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Lia Meets Michelle Mouton: Ken Block Would Be Proud

My father was never into cars and motorcycles. One of my grandfathers used to work on tractors, while the other drove a coal truck for a living. I've often asked myself whether my kids will ever like the same things I do, but I'm mentally ready to support them in any hobby of their choosing.
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Almost one year has passed since Ken Block left this world due to an unfortunate snowmobile accident. He left a void in the hearts of many of us, even though most people have never met him in real life. One can only imagine how his loved ones must feel right now. In 2020, we saw him teaching his daughter, Lia, how to drift in the 1978 Ford Escort MK2 RS.

That's one excellent way to bond with your child. Fast forward to 2021, so about two years ago, she was ready to take on the Hoonicorn. We saw multiple episodes of her racing in the custom-built Ford Mustang against plenty of high-power vehicles. And it's been evident from the beginning that she is as talented and determined as her father was.

Although 15 years had gone by since the first Gymkhana video, Ken Block's career was still growing at a fast pace. And that's especially valid after announcing his new partnership with Audi. He gave the world one last thing to remember him by in October of last year. Closing down the streets of Las Vegas to shoot the Electrikhana in his new Hoonitron EV monster was epic by all standards.

And when he passed on, the whole world argued that Lia should get behind the wheel of Audi's latest creation. She certainly has all the skills required to keep it under control, although we can't expect her to be as accurate as Ken was just yet. After all, you need a lot of seat time to polish your skills, and she's still just 17 years old.

But the future is looking bright for the young race driver, as Audi has just published a video that might make even a grown man cry. Lia met Michelle Mouton, perhaps the most well-known and successful female driver. She became the first woman to win a World Rally Championship event in 1981. She was driving the Audi Quattro at the Rallye Sanremo in Italy. So, it's no coincidence that the German manufacturer chose the exact location to showcase their plans for the future. Old meets new, and the legacy continues.

Lia Block could become the next Michelle Mouton, just as the Hoonitron could be the first step toward an electric revolution in motorsports. If you connect all the dots, you can come up with many theories about how her career will take off from here on. Let's not forget she recently announced joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy. Audi will be entering F1 in 2026. So, are we three years away from seeing Lia Block on the official Formula One grid?

Ken raced in the World Rally Championship several times, but can you imagine how proud he would be to see her competing in the most significant racing series on Earth? I'll tell you this: if she doesn't decide to detach herself from motorsports at some point entirely, Lia Block might become a massive name in the industry within the next ten years. Is anyone else up for a new Gymkhana episode with her as the main star?

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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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