A Challenging Weekend Of Highs And Lows At World Rx Belgium For Hoonigan Racing Division

Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.

METTET, BELGIUM: Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.

While neither driver made the podium (Block was taken out during his Semi Final race due to a mechanical issue that broke his steering, Bakkerud was put into a tire barrier during the Final and also suffered a mechanical after that) both came away in much better shape pace-wise than their previous two races, finishing Qualifying in 4th (Andreas) and 6th (Block) overall.

“This was a tough weekend for us,” said Block. “We came into this track knowing it was a challenging circuit for our car setups and despite that, both Andreas [Bakkerud] and I managed some good results. I’m definitely disappointed that I lost my steering in the Semi Final, as I was on pace and in position to make it into the Final.”

Block continued, “I’m also disappointed for Andreas, he had a great start in the Final but got taken out after some high-speed contact going into a turn which put him onto a trajectory directly into a tire barrier with a heavy side impact. Definitely not the weekend we were looking for! But, we showed quick pace and we’ll be back and ready to for the next round.”

The next round of World RX for HRD is Round 5 of the World RX championship, in Lydden Hill, United Kingdom, May 27th and 28th.

Great Race Weekend For Hoonigan Racing As Bakkerud Takes 3rd In The Opening Round Of The 2017 World Rx Season In Barcelona With His Ford Focus Rs Rx

Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.

BARCELONA, SPAIN, APRIL 2, 2017

  • First round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship
  • Last year was the first-ever year for Hoonigan Racing Division in the World RX Championship and was a complete development year for a brand-new racecar and chassis
  • HRD spent a lot of time in the off-season testing and developing the Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car with the help of Ford Performance and M-Sport
  • Both Block and Bakkerud showed fast pace from the start of the race — in Q1 Block won his race and was 2nd in the overall Qualifier, Bakkerud was in that same Q1 race with Block, finished third and was 5th overall in the Qualifier
  • Block went into the Q2 session sitting second-fastest overall
  • In Q2 both HRD drivers suffered bad luck because of a torrential downpour. Bakkerud was sent off track in turn 1 and into a wall, severely damaging his car and leaving him unable to finish the race, Block (along with the rest of the top qualifiers from Q1) had a slow overall qualifying time due to the slick conditions
  • Sunday saw both drivers bounce back, Bakkerud won his Q3 race, both drivers qualified for the first Semi-Finals of the season
  • Block finished his Semi-Final in 4th place — just narrowly missing the Final by one spot due to another competitor mechanically breaking in front of him and blocking him temporarily
  • Bakkerud took 2nd in his Semi-Final and advanced to the Final, where he finished the event 3rd overall
  • Bakkerud now sits 3rd overall in the Driver Championship with 22 points (Block sits 9th with 11 points)
  • Hoonigan Racing Division now sits 3rd overall in the Team Championship with 33 points total (PSVW and EKS are tied with 40 points each for 1st and 2nd)

“I’m really happy with our results this weekend,” said Block. “I obviously had the pace to do a lot better and know I would have if not for that heavy rain that slowed us all down on Saturday in that Q2 race. But, despite that, I made it into the Semi-Finals, which is way ahead of where we were with my setup at the start of last season. And for Andreas to get knocked out of his Q2 race and have his car repaired overnight to then come out and make it onto the podium today? Awesome! I’m really proud of both Andreas and my Hoonigan Racing Division mechanics, those guys did great work to help put Andreas up on that podium today. Now it’s on to Round 2 in Portugal where hopefully I have my same pace and some slightly better weather!”

The next race for HRD is Round 2 of the World RX championship, in Montelegre, Portugal, April 22nd and 23rd.

Ford Performance Presents Hoonigan Racing Division’S All-New 2017 Liveries Designed By Artist Death Spray Custom

With the World RX race season opener this coming weekend in Barcelona, Spain, Hoonigan Racing debuts its newest liveries for the team of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud and their Ford Performance Focus RS RX rallycross cars, designed in collaboration with U.K. artist David Gwyther—who is better known as Death Spray Custom and known for his multi-disciplined art work—Block and Bakkerud’s new liveries harness the look of intense energy (via bolts) while combining a 3D element to the pattern.
With the World RX race season opener this coming weekend in Barcelona, Spain, Hoonigan Racing debuts its newest liveries for the team of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud and their Ford Performance Focus RS RX rallycross cars, designed in collaboration with U.K. artist David Gwyther—who is better known as Death Spray Custom and known for his multi-disciplined art work—Block and Bakkerud’s new liveries harness the look of intense energy (via bolts) while combining a 3D element to the pattern.

BARCELONA, SPAIN, MARCH 28, 2016 — With the World RX race season opener this coming weekend in Barcelona, Spain, Hoonigan Racing debuts its newest liveries for the team of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud and their Ford Performance Focus RS RX rallycross cars, designed in collaboration with U.K. artist David Gwyther—who is better known as Death Spray Custom and known for his multi-disciplined art work—Block and Bakkerud’s new liveries harness the look of intense energy (via bolts) while combining a 3D element to the pattern.

In addition to the livery development work, Death Spray Custom also created all-new name and number lockups for both drivers, as well as new takes on established and well-known Hoonigan sayings “Kill All Tires,” and “Ain’t Care,” in addition to an all-new Hoonigan logo for placement on the cars.

“Every year, we here at Hoonigan Racing and Hoonigan Industries try and make the best racecar liveries in the world of motorsports,” said Block. “We’ve been able to keep it moving forward with what we do and we’re always trying to align our liveries with amazing graphics and artists so that it translates in a dope way to become a visually appealing and unique looking racecar on the track—and therefore will make fresh apparel with Hoonigan, and other awesome products with our other partners."

Block continued, "I’ve been a fan of David’s [Death Spray Custom] work for some time and I’m stoked that we were able to work together on this year’s livery. It’s great to have him be a part of our collective history as a race team.” 

“I misspent my youth by being crammed in the back of an early Ford Escort, chasing rally stages all over the UK,” said Death Spray Custom. “In 2017 it seemed fitting to misspend my time with Ken Block and the Hoonigan team.” 

To see the new liveries—and both Block and Bakkerud—in action, be sure to tune in to Round 1 of the 2017 World RX championship season, taking place this coming weekend, April 2nd, in Barcelona, Spain. Streaming exclusively on Ford Performance Facebook (www.facebook.com/FordPerformance/) for US-based fans and on www.fiaworldrallycross.com/live for the rest of the world.

For those who enjoy the new 2017 livery, select partners of Block will be offering gear and apparel that incorporates the designs (Hoonigan, Wolfgang Man and Beast, etc.) very soon.

Testing, Testing, 123

FIA World RX 2017 pre-season testing of the Focus RS RX
FIA World RX 2017 pre-season testing of the Focus RS RX

The lead up into the 2017 World Rallycross season has been a long one for both Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud. While last year they started the season in an all-new car (the Ford Focus RS RX), they were unfortunately limited to just one single test prior to the start of the season and then had only one test later as the year went on. This meant that effectively they were testing publicly by racing, a tough thing to deal with during a development year with an all-new car. In spite of that and a few hiccups along the way, the team had a great season including Bakkerud finishing the championship 3rd overall.

This year has been a different story. The HRD duo have been hard at work with the team packing in multiple tests on two different continents in order to have both Focus RS RX rallycross cars as sorted as possible for Round One in Barcelona. They’ve tested in the wet, on dry tarmac, in gravel and have been focusd on their starts, all in the name of squeezing every last ounce of performance out of the cars as possible. Ford Performance, M-Sport and Hoonigan Racing Division have all been equally hard at work to improve the cars for the 2017 championship run. Both drivers feel very confident about their new and improved “offices” and will be gunning for the top spots in each race this year.

#Bakkerudlife, Andreas Bakkerud’S New Vlog

For fans of Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud, #13 now has a weekly video blog (vlog) that he’s making just for you, the fans. Documenting not just his racing life, but his time away from the track as well as travels, his other motorsport adventures and of course, his snacks (because he wouldn’t be “Snakkerud” without some snacking)! #Bakkerudlife gives fans the behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be not just Andreas Bakkerud, but also Ken Block’s teammate on Hoonigan Racing Division.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel to follow along as Bakkerud documents his entire 2017 season.

Andreas Bakkerud Finishes 2016 Fia World Rallycross Championship Season Third Overall In Debut Season Of Ford Focus Rsrx

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud was honored last weekend in Vienna, Switzerland, during the 2016 FIA Awards Ceremony dinner. Bakkerud finished third overall in the 2016 World Rallycross Championship, securing the placement by winning the final round of the race calendar only a weekend earlier in Rosario, Argentina.

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud was honored last weekend in Vienna, Switzerland, during the 2016 FIA Awards Ceremony dinner. Bakkerud finished third overall in the 2016 World Rallycross Championship, securing the placement by winning the final round of the race calendar only a weekend earlier in Rosario, Argentina.

The win in Argentina was crucial in Bakkerud’s fight to finish the season third overall. A continuous battle the entire season, he fought hard and drove well all season to enable himself to be in a position to finish the year strong.

Going into the race weekend, only 11 championship points were separating three different drivers fighting for 2nd and 3rd overall. The fight between Bakkerud, last year’s Champion Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson was decided first in the Semi-Finals of Argentina when some bad luck ended Solberg’s chances of advancing to the Final, and then in the Final with Bakkerud finishing the race 1st and Kristofferson 2nd. This put Kristoffersson in 2nd overall for the Championship and Bakkerud tied in points for 3rd with Solberg. But, because Bakkerud won more races than Solberg (3 wins to 2) the tie went to Andreas and thus he took 3rd overall in the Championship.

The placement is impressive on its own, but more so when one considers that 2016 was just the debut season for the racecar that Bakkerud piloted to the podium of the championship: the Ford Focus RS RX—a vehicle that had only had one proper race track test prior to entering Round 1 this year. With three race wins and four other podiums, Bakkerud and his teammate/team boss, Ken Block, proved that the car was competitive right away.

“As his teammate and team boss, I couldn’t be happier for Andreas,” said Block. “What he was able to do with our brand new, barely tested racecar is unbelievably impressive. It’s a testament not only to his driving ability, but also to the engineering prowess that Ford Performance had when designing the Focus RS RX for us to go racing in this season. We were starting from a very challenging place this year, going against competition that had established programs, vehicles and track knowledge in this series. With the help of Ford Performance, M-Sport, my team and of course, Andreas, we were able to prove that we’re serious contenders in this Championship already and we’re only going to improve and get better as we continue. Andreas has made all of us at Hoonigan Racing Division extremely proud this season and I speak for all of us when I say we’re stoked that he was able to represent us so well in Switzerland when gathering his award. With a bit of luck, I’m hopeful that both of us will be there next December!”

Andreas Bakkerud Wins World Rx Argentina And Secures Third Overall In The 2016 Championship!

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!

The hyper-talented young Norwegian had a solid weekend in Argentina. He finished Q1 on Saturday sitting 4th overall, which set him up well for Q2. Q2 traditionally would have been immediately following Q1 on Saturday, but due to excessive rainstorms in Argentina on Saturday afternoon, Q2 racing was held on Sunday. Bakkerud didn’t let the slight change phase him however, moving up a notch after Q2 racing on Sunday morning into 3rd place overall. Q3 saw him hold that position and then he moved up a notch again after Q4 into 2nd overall.

That 2nd overall out of Q4 set Bakkerud up for P1 on the Grid for Semi-Final 2, which he won, which then set him up for P1 in the Final. Bakkerud got off the line first and straight into the first corner, nabbing the Monster Energy Supercharge award in the process—his first of the season. From there Bakkerud drove perfectly, leading the entire final and bringing home his third overall race win of the season.

“I’m beyond stoked with what Andreas achieved today here in Argentina,” said team boss and teammate Ken Block. “When we started this season with Andreas, we knew he could drive but we also knew it was a development year for us because we had a brand new racecar that had minimal testing. But Andreas has proven that this Ford Focus RS RX has a ton of potential by winning his third race this season with it and in doing so, he also secured third place overall in the 2016 championship! This is WAY beyond our expectations for this car at this point. As his boss, I’m ecstatic and as his teammate I’m equally stoked for him! It’s time to celebrate his accomplishments and then start getting ready to do this all over again in 2017.”

Bakkerud’s team boss and teammate, Ken Block, didn’t have the same fortune as Bakkerud in Argentina. While putting down quick times and winning his race in Q1, he finishing Saturday in 6th overall. Sunday morning he was 3rd fastest in practice, but he ended up being pushed wide in a turn during Q2 and forced into mud from the rains the day prior. While he got out of it eventually, the time that he lost cost him the remainder of the event, setting him up for bad Grid placements and slow Qualifying races.With the 2016 season now brought to a close, both Block and Bakkerud, as well as the entire Hoonigan Racing Division, turn their focus to getting ready for the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, which kicks off March 31st, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Toyo Tires And Ken Block Announce Climbkhana, The All-New Video Series From Block And Hoonigan

Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.

Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.

“Climbkhana is the next generation of the Gymkhana series,” says Block. “I’ve long wanted to extend Gymkhana beyond the backdrops it has been living in. As a rally-driver, I have always wanted to mix what I do in the films with stage roads. During a race, I’m focused on being fast and clean through the road, but Climbkhana gives me an outlet to let it all hang out and run it sideways, plus add some additional obstacles along the way. And what better roads than hill climbs, which are essentially uphill stages. And what better Hill Climb to start with than the famous Pikes Peak! Which also happens to be the setting for one of my favorite automotive films, Climb Dance with Ari Vatanen.”

Ken Block’s Hoonigan Media Machine began filming the project this fall at Historic Pikes Peak. Joining Gymkhana creative veteran and Hoonigan’s own Brian Scotto for director duties is Jeff Zwart, a man almost synonymous with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The commercial director, known best for his work with Porsche through RadicalMedia, also holds 3 records and 8 class wins over the 15 times he has raced up the Colorado mountain. The film will be released in Summer 2017.

The announcement of Climbkhana also serves as the launching platform for Toyo’s Proxes R888R tire, which as of today is now available in the U.S. for the first time ever. Specially crafted in advance for Block and his Hoonicorn V2, the 1,400 horsepower machine now sports 295/35/18 Toyo Proxes R888R tires at all four corners, providing Block with the enhanced grip and stability he needs when sliding that much power around famous curves at Pikes Peak like Ari Vatanen while simultaneously providing Block with the tire smoke that he craves when doing power slides and Gymkhana-style maneuvers on the mountain.

Watch the Climbkhana trailer today on Toyo Tires YouTube channel, as well as on the Toyo Tires Facebook page.: facebook.com/ToyoTires

Andreas Bakkerud Takes Third In World Rx Germany Ii

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.

BUXTEHUDE, GERMANY — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.

The young Norwegian had a strong weekend overall, being in the top five for pace throughout Saturday’s Q1 and Q2 racing sessions. Heading into Sunday’s Q3 session sitting 4th overall, Bakkerud was set up in a good position to advance onward. However, in Q4, Bakkerud suffered a broken a rear toe link on the first lap of the race, leaving him to drive with three normal wheels and one very unpredictable and broken passenger-side rear wheel. Despite the difficulty—including tapping a few barriers on his way around the circuit due to the mechanical issue—Bakkerud managed to win his Q4 race. Due to the issue however, his overall time suffered, dropping him into P7 heading into the Semi Finals.

For Bakkerud’s teammate and team boss, Ken Block, the weekend was a bit more challenging. Block won his Q1 race on Saturday, despite tricky and slippery conditions that persisted all day. This win initially placed him P7 in the field of 27 entries. However, a bad launch in Q2 cost him a few places and he finished Saturday sitting just within the top 12 at P12. Sunday saw Block hold onto that P12 overall position through his Q3 and Q4 races, placing him into Semi Final 2. However, due to contact with fellow Ford driver Janis Baumanis during the first lap, Block suffered a broken suspension and was forced to retire for the day.

Semi Final 1 saw Bakkerud navigate his way through a tricky group of 5 other drivers and nab a 3rd overall finish, advancing him to the last row of the Final. In the Final, Bakkerud had a great start and managed to weave himself up into P3 midway through turn 1—a notoriously difficult corner at Estering. Despite losing cosmetic pieces of his car and dealing with a leaking exhaust that filled his Ford Focus RS RX with smoke and fumes from lap 1 onward, the Norweigan managed to hold on to that 3rd overall standing all the way across the finish line.

“That was a pretty crazy Final for me,” said Bakkerud. “I managed to get myself from the back of the grid into third and hold on to it the entire race, but it was really, really hard because the car was filling with exhaust and smoke the entire time! I ran out of the car the second I crossed the finish line because I couldn't really breathe, but I wasn’t about to pull over and stop until then! I’m really happy with this finish and it means I’m still technically in the hunt for third overall in the championship. One more race to go in Argentina!”

For both Hoonigan Racing Division drivers there’s one round left in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, November 26th and 27th in Argentina. Be sure to tune in and see if Bakkerud is able to secure third overall in the 2016 season.

Hoonigan, Ken Block And Toyo Tires Announce Updated (Twin Turbo!!) Hoonicorn Rtr For An All-New Video Project

Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.

PARK CITY, UTAH — Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.

Dubbed Hoonicorn V2, Block’s updated Mustang now features a fully custom twin-turbo setup that’s force-feeding 21 pounds of boost into a 410 cubic inch (6.7 liter) methanol motor. The end result? 1,400 horsepower at the crank that is then sent to all four wheels in an effort to vaporize Block’s Toyo tires instantly.

“We got approval for a new video concept using the Hoonicorn, but I needed more power for what I needed it to do,” said Block. “So, I developed the concept for the general idea of what I wanted— two turbos sticking out the hood—and handed that over to my team. They came back with a functional way to make that happen and added methanol to get the setup to produce the power that I wanted. We ended up with 1,400 horsepower! Ha, so they may have over delivered a bit—and I’m happy about that!"

Block continues; "When I say that this is the absolute most frightening thing I’ve ever driven, I’m not exaggerating. AT ALL. The motor revs and spins my Toyo tires to destruction so quickly that I can’t change the gears fast enough. It’s genuinely a mind-numbing, crazy experience to try to drive this thing. It’s amazing."

In addition to updating the engine setup in the Hoonicorn, Block and Hoonigan also updated the livery of the vehicle for Block’s all-new video project. Featuring an adaptation of the ever-popular “stars and stripes” theme that originally debuted on Block’s MkII Ford Escort that’s been mixed with a reflective pattern (similar to that seen on Block’s Ford Fiesta RX43 in Gymkhana EIGHT) on top of a gray-to-black fade of the base color from nose to tail. The new look for Hoonicorn V2 is as in-your-face as it gets. New Hoonigan gear will be available soon, inspired by this livery.

So, just what project will Block be using this updated 1,400 horsepower beast in? To find out, make sure to tune in to the Toyo Tires YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/toyotires) on October 18th for a sneak peek.