Block And Hmm Continue To Win Awards

Building upon an established history of award-winning digital viral video content through Ken Block’s GYMKHANA franchise of films, Block and his creative team at Hoonigan Media Machine are pleased to announce the latest slew of awards for automotive content.
Building upon an established history of award-winning digital viral video content through Ken Block’s GYMKHANA franchise of films, Block and his creative team at Hoonigan Media Machine are pleased to announce the latest slew of awards for automotive content.
Building upon an established history of award-winning digital viral video content through Ken Block’s GYMKHANA franchise of films, Block and his creative team at Hoonigan Media Machine are pleased to announce the latest slew of awards for automotive content.
Building upon an established history of award-winning digital viral video content through Ken Block’s GYMKHANA franchise of films, Block and his creative team at Hoonigan Media Machine are pleased to announce the latest slew of awards for automotive content.
Building upon an established history of award-winning digital viral video content through Ken Block’s GYMKHANA franchise of films, Block and his creative team at Hoonigan Media Machine are pleased to announce the latest slew of awards for automotive content.

Building upon an established history of award-winning digital viral video content through Ken Block’s GYMKHANA franchise of films, Block and his creative team at Hoonigan Media Machine are pleased to announce the latest slew of awards for automotive content.

First up are TWO Gold Telly Awards for last year’s TERRAKHANA The Ultimate Dirt Playground; Swingarm City. Taking home both top honors for Automotive Commercial and Best Directing, which was done by Hoonigan Media Machine’s Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Brian Scotto.

Second is a Silver Telly Award for last year’s CLIMBKHANA: Pikes Peak, scripted and created by Ken Block, this Gymkhana series spin-off was produced entirely in-house by Hoonigan Media Machine, and co-directed by Block’s Hoonigan business partner, Brian Scotto, as well as award-winning commercial director, Jeff Zwart.

“I am truly one of the luckiest racecar drivers in the world,” said Block. "We make rad content that we love to make. I get to rip up amazing places like Pikes Peak and Swingarm City, then we get rewarded with marketing accolades!? Yeah, life is damn good and it’s great to see the media arm of Hoonigan explode these past two years.”

“When we set out to create these films, winning awards is the furthest thing from our mind,” says HMM COO Brian Scotto. “The goal is to create fun, shareable content that we are proud to put our name on. I think that’s been a major part of our success. Knowing that for many major creative agencies, acquiring these shiny statues is job one, makes it even sweeter when we beat them at their own game.”

Ken Block and Hoonigan Media Machine are currently in post production on both Gymkhana TEN and The Gymkhana Files which will air on Amazon Prime later this year.

The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. In addition to these awards, HMM has also received these honors this year: Communicator Award and Streamy Awards of Distinction for their Daily Transmission YouTube series.

Block Takes 3rd Overall At Arx Canada

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block took his second rallycross podium (of two RX races so far this season) of the year with a 3rd place overall at the ARX round in Trois-Rivieres, Canada.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block took his second rallycross podium (of two RX races so far this season) of the year with a 3rd place overall at the ARX round in Trois-Rivieres, Canada.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block took his second rallycross podium (of two RX races so far this season) of the year with a 3rd place overall at the ARX round in Trois-Rivieres, Canada.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block took his second rallycross podium (of two RX races so far this season) of the year with a 3rd place overall at the ARX round in Trois-Rivieres, Canada.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block took his second rallycross podium (of two RX races so far this season) of the year with a 3rd place overall at the ARX round in Trois-Rivieres, Canada.

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block took his second rallycross podium (of two RX races so far this season) of the year with a 3rd place overall at the ARX round in Trois-Rivieres, Canada.

Block lead the way with Loenbro Motorsports teammate Steve Arpin in Q1, finishing 1st in his race and sitting 2nd overall after day one. When qualifying was complete, Block held P2 overall and Steve Arpin was on P4, setting Block up for pole position in Semi-Final 2 with Arpin right next to him. Block made it all the way into the final, where he drove an impressive race and came away with 3rd overall.

It was a challenging weekend to find the top pace, but Loenbro Motorsports’ ongoing development of the Ford Focus RS RX continues to make good progress, and both cars are increasingly more competitive.

Block currently sits 4th overall in the championship with 49 points despite having skipped the season opener at Silverstone. He will race one more ARX round this year in September (at COTA) to make another push at the top of the podium!

Cossie Fire And Destruction At New England Forest Rally

This year’s New England Forest Rally came to an abrupt end for Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino when a mechanical issue lead to a roll and ignited a fire that engulfed the 25 year old, Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. The duo escaped the wreck unharmed but despite their efforts to extinguish the fire, the car was destroyed. RIP, Cossie.
This year’s New England Forest Rally came to an abrupt end for Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino when a mechanical issue lead to a roll and ignited a fire that engulfed the 25 year old, Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. The duo escaped the wreck unharmed but despite their efforts to extinguish the fire, the car was destroyed. RIP, Cossie.
This year’s New England Forest Rally came to an abrupt end for Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino when a mechanical issue lead to a roll and ignited a fire that engulfed the 25 year old, Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. The duo escaped the wreck unharmed but despite their efforts to extinguish the fire, the car was destroyed. RIP, Cossie.
This year’s New England Forest Rally came to an abrupt end for Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino when a mechanical issue lead to a roll and ignited a fire that engulfed the 25 year old, Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. The duo escaped the wreck unharmed but despite their efforts to extinguish the fire, the car was destroyed. RIP, Cossie.
This year’s New England Forest Rally came to an abrupt end for Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino when a mechanical issue lead to a roll and ignited a fire that engulfed the 25 year old, Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. The duo escaped the wreck unharmed but despite their efforts to extinguish the fire, the car was destroyed. RIP, Cossie.
This year’s New England Forest Rally came to an abrupt end for Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino when a mechanical issue lead to a roll and ignited a fire that engulfed the 25 year old, Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. The duo escaped the wreck unharmed but despite their efforts to extinguish the fire, the car was destroyed. RIP, Cossie.

This year’s New England Forest Rally came to an abrupt end for Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino when a mechanical issue lead to a roll and ignited a fire that engulfed the 25 year old, Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. The duo escaped the wreck unharmed but despite their efforts to extinguish the fire, the car was destroyed. RIP, Cossie.

“Alex and I got out safely, but the car thoroughly burned right there on the stage. Luckily the in-car action was caught on my helmet mounted GoPro,” said Block.

The team was running in 3rd overall (despite a gear box problem that would ultimately ruin their weekend), and pressing on to finish Stage 4 when they turned into a tighter left corner and downshifted. The shift came late (because mechanical issue), and when it finally did, it threw the car farther to the inside of the corner and into a big rock that sent it rolling over twice. They landed on the wheels, and were ready to get going again (because shiny side up!) buuuut as you can see in the video, a fire started REALLY quick.

“Watch the helmet cam GoPro video and you can see the engine oddly redline right before I hit the rock. I was expecting the racecar to run wider, but when the gearbox finally downshifted, it didn’t engage. We aren’t sure if it was just an engagement issue or if something broke. Either way, it meant I had no drive and the car ended up on the inside of the corner instead of the middle. Such a bummer. These photos suck, and it was torturous to watch the car burn (it took a while), but that’s racing. Thanks to all the volunteers, other competitors that helped, and the fire and safety crews for helping us with that crappy situation.”

The ups and downs of racing are real. Of his 3 races so far this year, Block has made 2 podiums and a lost an entire car to fire. Gutted to have had the Cossie burn up like that, he’s already got plans to build a new one.

Ken Block Claims 2nd Overall In His Americas Rallycross Debut

In his first outing of 2018 in his Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car and his debut in the Americas Rallycross Championship, this past weekend, Ken Block overcame a series of technical challenges throughout the race day yesterday and placed himself and his Focus squarely on the podium, landing his best rallycross finish in the last three seasons with a 2nd overall and kicking off his return to racing rallycross in America in a big way.
In his first outing of 2018 in his Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car and his debut in the Americas Rallycross Championship, this past weekend, Ken Block overcame a series of technical challenges throughout the race day yesterday and placed himself and his Focus squarely on the podium, landing his best rallycross finish in the last three seasons with a 2nd overall and kicking off his return to racing rallycross in America in a big way.
In his first outing of 2018 in his Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car and his debut in the Americas Rallycross Championship, this past weekend, Ken Block overcame a series of technical challenges throughout the race day yesterday and placed himself and his Focus squarely on the podium, landing his best rallycross finish in the last three seasons with a 2nd overall and kicking off his return to racing rallycross in America in a big way.
In his first outing of 2018 in his Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car and his debut in the Americas Rallycross Championship, this past weekend, Ken Block overcame a series of technical challenges throughout the race day yesterday and placed himself and his Focus squarely on the podium, landing his best rallycross finish in the last three seasons with a 2nd overall and kicking off his return to racing rallycross in America in a big way.
In his first outing of 2018 in his Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car and his debut in the Americas Rallycross Championship, this past weekend, Ken Block overcame a series of technical challenges throughout the race day yesterday and placed himself and his Focus squarely on the podium, landing his best rallycross finish in the last three seasons with a 2nd overall and kicking off his return to racing rallycross in America in a big way.

In his first outing of 2018 in his Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car and his debut in the Americas Rallycross Championship, this past weekend, Ken Block overcame a series of technical challenges throughout the race day yesterday and placed himself and his Focus squarely on the podium, landing his best rallycross finish in the last three seasons with a 2nd overall and kicking off his return to racing rallycross in America in a big way.

During his qualifying races throughout the day on Saturday, Block finished first in his Q1 race, first in his Q2 race, third in his Q3 race and second in his Q4 race, leaving him sitting in 3rd overall in Qualifying going into his Semi-Final—which, due to some unfortunate contact from elsewhere in the field, found Block finishing in 2nd and setting him up for P3 on the starting grid of the Final. From that starting position, Block advanced to P2 by turn 1 and held that position for the entirety of the Final.

“Today was a challenge for sure,” said Block. “We had some technical issues with the suspension on both my car and on Steve’s [Arpin] car, which made it hard to keep the pace we needed to be competitive out there, but, Steve’s Loenbro Motorsports team did a great job getting the cars repaired and out there and kept us competitive. It definitely felt great to be back racing rallycross in American and I’m stoked that I’m heading home with a 2nd overall from Austin. I’m looking forward to Canada in a few weeks, that’s a fun track that suits our cars well and I’ve got two seasons of experience running it from my time in World RX, so I’m hoping for another positive result up there.”

Block’s Hoonigan teammate, Steve Arpin, qualified 5th overall but suffered a mechanical failure in his rear suspension in the Semi-Final and was unable to advance to the Final.

Both Block and Arpin will be competing in their Ford Focus RS RX’s in a few weeks during ARX’s third round of the season, taking place August 4th and 5th at Trois-Rivieres in Canada.

In the interim, Block is competing in the New England Forest Rally next weekend in his 90’s Ford Escort RS Cossie Group A/WRC car. Follow his social media to see the action.

Ken Block Announces New Partnership With Marine Products And His Shift To Supra Boats

A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Ken Block is pleased to announce a massive improvement to his summer fun at home in Park City, Utah: a new relationship for 2018 with Marine Products and Supra Boats.
A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Ken Block is pleased to announce a massive improvement to his summer fun at home in Park City, Utah: a new relationship for 2018 with Marine Products and Supra Boats.
A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Ken Block is pleased to announce a massive improvement to his summer fun at home in Park City, Utah: a new relationship for 2018 with Marine Products and Supra Boats.
A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Ken Block is pleased to announce a massive improvement to his summer fun at home in Park City, Utah: a new relationship for 2018 with Marine Products and Supra Boats.
A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Ken Block is pleased to announce a massive improvement to his summer fun at home in Park City, Utah: a new relationship for 2018 with Marine Products and Supra Boats.

A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Ken Block is pleased to announce a massive improvement to his summer fun at home in Park City, Utah: a new relationship for 2018 with Marine Products and Supra Boats.

For this summer’s boating season, Block made the decision to partner with Marine Products and to get behind the wheel of a 2018 Supra SL, powered by a 6.2L Ford Raptor motor that’s been finessed by Indmar for marine usage and features a Roush supercharger, generating 580 lb-ft of perfect wake-creating torque.

“I made the decision earlier this year that I wanted to get myself and my family into the absolute best boat on the water for this summer,” said Block. “We love hitting the local lakes around Park City, as well as heading down to Lake Powell every summer, and now that my kids are getting bigger, they’re really getting into wakeboarding and wake surfing. When doing my research and in speaking with the folks over at Marine Products, Supra came to the top of the list—especially since there’s the option for that supercharged Raptor V8! Plus, I think this boat matches nicely with my matte black Ford F450 that we’re using to haul it this season. I’m really looking forward to getting this thing out there this week and making some waves.”

With Block being Block, a stock-appearing Supra SL wouldn’t be enough. He’s outfitted his with a custom wrap to match his racecars for this current season—pictured here with his 90’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC rally car featuring artwork originally designed by Death Spray Custom out of the U.K., as well as collaborating with Marine Products on an exclusive pair of t-shirts to match, available soon at https://marine-products.com/.

Ken Block And Steve Arpin In Final Preparations For New Rallycross Season With Updated Ford Focus Rsrx Debut Team Liveries And Do Final Testing

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has officially kicked off his 2018 rallycross program, in partnership with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports. Combined, both extremely talented drivers have 10 overall rallycross wins, countless podium finishes and are looking to add more to their respective résumés with help from an updated Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Arpin and his team have been developing during the first half of 2018. This updated car will usher in a new era of performance for the Focus RS RX.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has officially kicked off his 2018 rallycross program, in partnership with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports. Combined, both extremely talented drivers have 10 overall rallycross wins, countless podium finishes and are looking to add more to their respective résumés with help from an updated Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Arpin and his team have been developing during the first half of 2018. This updated car will usher in a new era of performance for the Focus RS RX.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has officially kicked off his 2018 rallycross program, in partnership with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports. Combined, both extremely talented drivers have 10 overall rallycross wins, countless podium finishes and are looking to add more to their respective résumés with help from an updated Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Arpin and his team have been developing during the first half of 2018. This updated car will usher in a new era of performance for the Focus RS RX.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has officially kicked off his 2018 rallycross program, in partnership with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports. Combined, both extremely talented drivers have 10 overall rallycross wins, countless podium finishes and are looking to add more to their respective résumés with help from an updated Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Arpin and his team have been developing during the first half of 2018. This updated car will usher in a new era of performance for the Focus RS RX.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has officially kicked off his 2018 rallycross program, in partnership with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports. Combined, both extremely talented drivers have 10 overall rallycross wins, countless podium finishes and are looking to add more to their respective résumés with help from an updated Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Arpin and his team have been developing during the first half of 2018. This updated car will usher in a new era of performance for the Focus RS RX.

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has officially kicked off his 2018 rallycross program, in partnership with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports. Combined, both extremely talented drivers have 10 overall rallycross wins, countless podium finishes and are looking to add more to their respective résumés with help from an updated Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Arpin and his team have been developing during the first half of 2018. This updated car will usher in a new era of performance for the Focus RS RX.

The partnership is built on Block—as well as Hoonigan—bringing their motorsports marketing expertise to the table, while Arpin’s side brings extensive technical prowess when it comes to developing and running rallycross cars.

“When I made the decision to return to a handful of rallycross events this year, I knew partnering with Steve [Arpin] and his team was the right move,” said Block. “I’ve always liked Steve as a driver and I had been keeping an eye on how he and his team had developed the older Ford Fiesta RX43 chassis and were still achieving top results with it, so I knew I wanted to work with them with our Focus RS RX. When I made that decision, Ford stepped up and decided to then supply Steve a Focus RS RX of his own to further help assist in the development. Needless to say, I’m very excited about the forward progress they've made and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel at the race in Austin July 14th!”

"Obviously I'm excited about partnering with Ken [Block] this season," said Arpin. "He and I have always gotten along great at the track in the past and I think we're both in a position to help each other this year. I'm also happy about the fact that Ford Performance entrusted myself and my team to help further develop the Focus RS RX rallycross program, the car has felt amazing in our testing with the revisions we've made and I'm really eager to get it out on track and put it to the ultimate test against the competition."

Both drivers will be competing in the three remaining ARX (Americas Rallycross Championship) races, taking place in Austin, TX, at Circuit of the Americas on July 14th, Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada August 4th to the 5th and back in Austin at COTA September 29th to the 30th. Block will also compete In the U.S. round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking place that same weekend of September 29th and 30th at COTA. Additionally, both drivers will also compete at Travis Pastrana’s Nitro World Games rallycross event, taking place September 22nd and 23rd at the Utah Motorsports Complex outside of Salt Lake City, UT.

For 2018 rallycross, both Block and Arpin have cars that feature similar, yet slightly different, variations of Block’s previously shown livery for the 2018 season, created by artist Death Spray Custom. Both drivers also have their signature team gear - based off of this livery design - available for purchase online at hoonigan.com

For more updates throughout the season, be sure to follow both on Instagram at @KBlock43 and @Arpin00.

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: