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Ken Block passes away: I revived his last skid show Elektrikhana in Las Vegas

January 3, 2023 – 11:44
Pilot published the first Electrickhana, which was an electric evolution of his famous Gymkhana.

Ken Block (1967–2023) became famous for Gymkhana, those skid shows behind the wheel of vehicles with combustion engines that were viewed billions of times on social networks.

To adapt to new trends in the automotive industry, in 2022 they decided to build the first Electrickhana, their first production run in a fully electric car.

To make this video, Audi brought Ken Block a new interpretation of one of its most famous race cars: called the S1 Hunitron, an homage to the Audi Sport quattro S1 that won the Pikes in the ’80s. Had run till the peak.

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Built at Block’s request for this video, the car was powered by two electric motors borrowed from Audi’s Formula E program. Each one produced 3,000 Nm of peak torque, enough to make the carbon fiber car spin and slide gracefully through the streets of Las Vegas.

Filmed at night, this video shows the S1 Hunitron gliding past the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in a US city, punching a punching bag in front of a boxing ring and performing several stunts under the Las Vegas sign .

The video also showcases a number of current and vintage Audi products, which are scattered through the streets of the city to witness Block’s electric stunt. These include the Audi 90 IMSA GTO (1989), Audi 200 Trans Am (1988), Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak (1987), Audi quattro Gruppe B A2 (1984) as well as the Audi R8 LMP and Audi. The R18 e-tron quattro from Le Mans and more. One of the drivers of that last car, the great Tom Christensen, even makes a brief appearance in the film.

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how did ken block die

Ken Block died at the age of 55 as the result of a snowmobile accident. He was on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Utah, United States, where he was on vacation with his family.

The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the famous rally driver known for his luxurious gymkhana died after being run over by his snowmobile.

“On January 2, 2023 at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Wasatch County 911 center received a call reporting a snowmobile accident in the Mill Hollow area. Search and Rescue, along with police from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Utah State Parks and the US Forest Service, responded. The driver, Kenneth Block, a 55-year-old man from Park City, Utah, was driving a snowmobile up a steep grade when it overturned and landed on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries sustained in the accident,” read a statement.

The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that although Block was traveling with a group, he was alone at the time of the accident. The State Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the official cause of death.

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