Ken Block also burns rubber in an Audi V8 DTM that revs up to 11,500 rpm.
In case you hadn't heard, Ken Block, is no longer part of the Ford family. Last month, the master drifter announced a new partnership with Audi that will see him help develop electric cars for the road and track and hoon a specially modified Audi e-tron in the forthcoming Electrikhana. We can't wait to see how the Gymkhana drifting series transitions to EVs.
To welcome him into his new role, Audi let Ken Block loose in the legendary Group B Quattro S1 driven by Walter Rohrl and a secret Group S prototype. In his latest video, Ken Block gets acquainted with another Audi racing legend: Hans-Joachim Stuck's championship-winning Audi V8 DTM car.
Before taking the Audi V8 DTM for a spin, Block is given a tour of some of Audi's most iconic touring cars stashed in a secret storage facility. One of the standouts is the Audi A4 Quattro that dominated the British Touring Car Championship in the 1990s. It even resulted in AWD cars being banned from entering the BTCC.
Based on the Audi V8 from the 1990s, the 1990 Audi V8 Quattro DTM is powered by a 3.6 liter V8 that generates 463 horsepower and revs all the way up to 11,500 rpm. With power being sent to all four wheels, the Audi V8 Quattro DTM won two consecutive DTM championships in 1990 and 1991. Drifting around an airfield, Ken Block makes getting the Audi V8 DTM sideways look easy.
"It's very nice and responsive," said Block after taking it for a spin. "I just like the way it revs too." The next car Ken Block gets to drive is considerably quieter than the roaring V8 DTM, but even more powerful. In preparation for Electrikhana, Ken Block was transported to Audi Sport's test facility in Neuburg, Germany, to drive the e-tron Vision GT. Initially, the prototype electric race car was created for Gran Turismo Sport but a one-off real-life example was also built.
With three electric motors (one at the front and two at the back) generating 815 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of instant torque, the electric racer is too hard to handle even for Ken Block, who spins out. He admitted he "didn't know how hard to push it" and blamed the tires for being too cold.
Expect more cool stuff like this to come from Block and Audi, though. We can't wait.