Professional hoon and tyre wrecker Ken Block took his 1965 ‘Hoonicorn’ Mustang up the Goodwood hill climb and almost crashed with Lord March on board.
Internet sensation and pro drifter, Ken Block, drives the new Ford Focus RS the only way he knows how in new viral video.
There has been hype around the new Ford Focus RS pretty much since the old model disappeared in 2009. And yesterday it almost broke the Internet Kim Kardashian style when it was revealed in Cologne Germany. The new RS is an all-wheel drive turbocharged rocket ship with over 316hp a manual gearbox and clever torque vectoring system which Ford claims allows the Focus to perform controlled drifts. What better way to test that theory than to get the Drift King himself, Ken Block – who also happens to be sponsored by the Blue Oval –, to take the car for a spin (literally) around the German Ford factory.
In the video below Ken Block drives a prototype version of the new Focus RS, which is essentially an old ST with all the new RS bits bolted on – it’s a bit of a snotter parts bin special but drives exactly like the car you’ll soon be able to buy from your local dealership. The video also gives us our first proper listen to the new car’s 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo engine, which despite being somewhat less exotic than the old five-cylinder mill (it’s similar to the Mustang’s engine), still sounds decidedly sporting. There’s plenty of whoosh from the turbo and some nice farts from the exhaust system that give should give the RS a tuner car feel. Anyway, enough chatter. Watch the video.
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Chris Harris takes a look at Ken Block’s wild Gymkhana 7 car, the custom-built 845hp all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang.
From the outside the 1965 Mustang used by Ken Block in his latest viral video sensation, Gymkhana 7 Wild in the Streets of L.A, may look like any other slammed and stickered pony car.
But actually apart from the doors and roof, the Hoonicorn RTR as Ken calls it, is completely bespoke. It’s a custom-built race car which has been made to slightly resemble an old Mustang. This beast has about as much in common with a ’65 Mustang as a Ford Nascar racer has in common with an Ecoboost Fusion sedan.
It uses a bespoke tubular chassis built especially for Ken Block by ASD Motorsports and most of the body panels are made from carbon fiber.
The motor is a screaming 6.7-litre (410 cubic inch) Ford V8 pumping out 845hp and 720lb.ft of torque, which hits the ground through a six-speed sequential gearbox and extremely complicated all-wheel drive system that makes sliding backwards possible – somehow.
Ken Block describes the creation as part WRC car, part DTM racer and part Hot Wheels play-thing.
Now, enough jabbering from me, here’s Chris Harris:
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Not just your standard oil advert…
Castrol have produced a unconventional new commercial for their new Edge Titanium FST oil which squares up the worlds best drivers against each other in the darkness…with lasers, strobes and a powdered wall.
The video named Blackout pits Ken Block, Mike Rockenfeller, Augusto Farfus, and Adrian Zaugg in some of the awesome machines.
Block drives his Ford ‘Hoonigan’, Farfus goes for a ferocious BMW M4, Rockenfeller tears up the arena in an R8, and Zaugg pulls out the supercar card with a Lamborghini Aventador
Watch the below and gasp at the moment Ken Block actually jumps over an Audi R8.
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Lewis Hamilton vs. Ken Block, two racing legends, in a head-to-head showdown, is a crazy combination that is any gearheads dream come true.
That’s just what happend at the The Top Gear Festival in Barbados when Ken Block in his Fiesta ST ‘Hoonigan’ car and Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car battled it out.
Watch the crazy highlights below:
Ken Block gives us a quick 43 second chat on Lewis Hamilton vs. Ken Block.
Check out more images from the festival over at TopGear.com.
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Ken Block and his Ford Fiesta have certainly made a name for themselves; and it seems the next move is a video in the famous Gymkhana style.
But Ken Block will be joined by a number of other famous drivers, including Adrian Zaugg and Mike Rockenfeller; so it’s sure to be a star-studded video.
Combining his usual style with a TRON-like neon laser appearance, it looks epic.
Awaiting the full video to drop May 27. For now, see the previews below.
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Size Matters 2 breaks out the big guns with Gymkhana style truck drifting and jumping.
This is legendary stuff from the Pikes Peak champion Mike Ryan in the Banks Super-Turbo Castrol Freightliner, goes head-to-head with new kid on the block Daniel Leavitt on the docks of Long Beach harbor.
What makes this even better is that Hollywood’s top stunt drivers and producers came together to produce this buttock clenching action thriller that blow’s Ken Block’s Gymkhana out of the water.
Watch Size Matters 2 below with the volume turned up….
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A stunning and catastrophic crash in November ended Ken Block’s Rally America season. The photos of his smashed Ford Fiesta were intense. Now we’re able to see what was going on.
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Ken Block might just be the king of vehicular shenanigans. His Gymkhana YouTube videos have racked up wildly impressive view counts, and his car control skill is clearly a level above, even if it doesn’t directly translate to wins on the global rally stage. Every enthusiast is always interested in what Mr. Block has in store next, and the man with the colored shades revealed something very interesting yesterday–and followed up with a short Instagram video today.
It’s called the Ford RaptorTRAX, and it’s set to star in an upcoming video set to be released over the 2014-2015 winter. Under the hood sits a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine while the interior boasts four Recaro seats and a full roll cage. Outside, it’s clear that Mattracks went ahead and helped out on this project.
This won’t be Ken’s first time playing in the snow with a vehicle equipped with tracks. Back in 2009, Block and the DC team setup a Subaru WRX STI to run on such a setup and the result was, well, it was wonderful. A track-equipped vehicle is the stuff snowy hooning dreams are made of, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for the Ford Raptor.
“This project is something I’ve had in my head for awhile now,” said Block. “It’s an absolute beast of a machine and I’m stoked with how it’s turned out. Next up is for me to take it deep into the backcountry ASAP to help me and some friends slay some powder on our snowboards for a video project due out later this year.”
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As soon as we learn more about this delightful development, we’ll be sure to share it with you. For now, we’ll speculate that whatever happens will involve shake-filled jump cuts, dubstep, and a winter wonderland transformed by the arrival of this potentially glorious truck.
If you needed another reason to be jealous of Ken Block, this should certainly be near the top of the list.
via Motor Authority
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Ken Block; the master of tyre smokery and crazy cool car stunts. He is a sort of god-like figure in the eyes of those who see hooning not as an immature pastime, but as a way of life.
Now Ken has some competition. You might call this competitor a dude who’s pretty handy with a remote control car, we call him Micro Ken. As the name suggests, he’s just like ordinary sized Ken except much smaller.
Like big Ken Block, Micro Ken drives a tricked out Ford Fiesta ST racing car, usually sideways, and he has an unruly hatred for tyres and eco-memtalists, kind of. He’s also moderately awesome.
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Ford wishes you a merry christmas with a strangely entertaining Gymkhana 6-inspired Snowkhana 2 video…
Many people like to spread their festive cheer about the Internet during this time of year. Electronic greeting cards that make you want to stick pins in your eyes are always popular, for some bizarre reason. Automakers, thankfully, go beyond the stupid electronic card with the singing Santas and the defecating reindeer, many of them like to take advantage of the fact that lots of people have finished work for the year and therefore have lots of time to browse the Interwebs watching funny videos. Audi for example recently covered an A6 Saloon in red and green paint.
Now Ford of Europe has put together a short stop-motion video which mimics the driving antics from Ken Block’s newest video, Gymkhana 6. It’s called Snowkhana 2, and the concept was to create ‘the ultimate festive course’… You can see where this is going… The video features a mini Ken Block in a mini Ford Fiesta ST race car, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle thing, a mini Shelby Mustang GT350, Daft Vader and even the real Ken Block… Check it out.
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