He's a happy man.
Ken Block is one of the most famous motorsport figures around and is best known for his Gymkhana videos and for hooning in general. Block has long been a fan of Ford vehicles but recently made the move to Audi and hasn't looked back since. We've covered the famed drifter cruising around in some of the most exclusive Audi machines, and he even daily drives an RS e-tron, but nothing comes close to the envy we felt when we saw the latest video of him abusing his new Audi Sport Quattro race car at Willow Springs raceway.
Last year we covered Ken Block's insane Audi S1 Hoonitron, the all-electric racing prototype set to feature in the star's Electrikhana film. This machine pays tribute to the legendary Audi Sport quattro S1, which won the 1985 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but his new Quattro sits at the opposite end of the spectrum; this thing gulps gas and spits fire.
With only 214 of these cars originally being built, Block's toy is understandably a replica. This LCE Performance replica uses the front half of an Audi 80 Sedan and the rear half of a classic Quattro.
Being a replica, you won't find the original turbocharged 2.1-liter engine under the hood; instead, this machine features a hybrid 2.5-liter engine from an Audi A6 TDI that uses the bottom end of a Volkswagen bus. The head is a 20-valve unit from an Audi S2. Mated to a massive turbocharger, this strange combo kicks out a massive 730 horsepower. Power is sent to all four wheels (obviously) via a six-speed transmission.
This car has been in the works for a while, but this video shows it being ripped for the first time, and in typical Block fashion, there is little to no mechanical sympathy involved. The car clearly has enough power to light up all four wheels and happily does four-wheeled drifts and figure eights around the track.
It might not have the same 1,400 hp of the Hoonicorn, but Block seems to enjoy it all the same. An issue with the front differential arises at some point, but Block doesn't seem phased and continues ripping.
As Block's relationship with Audi grows, we expect to see much more from this car and even more crazy builds. It's unclear what Block has in mind for his new Quatro race car, but we're sure it will feature alongside the crazy S1 Hoonitron in future videos.