Castrol Footkhana Trailer: Neymar Jr. V Ken Block

With rumors flying that there's a new Gymkhana video dropping on April 22nd, 2014, Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block has decided to comment on the rumors himself. The project, called Footkhana, isn't actually Gymkhana SEVEN, but instead, a collaboration piece from Castrol, combining one of the most popular sports on the planet (football, or, as it's known in America, soccer) with the most popular driving video series of all time (Block's Gymkhana franchise).

Block's partner for this video is global football sensation Neymar Jr., who is regarded as one of the best players on the planet and a perfect partner for going head-to-head in this video of foot skills versus car skills.

"Yes, I do have a Gymkhana-style video dropping on Tuesday next week," said Block. "We worked with one of the best football strikers in the world, Mr. Neymar Jr., so I had my work cut out for me. But, I was up to the challenge and did some accuracy placement stuff with the car and my driving lines where I was hitting the footballs into the net. That was actually a fun and new concept for me. I really think the fans will enjoy it."

Can't wait until Tuesday, April 22nd, to see the full video? Whet your appetite with this short trailer on Castrol's YouTube page showcasing some of both Neymar Jr.'s and Block's moves:

All-Access: Hrd_Hq Tours With Miller Motorsports Park

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Despite not being open to the general public, your dreams of being able to go and check out the Hoonigan Racing Division headquarters of the HHIC (Head Hoonigan in Charge), Ken Block, may actually be able to come true now. For the first time ever, Block is opening the doors of his personal race shop to select fans so that they can check out his world headquarters, brag to their friends about having made it inside the coolest motorsports workshop on the planet and, if they're lucky, catching a glimpse of his Ford Fiesta ST racecars up close—assuming they're not out being raced! The catch? There's only one way: buy a Ford Focus ST or Fiesta ST and do the all-new ST Octane Academy driving program at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

The ST Octane Academy driving program at MMP is complimentary to all consumers who purchase a Focus ST or Fiesta ST from their Ford Dealer (buyers are on the hook for their own transportation to and from the school and for hotels/lining up sofas to crash on however). It's a two-day event that kicks off with the opening reception at HRD_HQ, which, if he's in town and available, Block himself has been known to swing by. The following day participants participate in: 30 minutes of classroom teaching, skid car exercises, braking exercises, forward/reverse 180s and parking box tricks, an "UrbanX" practice session followed by a timed UrbanX course competition, three variations of on-track driving (lead-and-follow, instructor ride-along, hot laps with an instructor driving) and, to top it all off, an end-of-day kart race amongst the others in your session.

For more information on the ST Octane Acadamey (or to register so that you too can gain access to the HRD_HQ), visit here: http://www.stoctaneacademy.com/register-now.html

Ken Block's Ford Raptortrax Goes On Video Mission For Its Backcountry Debut At Baldface Mountain

Ken Block’s Ford RaptorTRAX, aka the world’s fastest snow cat, made its backcountry debut last week with a trip to the Baldface Lodge in Nelson, BC, Canada. Over four days, Block and two of his Monster Energy teammates (pro snowboarders Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss) used the RaptorTRAX to its full capabilities by shuttling across ridges, blasting down the mountain’s powdery faces, breaking out the built-in grill/cooler/sound system for lunch, and towing the riders across the mountain’s trail network - usually only accessible via snow cat or snowmobile - to prove the truck’s status as the world’s fastest snow cat.

Look for a full video edit (via Monster Energy), a full line of RaptorTRAX-inspired gear by Hoonigan, as well as articles from Transworld Snowboarding and Road and Track - all coming out Fall 2014. For now, enjoy the photos above, and see more photos + videos from the trip at Ken’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Ken Block And Alex Gelsomino Win 100 Acre Wood For The 7th Time!

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino have now won for the 7th time at Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.

 

Being HRD’s first competitive event of the 2014, the stage rally duo came out fully prepared and ready to do battle at the second round of the Rally America championship. And, two days of practice in Missouri leading into the event paid off, as Block and Gelsomino dominated from the start during Friday’s Day 1 stages, winning five of eight stages that day, which set themselves up for Saturday’s Day 2 stages with a 20.6 second lead.

 

Day 2 saw the pair take to the stages ready to fight and build upon their lead. However, their top competitor, David Higgins, blew his motor on that same stage, retiring from the rally and leaving Block and Gelsomino to back off on their attack and win the rally essentially uncontested.

 

“We had an great event,” said Block. “From the start, our Ford Fiesta HFHV felt great and ran strong. We had the setup dialed in from testing and our notes were clean. I’m bummed that David [Higgins] had to retire due to engine problems, because I was enjoying the battle with him. Still though, it feels awesome to come back here and win for the 7th time in my career, I can’t wait to come back and try to win for the 8th time next year!”

 

Block’s win this weekend marks his seventh win in eight starts at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, making him the most winning driver at the event in Rally America history. Block’s next competitive event will take place at GRC Barbados, taking place the weekend of May 17th. In the meantime, be sure to follow along with his day-to-day activities and training on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

100 Acre Wood Day One: Block Back On Top

Kicking off his 2014 race season with a favorite event, Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, HRD’s Ken Block charged hard on day one of the event. His first time back racing a stage rally since his championship-ending crash last year at the Lake Superior Performance Rally, Block demonstrated excellent form, winning three of four stages before the first service (and getting a tie on one), as well as winning two of the four night stages. He finished the day 1st overall with a 20.6 second lead over first place and a commanding 1:06 lead over third, setting himself up nicely for Saturday’s day two stages.

“I’m very pleased with how things went for me today,” said Block. “It’s my first time back doing stage rally since that big off I had last season, so it feels great to sort of exorcise those demons and put down fast times here today. I’ve always loved these roads and done well here, so I feel like I’m back in a normal rhythm and my Ford Fiesta HFHV ran amazing all day. I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and trying to open up some more time on the rest of the competition.”

To see if Block expands on his lead and earns his 7th win at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, follow along here, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Ken Block Debuts His All-New Livery And Announces His 2014 Race Schedule.

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Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is proud to debut his 2014 livery and announce his full race schedule for the year.

“I’m stoked with how the new liveries for my Ford Fiestas have turned out, as well as the race schedule we’ve been able to put together for 2014,” said Block. “Once again I’ve been fortunate enough to put together a highly diverse schedule that has me going around the world. I’m competing in the full Global RallyCross Championship, doing a handful of Rally America events, competing in a WRC round in Spain, doing the Monza Rally Sprint for the first time ever with Valentino Rossi as a teammate, returning to the Monster Energy Gymkhana GRID finale in Madrid, heading back to Japan to do more Gymkhana demos and, most interestingly, racing in three of the World RallyCross Championship rounds for the first time ever. I’m pretty sure nobody has a better job than me this year!”

In addition to having an action-packed year planned, Block has once again reinvented his race look for the 2014 season with a graphics package that will be incorporated across a full line of signature product including apparel from Hoonigan, sunglasses from SPY and RC cars from HPI.

“Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before,” said Block. “Luckily, I think we were able to do it once again. This year’s livery mixes animal pattern and 8-bit, which I love. We’ve come up with a sort of digital zebra graphic that I think is awesome and also brings me back into that familiar black and white color scheme I had starting back in 2010. I think the fans are going to enjoy this look.”

To catch Block and his all-new livery in action, be sure to follow along this coming weekend as he takes part in Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, where Block will be looking to reignite his winning streak for that event.

Block’s 2014 schedule:

Global RallyCross Championship:
-    GRC Barbados: 5/18/14
-    GRC X Games Austin: 6/17/14
-    GRC Washington D.C.: 6/22/14
-    GRC New York: 7/20/14
-    GRC Charlotte: 7/26/14
-    GRC Detroit: 8/3/14
-    GRC Daytona: 8/23/14
-    GRC Los Angeles: 9/20/14
-    GRC Seattle: 9/27/14
-    GRC Las Vegas: 11/5/14

Stage Rally:
-    Rally America Rally in the 100 Acre Wood: 2/21-22
-    Rally America Suesquehannock Trail Performance Rally: 5/30-31
-    WRC Spain: 10/24-26
-    Monza Rally Show: 11/22-24

World RallyCross Championship:
-    WRxC Norway: 6/14-15
-    WRxC France: 9/6-7
-    WRxC Turkey: 10/11-12

Gymkhana demos:
-    Japan: 7/5-6
-    Gymkhana GRID, Madrid: 11/1-2

Ken Block’S 2013 Season Recap And Brutal In-Car Footage Of His Rally America Championship Title Ending Crash.

 

2013 was a hugely successful race season for Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block, a driver who happened to have the most diverse and interesting racing schedule of last year. Some of his top moments are listed below.

2013 season highlights included:
-    2nd overall in the Rally America Championship
-    3rd overall in his second full season of the Global RallyCross Championship
-    The most GRC heat wins (11 out of a possible 13) out of any driver
-    Winning the GRC finale in Las Vegas, NV
-    Being the fastest average qualifier in GRC with an average 3.25 seeding position
-    Qualifying fastest overally 4 out of 9 possible times
-    Winning Silver at Global X Games RallyCross Spain
-    Finishing 7th overall at WRC Mexico, Block’s only WRC event of 2013 and for which he had zero WRC testing and practice prior
-    Debuting Gymkhana SIX, which has racked up more than 17 million views since it debuted in November
-    Performing successful Gymkhana demos in Australia, South Korea, Japan and Spain
-    Introducing Gymkhana GRID as an X Games medal competition at Summer X Games in Los Angeles
-    Given the “Automotive Inspiration” award for 2013 by the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, CA
-    Taking home two “Golden Pencil” marketing awards from The One Club for Gymkhana FIVE
-    Appearing on Ford’s driver search TV show, “Octane Academy”

Now, in preparation for the start of his 2014 race season, Block has released a video that shows and explains how he ended up 2nd overall in the Rally America Championship, after his chase at the title came to an abrupt, and brutal, end back in October at the final event, the Lake Superior Performance Rally.

Due to two simple letters (“in”) missing in his pace notes on one of the final stages of the event, Block and Gelsomino ended up cart wheeling down one of the final stages of the season, end over end, before coming to a stop against a tree. The missing “in” allowed Block to go slightly wide around a very safe looking corner where his rear wheel went into the weeds and got caught up on a small clump of dirt, sending the Ford Fiesta HFHV into the air. While the crash was violent, the pair were fortunate to walk away from the championship-ending incident with minimal injury.

“This video is a tough one for me to watch,” said Block. “On the one hand, I’m proud of the fact that even after going through such a brutal crash, my first instinct was to try and get the car started again and press on. On the other, I’m still bummed that we were so close to winning the championship and that we lost it in such a spectacular fashion. At the end of the day though, I’m grateful that the car did the job it was supposed to do and that I get to continue racing.”

Block and Gelsomino’s run at the Rally America championship will have to wait another year however. While the duo will be making their first competitive appearance of 2014 together at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, Missouri—an event they’ve won six times previously—they’re unable to contest the entire season due to schedule conflicts with other race events.

For details on Block’s race schedule for 2014, as well as seeing the debut of his all-new livery, stay tuned, as he’ll be dropping both on February 17th.

Ken Block Introduces His New Ford F-150 Raptortrax

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Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has an all-new project: his Ford F150 RaptorTRAX, the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle. Block’s RaptorTRAX also happens to be the world’s fastest snowcat for backcountry snowboarding and will star in an upcoming video to be released Winter 2014/15.

“This project is something I’ve had in my head for awhile now,” said Block. “I absolutely love my daily driver Ford Raptor, especially since I live out here in the mountains of Park City, so to build out this mountain assault vehicle with a Raptor as the base platform made total sense to me. It’s an absolute beast of a machine and I’m stoked with how it’s turned out. Next up is for me to take it deep into the backcountry ASAP to help me and some friends slay some powder on our snowboards.”

Built from a Ford F150 Raptor pickup truck by Special Vehicle Concepts in California, the truck features snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music on-site and plenty of exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way, the RaptorTRAX is purpose-built to be the best tool possible for reaching serious backcountry powder.

In addition to the things that help make it the best for a day of riding, the RaptorTRAX has performance to back up the looks. Featuring a Whipple supercharged 6.2L V8, a full roll cage, Recaro seating and four burly Mattracks, there’s not much that can stand in its way on the mountain.

Like what you see? Stay tuned for the RaptorTRAX in action in a full video later this year, winter 2014/2015. If you can’t wait that long, you can also see it on display at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, later this week with Monster Energy.

Ken Block Dominates Global Rallycross Las Vegas!

Hoonigan Racing Division driver Ken Block capped off his insanely busy SEMA week with a dominant win at the final round of the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship, GRC Las Vegas. The win also secures Block as third overall in the 2013 Championship standings.

Having qualified third and putting down the fastest lap of the day during Wednesday’s day one heats, Block entered Thursday’s day two heats and final feeling confident and seeking redemption for last year’s GRC Las Vegas (Block was leading the final last year when his car caught fire, forcing him out of the race). And, redemption was found. Block won his second round heat, beating out DC Shoes teammate Travis Pastrana to earn himself a first row spot for the final.

In the final, Block put down a great launch going into turn one in second place behind fellow Ford driver Tanner Foust. Unfortunately for Foust, he had jumped the start and had to pull into the penalty box, allowing Block to race by and take the lead. From there, Block continued to open up his gap on the remainder of the field, all the way to the checkered flag.

“I’m stoked with this result,” said Block. “All season I’ve been plagued by terrible luck and finally, here in Las Vegas, it all came together. I drove well today, my team did an amazing job with my Ford Fiesta ST RX43 and my luck held up. I put down great times in practice and managed to win both of my heats. To be able to win the final race of the year, secure third overall in the championship and go out on a high-note is an incredible feeling. I’d really like to thank all of my fans and sponsors for their support this season as well. I know there have been some ups and downs, but we’re ending the year on a major up!”

With the win in Las Vegas, Block’s 2013 competitive schedule comes to a close. Block’s next big event is the global debut of his Gymkhana SIX YouTube video, being launched November 11th at 6 AM PST via the Need For Speed YouTube channel.

Ken Block Debuts Gymkhana Six

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Hoonigan Racing Division is pleased to announce the release of Ken Block’s Gymkhana SIX today. Presented by the video game Need For Speed Rivals, as well as GoPro and Hoonigan, Need For Speed: Ken Block’s Gymkhana SIX – Ultimate Gymkhana GRID Course is the latest installment in Block’s Gymkhana series of YouTube driving videos.


Below you’ll find the official press release from Need For Speed Rivals.

NEED FOR SPEED RACING ADVISOR AND YOUTUBE SENSATION KEN BLOCK PRESENT GYMKHANA SIX: ULTIMATE GYMKHANA GRID COURSE

Witness Jaw Dropping Car Stunts with an Added Videogame Twist in the Newest Installment of the Record-Breaking Viral Video Series

Need for Speed Rivals on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Gives Gamers a Chance to Experience the Same Fun and Excitement of Driving

How do you push the limits for what can be done behind the wheel of a car? You introduce Gymkhana icon and YouTube sensation Ken Block to Need for Speed™. The two renowned racing brands have teamed up to deliver Gymkhana SIX: Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course, which is live now on NeedforSpeed.com.

In Gymkhana SIX, Block built the ultimate grid – a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun and exhilarating action of driving. This means all-new obstacles that help raise the difficulty for Block to master in his Ford Fiesta ST 2013 racing car, including maneuvering around a moving wrecking ball and sliding through narrow doorways cut into the sides of shipping containers. After being appointed Racing Advisor on the Need for Speed franchise, Block added some videogame elements from Need for Speed Rivals. Watch as he also executes multiple jumps, drifts around Lamborghini Aventadors and evades the videogame-themed Redview County cops on Segways in his own unique style.

“I’m stoked about how Gymkhana SIX has turned out,” said Block. “Obviously we had to go in a different direction this year after conquering San Francisco in Gymkhana FIVE and the tie-in with Gymkhana GRID for me was a natural direction. GRID really challenges me as a driver and the course that we’ve created for this video is an interpretation of what my ultimate GRID course would look like. Hopefully someday we can make a course like this a reality for a Gymkhana GRID competition!”

Recognized by ESPN as one of the most influential action sports athletes in the world, Block has reached global fame for his skill and car control and pushed the sport of rally across the line and into the mainstream. The award-winning Gymkhana video series has garnered more than 250 million views worldwide to date and with Need for Speed sponsoring Gymkhana SIX, the worlds of racing, videogames and entertainment are brought together in the most exhilarating Gymkhana video yet.

Need for Speed Rivals is the first title from Ghost Games, EA’s newest studio built to take Need for Speed into the next generation. On the streets of Redview County, there’s a non-stop battle brewing between cops and racers for control of the open roads. And in Need for Speed Rivals, players can get behind the wheel of both sides of the law, experiencing this intense rivalry in two entirely distinct career experiences. The game also introduces a revolutionary new feature that destroys the line between single player, co-op and multiplayer, creating one seamless racing world. With AllDrive, players’ races and chases can collide at any time, delivering the ultimate edge-of-your-seat experience.

Need for Speed Rivals will be available November 15 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and will be the only racing game launching with the new console this year.  The game will also be available November 19 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC via Origin™, and November 22 for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.

To join the conversation on Need for Speed Rivals, please visit http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed, follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/needforspeed and #NeedforSpeed. Press assets for Need for Speed Rivals are available at http://info.ea.com.

CONTACT:
Andrew Wong
Director of Communications
EA Games Label
P: 650-628-2781
E: anwong@ea.com
 
Jino Talens

Communications Manager

EA Games Label

650-628-9111
jtalens@ea.com

About Gymkhana GRID: Gymkhana GRID is a head-to-head driving competition that pits drivers against each other—and the clock—as they compete in a bracket-format race that incorporates the driving techniques and obstacles found, and made wildly popular, in the Ken Block franchise of Gymkhana videos on YouTube. Based off of skills needed in rally car racing or drifting, Block has created a racing series that brings the all-wheel drive tire, smoking action of his videos directly to the fans in a live competition setting.