Ken Block And Alex Gelsomino 3rd Overall At Oregon Trail Rally In Block's Ford Escort Rs Cosworth!

This past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block brought himself back into stage rally for the first time in 3 years with co-driver Alex Gelsomino. After multiple seasons dedicated to rallycross, Block chose to spread his abilities out a bit more for 2018 and that meant getting back to his original passion: stage rally. For his domestic events in 2018, Block decided to purchase and run a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth WRC Group A car, a vehicle most would describe as “historic.” Known best for having “that wing,” the Cossie is one of Block’s favorite classic Ford gravel machines and he put it to good use, placing it third overall in the weekend’s Oregon Trail Rally and second overall in the Open Class.
This past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block brought himself back into stage rally for the first time in 3 years with co-driver Alex Gelsomino. After multiple seasons dedicated to rallycross, Block chose to spread his abilities out a bit more for 2018 and that meant getting back to his original passion: stage rally. For his domestic events in 2018, Block decided to purchase and run a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth WRC Group A car, a vehicle most would describe as “historic.” Known best for having “that wing,” the Cossie is one of Block’s favorite classic Ford gravel machines and he put it to good use, placing it third overall in the weekend’s Oregon Trail Rally and second overall in the Open Class.
This past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block brought himself back into stage rally for the first time in 3 years with co-driver Alex Gelsomino. After multiple seasons dedicated to rallycross, Block chose to spread his abilities out a bit more for 2018 and that meant getting back to his original passion: stage rally. For his domestic events in 2018, Block decided to purchase and run a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth WRC Group A car, a vehicle most would describe as “historic.” Known best for having “that wing,” the Cossie is one of Block’s favorite classic Ford gravel machines and he put it to good use, placing it third overall in the weekend’s Oregon Trail Rally and second overall in the Open Class.
This past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block brought himself back into stage rally for the first time in 3 years with co-driver Alex Gelsomino. After multiple seasons dedicated to rallycross, Block chose to spread his abilities out a bit more for 2018 and that meant getting back to his original passion: stage rally. For his domestic events in 2018, Block decided to purchase and run a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth WRC Group A car, a vehicle most would describe as “historic.” Known best for having “that wing,” the Cossie is one of Block’s favorite classic Ford gravel machines and he put it to good use, placing it third overall in the weekend’s Oregon Trail Rally and second overall in the Open Class.
This past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block brought himself back into stage rally for the first time in 3 years with co-driver Alex Gelsomino. After multiple seasons dedicated to rallycross, Block chose to spread his abilities out a bit more for 2018 and that meant getting back to his original passion: stage rally. For his domestic events in 2018, Block decided to purchase and run a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth WRC Group A car, a vehicle most would describe as “historic.” Known best for having “that wing,” the Cossie is one of Block’s favorite classic Ford gravel machines and he put it to good use, placing it third overall in the weekend’s Oregon Trail Rally and second overall in the Open Class.

This past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block brought himself back into stage rally for the first time in 3 years with co-driver Alex Gelsomino. After multiple seasons dedicated to rallycross, Block chose to spread his abilities out a bit more for 2018 and that meant getting back to his original passion: stage rally. For his domestic events in 2018, Block decided to purchase and run a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth WRC Group A car, a vehicle most would describe as “historic.” Known best for having “that wing,” the Cossie is one of Block’s favorite classic Ford gravel machines and he put it to good use, placing it third overall in the weekend’s Oregon Trail Rally and second overall in the Open Class.

“This first race in my Ford Escort Cossie was a lot of fun,” said Block. “It was a new challenge for me to push an older car like this to the limit on these roads, and while the car definitely has some quirks, it made for a hell of a fun weekend of racing. In fact, despite what feels like minuscule suspension travel, I still managed to send it the third farthest over the big jump in this race. 102 feet through the air in a car that's 27 years old! Plus, I managed to place it on the overall podium in third. Not bad for a car that's officially historic!”

The podium finish helps get Block’s varied 2018 schedule off to a great start and proved that despite some time away from stage rally and a car that was significantly older than the majority of the field (and about 1.5 to 2 seconds per mile slower than a modern top-level car), Block still has what it takes to be competitive out in the gravel.

But, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, Block and Gelsomino had several issues through the event due to the age of the car. An oil cap disappeared and was repaired with duct tape, some of their wheels didn’t fit properly for three stages and they also managed to break the front suspension with 1.5 stages left in the event. In spite of all this however, they still came away with a podium finish.

Block will next run his 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth at the New England Forest Rally in July.

Hoonigan Racing Division Announces A Big 2018: A Wild Mix Of Wrc, World Rx, Americas Rx, U.S. Stage Rally, Gymkhana Grid, A New Technical Partnership And A Historic Ford Escort!

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into.

PARK CITY, UT: Today, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce his plans for the 2018 race season. When he removed himself from full-time World RX racing at the end of last season, many wondered what the Head Hoonigan In Charge would get into. The answer? An over-the-top mix of racing that’s comprised of four stage rally events (three domestic in the United States, one international) with two different vehicles, as well as two rounds of the newly formed Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) and one round of the World RX Championship as well. This is in addition to a return of Gymkhana GRID in the U.S., another larger format Gymkhana GRID event with Monster Energy on the other side of the Atlantic and the launch of an 8-part documentary series titled The Gymkhana Files as well as GymkhanaTEN this fall!

To start with, Block will campaign his 90s Ford Escort Cosworth Group A racecar at three U.S. stage rally races. He’ll be sending his vintage machinery through the woods at the Oregon Trail Rally (April 20-22), New England Forest Rally (July 20-21) and the Idaho Rally International (September 15-16).

Continuing the stage rally theme, Block will also campaign in a 2017 Ford Fiesta RS WRC prepared by M-Sport, for WRC Spain (October 25-28). “It takes a huge amount of effort and training to race in the WRC,” said Block. “but I’ll be cramming that into a short period of testing beforehand. It’s not really enough time in the car to properly prepare for a WRC attack, but I’ll take what I can get!" WRC Spain will be Ken’s first WRC race since he race WRC Spain back in 2014.

Returning to rallycross via select ARX rounds (COTA, July TBD and Canada August 4-5) as well as one World RX round at Circuit of the Americas (September 29-30), Block will be forming a three-way technical and marketing partnership between himself, Canadian rallycross star Steve Arpin and Hoonigan. The partnership will see Arpin become a Hoonigan driver and his racecar will feature a similar livery to Block’s. Arpin's Loenbro team will continue to develop the Focus RS RX in addition to running the two cars, while Block and Hoonigan will be contributing their marketing prowess to Arpin’s RX program.

“I’m excited about partnering with Steve [Arpin] on my 2018 rallycross plans,” said Block. “Steve and his team have offered to continue with development of the Focus and I think they’re a great partner for myself and my team when it comes to ARX. I’m also looking forward to racing in rallycross once again in front of crowds in North America!”
In addition to getting back into rally and continuing with rallycross, Block will also be competing in more Gymkhana GRID events in 2018. “Plans aren’t final yet, but we intend on doing a GRID event or two back in America this year,” said Block “Hoonigan Racing Division will be fielding as many as three racecars for the events. And, we’re still partnering with Monster Energy once more to do another big Gymkhana GRID event in Europe or South Africa.”

“I’m legitimately excited about my calendar for this season,” Block continues. “I’ve really enjoyed the past few years of rallycross, but I started my race career with rally and my heart has always been with it, so to be able to get back into doing events like these while still doing some rallycross makes me very happy! I love my old Cossie and I’m looking forward to going and pushing that a bit here in America during some events, but then I’m going to the opposite end of the spectrum with the current 2017 WRC Fiesta, which I think is going to be a lot of fun for WRC Spain. Plus, I am excited to see the further developments that Steve Arpin and Loenbro will make on the Focus RS RX.”

Also back for 2018 is Block’s ongoing partnership with artist Death Spray Custom. DSC was tapped once again for livery design duties for Block’s cars as well as his driving suit. The overall graphics package is an evolution of last season's 3D lightning bolt theme, but given a slight retro feel given the application to Block's classic Cossie. Block's 2018 suit, however, is a new, more intricate and detailed take on a concept by Death Spray done previously. A vascular system design that features hidden Hoonigan sayings like "Tire Slayer," "Kill All Tires" and "Ain't Care."

“David [Death Spray Custom] really has a great sense of what works and what doesn't work for myself and my programs,” said Block. “He’s been great to collaborate with on these designs and I think that my fans enjoy the work too. It’s also stuff that translates well to Hoonigan apparel, which is always a nice bonus for me!”

Finally, Block will be staying very busy in 2018 amongst his calendar of events with his continued video production efforts. Both The Gymkhana Files (8-part documentary series launching on Amazon Prime) as well as the next installment of Block’s 500+ million view viral Gymkhana franchise, GymkhanaTEN (created, shot and produced by Hoonigan Media Machine) drop during Q4 of 2018. Block also has a handful of original content projects for Hoonigan’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/TheHoonigans) in production for 2018 as well.

As usual, be sure to follow along with everything Ken Block is up to in 2018. @KBlock43 for Instagram and Twitter and facebook.com/KenBlockRacing.

Gymkhana Grid 2017 - South Africa!

For this year's Gymkhana GRID, Monster Energy took the event to Johannesburg, South Africa. This marked the first time that GRID had ever been held on the continent and proved to be the biggest and most exciting GRID to-date.
For this year's Gymkhana GRID, Monster Energy took the event to Johannesburg, South Africa. This marked the first time that GRID had ever been held on the continent and proved to be the biggest and most exciting GRID to-date.
For this year's Gymkhana GRID, Monster Energy took the event to Johannesburg, South Africa. This marked the first time that GRID had ever been held on the continent and proved to be the biggest and most exciting GRID to-date.
For this year's Gymkhana GRID, Monster Energy took the event to Johannesburg, South Africa. This marked the first time that GRID had ever been held on the continent and proved to be the biggest and most exciting GRID to-date.
For this year's Gymkhana GRID, Monster Energy took the event to Johannesburg, South Africa. This marked the first time that GRID had ever been held on the continent and proved to be the biggest and most exciting GRID to-date.

For this year's Gymkhana GRID, Monster Energy took the event to Johannesburg, South Africa. This marked the first time that GRID had ever been held on the continent and proved to be the biggest and most exciting GRID to-date.

Spread across an action-packed 4 days (media day, open practice day, two competition days) in sun-drenched Johannesburg, the competition drew competitors not just from South Africa, but all the way from Europe and the U.K., including multi-time rear wheel-drive champion Luke Woodham. The all wheel-drive class also saw both Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud competing (Block in his Ford Fiesta RX43, Bakkerud in the Focus RS RX rallycross car) side-by-side in their final competition as teammates. Other stars joining in the all wheel-drive class included Petter Solberg and current World RX champion Johan Kristoffersson.

"I'm blown away but how much this event has grown," said Block. "When Monster first started hosting these for us, they were fairly simple events. But now they've helped grow it to a level that's truly impressive. Based on just the level of competition alone it's a massive improvement from our first one, but in terms of the actual course building and on-site infrastructure, this year's Gymkhana GRID truly feels like it's arrived. The setup in South Africa was great and the support from the local fans that came out to watch blew me away. The people of South Africa are truly passionate about motorsports, which I find very relatable! I'm looking forward to focusing a bit more on GRID myself in 2018 and beyond and trying to help grow it even further. Maybe we'll even try and have an event or two in North America next year!"

Thanks And Send Off To Snakkerud

Now that the 2017 World RX season and Gymkhana GRID are complete, Hoonigan Racing and Ken Block say goodbye to their teammate for the past two seasons, Andreas Bakkerud. The split comes after the joint decision by both Ford Performance and Block to discontinue racing the Focus RS RX full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Now that the 2017 World RX season and Gymkhana GRID are complete, Hoonigan Racing and Ken Block say goodbye to their teammate for the past two seasons, Andreas Bakkerud. The split comes after the joint decision by both Ford Performance and Block to discontinue racing the Focus RS RX full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Now that the 2017 World RX season and Gymkhana GRID are complete, Hoonigan Racing and Ken Block say goodbye to their teammate for the past two seasons, Andreas Bakkerud. The split comes after the joint decision by both Ford Performance and Block to discontinue racing the Focus RS RX full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Now that the 2017 World RX season and Gymkhana GRID are complete, Hoonigan Racing and Ken Block say goodbye to their teammate for the past two seasons, Andreas Bakkerud. The split comes after the joint decision by both Ford Performance and Block to discontinue racing the Focus RS RX full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Now that the 2017 World RX season and Gymkhana GRID are complete, Hoonigan Racing and Ken Block say goodbye to their teammate for the past two seasons, Andreas Bakkerud. The split comes after the joint decision by both Ford Performance and Block to discontinue racing the Focus RS RX full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Now that the 2017 World RX season and Gymkhana GRID are complete, Hoonigan Racing and Ken Block say goodbye to their teammate for the past two seasons, Andreas Bakkerud. The split comes after the joint decision by both Ford Performance and Block to discontinue racing the Focus RS RX full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Now that the 2017 World RX season and Gymkhana GRID are complete, Hoonigan Racing and Ken Block say goodbye to their teammate for the past two seasons, Andreas Bakkerud. The split comes after the joint decision by both Ford Performance and Block to discontinue racing the Focus RS RX full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Both Block and the entire Hoonigan Racing Division team wish to say a BIG “thank you” to Bakkerud (aka Snakkerud) for an incredible two years of racing, friendship and laughs, as well as to wish him the best of luck as he continues on racing in World RX for 2018 and beyond.

"It's been an absolute pleasure to have Andreas as my teammate these last two seasons," said Block. "We wouldn't have had as successful of a program as we did without his help and I'll be forever grateful for that. Myself and my entire team all want to see him continue on and hopefully win a championship title soon, so from all of us, good luck, Andreas, and thank you for an amazing two years!”

Bakkerud was key in helping Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing develop the Ford Focus RS RX racecar. Although 2016 was just a development year for the chassis, Andreas was able to win three World RX races, placed the car on six podiums, and finished the season 3rd overall. Massive accomplishments for a car that was still under development at the time. For 2017, Bakkerud was able to land four podiums and finish 6th overall.

Check out Andreas’ final Bakkerud Life episode with the team from Gymkhana GRID here:

Ken Block's Ford Rs200 And Focus Rs Daily Drivers

Recently, Ford Performance helped Ken Block debut his latest vehicle acquisition: a 1986 Ford RS200. Originally built to compete in the Group B era of the World Rally Championship, Block's car is one of 200 units that were required to be built to meet homologation rules. Block's RS200 features an Evolution variant of the 4-cylinder turbo motor, custom tuned to make 700+ horsepower. The car also features a custom black paint job with matte black vinyl laid on top, upgraded interior, custom KW coilover suspension, fifteen52 wheels and Toyo Tires.
Recently, Ford Performance helped Ken Block debut his latest vehicle acquisition: a 1986 Ford RS200. Originally built to compete in the Group B era of the World Rally Championship, Block's car is one of 200 units that were required to be built to meet homologation rules. Block's RS200 features an Evolution variant of the 4-cylinder turbo motor, custom tuned to make 700+ horsepower. The car also features a custom black paint job with matte black vinyl laid on top, upgraded interior, custom KW coilover suspension, fifteen52 wheels and Toyo Tires.
Recently, Ford Performance helped Ken Block debut his latest vehicle acquisition: a 1986 Ford RS200. Originally built to compete in the Group B era of the World Rally Championship, Block's car is one of 200 units that were required to be built to meet homologation rules. Block's RS200 features an Evolution variant of the 4-cylinder turbo motor, custom tuned to make 700+ horsepower. The car also features a custom black paint job with matte black vinyl laid on top, upgraded interior, custom KW coilover suspension, fifteen52 wheels and Toyo Tires.
Recently, Ford Performance helped Ken Block debut his latest vehicle acquisition: a 1986 Ford RS200. Originally built to compete in the Group B era of the World Rally Championship, Block's car is one of 200 units that were required to be built to meet homologation rules. Block's RS200 features an Evolution variant of the 4-cylinder turbo motor, custom tuned to make 700+ horsepower. The car also features a custom black paint job with matte black vinyl laid on top, upgraded interior, custom KW coilover suspension, fifteen52 wheels and Toyo Tires.

Recently, Ford Performance helped Ken Block debut his latest vehicle acquisition: a 1986 Ford RS200. Originally built to compete in the Group B era of the World Rally Championship, Block's car is one of 200 units that were required to be built to meet homologation rules. Block's RS200 features an Evolution variant of the 4-cylinder turbo motor, custom tuned to make 700+ horsepower. The car also features a custom black paint job with matte black vinyl laid on top, upgraded interior, custom KW coilover suspension, fifteen52 wheels and Toyo Tires.

To see Block's new RS200 in action, alongside his matching 2017 Ford Focus RS, check out Ford Performance's video about Block's dueling "daily drivers" here.

And, to learn even more about Block's RS200, check out The Hoonigan's Daily Transmission episode on it here.

Specs for Ken Block's RS200:

  • 1986 Ford RS200
  • 1 of 200 units built for the World Rally Championship's Legendary Group B homologation
  • 1 of only 24 Evolution motor packages built featuring a 2.1 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Currently running 700+ horsepower on pump gas (800+ on race gas)
  • 18 inch fiftteen52 Evo SC wheel
  • 18 inch Toyo R888R Proxes tires
  • Custom KW Suspension
  • Custom updated sueded interior
  • Custom black paint with matte black vinyl overlay

Ken Block Announces Gymkhana Ten Via Video Trailer, As Well As Multi-Episode Amazon Original Series The Gymkhana Files – Coming Fall 2018

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.

PARK CITY, UT: Today, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.

Block is taking things to a whole new level for GymkhanaTEN. How? 5 different, epic, all wheel-drive, high-horsepower Ford racecars. FIVE. Two of them are all-new for Block with a third being an all-new, built from the ground up vehicle — on the same level as Block’s wildly popular Hoonicorn. And, to add to it all, Block is filming these vehicles in five different locations around the world.

Additionally, Block is thrilled to announce an Amazon Original Unscripted Series following all of GymkhanaTEN. Titled The Gymkhana Files, the show will follow Block and his team behind-the-scenes as they create GymkhanaTEN and offer fans an unprecedented amount of access into how Block’s biggest Gymkhana to-date comes to life. The series will also take a historical look back at Block’s previous nine films, as well as showcasing other facets of his life, from racing to mountain town life in Utah to recreational adventures when he’s off the road.

"I'm really excited to be working on GymkahanaTEN and I’m stoked that Pennzoil was able to come in and support us getting a trailer video out today to help announce the video,” said Block. “I’m also legitimately excited to be able to announce that I’m collaborating with Amazon Prime Video on The Gymkhana Files at the same time. I've always taken great pride at being on the leading edge of creating content, as well as viral marketing and in figuring out the best ways to get that content into the hands of fans and consumers. Amazon is very similar in their approach to what they've done over the years and I think that together we're going to create some amazing programming that really gives fans and viewers insight into not just my world, but the inner workings of my Gymkhana films and at the end of it all, the fans get to watch GymkhanaTEN during the final episode."

“The inner workings of the wildly popular Gymkhana Film series have long been a mystery to its large and rabid fan base, and we are thrilled to provide Amazon Prime members worldwide with an exclusive look into the making of Gymkhana TEN,” said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “Ken and the Hoonigan team will take viewers on a wild ride unlike anything they’ve seen before.”

Block’s GymkhanaTEN, as well as The Gymkhana Files will launch exclusively next fall on Amazon Prime Video.

The Gymkhana Files is created and executive produced by Block, Brian Scotto and Gil Marsden, and produced by Hoonigan Media Machine. Marsden is the showrunner.

Pennzoil will be hosting a Facebook Live from the 2017 SEMA Show on Tuesday, October 31st at 12:30PM PST at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” stage, where Block will be showing the trailer to the crowd, as well as participating in a live Q&A about GymkhanaTEN.

Ken Block's Ski-Doo Sled Shred!

Last winter, Ski-Doo sent the HHIC, Ken Block a few Ski-Doo Freestyles and Summits to use and rip around the mountains of Utah. So, Block invited professional Ski-Doo ambassadors Carl Kuster and Ashley Chaffin out to join him and show him just how hard you can push a sled. And, since Block in-part comes from the snowboarding world, he also made sure to invite a few pals that can snowboard as well: Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotesnburg and last season's Rider of the Year, Bode Merrill.
Last winter, Ski-Doo sent the HHIC, Ken Block a few Ski-Doo Freestyles and Summits to use and rip around the mountains of Utah. So, Block invited professional Ski-Doo ambassadors Carl Kuster and Ashley Chaffin out to join him and show him just how hard you can push a sled. And, since Block in-part comes from the snowboarding world, he also made sure to invite a few pals that can snowboard as well: Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotesnburg and last season's Rider of the Year, Bode Merrill.
Last winter, Ski-Doo sent the HHIC, Ken Block a few Ski-Doo Freestyles and Summits to use and rip around the mountains of Utah. So, Block invited professional Ski-Doo ambassadors Carl Kuster and Ashley Chaffin out to join him and show him just how hard you can push a sled. And, since Block in-part comes from the snowboarding world, he also made sure to invite a few pals that can snowboard as well: Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotesnburg and last season's Rider of the Year, Bode Merrill.
Last winter, Ski-Doo sent the HHIC, Ken Block a few Ski-Doo Freestyles and Summits to use and rip around the mountains of Utah. So, Block invited professional Ski-Doo ambassadors Carl Kuster and Ashley Chaffin out to join him and show him just how hard you can push a sled. And, since Block in-part comes from the snowboarding world, he also made sure to invite a few pals that can snowboard as well: Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotesnburg and last season's Rider of the Year, Bode Merrill.
Last winter, Ski-Doo sent the HHIC, Ken Block a few Ski-Doo Freestyles and Summits to use and rip around the mountains of Utah. So, Block invited professional Ski-Doo ambassadors Carl Kuster and Ashley Chaffin out to join him and show him just how hard you can push a sled. And, since Block in-part comes from the snowboarding world, he also made sure to invite a few pals that can snowboard as well: Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotesnburg and last season's Rider of the Year, Bode Merrill.

Last winter, Ski-Doo sent the HHIC, Ken Block a few Ski-Doo Freestyles and Summits to use and rip around the mountains of Utah. So, Block invited professional Ski-Doo ambassadors Carl Kuster and Ashley Chaffin out to join him and show him just how hard you can push a sled. And, since Block in-part comes from the snowboarding world, he also made sure to invite a few pals that can snowboard as well: Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotesnburg and last season's Rider of the Year, Bode Merrill.

The whole crew got wild in the powder paradise known as Powder Mountain, a mountain resort in Block's home-state of Utah. The crew used the Ski-Doo snowmobiles to shred around the backcountry and shuttle the snowboarders around to ride the powder and rip some fun jumps.

Block said; “This was such a fun project. I got to rip around on one of my favorite motorized toys in the powder, ride my snowboard in some epic powder conditions, plus do this with some of the most talented snowboarders and snowmobilers in the business. And, I even did some donuts in the parking lot with my sled. All in all, one of the best snowmobiling and snowboarding experiences I've ever had!"

The project was fondly called #SkiDooSledShred. Check out the photos and video!

Block Announces All-New Racecar For Upcoming 2018 Stage Rally Action

Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!

PARK CITY, UT: Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!

Block recently took delivery of his new racecar and immediately got to breaking it in with a bit of tire smoke during a quick test and was extremely pleased with the results. His plan is to race this Escort RS Cosworth on a few gravel stage rallies around the world next year, along with occasionally piloting a Ford Fiesta R5 also. In addition to these plans, Block and Hoonigan plan to bring Gymkhana GRID back to America for a few events, along with continuing to work with Monster Energy to put on GRID events in Europe.

“While just yesterday we announced that myself and my team were done racing in World RX after this season, we also mentioned that I was intending on heading back out into the woods to do some stage rallies in 2018. This car here [Block’s new Escort] is one of the vehicles I plan on racing on gravel stage rallies and I’m very excited about it. I’ve always loved these cars and my team director, Derek Dauncey, finally found one for me that fit the exact specifications of what I was looking for. I'm stoked about it and I'm really looking forward to racing this beast!"

Block's 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth is a properly sorted—and clean—example of a 90s era Ford World Rally Championship racecar. The car features an upgraded 1997 WRC engine (turbocharged 2.0-liter producing 400 hp and 405 lb/ft in current trim, lightweight alloy block vs. the original steel block, head and block have been modified to run higher horsepower) mated to a 7-speed sequential gearbox, features a side-exit exhaust (for tarmac setups) and comes with options for both gravel and tarmac suspension setups.

Block’s race schedule for next year will be announced in early 2018.

Ford Performance And Hoonigan Racing Division Make Decision To End World Rx Championship Program

Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division have made the decision to stop competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship effective at the end of the 2017 season.

PARK CITY, UTAH: The below is a press release sent out by Ford Performance in regards to the future of the factory supported Focus RS RX rallycross program with Hoonigan Racing Division that has been taking place in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

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DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 4, 2017 – Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division have made the decision to stop competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship effective at the end of the 2017 season, it was announced today.

Block’s relationship with Ford and Ford Performance will continue as it has since 2010, with Block competing in various motorsport and Gymkhana events around the world. Block will also continue to produce his award-winning Gymkhana videos, as well as additional digital content, as he continues to act as a global ambassador for the Ford brand.

“Although we have thoroughly enjoyed competing in the exciting FIA World Rallycross Championship, it’s a natural time for us to take a break as the future of the series takes shape,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Performance. “To continue in WRX would have required the development of a new race car, and with so much discussion happening around the future of rallycross from a powertrain package standpoint, it made sense for us to pause until it’s better defined. Rest assured, we remain absolutely committed to hot hatches and all things performance and think rallycross has a bright future.”

“Both myself and Ford Performance have learned a lot from this program,” said Block. “While we both would like to continue with the effort, it simply doesn’t add up at this point. Aspects of the sport are up in the air for the future, so putting a lot more money into developing a new racecar to try to battle for the championship title just doesn't make sense right now. It’s certainly disappointing, but that’s how the economics of motorsports go sometimes.”

"As for Andreas [Bakkerud], he put in a tremendous effort to try and bring home a title with us. He’s one of the most talented drivers I’ve ever worked with and I’m honored to have been able to have him as my teammate. I’m fully confident that he’s going to be snatched up by one of the other teams in the World RX paddock as soon as the news gets out that he’s available for the 2018 season — and I’m looking forward to shipping him a bottle of champagne when he finally brings home a championship for himself.”

“Andreas is absolutely a talented driver, and a class act in the paddock,” said Pericak. “Though we will not be supporting his program next year, we wish the best for him. The team that picks him up will be lucky to have him.”

The news comes after nearly two seasons with Block and Bakkerud driving the Focus RS RX in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

“Both Ford and my entire Hoonigan Racing Division team put in a tremendous effort and I want to them thank them for the hard-fought battles these last two seasons. I truly appreciate it,” said Block.

The Hoonigan Racing Division Focus RS RX racecars will be used for displays and demos, but will not be made available for sale based on pre-existing agreements with Ford Performance.

Climbkhana – Presented By Toyo Tires: The Next Evolution Of Ken Block’S Award Winning Gymkhana Series. A Film Of Man Vs. Mountain. 14,000 Feet Vs. A 1400 Twin-Turbo, Methanol-Fueled Horsepower Machine

Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.

PIKES PEAK, COLORADO: Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most well known hill climb in the world, Billed as America’s second oldest, continually running race (the Indianapolis 500 is first), it’s also one of the first places Block ever raced in his career.

“When I was young, I caught the The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on TV once or twice,” said Block. “Even as a kid I remember dreaming about racing there some day because it looked so epic. Eventually I did, back in 2005, but it was in a Group N rally car which didn’t have much power up in that high and thin air! It was an underwhelming experience because of the horsepower issue, but I loved the road and mountain - and I had always wanted to go back and do it right. So, to drive it like I get to drive in my Gymkhana videos - and do it in the Hoonicorn with 1,400 horsepower - well, that truly is a dream come true!"

For Block, filming Climbkhana at Pikes Peak was a unique opportunity. While the road closes once a year for the Hill Climb, no one has ever been given the access to turn the landmark location into a playground. For production duties, Block once again brought his long-time friend and business partner at Hoonigan, Brian Scotto, to direct, but they also added a new face to the Hoonigan Media Machine formula: Eight-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion and Radical Media Director Jeff Zwart.

“I have raced at Pikes Peak for 16 years and through the years I thought I had seen everything, but to witness Ken’s skills on basically my home mountain and get to direct him at the same time, it was truly something amazing,” explains Jeff Zwart, Climbkhana’s co-director. “Nothing but respect for him and his whole team, both on the racing side and production side!”

To tackle the extreme elevation gains experienced along the way up Pikes Peak, Block knew that he needed more horsepower for his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR. So, Hoonicorn V2 was born. A 1,400 horsepower, twin-turbo, methanol-fueled machine that lights up its sticky Toyo Proxes R888R tires in every corner and properly updates the infamous build made famous in Gymkhana SEVEN, Wild in the Streets Los Angeles. Unfortunately, extreme engine builds and altitudes can prove challenging. Block and his crew experienced multiple production setbacks, having to go to the mountain on three separate occasions over 12 months due to both weather and development issues to be able to finish the film.

“This car is insane,” said Block. “I feel it genuinely wants to kill me! Before we added the twin turbos, it was the most fun car I’ve ever driven. Now it’s still quite fun to drive, but it melts tires ridiculously quick. To have this thing be such a beast and then take it to this very dangerous mountain, well, I thought I’d maybe finally taken on a project that might be too much for me to handle. This is the most powerful AWD-type car in the world to be driven this way, so I’m genuinely glad I didn’t die making this video!"

Toyo Proxes R888R tires deliver the enhanced grip and stability Block needs when maneuvering the 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn V2 around the famous curves of Pikes Peak. Learn more about the Proxes R888R DOT competition tire and find a dealer at toyotires.com/tires/competition-tires.

The film was produced by Hoonigan Media Machine and premiered last night at The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. It is presented by Toyo Tires, Ford and Pennzoil. To watch it now, click the link above.