After its impressive maiden voyage, the 2022 Dakar Rally, the Audi RS Q e-tron just recently faced another challenge — impress pro drift artist, Ken Block. As part of Audi’s continued partnership with Block, he was able to drive the new electrified Dakar Rally racer in the snow, with Audi driver Mattias Ekström in the passenger seat, during the GP Ice Race in Zell am See in Austria, the RS Q e-tron’s first race since Dakar.
“It only took three turns for Ken to get fully up to speed,” said Ekström of Block. It seems as if Block was impressed with the car, too.
“The laps in the Audi RS Q e-tron were a phenomenal experience – even though the car probably feels more comfortable in the desert than in the snow,” said Block. “Thanks to Mattias Ekström, who patiently explained all the special features of his car to me. A few minutes behind the wheel was enough to understand the fascination of this car.”
Audi also brought along some classics to the race in the Austrian snow, such as the Audi quattro A2 Group B rally car, which competed in Finland, back in 1983. It also brought a DKW F 91 and a DKW Hartmann Formula V, both of which caused a stir. Though, it was the A2 rally car that really got a rise out of Block, who had the chance to drive one of his childhood heroes in proper rally conditions.
“An insane moment that I won’t forget in a hurry.” said Block.
This isn’t the end for electrified rally driving for Block, as his all-new, all-electric Audi S1 e-tron quattro, dubbed the “Hoonitron”, will debut in his upcoming Electrikhana video. The S1 e-tron Quattro was inspired by the Audi Sport Quattro S1 rally car, so it will be a nice nod to the past, while Audi and Block head toward the future.