PARK CITY, UTAH — Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Dubbed Hoonicorn V2, Block’s updated Mustang now features a fully custom twin-turbo setup that’s force-feeding 21 pounds of boost into a 410 cubic inch (6.7 liter) methanol motor. The end result? 1,400 horsepower at the crank that is then sent to all four wheels in an effort to vaporize Block’s Toyo tires instantly.
“We got approval for a new video concept using the Hoonicorn, but I needed more power for what I needed it to do,” said Block. “So, I developed the concept for the general idea of what I wanted— two turbos sticking out the hood—and handed that over to my team. They came back with a functional way to make that happen and added methanol to get the setup to produce the power that I wanted. We ended up with 1,400 horsepower! Ha, so they may have over delivered a bit—and I’m happy about that!"
Block continues; "When I say that this is the absolute most frightening thing I’ve ever driven, I’m not exaggerating. AT ALL. The motor revs and spins my Toyo tires to destruction so quickly that I can’t change the gears fast enough. It’s genuinely a mind-numbing, crazy experience to try to drive this thing. It’s amazing."
In addition to updating the engine setup in the Hoonicorn, Block and Hoonigan also updated the livery of the vehicle for Block’s all-new video project. Featuring an adaptation of the ever-popular “stars and stripes” theme that originally debuted on Block’s MkII Ford Escort that’s been mixed with a reflective pattern (similar to that seen on Block’s Ford Fiesta RX43 in Gymkhana EIGHT) on top of a gray-to-black fade of the base color from nose to tail. The new look for Hoonicorn V2 is as in-your-face as it gets. New Hoonigan gear will be available soon, inspired by this livery.
So, just what project will Block be using this updated 1,400 horsepower beast in? To find out, make sure to tune in to the Toyo Tires YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/toyotires) on October 18th for a sneak peek.
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.
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 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.
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!"
This past week, HRD's Ken Block took to the streets in and around London to film an incredible segment for the new season of Top Gear with new presenter/host/good friend Matt LeBlanc. The plot? A tour of London in Block's 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR with Block driving and LeBlanc attempting to "navigate" while being driven around in full Gymkhana style.
Filming took place over four days with the first two being in central London, hitting locations like Tower Bridge, Westminster Square, past Big Ben, Canary Wharf and even by Buckingham Palace.
"The access that Top Gear scored us was amazing," said Block "never in a million years did I think I'd be able to drive my Hoonicorn through the streets of London. Los Angeles in Gymkhana SEVEN was incredible, but it's L.A. and they film things there all the time. To have streets locked down in central London? Incredible. The photos alone have looked amazing, I can't wait to see how the final film edit turns out."
In addition to central London, Block, LeBlanc and the Top Gear crew filmed scenes out at the local Ford plant in Dagenham, which is a suburb east of the city.
The segment is slated to air during the first half of the upcoming season of Top Gear, with air dates being listed soon.
MEDIA ALERT::: The below press release was sent out by Ford Performance earlier today, helping announce the all new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Hoonigan Racing Division drivers Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud will be competing in during the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship season. Additionally, Block will be using this car for Gymkhana NINE, dropping later this year. For more details and information, check it out below.
Focus RS Confirmed by Ford Performance for Competition in 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship
Ford Focus RS will make its competition debut as Ford’s factory entry in 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship
Ken Blocks Hoonigan Racing Division will field two Focus RS race cars to build on the performance marque’s championship legacy
World Rallycross Championship race car based on all-new global 2016 Ford Focus RS featuring advanced Ford Performance torque vectoring all-wheel drive
Ken Block will be joined by Andreas Bakkerud as his teammate for 2016
DEARBORN, Michigan, March 2, 2016 – Ford’s RS competition legacy continues this season for a new generation of motorsports fans.
Teased at the conclusion of Ken Block’s Gymkhana EIGHT released earlier this week, Ford Performance confirms Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team will field two factory-supported 2016 Ford Focus RS race cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
“RS is a worldwide brand with a rich heritage that motorsports enthusiasts know and love,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Our RS badge has a natural connection to racing, and we have a passionate, dedicated team on the project. We’re excited to honor the history of Rallye Sport by pushing every aspect of performance and design to the limit.”
For more than 50 years, Ford Performance’s Rallye Sport badge has been reserved for racing and production vehicles that push the limits of performance and innovation. Known for aggressive design and pioneering technology, Ford vehicles wearing the RS badge have seen success for decades in stage rally series including winning participation in FIA World Rally Championship with drivers like Björn Waldegård, Marcus Grönholm, Mikko Hirvonen and Colin McRae.
The Focus RS build is a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division and U.K.-based M-Sport. Featuring all-wheel drive, a new EcoBoost® engine producing 600 horsepower, and a 0-60-mph launch time of less than two seconds, Ford Focus RS Rallycross cars are optimized for competition.
Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance, says the intention has been to develop a Rallycross car that lives up to the RS badge.
“We’ve dedicated the same level of cutting-edge tools, technical resources and engineering know-how from our Le Mans GT and NASCAR programs, and working with M-Sport brings renowned expertise in rallycross and stage rally vehicle development,” said Rushbrook. “Ken, Andreas Bakkerud and Hoonigan Racing give us insight from the competition and driver perspectives. Our three organizations have a great working relationship, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the Focus RS in action.”
"I'm really happy to be expanding my relationship with Ford Performance," said Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block. "To have official factory support for my race season in 2016 and beyond as I enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship full-time is absolutely incredible. It opens up a ton of powerful resources that myself and my team will be able to benefit from in terms of engineering prowess, research, development and racing experience from different fields. Plus, have you seen the car that they've created for me to go race in? My mind was blown when they showed it to me in Dearborn a few months ago. I absolutely cannot wait to get behind the wheel and start testing."
Malcolm Wilson, OBE, managing director for M-Sport, believes that together, they’ve produced a very special race car. “Working closely with our colleagues at Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division, a huge amount of work has gone into this project,” he said. “It’s been an extremely exciting, rewarding venture – one we hope yields considerable success. I’m confident we have a winning formula for the season ahead.”
A Ford driven by Ford-Autocraft employee Brian Melia was at the birth of rallycross in February 1967 – his Lotus Cortina finishing second in the Lydden Hill event created especially for ITV’s “World of Sport”. The BBC adopted rallycross later that year and the sport’s future was assured, with the first British Rallycross Championship won by Tony Chappell in a factory-prepared Ford Escort Twin Cam in 1968.
The Focus RS Rallycross cars will debut at the FIA World Rallycross event in Portugal, April 15-17, with Block and Bakkerud behind the wheel. The global 12-race series takes place in 11 countries on three continents.
Additional information on the race cars and their development will be coming ahead of the Portugal race.
2015 was, as usual, an exceptionally busy year for HHIC, Ken Block. A season that saw him compete in the full Global Rallycross Championship (which he led in the points standings for the first 10 of 12 rounds and included three 1st place finishes and two other podiums), as well as competing in a handful of stage rally events, including two down in New Zealand (where Block brought home a 1st overall finish at Rally Whangarei). Additionally Block competed at summer X Games in Austin, TX, as well as at the Gymkhana GRID finale in Santa Pod, U.K.
To add to a diverse race program, Block also partook in a lot of marketing initiatives as well. Block helped headline the Clarkson Hammond and May LIVE! shows that took place in Johannesburg, S.A., he helped Need for Speed launch their latest game, he debuted a brand new car (his Gymkhana-focused Ford MkII Escort), he helped unveil the all-new, all wheel-drive, Ford Focus RS for Ford at their international launch event in Cologne, Germany—as well as putting it through the paces up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for Ford alongside his Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN.
Two separate magazines took notice of Block’s over-the-top and insane schedule and offered up acknowledgement for his impacts as an ambassador and advocate for car culture in 2015. First up, Block made Motortrend’s annual “Power List,” for 2015, clocking in at number 32 (up from 47 last year). Motortrend had this to say about Block:
“Block’s driving abilities are insane. But his impact on popular culture is the reason he’s here. Whether in his Gymkhana 850-hp all-wheel-drive ’65 Ford Mustang or during Global Rally Cross, this drifter has found his home as a Ford spokesman and YouTube sensation. His videos garner tens of millions of views. He recently partnered with Ford to help create the Focus RS. All of his skills are on display in a Ford-produced documentary about the car and Block. More important, he connects with a young audience that carmakers around the globe have had a tough time reaching. Block makes that as easy as doing donuts at a donut shop.” (Article here: http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-power-list-and-the-person-of-the-year/)
Next up, Block took top honors from Autoweek to kick off 2016, leading the pack in their inaugural awards issue. Block was bestowed with their “Car Culture” award. They put it best by saying; “No one has done more to make car culture relevant to people young and old over the past decade.” And, while being exceptionally high praise, is also true. (Article here: http://autoweek.com/article/autoweek-awards/ken-block-2016-autoweek-car-culture-award)
“I’m pleased and blown away by the praise from both outlets in the last few months,” said Block. “I don’t wake up in the morning and set out to earn awards, I wake up and I look at how I can not only go and enjoy myself by being competitive on the track, but also how I can go and find unique, interesting and fun ways to play with my racecars. At the end of the day, we all got into this because we loved cars and we loved having fun with cars. Sometimes that means doing cool stuff off track in a non-competitive way, potentially very sideways and generating a lot of tire smoke. Ha! But it’s awesome to be recognized for being able to mix my personal goals with those of my partners, that feels really good.”
Block isn’t a stranger to receiving awards for his work on and off the track. He’s previously received multiple Golden Pencil awards for his Gymkhana series of viral videos, an “Automotive Inspiration” award from The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles for his contributions to car culture and has even landed “Most Thrilling Driver” awards (2) from the head of the Goodwood Estate, Lord March, in the U.K. during his appearances at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, along with a 40 Under 40 Award from Fortune Magazine earlier in his business career, etc.
When it came time for Ken Block to choose a boat for his summer boating needs, he had two requirements: for it to be the best wakeboard boat possible and for it to match his current racecars. A tall order, but something that Mastercraft was confident they could deliver upon.
So, for cruising with his family or making the ultimate waves while wakeboarding with his friends this summer, Block will be boating around his home state of Utah in a custom one-off Mastercraft X30 wakeboard boat. Designed to align with his current 2015 racecar livery, Block’s X30 has all of the great features that a normal X30 comes with, but also includes a unique exterior finish that incorporates Block’s “intergalactic” space theme from this season, as well as his signature 43 racing number. Additionally the boat features a blacked-out Zero-Flex Tower and custom-trimmed interior to match, all combining to make this one of the most unique boats on the water.
“I’m really happy with how this project turned out,” said Block. “I absolutely love boating on the lakes here in Utah with my family and I really enjoy wakeboarding. So, when it was time for me to get a new boat for this summer, we reached out to Mastercraft to see what could be done to make something that was unique but that utilized the X30. Mastercraft absolutely nailed the execution of my 2015 livery on this thing and the murdered out wake tower is a nice touch. It really helps tie the whole thing together when I’m towing it with my Ford Raptor, seeing it parked next to my Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rallycross competition car is a trip as well. I can’t wait to take it down to Lake Powell later this summer.”
Adding to an already impressive lineup of sponsors and partners, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce the addition of another high-caliber sponsor, XDubai.
XDubai is the regional leader of the Middle East when it comes to action sports, both in terms of supporting events, challenges and athletes, as well as hosting events and activities. From skateboarders and their video projects to freestyle moto riders throwing down world-first triple backflips and from skydivers to guys with jet-powered wing suits strapped to their backs, XDubai positions itself front and center when it comes to supporting next-level innovations with both action- and extreme-sport athletes. With a goal of helping turn Dubai into the adrenaline capital of the world, today’s partnership with Ken Block helps solidify that mission.
“I’m really excited about this partnership,” said Block. “While we were in the initial discussions to make this deal possible, I took a trip to Dubai to learn more about XDubai and the city itself and I was blown away. It’s a hugely impressive city and it’s also known for being a massively progressive city in that region of the world. The team at XDubai absolutely gets what I do and what I’m about and, as I’m sure everyone knows, Dubai itself has a passion for all things automotive. I had a blast there, so I’m looking forward to heading back over. We’ve got some fun demo appearances planned for over there later in the year with my Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN.”
As a part of the sponsorship of Ken Block and his 2015 racing program, XDubai will host Block and his Hoonicorn RTR at the Dubai Motor Festival in November. It will officially be the first public appearances and driving demos by Block in the Middle East region, as well as the first appearance of his Hoonicorn. For more information on XDubai, visit: xdubai.com