocking to me the level of access we pulled off. We locked down The Strip for HOURS. I haven't had that 'Can't believe they are gonna let us do this' feeling since Gymkhana FIVE in San Francisco." We've attached that film below, too, because it's arguably one of the best of the series.
The latest of Ken Block and Hoonigan's ambitious tire-melting films is one for the books, but there's only one problem: how do they top this for Electrikhana 2?