Audi S1 EKS Rallycross Racer Challenges an RC Car

Audi has just released a cool video where two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekström races a kid with a RC toy. On paper, it doesn't sound like a fair fight, but as you're about to see, all is fair in love and motorsport. Oh, it's on now!
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If the car seems a bit familiar, that's because this is the Audi S1 EKS RX, a sort of supercar from the land of Lilliput, built off the bones of an old A1 quattro to race in the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Power comes from a 2-liter turbo engine, which normally makes around 250 hp, but has been tuned to 600 horsepower.

The Swedish racing driver usually competes against an impressive lineup of drivers that include Tanner Foust, Ken Block and Jacques Villeneuve. But he seems to have found his machine Micha Wildmaier, a two-time German junior champion in RC racing. He likes to cut corners… literally, and cheated his way to victory.

In the end, we enjoyed watching the S1 acting like one of Block's Fiestas. The rallycross machine packs plenty of race-spec aerodynamic elements, including flared wheel arches and a huge twin-layer rear wing that helps add some extra downforce. Rumor has it that it cost team EKS about $100,000 to make and this makes it the underdog hero of the GRC world, in our eyes at least.

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