Professional skier Felix Neureuther sat on the passenger side inside the Audi S1 EKS RX driven by two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekström. It was part of the latest quattro challenge and after a demonstration lap by Ekström, Neureuther managed to take control of the vehicle and at the end he said it was the craziest “final practice” and described the event as being a “sensational experience.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Audi S1 EKS RX, it’s a rally car developed to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and is significantly different than the road-going S1. Power comes from a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing a whopping 560 HP (412 kW). It also has a wider body which includes a big rear wing and widened fenders while the ride height has been increased.
The car has a Red Bull livery and rides 17-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels wrapped around inCooper tires. Output of the engine is channeled to a quattro all-wheel drive system through a six-speed sequential gearbox with mechanical shift. Other goodies include MacPherson struts and Ohlins dampers while stopping power comes from four-piston calipers with Pagid RS brake pads.