Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block—in partnership with his sponsor, Monster Energy—debuted the RaptorTRAX Shredfest video on October 7th, 2014. Hosted on the Monster Energy YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/MonsterEnergy), the video highlights Block putting his Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX to the test as the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle at Baldface Lodge in British Columbia, along with fellow Monster athletes Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss. Check out the video below!
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
Slaying is not just for tires anymore. Ken Block slayed all 4 TRAX at the same time at The Donut Shop! Just days before the Main edit of Ken Block and Monster Energy’s RaptorTRAX Shredfest video debut, Hoonigan’s Head-Honcho-In-Charge, aka: HHIC Ken Block, released a 1:27 min. video hosted on the The Hoonigans YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHoonigans). Watch Block kill trax before he slays snow. Check out the video below!
In just one week (Oct 7th), Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block—in partnership with his sponsor, Monster Energy—will be debuting the highly anticipated RaptorTRAX Shredfest video. The video will be hosted exclusively on the Monster Energy YouTube channel and will highlight Block driving his all-new, custom-built Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX snowcat through some of the most incredible snowboarding terrain on the planet at Baldface Lodge in British Columbia, as well as featuring riding by fellow Monster athletes Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss.
While the main edit will drop on October 7th, the seven days leading up to the release will feature a new teaser clip each day across both Block’s and Monster Energy’s social channels. See the first one here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152758837610827
To see the other teaser clips as they drop, follow along here:
Sept 8th, 2014, Loheác, France: For his second-ever World Rallycross appearance, HRD’s Ken Block headed to the town of Loheác, France, for the championship’s biggest event. With more than 70,000 fans in attendance, it marks one of the biggest-ever crowds that Block has driven in front of.
Saturday’s Day 1 practice and heats saw Block demonstrate excellent form, setting the fastest lap time in practice, as well as winning both of his heats. Unfortunately, due to a slight bit of confusion during heat 1, Block mistakingly did not take the joker, earning himself a 30 second penalty. Despite the setback though, Block’s heat win and overall time from heat 2 allowed him to head into Sunday’s heats 13th overall, just one place away from making it into the semi-final top 12. With two decent heats on Sunday morning, Block found himself in a highly competitive afternoon semi-final, where he finished 3rd and landed a space in the final.
For the final, Block drove well, despite having to start from the back of the grid, working his way to 4th overall. In addition to finishing 4th, Block also set the single-fastest lap of the weekend in the final, a 0:36.9.
“This was definitely a tough event for me,” said Block. “I drove really well on both days, despite a few hiccups. The competition here was very tough, but I had a great time here in France this weekend. The sheer size of the crowd was wild and the French fans are very passionate about their motorsports, so that was great to experience. I really wanted to get another podium finish here in World Rallycross, but I’m still pleased with 4th overall on the weekend.”
Block’s next competitive event is in Los Angeles, CA, for the Global Rallycross doubleheader weekend, September 20th and 21st.
Ken Block returned to WorldRX action for his second outing this season, entering into the French round of the 2014 calendar in Loheác, France.
Despite having never raced in Loheác previously, Block ended up being the quickest driver (of 37 supercar entries) during the open practice session on the start of Saturday. Building upon that speed, Block also won his first heat and his second heat. However, Block missed the joker lap during his first heat and was awarded a 30 second penalty. The reason that Block missed the joker lap was that unfortunately, he was accustomed to the rallycross setup in Global Rallycross (the series where he’s competing in the full championship). In GRC, the flagger waves a white flag to indicate the final lap of a race, letting drivers know that if they haven’t taken the joker, they’ll need to do so on that last lap. In Loheác, there isn’t a final lap flag and instead just a small sign hung on the inside of the final corner. Due to this discrepancy in setup, Block thought he had another lap to take the joker. Even with that setback however, Block’s second heat win allowed him to finish 13th overall leading into Sunday. That positioning puts him right on the bubble of breaking into the top 12 and thus into the semi-finals.
Block will continue today in heats 3 and 4 as he attempts to move from 13th overall into the top 12. To see if he can do it, follow along at the WorldRX livestream: http://www.rallycrossrx.com/livestream
SEPT 5th, LOHEÁC, FRANCE: This weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block returns to World RallyCross competition, entering into the biggest event of the season in Loheác, France. There, he’ll be going door-to-door with some of the best international rallycross racers in the world, including current championship points leader, and former WRC champion, Petter Solberg.
Block has had a great season so far. As he seeks to make the podium once again in World RX, some quick stats on his 2014 season at the midway point:
- Currently ranked 2nd overall in Global Rallycross after 6 of 10 events
- Won GRC Charlotte and made podium in New York and Daytona
- Currently tied as best overall qualifier in GRC with series leader Piquet Jr.
- Took 3rd overall at WorldRX Norway (his debut WorldRX event)
- Won his only stage rally of the year so far (Rally America’s 100 Acre Wood)
- Starred in Castrol’s viral video “Footkhana” with Neymar Jr. (16+ million views)
For his second Monster Energy Gymkhana Experience event in Japan, Ken Block block brought his Ford Fiesta HFHV to the city of Nagoya to put on an unforgettable show including the Monster FMX team, drivers from Japan’s premiere drifting series (the D1 Grand Prix), helicopters, bears, and more.
Kicking off the weekend with a slew of media ride-alongs (including drifting legend Keiichi Tsuchiya), Block then put down a smoky run through the Gymkhana course, followed by a drift competition between all the attending D1 Grand Prix drivers - the winner of which was to face Block in a Gymkhana race against the clock. It was Masato Kawabata (2013 D1 Champion) who made it to the final race - only to spin out both of his competitive runs, costing him the win.
The finale ended with Monster Energy’s freestyle motocross team throwing tricks over the “helicopter obstacle” (a Robinson R44 on concrete blocks), Block putting down a final Gymkhana run, and an autograph signing that filled the entire course with fans.
Video coming soon - for now, enjoy the photos!
Hell, Norway: Making his World Rallycross Championship debut in Hell, Norway, this past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block came away from his first-ever WorldRX round in third overall, sharing the podium with former WRC champion Petter Solberg and fellow Ford driver Reinis Nitiss.
Saturday’s first two rounds of heats had Block learning the all-new-to-him course, as well as adapting to the Norway-specific start timing system utilized by WorldRX at the event, which is a radically different style compared to the main series Block competes in, Global Rallycross. Despite the learning curve however, Block managed to win one of his two heats on Saturday, setting himself up to end the day 13th overall out of 36 entries.
Sunday morning, Block continued to show his skill and ability to learn quickly by taking 2nd in his third heat. He placed 5th in his fourth and final heat and ended the heats of day 2 set up in 8th overall and solidly into the semi-finals. During the battle of Block’s semi-final, he achieved a third place finish, which put him into the final on the back row. From there, Block drove like a man possessed, taking the joker lap right off the start and battling the entire way with a highly competitive field to come away with a podium-placing third overall in the final.
“I’m unbelievably stoked to come way from this event with third overall,” said Block. “This was my first time racing in this style of European rallycross event and I really enjoyed it. The level of competition here is great and the track was excellent. It was a really enjoyable course with a ton of elevation changes, but it was also super challenging—especially when you look at some of the guys I was driving against, like Petter [Solberg]! Based on this experience, I’m definitely looking forward to coming back and competing in France in September.”
In addition to placing third overall in the race, Block also took first place in the European Rally Championship, which was being run simultaneously during the WorldRX event and for which he took first overall out of 23 entries based on points earned in the four heats spread between Saturday and Sunday.
Block’s next racing event is next weekend at GRC Washington DC, back stateside and taking place on June 21st and 22nd in Washington DC at RFK Stadium.
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