Bakkerud Contends For World Rx Championship By Winning Two Races Back-To-Back, Moves Into 3rd Overall After Sweden Win

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.

HÖLJES, SWEDEN, JULY 4, 2016 — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.

Both Bakkerud and teammate/team boss Ken Block had strong outings at the start of the event in open practice with Bakkerud placing 3rd fastest and Block 4th fastest. However during Saturday’s Qualifying 1 races, both drivers struggled a bit. While Block finished Q1 just inside of the top 12 sitting 11th, Bakkerud suffered two punctures and some mechanical damage, forcing a DNF result. However, in spite of the challenges, Bakkerud went out for Qualifying 2 and finished 2nd overall, placing him in P7 going into Sundays Q3 and Q4 races. Block suffered windshield visibility issues in his Q2 race and unfortunately dropped out of the top 12 heading into Sunday’s racing.

Sunday saw Bakkerud on top form for the “Magic Weekend” as it’s called in Höljes, Sweden. He finished Qualifying 3 in 2nd overall and then outright won all of Qualifying 4, placing him on Pole Position for Semi Final 2. Block attempted to recover from the setbacks of Saturday’s racing, but was unable to break back into the top 12 despite having a very solid Q4 showing (track conditions were once more a factor as Block’s race all ran on rain tires and as conditions improved thereafter, subsequent races ran on slicks making for a large time differential between the first Q4 race and the final Q4 race, pushing Block out of the top 12), narrowly missing out on the Semi Finals.

For Semi Final 2, Bakkerud led off of the line and held that lead for the entire Semi. This netted him a Pole Position for the Final. During the Final, Bakkerud was narrowly beaten off the line going into Turn 1, but drove a tidy and blisteringly fast race despite having 9 time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb on this rear bumper the entire way. He managed to take the overall lead by jokering on the last lap, squeezing past Timmy Hansen and nabbing the checkered flag in 1st overall in the final in front of 44,000 fans.

“I absolutely had an incredible event here in Höljes,” said Bakkerud. “I love this track, I love the fans, I love my Baby Blue supporters, my Hoonigan Racing Division team and especially this Ford Focus RS RX! It’s a dream to be able to win three weeks ago at my home event in Norway and then extend that streak her in Sweden, which feels like a second home to me. It’s incredible!”

The win in Sweden marks the 4th-ever podium in Höljes for Bakkerud and his 2nd-ever outright win at the track. The points he earned also moved him into 3rd place overall in the drivers championship with a 110 total points (Ekström sits first with 142, Solberg second with 137).

“I’m beyond proud of Andreas and his driving here this weekend,” said teammate and team boss Ken Block. “We brought Andreas onto this team this year for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest ones was because we knew he could drive like this. To have him bring home back-to-back wins with this brand-new racecar that we’re still developing is a testament to how skilled he is behind the wheel. And to move up into 3rd overall in the driver championship points with half of the season to go is a huge accomplishment. I wish I could have had a similar weekend myself, I had the speed, I just needed a bit more luck. But, that’s racing.”

Both Bakkerud and Block next compete in Round 7 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Canada, August 6th and 7th.

Ken Block’S New Custom Specialized S-Works With Gymkhana Eight Homage Graphics

Fresh for Summer ’16, Ken Block just received a very fun new toy for tearing up his local trails in the summer: an S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, complete with a custom one-off ultra reflective paint job that’s an homage to the livery he ran on his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 in the most recent Gymkhana video, Gymkhana EIGHT.
Fresh for Summer ’16, Ken Block just received a very fun new toy for tearing up his local trails in the summer: an S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, complete with a custom one-off ultra reflective paint job that’s an homage to the livery he ran on his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 in the most recent Gymkhana video, Gymkhana EIGHT.
Fresh for Summer ’16, Ken Block just received a very fun new toy for tearing up his local trails in the summer: an S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, complete with a custom one-off ultra reflective paint job that’s an homage to the livery he ran on his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 in the most recent Gymkhana video, Gymkhana EIGHT.
Fresh for Summer ’16, Ken Block just received a very fun new toy for tearing up his local trails in the summer: an S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, complete with a custom one-off ultra reflective paint job that’s an homage to the livery he ran on his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 in the most recent Gymkhana video, Gymkhana EIGHT.
Fresh for Summer ’16, Ken Block just received a very fun new toy for tearing up his local trails in the summer: an S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, complete with a custom one-off ultra reflective paint job that’s an homage to the livery he ran on his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 in the most recent Gymkhana video, Gymkhana EIGHT.

Fresh for Summer ’16, Ken Block just received a very fun new toy for tearing up his local trails in the summer: an S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, complete with a custom one-off ultra reflective paint job that’s an homage to the livery he ran on his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 in the most recent Gymkhana video, Gymkhana EIGHT.

The bike itself is one of the hottest new styles in the biking industry. Referred to as a “plus,” it’s essentially a cross between a fat tire bike and a standard bike, coming together to give the rider a lot of air volume in the tires for a smooth ride and massive traction while still being manageable in all situations. Suitable for both cross country trails and downhill race trails, it’s the best bike available for people who want one that’ll do it all.

“I’m continually blown away by Specialized,” said Block. “I absolutely love my downhill bikes from them, but recently I’ve been doing a bit more cross country pedaling with my wife and dogs for some cardio training. To be able to hop on one bike and be able to do that, then occasionally break out and hit a downhill run on the same bike is perfect for me. Plus, the paintwork on this thing is insane, it lights up exactly like my racecar in Gymkhana EIGHT. I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Specialized that worked on this project, it turned out incredible.

Block’s S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie joins a stable of Specialized bikes at Block’s Park City workshop which includes two custom Demo 8 downhill bikes and the infamous “Slidehack” build from last year. If you’re in Park City, Utah, this summer, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Block on the local trails.

Bakkerud Wins Norway World Rx And Sets Records In First-Ever Win For The All New Ford Focus Rs Rx

BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX

HELL, NORWAY, JUNE 12, 2016 — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud made rallycross history today in Hell, Norway, during Round Five of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by dominating the entire event and bringing home a 1st overall finish.

Bakkerud set numerous records on his outright domination this weekend by winning all four of his Qualifier races (no driver had ever won all four in a weekend previously) and then going on to storm to the top in both his Semi Final and the Final. The overall win was the first-ever for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car (a racecar that’s still in its first year of competition and development), the first-ever in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division and the first-ever win at the Norway round of the World Championship by a Norwegian.

“I’m thrilled with how the weekend went for myself,” said Bakkerud. “I really wanted to win last round at Lydden, I felt like I had the pace, but my car had a mechanical issue in the final. This weekend the car ran pretty much perfectly the entire weekend. It felt great, I had good pace and was able to bring home the first-ever win for our new Focus RS RX car. That’s something I’m really proud of! A big thanks to my team, Ford Performance and M-Sport for building us an amazingly capable car, Ken Block for giving me this incredible opportunity and of course to my fans and supporters here in Norway. This win was for all of you!”

While Bakkerud had an all-dominating weekend on the track, his teammate and team boss, Ken Block, had mixed results. He ended up with a pair of 2nd place finishes in his Q1 and Q2 races on Saturday, which left him going into Sunday’s racing sitting within the last slot of the top 12. Unfortunately Block was hampered by a mechanical issue in Qualifier in Q3 and fell two spots, he then suffered a different mechanical failure because of light contact during the first corner of Q4, which put an end to his run at making it into the Semi Finals.

“While my weekend was frustrating, I'm super stoked for Andreas and this team right now,” said Block. “Andreas has a lot of talent and the fact that he was able to put this car—which we’re still developing and have had barely any testing—at the very top of the podium amongst such fierce competition at a very challenging track, well, I’m beyond stoked for him and the team. He did an incredible job and has proven that we’re working with a very potent new racecar. Hopefully my luck turns around for the next round in Sweden and can get back on the podium too!”

With Bakkerud’s win he moves into 5th overall in the driver championship point standings and is only 2 points away from 3rd place. Block and Bakkerud next compete in Round 6 of the World RX Championship, which takes place in Höljes, Sweden, on July 2nd and 3rd.

Ken Block And His Hoonicorn Rtr Make Guest Appearance On This Week’S Episode Of Top Gear

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block smokes the tires of his Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR straight into the homes of 300 million people via this week’s episode of Top Gear.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, JULY 10, 2016 — On Sunday night, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block will smoke the tires of his Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR straight into the homes of 300 million people via this week’s episode of Top Gear.

Earlier this year, Block headed to London, England, with his Hoonicorn to film a segment for the all-new automotive program with friend and new Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc. The pair take a tour of London with Block performing his signature Gymkhana style of driving in never-before-used locations and with unprecedented access throughout the historic and iconic city.

“This project was a ton of fun for me!” said Block. “When Top Gear asked if I’d be interested in basically filming a Gymkhana in London with my good friend Matt LeBlanc as my co-driver and tour guide, I said YES immediately! The access that the production staff secured for this shoot was next level—I was very impressed. The shoot was a ton of fun and Matt was hilarious with his commentary, which makes this a very unique variation of my Gymkhana videos. Hopefully everyone watching enjoys the piece as much as I did whilst filming it.

Shot over the course of four days in and around London, the segment shows Block and LeBlanc visiting iconic locations like Westminster Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Lloyds of London, the Ford plant in Dagenham and more. To see it for yourself, be sure to tune in Sunday evening at 8 PM (BST) on BBC2 or Monday night on BBC America at 9 PM (EDT).

Ken Block Partners With M-Sport On First-Ever Signature Ford Vehicle

KEN BLOCK PARTNERS WITH M-SPORT ON FIRST-EVER SIGNATURE FORD VEHICLE
KEN BLOCK PARTNERS WITH M-SPORT ON FIRST-EVER SIGNATURE FORD VEHICLE
KEN BLOCK PARTNERS WITH M-SPORT ON FIRST-EVER SIGNATURE FORD VEHICLE
KEN BLOCK PARTNERS WITH M-SPORT ON FIRST-EVER SIGNATURE FORD VEHICLE

Ken Block is proud to announce that he now has his very own signature vehicle. As one would guess, it’s a Ford product, but perhaps not the kind one would normally associate with the Head Hoonigan in Charge. The vehicle in question? A limited edition—and murdered out—run of M-Sport’s custom Ford Transit van!

Designed by M-Sport in the U.K. to borrow the cosmetic appearance from their highly competitive Ford Fiesta WRC racecars, the Ken Block Edition of the van features custom bodywork, a hand-crafted leather interior and special blacked-out details that carry all the way down to the headlight housings and the Ford badges front and rear. The Transits also come with an enhanced and lowered suspension setup as well as lightweight wheels. To finish out the Ken Block look, these Transits feature unique hits along the vehicle trim that incorporate the livery pattern from Block’s current Ford Focus RS RX racecar as done by international kinetic street artist Felipe Pantone. This look is also carried over into the interior and featured on the seats.

“I’m really stoked with how this collaboration turned out,” said Block. “I always thought that maybe someday I’d have a signature Ford vehicle, but I never thought that it’d be a van! Ha! I really like this thing though, it’s super practical for me since I have a wife and three kids and we travel a ton. This Ford Transit has the look and styling that I like, is fun to drive and manages to hold us and all of our stuff. We’ve been running around Norway in a test unit the last week and a half and I’m blown away by the looks and attention this thing has been getting. Plus my wife and kids like it, so it’s a win-win in my book.”

On sale later this year and available throughout Europe, more details on pricing and sales will be available later this summer.

Bakkerud Puts Hoonigan Racing Division’S Ford Focus Rs Rx Into Third Final In Four Events

LYDDEN HILL, UNITED KINGDOM — A third of the way through the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, the combined efforts of the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud have managed to place the all-new Ford Focus RS RX into a final three out of four rounds; an impressive feat for a brand-new racecar that’s still in development.

On Saturday, both Block and Bakkerud were fast in practice, with Block being second fastest in Practice 1, while Bakkerud was fastest overall in Practice for the day. During Qualifying 2 on Saturday, Bakkerud also managed to set the fastest lap of the day. Both drivers had a solid Saturday. Bakkerud finished the day 3rd overall and Block finished 10th overall, heading into Sunday’s racing in position to advance to the Semi Finals if things went well in Q3 and Q4.

Unfortunately things didn't go according to plan for Block. Block was jammed up in traffic during his Q3 race, which ended up hurting his positioning for making it into the Semi Finals. Bakkerud had similar issues in his Q3. However, both drivers had excellent Q4 races with Block taking 2nd in his and Bakkerud taking 1st in his. For Bakkerud it was good enough to advance to the Semi Finals and put him on Pole Position for Semi Final 2, unfortunately for Block, the slower Q3 race ended up contributing to keeping him just out of the Semi Finals.

In Semi Final 2, Bakkerud drove an excellent race, finishing 2nd and barely missing 1st. This set him up with Position 3 on the starting grid for the Final, which would have been an excellent place to be had he not suffered a mechanical issue off of the line, which kept him from being competitive for the remainder of the final.

“Overall I had a very good weekend,” said Bakkerud. “Sure I’m disappointed to have suffered a mechanical in the final, but I had a great weekend up until that point and had been driving well. The car felt great here at Lydden and was extremely competitive versus the rest of the field. I think we had made some very good improvements to the setup and I think the car overall surprised a lot of other teams here! But, I’m happy that I was able to make it to the final. It’s good proof of what this Focus RS RX is capable of and I think we’ll definitely be able to get it back onto the podium at one of the next races.”

Both Block and Bakkerud now have a weekend off before heading to Hell, Norway, for Round 5 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Hell is in Bakkerud’s home country of Norway and is the track where Block made his World RX debut back in 2014 (an event where he took 3rd overall). Be sure to tune in and see how the HRD duo performs in Hell.

Bakkerud Shows Top Form At Day One Of Lydden Hill World Rx

Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud during day 1 of the 4th round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in the UK
Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud during day 1 of the 4th round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in the UK
Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud during day 1 of the 4th round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in the UK

Both Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had excellent outings during Day 1 of the 4th round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in the UK. Block was 2nd fastest overall in practice 1 at the start of the day, demonstrating that the Ford Focus RS RX chassis had what it took to be quick at what is referred to as “the birthplace of rallycross.”

Bakkerud pulled out even more speed early in the day by being fastest in overall practice for the event. He then stepped it up further during his Q2 race by managing to set not only the fastest lap of the day, but also setting an overall track record for Lydden Hill Race Circuit with a 0.40.989 second lap, further proving that the Focus RS RX is the car to beat this weekend.

“I’m really happy with how today has gone for me,” said Bakkerud. “The car feels great at this track, I’m driving well and I managed to set not only be the fastest in practice, but I also had the fastest lap of the day and set a new course record here at Lydden. Definitely an awesome day in the car, I can’t wait to keep it going tomorrow!”

At the end of the day with both drivers having completed their Q1 and Q2 races, Bakkerud sits 3rd overall and Block sits 10th overall, placing both drivers in a good position to make it through to the Semi Finals during Sunday’s Day 2 Q3 and Q4 racing. To see how they do, be sure to tune in tomorrow.

Weekend Of Development Woes For Hrd

Coming off of a solid race weekend in Hockenheim the weekend prior where HRD's Ken Block put the all-new Focus RS RX rallycross car on its first-ever podium, Block and teammate Andreas Bakkerud were back for more rallycross action this past weekend in Mettet, Belgium. Unfortunately neither was able to repeat the success found just a week ago.

Both drivers dealt with development issues on their cars throughout the Qualifiers, including both suffering the same electrical issue at the same time in the same place on the track during Q1 (Belgium was the first time the cars had been jumped and unfortunately the compression from the landing jostled the electrical kill switches of the cars, disabling their power and bringing them to an immediate halt on-track).

“Belgium has been a challenging weekend but despite the results I enjoyed it," said Block. "I knew heading into Sunday that we just had to maximize the track time and really use it as a development day. After the kill switch issues that we experienced on day one, as well as my further DNF in Q2, I knew that my chances were pretty slim of getting anywhere near the Semi Final. We’ve actually learned a lot about the car this weekend in terms of jumping it seriously and finding a good setup that deals with the high compression loads as well as still staying stable at speed. As I have said before it’s all part of a longer term program—with my team and Ford Performance—it took guys like Petter and Ekström more than a few races to put together a winning package, so we're pretty happy with the progress we've made. I’m looking forward to racing in the U.K. Lydden Hill shares some similarities between Portugal and Hockenheim so we have a good baseline to work from there.”

The next event for both drivers is Round Four of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship, taking place at Lydden Hill in the U.K. May 28th and 29th.

Ken Block Podiums In Fia World Rx Hockenheim During Second-Ever Race For The New Ford Focus Rs Rx

HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY — In just the second event for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block overcame tough odds and fought his way from just barely making it into the Semi Finals on at the end of Saturday to onto the podium on Sunday, finishing the event 3rd overall—his first podium of the season, the first podium for the Focus RS RX and the first podium for his new World RX team.

Block had a tough weekend, dealing with setup changes during practice and having some mechanical issues and a puncture in his Qualifying sessions. Despite the challenges though, Block snuck into the top 12 at the end of Qualifying 4, earning the final slot in the Semi Finals. Block’s teammate, Andreas Bakkerud was also dealing with mechanical issues during the Qualifying sessions. He too managed to qualify for the Semi Finals, doing one better than Block at 11th overall.

In the Semis, both HRD drivers found themselves starting on the back line of the grid. Bakkerud fought his way up to third overall at one point during Semi Final 1, before losing a driveshaft and falling out of contention to move on to the final. Block battled his way through what may have been one of the greatest Semi Finals in World RX history, working his way from the back of the pack into third and advancing onward to the Final.

In the Final, Block was once again starting on the back of the grid. However, he had a great launch and immediately started to battle for position during turn 1, coming from around the outside, fighting for third and then quickly shuffling to fifth. Coming out of turn 2 and going into a gravel S-turn section of the track, Block overtook Petter Solberg on the outside and then came through sandwiched in-between Liam Doran and Robin Larsson in a three-way battle for 3rd. Block prevailed and immediately started to pull away from the final portion of the S-turn in 3rd overall. He ended up holding that position all the way to the very end, putting the his Ford Focus RS RX onto its first-ever podium finish in just the second competitive event for the new car.

“I’m beyond stoked with my result today,” said Block. “I had some difficulties in getting the car setup the way I like going into this race and then I was dealing with some mechanical issues throughout the race weekend. Fortunately we made some changes that worked and things felt good, I had a bit of luck on my side and I was able to bring home a podium! I owe a huge thank you to my entire team for all of their efforts to get us to here in such a short amount of time. Out of the four World Rallycross events I’ve done so far in my career I’ve managed to end up on the podium twice [Block took 3rd in Norway in 2014], so I’m pretty happy with that ratio right now! I’m gutted for Andreas missing out on the Final due to a mechanical, but that’s racing. He drove amazingly well this weekend, I’m extremely proud of his driving here in Germany.”

“I had a great weekend—despite not getting the result I wanted—I’m still very happy with how things are going so far this season with Ken and this new team,” said Bakkerud. “We’re still developing the car and I had some great moments out there before I was handicapped with the mechanical stuff. Now I'm just waiting for my next chance to prove myself and this car, I can’t wait for Belgium next weekend!”

The HRD duo will be competing in Round 3 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship next weekend in Belgium, Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th. Be sure to follow along and see how they do as the season continues.

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!"