This is better than Gymkhana.
This is better than Gymkhana.
Ken Block did what Ken Block does in his terrifying rally Fiesta: delivering the donuts to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
I don’t think I had an appreciation for how much work goes into building a rallycross car from the ground-up until I saw this clip on Ken Block’s new Ford Focus RS RX. Every little individual component has to be assembled, and it’s fascinating to watch it all come together.
Rallycross is one of those fast-paced disciplines of motorsport that can take the viewer through about 11 emotions in a single turn, and this FIA World Rallycross Championship video is a great example of that—driver attempts a daring pass, spins sideways in front of the field and somehow saves it to take the lead.
I’m not old enough to be able to explain why anyone would want to wear Zubaz pants, but I’m old enough to have seen a grown man wearing them and to be haunted by the memory. I can now blame Ken Block’s RS RX rallycross beast for resurrecting what a significant investment in therapy had tried to kill
You’re looking at one of the most seriously fast, capable, focused race cars on the planet. And it sounds, well, silly.
“There was never a great plan to build it into what it is,” is a funny way to describe how you end up with a twin-turbo V8 restomod Pontiac Firebird in your garage.
This week, we warned you all of the “brief periods of loud engine noise” that would echo through London due to “an American Mustang” drifting around Tower Bridge on March 12. One of our Jalopnik readers went out and braved the noise, only to find Ken Block taking new Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc for a spin.
Do you like cars? Small versions of big things? How about putting drinks on tables made of fragile material? If you answered yes to any of the above, today’s a good day for you, my friend.
At the end of Ken Block’s most recent tire-destroying drift madness video (AKA Gymkhana 8), we caught our first glimpse of what Ford was calling the Ford Focus RS RX. We didn’t know much about it, but now we know just how wild it is. 600 horsepower, over 650 lb-ft of torque, and zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
Finally, we get to see Ken Block hoon his spectacularly reflective flame-spitting Ford Fiesta through Dubai. Gymkhana 8 makes plowing through sand an art form, puts a Raptor on two wheels, and shows us the single best use of Dubai’s insane collection of police supercars I’ve ever seen. Oh, and there’s a plane.
Gymkhana 8 comes out in a week, with the same Ken Block sliding the same 650 horsepower AWD Fiesta and this totally new reflective paint scheme that wait hold on this looks awesome.
‘One owner, only driven on weekends’ has never been more amazingly misleading.
We’re used to seeing Ken Block enter whatever races he wants to because he’s Ken Block and he can, but for 2016, he’s trying something different: focusing on only one championship. He’s extending his partnership with Ford to tackle the World Rallycross season—and only the World Rallycross season.
Ford showed off its brand spanking new GT race car to professional hoons Ken Block and Vaughan Gittin Jr. at SEMA. What do a rally driver and a drifter think of the car Ford wants to take to Le Mans? Erm, for one, there’s no handbrake. (And where’s the V8?)
Hey, remember when Ken Block turned his stage rally Mk2 Ford Escort into a tarmac-spec Gymkhana car? Yes, that was yesterday. Now watch it shred tires like a beast with Formula Drift pro Ryan Tuerck at the wheel.