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Ken Block's Secret Final Stunt

I'm a big fan of Frank Herbert's Dune series. And if I would summarize the entire media franchise into one sentence, it would be this: Fear is the mind-killer. Most people are afraid of death, but should we let something that's guaranteed to happen rule over our lives?
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We all have to die someday. That includes our loved ones, our favorite actor, singer, you name it. We are all unique in our own way, so there will never be another human being quite like us. We will never see another man quite like Ken Block. Or we will never listen to another woman quite like Tina Turner. But instead of mourning their passing, we should celebrate their lives.

We should learn from their successes and mistakes. Given today's technology, we are all somewhat immortal. Fifty years from now, I'll be able to show my grandkids Ken's series of Gymkhana videos. While they might be surprised at seeing an old ICE-powered vehicle perform such stunts, they may be more connected to the man's latest endeavors. Ken Block was a visionary; he always wanted to push the boundaries of what was humanly achievable behind the wheel of any vehicle.

Announcing his partnership with Audi was a huge move, and I'm sure we would have seen some fantastic projects over the next ten years. Seeing him take on the all-electric Hoonitron was an eye-opener for many: electric cars don't have to be boring. Electrikhana gave us nine and a half minus of pure "What the..." action, with the stunning city of Las Vegas in the background. One year after its release, it's now at almost nine million views, but I'm sure it will inspire generations to come.

When I learned about Ken's passing, I was deeply affected. I sat down and rewatched his old videos, started looking at his rally vlogs, discovered his Gymkhana Files show, and drove his cars in various video games. It's common for people to realize what they have lost only when it's too late. When Audi introduced Lia Block to Michelle Mouton, I almost cried thinking about the whole thing. And in the midst of all this, I somehow didn't realize that the world hadn't seen the last of Ken Block.

I jumped with joy upon reading an email containing a press release and more details about the upcoming Electrikhana 2. I did not doubt that Lia & Co. would pursue this project, but I also had no clue that Ken had already shot this video in November of 2022. Mexico City was his last playground and viral video after so many years of being the King of Automotive content and so much more.

The first Electrikhana was an experiment, both for man and machine. But Audi worked closely with Block and the team to improve the way the Hoonitron works so that it would be better suited for the task ahead. Looking at the photos, you realize how insane it will all be. But I won't spoil the fun for you, so look at the video and see for yourself. Thank you, Ken Block; we will never forget you!

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About the author: Dragos Chitulescu
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The things Dragos enjoys the most in life are, in no particular order: cars, motorcycles, diecast cars, and drifting. He's seen (and driven) many vehicles since he started his writing career back in 2009, but his garage currently houses a 1991 Mazda RX-7 FC3S Turbo II and a 1999 Suzuki SV650-S.
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