Block Finishes The Year With A 2nd In Italy

For his final event of the 2014 race season, Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block headed to Bologna, Italy, for the Bettega Celebrities Rally event that's held in conjunction with the Bologona Motorshow. Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, the event is setup similar to a WRC Super Special Stage (or a slightly narrow GRC course) with a head-to-head competition style taking place.

For this event, some notable names were present to compete with Block. Racers with Formula One pedigrees like 1997 Champion Jacques Villenueve, former F1 driver Robert Kubica (who know competes regularly in WRC) and the ever-popular Italian (former WRC) racer Gigi Galli—a driver whom Block has always admired in terms of driving style.

While the competition took place over two days in Bologna at the local convention center, Block really started to shine during Sunday's day two competition. While day one saw Block frustrated with the lack of pre-event practice and attempting to find a setup that worked for the course, day two saw Block completely dialed and laying down blisteringly quick times. Each matchup against the other drivers was head-to-head, and Block managed to win his first four of four matchups on Sunday. His 5th and 6th matchups were against Robert Kubica and while Block was barely beaten (by .04 seconds) on the 5th race, he came back and beat Kubica on the 6th by .47 seconds.

The pair met again during the finals for the event and while Kubica just barely eked out the win against Block, Block was still immensely satisfied with his result for the overall weekend. Block also put down the single fastest lap time of the entire event during Sunday's competitions.

"I'm stoked that I'm able to end my season on a high-note," said Block. "I've been racing 11 out of the last 12 months this year, which is probably the busiest season I've had yet in my rally career. So to cap it off and come to Bologna to take part in this great event, with such passionate fans and a really fun course was a nice treat. But to then be able to race against former F1 names like Jacques Villenueve and Robert Kubica, as well as a rally hero of mine, Gigi Galli, and beat them in competition? That's simply amazing for me and really helps reaffirm that I've learned a lot the last few years and really developed more as a driver. Nobody competing here could be called slow at all and while I struggled on day one to find my setup and rythym, I really feel that I figured it out here on Sunday and I think my 2nd overall is proof of that. I'm not that bummed about losing the event to Robert [Kubica], that guy is scary fast and he comes from F1!"

The race at the Bologna Motorshow brings Block's long 2014 season to an end. Stay tuned to find out what his race calendar holds for the upcoming 2015 rally season.

Ken Block Announces Nyc Art Show Collab: Blast

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block can’t stop and won’t stop. While he “broke the internet” on Monday with the release of his latest Gymkhana video, Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild in the Streets; Los Angeles, today he’s pleased to announce the opening of a collaborative art gallery exhibit/book release this evening with artist, friend and fellow Utah resident, Jim Mangan, in New York City.

Titled BLAST, the work builds upon the epic, almost otherworldly landscape photography that helped Mangan break out in the world of photography, but does so with the incorporation of both Block and his Ford Fiesta HFHV rally car.

This was a great, fun side project that we fit in earlier this season,” said Block. “I’ve been friends with Jim for years and have admired his photo work so when he approached me about collaborating on a photo project in Southern Utah earlier this year I jumped at the chance. There are so many epic landscapes in Utah and to be able to go and tear through them in my rally car and walk away with incredible photography and video documenting it? How could I not!”

This evening, BLAST will be having an opening reception/book signing at gallery 205-A (205, Avenue A, New York, NY) from 6:30 PM until 9 PM with both Block and Mangan on-site. To pre-order your copy of BLAST, visit dashwoodbooks.com

Hoonigan Launches Ken Block’S Gymkhana Seven: Wild In The Streets Of Los Angeles

NOV 17th, Los Angeles, CA: Head Hoonigan In Charge, Ken Block, is proud to announce that his latest installment in the award-winning Gymkhana viral video series has officially launched on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel today. The video, Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles—presented by Hoonigan, Ford and Need For Speed: No Limits— brings the franchise back to an urban landscape. Similar to Block’s assault on San Francisco in the wildly successful Gymkhana FIVE film, which has garnered over 68 million views, we see the rally racer tear through city streets, but this time in an all new tire-slaying machine—a custom built 845HP all-wheel-drive 1965 Ford Mustang, dubbed the Hoonicorn.

L.A.’s finest, aka the police, provided the route for Block, as they cordoned off intersections and guided the H.H.I.C. and his Mustang in and around Los Angeles. The goal however, was not to for Block to take the fastest route from point A to point B, but to instead fully exploit the question every car guy has asked himself, which is “What would you do if the police shut down the streets for you?” For Block, that meant having the absolute most fun possible and driving in the wildest style imaginable.

Block and his driving aren’t the only stars of the video however. For Gymkhana SEVEN Block decided that he needed a brand-new, one-of-a-kind vehicle. The car? A completely fully custom 1965 all- wheel -drive Ford Mustang notchback featuring an 845 hp Ford V8 from NASCAR’s Roush Yates and a Dakar Rally-spec all- wheel -drive transmission from Sadev. It’s the only performance all- wheel -drive Mustang in the world and built in collaboration with Vaughn Gittin Jr’s RTR tuning brand, the car—affectionately dubbed “the Hoonicorn” by Block and his team—is an absolute beast on the streets of Los Angeles, decimating tires and bursting eardrums as Block lays down some of his most precise and aggressive driving to-date.

“I’ve done Gymkhana-style driving in quite a few cars over years,” said Block. “But by far, this car is hands-down the best I’ve ever driven for this type of driving. The instant torque and power from that V8 is absolutely intoxicating and it basically vaporizes the tires the moment second I get into the throttle. It’s also completely insane to me when I see the footage of this car being chained to a wall and doing an all-wheel drive burnout. I’m beyond stoked with how not only how the car turned out, but also this video. I honestly feel this is my best Gymkhana video yet and I’d like to thank the city of Los Angeles for allowing me to borrow their streets for a few days!”

In addition to the all-new car for the video, Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles truly takes the “wild” ethos seriously, with Block absolutely capitalizing on the fact that some of the most congested roadways in America were shut down for him to create his latest video. Featuring some of the most over-the-top, insanely smoky moves yet, viewers will continually have their jaws agape at how absolutely out-of-control it all appears while simultaneously cringing on the edge of their seat as they realize how close some of the proximity tricks are. The video was filmed over five days in early October 2014 and it hits an assortment of iconic Los Angeles locations including Downtown L.A., Randy’s Donuts, the L.A. freeways, the 6th Street Bridge, Chinatown, the L.A. River and, perhaps most iconic of all, the Hollywood Sign.

“The access to locations for this project was incredible,” said Block. “Obviously the film commission in Los Angeles is quite good and accustomed to working with projects that involve driving all the time. However this was the first and only time that anyone has done actual live-action driving and filming at the top of the Hollywood Sign—some of the permissions we had to obtain from the Department of Homeland Security were intense!”

With Hoonigan being the title sponsor for the video, the apparel brand has also created a unique Gymkhana SEVEN-themed apparel pack that builds upon the look of the Hoonicorn and helps brings that styling directly to the fans. The pack is available nationwide at all Zumiez store locations, as well as online at www.hoonigan.com.

To watch Gymkhana SEVEN: https://www.hoonigan.com/gymkhana7

To learn more about the Hoonicorn RTR: http://tinyurl.com/oy2jsb5

HOONICORN RTR SPECIFICATIONS:

MOTOR: Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8, 845 hp/720 lb-.ft with individual throttle bodiesITBs
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system
SUSPENSION: Custom ASD Motorsports-designed geometry and components
BODY: 1965 widebody Ford Mustang designed by RTR, Ken Block, and Hoonigan, ASD Motorsports full tubular chassis, ASD Motorsports custom roll-cage, door bars and front/rear suspension mounts, RTR carbon fiber body panels
WHEELS: fifteen52 three-piece R40, 18-” x10.5-inch”
TIRES: Pirelli Trofeo R, 295/30R/18, custom Ken Block compound

Block Wins The Battle, Loses The War. Dominates Grc Vegas, Takes Second Overall In The 2014 Grc Championship.

Bringing the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship to a close, Hoonigan Racing Divison's Ken Block dominated the final race of the season in Las Vegas and brought home his second win of the year. 

Block, who was fastest in practice, won both of his heats, as well as taking his semi-final handily. He then seized control of the final, leading by a sizeable margin the entire race. He led every lap of every race of the event—complete domination.

Despite the dominating performance however, Block missed also taking the overall championship title by only 5 points. Going into the Vegas round, Block sat in second overall in the championship, just 12 points out of first. Through the heats and the final, Block closed that gap down to only 5 points but the series leader, fellow Ford driver Joni Wiman, finished the race right behind Block in second, helping fight off Block's attempt at snagging the championship title.

"It's a bittersweet win," said Block. "I drove my heart out today and did everything I could to win the championship title. My Ford Fiesta ran flawlessly and I definitely want to thank my team for helping keep me on top today. I've got one of the best motorsports teams in the world and given that we started the season with a lot of bad luck, it's awesome to be able to still finish it with a big season-ending win and a 2nd place championship trophy. I also want to thank Ford for their support all season long and also to congratulate them on their 4th consecutive GRC manufacturers championship. I’m stoked that I’ve been able to be a leading part of contributing to that title again this season.”

Block had a banner season in Global Rallycross during 2014, winning more heats than any other driver in the series as well consistently being the fastest qualifier. Block ends the season having won two races (Charlotte and Las Vegas) as well as grabbing a third in New York, a second in Daytona, a third in Los angeles 1 and a second in Los Angeles 2. In addition to the impressive group of finishes in GRC, Block also entered a handful of WorldRX rounds where he came away with a third place podium finish in his debut event during Norway RX and a fourth overall finish during France RX (an event where he also ended up setting the fastest lap of the entire event during competition).

Block’s next big event will be the global launch of Gymkhana SEVEN, coming later this month to The Hoonigan's YouTube channel.

Block’S On A Mission To Win The Grc Championship

BLOCK’S ON A MISSION TO WIN THE GRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Heading into the last day of the final round of the 2014 GRC season in Las Vegas today, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is currently sitting 2nd overall in the championship, only 11 points behind 1st.

Block has had a banner season, winning more heats than any other driver in the series, as well as being the fastest qualifier (on average). In addition to these stats, Block has also won one race (Charlotte), as well as racking up multiple podium finishes in New York, Charlotte, Daytona, Los Angeles 1 and Los Angeles 2. He’s also dabbled in WorldRX this season, making the podium during his debut in Norway (3rd overall), as well as setting the fastest lap of the event during the France round and finishing 4th overall.

Block led the GRC Championship into the 2nd-to-last round of Seattle, but lost the lead due to a small but costly mistake in the final. However, he’s charging in the final in Las Vegas already and feeling confident with only one goal on his mind: winning the race and bringing home the championship. Yesterday, he was fastest in practice, qualified 2nd, and won his heat. To see if he can succeed, be sure to tune in later today on the live stream here: http://live.redbull.tv/events/468/red-bull-global-rally-cross-2014-las-vegas/

Ken Block Unveils The Hoonicorn Rtr, His Batsh!T Retro-Modern All-Wheel Drive Gymkhana Seven Ford Mustang

MORE PHOTOS: HOONIGAN.COM/HOONICORN

NOV 4th, Las Vegas, NV: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to debut his Gymkhana SEVEN car for the first time publicly in the Ford booth at SEMA 2014. The car? A completely unique, one-off, world’s first performance all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang notchback. A collaborative effort between Block, Hoonigan and RTR—fellow Ford and Monster Energy athlete Vaughn Gittin Jr’s automotive tuning brand—the car shares the spotlight with Block in his upcoming Gymkhana SEVEN video project.

Built at ASD Motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the course of two years, the car is based upon a 1965 Ford Mustang notchback—the iconic pony car, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The car was heavily modified by RTR and ASD Motorsports to feature a 410 cubic inch Roush Yates V8, with 845 hp, mated to a one-off Sadev all-wheel drive system. The styling for the build harnesses a mix of influences and inspirations that include the current crop of WRC cars, DTM cars and even toy cars from Block’s youth. These elements were harnessed through a collaborative effort between Block and RTR—since RTR is known for their Mustang expertise—and incorporated into the build.

“I’m stoked to be able to publicly unveil this car for the first time at SEMA in the Ford booth,” said Block. “This is a project that I’ve been working on for two years, so to see it fully come to fruition and be able to drive it for Gymkhana SEVEN was absolutely amazing. I also knew that working with Vaughn [Gittin Jr.] and his RTR team was the right choice for this project since Mustang’s are their world, but they really went above and beyond on this car. The attention to detail with the fabrication and bodywork blows my mind. This is hands-down the best Gymkhana car I’ve had yet.”

To see Block’s Gymkhana SEVEN Mustang in person, swing by the Ford booth on the SEMA show floor, the car will be on display to the public for the entirety of the show.

HOONICORN RTR SPECIFICATIONS:
- MOTOR: Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8, 845 hp/720 lb.ft with ITBs
- TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system
- SUSPENSION: Custom ASD Motorsports-designed geometry and components
- BODY: 1965 widebody Ford Mustang designed by RTR, Ken Block and Hoonigan, ASD Motorsports full tubular chassis, ASD Motorsports custom roll-cage, door bars and front/rear suspension mounts, RTR carbon fiber body panels
- WHEELS: fifteen52 three-piece R40, 18”x10.5”
- TIRES: Pirelli Trofeo R, 295/30/18, custom Ken Block compound

Ken Block Wins Gymkhana Grid: Madrid

Returning to the city of Madrid, Spain, for the second year in a row, Monster Energy’s European Gymkhana GRID series held the final event of the season this weekend. A combination of head-to-head racing mixed with the techniques and skills featured by Block in his award-winning viral video Gymkhana series, the competition features both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive classes made up of participants from all walks of life and levels of driving ability.

Block headlined the event, taking on the winner of the Street all-wheel drive class in a grand finale—which he won—helping once again solidify his title of Gymkhana Master. However there was a great mix of racing action in both classes on the course throughout the day, as well as demos and appearances provided by a mix of other Monster Energy motorsport athletes including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Liam Doran, Buttsy Butler, Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni, Luke Woodham and Terry Grant.

“These Gymkhana GRID events are a great time for me,” said Block. “I love coming out and seeing what Monster is doing with the series. Each year there are more and more cars coming out to compete, especially in the all-wheel drive class and the amount of fans that show up grows each time. The courses also get bigger and better each year. Combine that with the huge cash prizes available and some of the best trophies I’ve ever seen given out at a motorsports event, this really is an incredible event to be able to come and be a part of. I’m looking forward to doing this all again next season.”

For now, Gymkhana GRID 2014 is over. However, stay tuned to find out details on what the series will be up to in 2015.

Block Completes Wrc Spain 2014

HRD’s Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino have successfully completed the 2014 round of WRC Spain. The duo had a positive outing throughout the entire rally where they started their final day of stages on Sunday sitting 12th overall and looking to crack into the top 10—which they managed to do prior to the last stage of the event. Unfortunately, on the final stage, Block suffered a puncture on the front driver’s side tire (from a small rock in the racing line), which eventually failed completely and exploded, leaving Block to drive on three tires and a bare rim for the last 7 km of the stage. Due to the puncture the pair surrendered their top 10 finish and completed the event in 12th overall.

“That puncture on the last stage was really disappointing,” said Block. “We drove hard to put ourselves in the position to be in the top 10 and managed to pull it off, despite this being only my second stage rally of the year and 18 months since I’d last done WRC, and 3 years since my last WRC tarmac rally! Unfortunately, that’s rally and typically a puncture comes at the worst time. It is what it is though, my goal was to come on out and have a great time and I’ve definitely managed to do that.”

“The roads and fans are amazing here in Spain, plus the event organizers did a great job with this race—they even included a few mandatory donuts in the stages! Overall though it was great to be back in a World Rally Championship race and it was good to see all of my driver friends from this series. The entire weekend was really enjoyable. I love racing the WRC Ford Fiesta RS as well, so hopefully I’ll be able to add a few more of these events into my schedule next year.”

Block Moves To Tarmac On Day 3 Of Wrc Spain

Following a solid outing on Friday’s gravel stages at WRC Spain, HRD’s Ken Block took to the sublime tarmac stages in the hills of Spain on Saturday for the second road surface type of the rally.

Block, who last raced on tarmac rally stages here in 2011 at WRC Spain, went out with a simple goal: have fun and keep it clean. Having not had a lot of tarmac stage rally experience in his career, the focus for Block was to both work on getting reacquainted with notes being called as well as familiarizing himself with the limits of tire adhesion on tarmac at speed.

“I’m really just having fun out here on these stages,” said Block. “My whole focus for this event has been to come out and enjoy these absolutely amazing roads, which I’ve been doing! The roads here are a lot of fun and while I lost a position overall today, I attribute it to the fact that I’m still learning just how far I can actually push my tires on these tarmac stages. But, that’s something that simply comes with time and experience, which I’m working on. I’m looking forward to four more stages tomorrow, hopefully I can make up some time on them as well.

To see how Block does on the final day of Rally Spain, be sure to follow along here, on Instagram and Facebook.

Block Returns To The Wrc For Rally Spain

After an 18-month absence from the World Rally Championship, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block returned this weekend, selecting WRC Spain as his single round crammed into his extremely busy 2014 race schedule.

Having not been in a WRC-spec Ford Fiesta RS since Rally Mexico in 2013 (where he finished 7th overall), Block arrived to Spain and did two days of testing leading into the event, one day for tarmac and the other for gravel since Spain features both surfaces during the event for stages.

Thursday evening saw Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino make an appearance in Barcelona for the opening ceremonies and the Super Special downtown after having been 8th fastest overall in shakedown that morning. The pair then took to the dusty hills outside of Salou, Spain for Friday’s gravel stages. Block put on a solid performance throughout the day, finishing 11th overall by the close of the day—while being only 8.2 seconds outside of cracking the top 10. Throughout the course of the day, Block drove patiently and with caution due to having not actually heard pace notes in 8 months since his last stage rally outing at Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (which Block won). Unfortunately, mid-afternoon on SS6, Block suffered a tire puncture and lost some time. However, after a quick swap after the stage finish, he went on to resume normal pace for SS7.

“Overall I’m fairly happy with how today went,” said Block. “I really wanted to break into the top 10 on this first full day, and I’m close, so hopefully tomorrow we can pick up the pace a bit and work ourselves in there. I’ve been doing a lot more tarmac racing as of late due to all of my rallycross racing, so I’m hoping that I'm able to transfer some of that tarmac feel and experience into this WRC chassis and move up the standings. Today was really fun though, it feels great to be back doing stage rally.”

With WRC Spain only being Block’s second stage rally event of the season, he’s keeping his overall expectations for the event fairly low. To see how he does on the first day of tarmac stages, be sure to follow along here, on Facebook and Instagram.