“Electrification is a game changer, just like quattro all-wheel drive once was,” said Audi Sport managing director Julius Seebach. “With Ken Block, we’ve got exciting things in store that go perfectly with our strategy.” The 53-year-old rally driver appears to embrace the all-electric revolution as well although internal combustion was - and still is - central to his career.
“I love anything that makes me go faster. Electric cars can do that. And as far as sound goes, I have kids who don’t care about that,” declared Block. It’s a pity the youngsters don’t find internal combustion exciting from the standpoint of aural pleasure, but I understand the generational gap because I, for example, don’t find TikTok appealing. Who said, OK, boomer?
Jokes aside, Ken is right. Battery-electric vehicles are inherently quicker off the line because an electric motor generates torque much quicker than a twin-turbo LS or an ear-splitting V12. With the financial might of the Volkswagen Group and the engineering excellence of Porsche, the four-ringed automaker is certain to develop better electric vehicles in due time.
The RS e-tron GT is the range-topping Audi electric vehicle right now. Twinned with the Porsche Panamera on the J1 platform, the dual-motor sedan is capable of covering the quarter-mile in just under 11 seconds, fully stock. In other words, even the R8 supercar would lose a drag race against it.
From the USA to Germany, we are welcoming an iconic driver to the Audi family. Get ready for a new type of high performance.— Audi Sport (@audisport) September 21, 2021
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