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Yeah, You Can Still Shred Tires In An Electric Ford Fiesta

Gif: Ken Block on YouTube

After a positive test at a regional rallycross in Hungary last month, the STARD-built Projekt E electric Ford Fiesta graduated to a more serious test. A quartet of these Project E machines raced against each other for the first time at Höljes Motorstadion during the Swedish round of the World Rallycross championships a few weeks ago. Ford invited Ken Block over to drive the new electric racer, and it’s safe to say he liked it, walking away with the race victory.

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The four-lap plus a joker lap race put Ken very far out in the lead, taking the checkers almost 15 seconds clear of second place. His race victory time of 4:50.4 would have seen him finish ahead of Andreas Bakkerud, who finished 6th in the World RX Supercar finals with a race time of 5:00.8. Ken would not have been totally competitive in the Supercar final, as Mattias Eckström ran that race in a 4:28.9 time.

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Consider first that Ken Block is not quite on the level of Eckström’s talent, and it becomes all the more impressive that Block was able to finish just 22 seconds slower than the Swedish champ.

Once the racing was over, however, Block got to have a whole hell of a lot of fun with the car on track. Just in 2020 alone, Block has already had an opportunity to race the Extreme E buggy, and hoon around in RTR’s ridiculous 1200 horsepower Mach-E, so maybe there is nobody better to evaluate the efficacy of an electric rallycross car.

After several failed attempts to shove his video co-host over with the front bumper of the car, Ken managed to figure out how to get the electric car’s throttle to modulate for a glorious low-speed donut. Then, once all that was out of the way, he cranked the wheel, matted the throttle, and let the little screamer eat. Yes, this 100 percent electric car is 100 percent ready to 100 percent kill all tires.

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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rvincent1960
Times up, time to leave!

Holy shit, all the talk of the sound being such a big part of racing that electric would ruin is just not true.

That thing sounds like some sort of demented spacecraft out of Star Wars on steroids. OK the noise is not the same but damn that thing screams in such a terrifying way that spells out POWER!!!!