Audi S1 EKS RX quattro pitted against RC car

The Audi S1 EKS RX quattro had to face a new challenge coming from an RC car. Behind the wheel of the heavily modified S1 was two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekström who took part in a race against a kid “driving” an RC toy. As you can see, that’s far from being a regular S1 as underneath the aggressive body is a true beast powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine unleashing no less than 600 bhp.


It might not be a fair race but it was all for marketing purposes and also for fun for what turned out to be a video that has many in common with Ken Block’s Gymkhana series. At the forefront of the action-packed clip is without any doubt the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro with its massive rear spoiler and a six-speed sequential gearbox channeling the engine’s power to the permanent four-wheel drive system.

Slightly pulling the handbrake will disconnect the drive to the rear axle which will lock or brake the rear wheels, thus allowing the driver to better perform a handbrake turn. Built specifically for rallycross, the car tips the scales at around 1,340 kg and you can imagine it takes some serious skills to control the pocket rocket.

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Adrian Padeanu

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