Ken Block's Fully Custom Can-Am Maverick Turbos

When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.
When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.
When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.
When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.
When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.
When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.
When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.

When it was announced earlier this year that HRD's Ken Block would become a brand ambassador for Can-AM, it was pretty obvious that the HHIC wouldn't keep his Maverick X RS Turbo and Maverick MAX RS Turbo stock for too long.

The two vehicles have two very distinct and separate purposes. Given that Block lives in Utah and has easy access to some of the most insane dirt terrain in America to play with, the focus of his two-door Maverick X RS Turbo was to build upon the speed and capabilities of the factory product and turn it up to 11 for some high-speed desert hoonage. Block had his team at Hoonigan Racing Division equip it with a custom Lonestar Racing roll cage, a Lonestar Racing long travel suspension kit, Dragonfire racing doors, Dragonfire Racing race steering wheel, Can-Am wide flares, Rigid Industries R46 lights, a Lonestar Racing brush guard, custom embroidered seats by Beard and last but not least, one-off custom beadlock fifteen52 Turbomac HD wheels wrapped in Toyo Tires. The end result? One of the freshest and fun to thrash two-door Maverick's on the planet.

For his four-door Maverick MAX RS Turbo, Block headed into a different direction. Knowing that he could make it street legal and register it to drive on the local roads of his hometown in Park City, Utah, Block hammered down in that direction. With the goal of creating something that was not only capable off-road, but of also running his kids to school or to shuttle friends up the mountains during mountain biking sessions, Block had the HRD team modify it with those goals in mind. The MAX RS Turbo received a Can-Am sport roof, doors and windscreen, as well as matching wide flares to his two-door. The four-door also features matching custom embroidered seats by Beard, a North Shore bike rack on back for his Specialized mountain bikes, Rigid Industries R46 lights, matching fifteen52 Turbomac HD wheels shod in Toyo Tires and a Lonestar Racing brush guard to complete the look.

"I'm super stoked on how these two builds turned out," said Block. "Can-Am has such an amazing platform from which to build with these things. The fact that they come turbo from the factory is a huge plus to me since it means I don't have to mess around with a ton of aftermarket engine stuff to have the speed and power that I want right out of the box. My team did a great job upgrading these though. I just wrapped a fun holiday down in Swingarm City, Utah, with my wife and kids and we all had a blast ripping around in the dirt with these. My kids in particular absolutely love getting some air time with me in the four-door MAX RS Turbo!"

Andreas Bakkerud Takes The All-New Ford Focus Rs Rx To The Final In Round 1 Of Its Debut In The World Rallycross Championship

Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.

MONTALEGRE, PORTUGAL — Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.

Bakkerud nabbed P3 in both of Sunday’s Qualifiers, which placed him on the front row of Semi-Final 2. After an intense 6 lap battle and some very strategic driving, Bakkerud finished the Semi-Final in 3rd place, advancing himself to the Final.

Starting on the back row of the final, Bakkerud fought his way as best he could to get to the front of the pack, eventually coming away with a 4th overall finish on the event and coming away from the weekend with 20 championship points, which puts him in a tie for 4th overall in the championship after one round.

“I’m extremely proud of Andreas and his driving this weekend,” said teammate and HRD team boss Ken Block. “Ford Performance and M-Sport have delivered us an incredible racecar in the Focus RS RX and while we are still very early in the program, Andreas has gone out there and proven that it’s a highly capable machine despite being so early along in the development process. We still need some time to do more testing, work on different setups and log more seat time, but so far, so good. While I didn’t have as strong of an outing as I would have liked due to some engine programming glitches on Saturday, it feels great to have our team overall still have a good weekend and to see the early capabilities of these new cars. We’re both really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel in three weeks at Hockenheim!”

While a recurring engine programming glitch that kept his throttle at 100% open when he’d let off the gas hijacked Block’s weekend, he still managed to demonstrate the potential of the new Focus RS RX by putting up both a second and third place Qualifying race finish over the course of the weekend. Unfortunately, Block missed the final due to having to run in the first group out during the Qualification 4 races when the track was the slowest—a result of slower qualifying times in the earlier Qualification races due to his programming glitch and slower track conditions.

Both Block and Bakkerud will now get ready for Round 2 of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking place in Hockenheim, Germany, the weekend of May 7th.

Hrd's All-New Ford Focus Rs Rx Makes Stellar Debut At World Rx Portugal

The first day of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship got off to a great start for Hoonigan Racing Division's Andreas Bakkerud and the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. Bakkerud piloted his Focus to the top of the leader board at the start of Open Practice today in Montelegre, Portugal, setting the fastest time of the 2-hour session for the majority of the session, eventually ending it third fastest overall.

Montalegre, Portugal: The first day of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship got off to a great start for Hoonigan Racing Division's Andreas Bakkerud and the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. Bakkerud piloted his Focus to the top of the leader board at the start of Open Practice today in Montelegre, Portugal, setting the fastest time of the 2-hour session for the majority of the session, eventually ending it third fastest overall.

Building on that "first" theme, Bakkerud went out and brought home a win in his Qualifying 1 race, the first-ever actual race competition that the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car has competed in, which is an impressive feat given how little seat time both he and Block have had in the brand new cars thus far.

Be sure to tune in to Sunday's racing in Portugal to see how both Andreas Bakkerud and Ken Block do in Round 1 of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Hoonigan Racing Division Debuts All-New 2016 Race Liveries By International Graffiti Artist Felipe Pantone

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.

MONTALEGRE, PORTUGAL — Known for his unique and distinct liveries, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone. The first livery is for Block’s all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that he’ll be using to compete in the full 2016 season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.  And, since Block now has a teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, that means a second Focus RS RX also receives a unique livery by Felipe Pantone as well.

“I’m really stoked that I was able to partner with Felipe Pantone on this,” said Block. “I’m a huge fan of Felipe’s work and I think it’s awesome that we were able to work together and have him create bespoke art in his signature style for us, that we were then able to translate to both new Ford Focus RS RX racecar, as well as on to Andreas’ car, but that also worked equally well for Hoonigan and my other partners on apparel and product.”

The Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone project is the first time that Block and Hoonigan have partnered with an independent artist on a race livery. Felipe Pantone designed and created eight separate pieces of art over the course of eight days at the Hoonigan Donut Garage in Long Beach, California. The original artworks were laid down on canvas with spray paint before being translated into the digital files used on the car liveries. The partnership with the internationally known graffiti artist brings an exclusive style to both Block and Bakkerud’s cars, as well as to Hoonigan’s associated apparel that’s launching alongside them. A mix of geometric patterns, bold colors and intricate fades, all of Pantone’s artwork is designed to convey speed and motion; perfect for racecar liveries.

“It was really exciting to work on this project,” said Pantone. “My work talks about speed, technology, and the times we are living in, all of which are embodied by the Hoonigan team.”

To see Block and Bakkerud’s new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross cars in action with their Felipe Pantone liveries, be sure to tune in to round 1 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking place this coming weekend in Montelegre, Portugal on Saturday April 16th and Sunday April 17th.

To view the entire Hoonigan by Felipe Pantone apparel line, be sure to check it out online at the Hoonigan web store: https://www.hoonigan.com/ken-block.html

Additionally, more products featuring the collaborative artwork will be available from other partners of Block, including DC Shoes, Wolfgang Man & Beast and SAXX.

And, to see Felipe Pantone’s latest artwork available for purchase: http://store.felipepantone.com/

Top Gear London Takeover!

Ken Block headed to London in his 1965 Fird Mustang Hoonicorn to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc
Ken Block headed to London in his 1965 Fird Mustang Hoonicorn to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc
Ken Block headed to London in his 1965 Fird Mustang Hoonicorn to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc
Ken Block headed to London in his 1965 Fird Mustang Hoonicorn to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc
Ken Block headed to London in his 1965 Fird Mustang Hoonicorn to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc
Ken Block headed to London in his 1965 Fird Mustang Hoonicorn to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc

This past week, HRD's Ken Block took to the streets in and around London to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with new presenter/host/good friend Matt LeBlanc. The plot? A tour of London in Block's 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR with Block driving and LeBlanc attempting to "navigate" while being driven around in full Gymkhana style.

Filming took place over four days with the first two being in central London, hitting locations like Tower Bridge, Westminster Square, past Big Ben, Canary Wharf and even by Buckingham Palace.

"The access that Top Gear scored us was amazing," said Block "never in a million years did I think I'd be able to drive my Hoonicorn through the streets of London. Los Angeles in Gymkhana SEVEN was incredible, but it's L.A. and they film things there all the time. To have streets locked down in central London? Incredible. The photos alone have looked amazing, I can't wait to see how the final film edit turns out."

In addition to central London, Block, LeBlanc and the Top Gear crew filmed scenes out at the local Ford plant in Dagenham, which is a suburb east of the city.

The segment is slated to air during the first half of the upcoming season of Top Gear, with air dates being listed soon.

Ken Block's 2016 Fia World Rallycross Competition Car Announced By Ford Performance

Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud - Ford Focus RS RX sideview
Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud - Ford Focus RS RX front view

MEDIA ALERT:::
The below press release was sent out by Ford Performance earlier today, helping announce the all new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Hoonigan Racing Division drivers Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud will be competing in during the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship season. Additionally, Block will be using this car for Gymkhana NINE, dropping later this year. For more details and information, check it out below.

Focus RS Confirmed by Ford Performance for Competition in 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship

  • Ford Focus RS will make its competition debut as Ford’s factory entry in 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship
  • Ken Blocks Hoonigan Racing Division will field two Focus RS race cars to build on the performance marque’s championship legacy
  • World Rallycross Championship race car based on all-new global 2016 Ford Focus RS featuring advanced Ford Performance torque vectoring all-wheel drive
  • Ken Block will be joined by Andreas Bakkerud as his teammate for 2016

DEARBORN, Michigan, March 2, 2016 – Ford’s RS competition legacy continues this season for a new generation of motorsports fans.

Teased at the conclusion of Ken Block’s Gymkhana EIGHT released earlier this week, Ford Performance confirms Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team will field two factory-supported 2016 Ford Focus RS race cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. 

“RS is a worldwide brand with a rich heritage that motorsports enthusiasts know and love,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Our RS badge has a natural connection to racing, and we have a passionate, dedicated team on the project. We’re excited to honor the history of Rallye Sport by pushing every aspect of performance and design to the limit.” 

For more than 50 years, Ford Performance’s Rallye Sport badge has been reserved for racing and production vehicles that push the limits of performance and innovation. Known for aggressive design and pioneering technology, Ford vehicles wearing the RS badge have seen success for decades in stage rally series including winning participation in FIA World Rally Championship with drivers like Björn Waldegård, Marcus Grönholm, Mikko Hirvonen and Colin McRae. 

The Focus RS build is a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division and U.K.-based M-Sport. Featuring all-wheel drive, a new EcoBoost® engine producing 600 horsepower, and a 0-60-mph launch time of less than two seconds, Ford Focus RS Rallycross cars are optimized for competition. 

Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance, says the intention has been to develop a Rallycross car that lives up to the RS badge. 

“We’ve dedicated the same level of cutting-edge tools, technical resources and engineering know-how from our Le Mans GT and NASCAR programs, and working with M-Sport brings renowned expertise in rallycross and stage rally vehicle development,” said Rushbrook. “Ken, Andreas Bakkerud and Hoonigan Racing give us insight from the competition and driver perspectives. Our three organizations have a great working relationship, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the Focus RS in action.” 

"I'm really happy to be expanding my relationship with Ford Performance," said Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block. "To have official factory support for my race season in 2016 and beyond as I enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship full-time is absolutely incredible. It opens up a ton of powerful resources that myself and my team will be able to benefit from in terms of engineering prowess, research, development and racing experience from different fields. Plus, have you seen the car that they've created for me to go race in? My mind was blown when they showed it to me in Dearborn a few months ago. I absolutely cannot wait to get behind the wheel and start testing." 

Malcolm Wilson, OBE, managing director for M-Sport, believes that together, they’ve produced a very special race car. “Working closely with our colleagues at Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division, a huge amount of work has gone into this project,” he said. “It’s been an extremely exciting, rewarding venture – one we hope yields considerable success. I’m confident we have a winning formula for the season ahead.” 

A Ford driven by Ford-Autocraft employee Brian Melia was at the birth of rallycross in February 1967 – his Lotus Cortina finishing second in the Lydden Hill event created especially for ITV’s “World of Sport”. The BBC adopted rallycross later that year and the sport’s future was assured, with the first British Rallycross Championship won by Tony Chappell in a factory-prepared Ford Escort Twin Cam in 1968. 

The Focus RS Rallycross cars will debut at the FIA World Rallycross event in Portugal, April 15-17, with Block and Bakkerud behind the wheel. The global 12-race series takes place in 11 countries on three continents. 

Additional information on the race cars and their development will be coming ahead of the Portugal race.

 

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Ken Block Debuts Gymkhana Eight: Ultimate Exotic Playground; Dubai

Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT

 

LOS ANGELES, CA — For the eighth installment in Ken Block’s 350+ million view Gymkhana viral video franchise, Block has taken his smoky, sideways driving style to his most exotic destination yet: Dubai!

Starring Block and an updated version of his world-famous Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rallycross car, Gymkhana EIGHT: Ultimate Exotic Playground; Dubai, is Block’s most cinematic film to-date. Block’s Fiesta also lights up the screen, literally, thanks to a unique, ultra reflective livery that was created specifically for Gymkhana EIGHT (Ultra Reflective Livery Reveal video here: https://youtu.be/8-UEF6OJOT4). It also marks only the second time in Gymkhana history that Block has filmed one of his videos outside of the United States, the first time being Gymkhana THREE when he visited a very unique racetrack in France.

“I realize it sounds cliché to say it, but this is probably my favorite Gymkhana thus far,” said Block. “When XDubai reached out to partner with me as a sponsor last season, one of the things they brought to the table was the ability for us to come and have carte blanche in terms of filming a Gymkhana video in Dubai. The offer was amazing since I had identified Dubai as a location where I’d like to film something a few years prior, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. The fact that we were able to shut down the Sheik Zayed Road for only the second time in the history of Dubai [the road is the main highway in Dubai and has only been fully shut down once previously, when President George W. Bush visited in 2008], have access to a fully shutdown airport runway with a 747 and to be able to film in Burj Park, which is part of the world’s tallest building [the Burj Khalifa] is absolutely awesome. Now would be a great time for me to be able to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the people of Dubai for letting us come and make this awesome video, so, thank you!”

Other features in the film include a Ford Raptor driving-on-two-wheels as an obstacle for Block, the entire Dubai Police Force’s Exotic Cars division on set at all times—and featured as an obstacle at one point—two Ford Performance-related “Easter Eggs,” within the video, a very special set of credits, and much, much more. Plus there’s even a special announcement and preview of a new project car for Ken at the absolute end.

Like the Gymkhana EIGHT, reflective “Stars & Stripes” pattern featured on Block’s Fiesta ST RX43?
Livery-inspired gear is now available at hoonigan.com, Zumiez, Tillys and other rad retailers.

Ken Block And New Partner, Toyo Tires, Announce: The Release Date Of Gymkhana Eight, Along With Presenting The Gymkhana Eight Livery Reveal Video

Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT livery revealed

 

For 2016, Ken Block is proud to announce a brand new, multi-year partnership with Toyo Tires. The debut with Block and Hoonigan Racing Division will be seen in just one week when the latest installment in Block’s 350+ million view Gymkhana viral video franchise, Gymkhana EIGHT drops on the Ford Performance YouTube channel, February 29th at 9 PM PST.

“I’m stoked to have Toyo Tires joining me in my ongoing quest to kill as many tires as possible,” said Block. “It’s an exciting partnership for me because I feel like everyone at Toyo Tires understands my mission to be competitive on-track, but to be able to take these amazing racecars and have fun with them off track—which for myself means smoky, sideways driving doing Gymkhana.”

To help introduce the new relationship to the automotive world, as well as debut Block’s all-new Ford Fiesta ST RX43 Gymkhana EIGHT livery, Toyo Tires has partnered with Hoonigan to produce and present Block’s livery reveal video. For Gymkhana EIGHT, Block and his team have created a highly unique, directionally reflective, black-on-black livery that changes looks depending on the angle at which it’s viewed, as well as how light is hitting it. The video serves to give fans their first official glimpse of Block’s Fiesta in Gymkhana EIGHT trim and how it changes looks in the light, but also their first official look of Block’s car equipped with Toyo tires.

“Gymkhana EIGHT is definitely one of my favorite projects that we’ve done so far,” said Block. “Part of what made the process so enjoyable for me was running on the Toyo Proxes R1R which provided good tire smoke, but really good mid-slide feel. They broke away very predictably and allowed me to pull off some pretty tricky maneuvers with confidence. I’m really looking forward to working on future product with Toyo Tires that’s built even more specifically for Gymkhana, but the off-the-shelf Proxes R1R performed awesome for this project.”

Ken Block’s Gymkhana EIGHT drops January 29th, be sure to tune in and watch Block smoke out [redacted] with his smoldering Toyo tires.

Like the Gymkhana EIGHT, reflective “Stars & Stripes” pattern featured on Block’s Fiesta ST RX43?
Livery-inspired gear is now available at hoonigan.com, Zumiez, Tillys and other rad retailers.

Ken Block Names Andreas Bakkerud As Driver #2 For 2016 World Rx Team

Andreas Bakkerud, current top FIA World Rallycross driver, will be joining the team for the 2016 World RX Championship, making it a two-car attack.

PARK CITY, UT, January 20th: Following up on Ken Block’s announcement last week that he’ll be heading to the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the 2016 race season, Hoonigan Racing Division and Block are now pleased to announce that the effort won’t just be a single car entry. Andreas Bakkerud, current top FIA World Rallycross driver, will be joining the team, making it a two-car attack.

A highly talented and experienced rallycross driver hailing from Norway, Bakkerud was Block’s first choice when it came to picking a second championship-capable driver to help anchor his efforts in World RX this year. Bakkerud has also raced behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta ST in the past, which makes him a valuable addition in the pursuit of the Supercar Team Championship title for Ford.

“I’m really excited that I’ve got Andreas [Bakkerud] joining me on my team this year for FIA World Rallycross,” said Block. “I chose Andreas because he’s damn good behind the wheel of a rallycross car and he’s proven that he can win races. He’s also got experience racing the Ford Fiesta ST chassis the last few seasons, which is important. I’m confident that with him on my team, we will be strong contenders for the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship.”

Despite having only been around the top level of World RX for three seasons, Bakkerud has racked up 5 overall wins and 11 podiums in that time. In addition to those results, earlier in his career he has taken 1st overall in the European Rallycross Championship in the Super1600 class in 2011 and 2012. He made the jump to Supercars in 2013, where he landed two 1st place finishes (Sweden and France) and finished 4th overall in the ERC. In 2014, Bakkerud continued to be a force in the FIA World Rallycross Championship Supercar series with wins in Great Britain and Turkey, finishing the season 5th overall. This past season, Bakkerud finished 4th overall in the championship, racking up a 1st place podium during the Italian round.

“YES! I’m really excited about the opportunity to race alongside Ken and his team—that happens to be one of the best motorsports teams in the world!” said Bakkerud. “I love racing rallycross and I’ve been able to have a few good seasons back-to-back. And the car? Ford Performance and M-Sport are building us one of the best cars to ever race rallycross. So, do I sound excited? Hell yeah!”

Bakkerud continues, "I think that working with Ken and his team in 2016 is really going to help me elevate my driving even further, plus I’ve always admired the way they handle exposing and marketing themselves both on and off event. I think this whole thing is an incredible opportunity not only for myself behind the wheel this year, but to learn and develop myself for the future as well. I can’t wait for the season to start! Thanks again Ken and team for this dream opportunity.”

Bakkerud will join Block on the starting grid at Portugal on April 16th and 17th, piloting the #13 Ford from Hoonigan Racing Division.

Ken Block And Ford Performance Announce Commitment To Fia World Rallycross For 2016 Race Season

KEN BLOCK AND FORD PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS FOR 2016 RACE SEASON

PARK CITY, UT — Hoonigan Racing Division, in conjunction with Ford Performance, is pleased to announce that professional rallycross driver, Gymkhana star and Head Hoonigan in Charge, Ken Block, will extend his factory partnership with Ford Performance to pursue the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

"For a big portion of my career I've maintained a mixed focus and kept a diverse race calendar, but now I'll be focusing myself fully on one single championship,” said Block. “I've been stoked with what my team and I have accomplished so far with my Ford Fiesta ST racecars and I'm excited to see what we'll be able to do next season with factory support. It's going to be a very exciting 2016 and I can't wait to get started. Thanks again to Ford for being an awesome partner.”

Block stands out as one of the top competitors in the world of rallycross and is among the winningest drivers in GRC, coming within five points of winning the 2014 championship. In 2015, Block scored three events wins, led the championship for 10 of the 12 rounds and was the leading points contributor in helping Ford secure its 5th GRC Manufacturers Championship.

In 2014, Block competed in his first World Rallycross round in Norway, where he celebrated a podium finish (3rd) in his maiden event. He then followed up with an appearance at the 2014 French round, finishing fourth overall and setting the fastest lap of the event. With his renewed partnership with Ford Performance, as well as their factory support, the team’s goal is to compete for a world title.

"I'm stoked to be able to compete for an FIA World Rallycross title!" said Block. "I've really enjoyed my past six years racing with Ford and to renew my relationship with them moving forward, as well as receiving an increased level of involvement from Ford Performance, to compete for a World Rallycross Championship, well, I couldn't be happier!”

“The past year we have been working hard to celebrate Ford Performance as a global brand serving enthusiasts with world-class products and motorsports fans with on-track success around the globe,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Performance. “In looking at the great success we’ve had with Fiesta ST in the Global Rallycross Championship—29 race wins and five manufacturers’ championships the past five years—everyone felt the time was right to take on a new challenge of the FIA World Rallycross Championship."

“Ken is more than a driver or a partner to us, he’s a member of the Ford Performance team. He continues to be an advocate for enthusiasts around the world and we engage him frequently in product and motorsports discussions,” Pericak added. “We know Ken’s team is the right one to help us pursue our goal of winning an FIA World Rallycross Championship title and tell the Ford Performance story. Ford and Ford Performance are global brands, just like Ken, so it’s a great match for all of us involved.”

Block and Ford Performance will begin their pursuit of a World Championship when the 2016 WorldRX race calendar kicks off in Portugal, April 16th and 17th. Be sure to tune in between now and then however, as there will be plenty more announcements in the near future.