Ken Block

  • Ford Performance 3D-printed intake manifold for Ken Block's 1977 Hoonitruck F-150

    Ford can lay claim to a new 3D-printing milestone. The Ford Performance subsidiary's intake manifold found on Ken Block's 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck is the largest 3D-printed metal part made for a running vehicle ever. Ford Performance took a closer look at the intake manifold's creation in a video published Tuesday and detailed how intricate the design and engineering process was. Ford and Block dropped a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine under the Hoonitruck's hood, which required—to be blunt—a lot of freaking air. Engineers concluded they needed to create a bespoke intake...

  • 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn
    Deep dive: Ken Block's 1,400-hp 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn

    In honor of Gymkhana 10's release on Monday, let's take a closer look at one of the five star cars of the latest film: the 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn. The car Ken Block has called "frightening." The Hoonigan team highlighted the car as part of the Biology Build series, which goes through the ins...

  • Gymkhana Eight set in Dubai
    20 secrets about Ken Block's Gymkhana films

    Ahead of Gymkhana 10's release, the Hoonigan crew decided to let viewers in on some little-known secrets about the blockbuster viral videos that have taken the motorsport community by storm for years. The crew, alongside Ken Block himself, the Hoonigan-in-chief, counted down 20 secrets viewers...

  • 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck
    Deep dive: Ken Block's 914-hp 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck

    Gymkhana 10 is out today, and it's only fair to take a look at one of the film's stars: the 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck. In a video from Hoonigan, the crew takes a look at the Hoonitruck, how it came to life, and the details behind the oily bits. How did Block and crew come up with the idea of the...

  • Ken Block, 2016 G3PR World Rallycross race, August 2016
    Ken Block: The machine inside the racing suit

    You probably know Ken Block because of his incredible driving skills depicted in the Gymkhana series. However, there’s much more to this multi-talented individual. We’ve already outlined in detail his career in rallying, but four-wheel action only came later in his life. Before that...

  • Gymkhana 10
    Watch Gymkhana 10: Five cars, five locations, no tire is safe

    Gymkhana is back and better than ever. On Monday, the Hoonigan crew released the tenth installment in the long-running viral video franchise, and it packs no less than five cities, five cars, and all the action we can take in a matter of minutes. In typical Ken Block fashion, the hot-shoe rally...

  • Ken Block's Hoonicorn RTR for Gymkhana 7

    It's been nine years since Ken Block's first Gymkhana video reached the internet, and the rally driver and serial entrepreneur has taken the time to look back on all nine cars that have starred alongside him in the viral video sensations. The history began with Subaru, which Block drove for in the earlier part of his racing career. Subaru no longer competes in the World Rally Championship, however, which is one reason why Block eventually shifted to Ford. And the first car was hardly a purpose-built Gymkhana vehicle. Instead, it was a modified Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The car didn't even...

  • Ken Block teases new Ford Escort RS rally car
    Ken Block teases new Ford Escort RS, plans for world tour

    After the tragic loss of Ken Block's original Ford Escort RS Group A rally racer, the rally all-star has teased its successor: another Escort RS. Block took to Facebook on Wednesday to tease the upcoming Escort RS build and announced preparations for a world tour in 2019. He plans to take his...

  • Ken Block’s “Gymkhana 10” 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck
    Ken Block now has a 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck with 914 horsepower

    Rallycross racer and entrepreneur Ken Block is working on the tenth episode of his gymkhana series of videos, aptly named “Gymkhana 10,” and on Wednesday he revealed one of the vehicles set to appear: a heavily modified 1977 Ford F-150 dubbed the Hoonitruck. In case you're wondering...

  • Scene from Ken Block’s ‘Gymkhana Nine: Raw Industrial Playground’
    New Amazon Prime show "The Gymkhana Files" goes behind the scenes with Ken Block's viral video series

    Rallycross racer Ken Block ignited the internet with Gymkhana 1 in 2011. It has become a series with nine installations of intense stunts and high-horsepower machines. The series continues to draw millions of viewers and has given rise to Block's fame as a world-class driver. Next month, we'll be...

  • Ken Block's 1,400-hp Hoonicorn
    Ken Block breaks down his favorite moments of 2017

    Rally racer and Gymkhana star Ken Block has had a busy 2017 with his Hoonigan team. To cap off this year, Block appeared on an episode of Hoonigan's "Daily Transmission" video to look back on his favorite moments of the year, and he recalled plenty of incredible cars, smokey burnouts, and, well...

  • Top Gear season 25 trailer with Ken Block
    Ken Block makes cameo in new "Top Gear" trailer

    We think it's safe to say reworked "Top Gear" has finally found its stride. In an upcoming season, Ken Block makes a surprise appearance. The BBC's banner car show uploaded a new trailer to YouTube that features presenters Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris running from the law. Block isn't...

  • Ford Performance Drift Stick for the Ford Focus RS

    As if the Ford Focus RS's famed "Drift Mode" isn't enough, Ford Performance used the 2017 SEMA show to reveal its next supplement to on-demand sideways action: the Drift Stick, a Ken Block-approved electronically controlled performance handbrake you can retrofit to the Focus RS. Rally cars utilize hydraulic handbrakes to initiate quick drifts, though a hydraulic unit would require substantial modifications. Ford Performance instead worked out an electronic solution that taps into the antilock braking system, opens up the rear-drive unit clutches, and applies hydraulic pressure to lock the...

  • Scene from Ken Block’s Gymkhana 10
    Ken Block's "Gymkhana 10" promises to be the biggest and the best

    We’re still coming down from the perilous drift action of last month’s “Climbkhana: Pikes Peak,” but rallycross racer and entrepreneur Ken Block is already out touting the next installment in his series of gymkhana videos: “Gymkhana 10.” In automotive circles...

  • Ken Block spotted filming in Detroit, Michigan
    Ken Block might be filming Gymkhana 10 in Detroit

    Ken Block and his Hoonigan crew broke away from the Gymkhana series with the recent "Climbkhana" production at Pikes Peak. However, Gymkhana 10 could be on the horizon, and Detroit, Michigan, might play host. YouTuber Revin captured footage of Block and his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR racing...

  • Scene from Ken Block’s Climbkhana Pikes Peak
    Go behind the scenes of Ken Block's "Climbkhana" video

    Ken Block's "Gymkhana" videos are always a spectacle of insane driving maneuvers, stunts, and loads of horsepower. Capturing that footage is no easy task. Now, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making "Climbkhana," Block's recent stunt-laden video. The production work included...

  • Ken Block's 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car
    Ken Block's latest ride is a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car

    Ken Block will likely have some downtime ahead as Hoonigan Racing Division and Ford lay their World Rallycross Championship days to rest. However, in the meantime, Block has a new toy, and he brought it by Hoonigan headquarters for the team to get a closer look. It's none other than a 1991 Ford...

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    Ken Block and Ford are backing out of World Rallycross

    Ford and Hoonigan Racing Division have released some upsetting news: their days competing in the World Rallycross Championship are over—or at least placed on an indefinite hiatus. Ford Performance and the driver many consider the lead hoonigan, Ken Block, made the news official today. Both...

  • Scene from Ken Block’s Climbkhana Pikes Peak

    Ken Block has revealed his latest Internet-shattering drift video: “Climbkhana: Pikes Peak.” The video, which launched on Monday, predictably shows plenty of gripping, edge-of-your-seat drift action. Announced a year ago, the video sees the enterprising rally driver rocket his way up Colorado’s Pikes Peak in a twin-turbocharged version of his Hoonicorn, a 1965 Ford Mustang modified to out-drift some of Japan’s best. The latest version of the car, dubbed the Hoonicorn RTR Twin Turbo, develops as much as 1,400 horsepower. That’s courtesy of the 21 psi of boosted...

  • Ken Block's 1,400-hp Hoonicorn
    Ken Block says twin-turbo 1,400-hp Hoonicorn is frightening

    Horsepower is a dangerous thing. Fast may be fun, but it can also be pretty darn scary. 1,400 horsepower? That's "frightening," according to Ken Block. The star rally driver used the adjective to describe his Hoonicorn, which is based on a vintage Ford Mustang body. In conjunction with his upcoming...

  • Ken Block drives Ford GT at Le Mans
    Watch Ken Block blast the 2017 Ford GT at Le Mans

    Only a lucky few have been given the tick of approval—500 individuals so far—from Ford to own the modern GT supercar. Yes, it's a rare and beautiful thing. However, we understand why someone like Ken Block would be offered the chance to muscle one around the 24 Hours of Le Mans' Circuit...

  • Amateur Gymkhana video
    Amateur driver pays tribute to Gymkhana with first-gen Subaru Impreza

    Well, color us pretty darn impressed. Ken Block isn't the only guy capable of flogging rally machines for the sake of awesome, expertly executed stunts. We have an emulator on our hands. Tyler Witte took inspiration from the famed Gymkhana series and decided to set up an amateur version of the...

  • Ken Block burnout in 2018 Ford Raptor
    Ken Block lays down a massive burnout in his brand new Ford F-150 Raptor

    What's the best way to kick off your family road trip in your brand-new vehicle? If you happen to be rally racing hero Ken Block and that vehicle is a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, you load up the bikes, the wife, and the kids, and do one massive, smokey burnout ahead of a 1,000-mile road trip. Block...

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    Interview: Gymkhana and rally hero Ken Block

    Ken Block started racing at what many would consider an advanced age. The then-DC Shoes marketing executive went to a rally school at the age of 36 and immediately took to it. By the next year he was racing, and his big break came a few years later. Nobody gave it to him, though. He created it. He...

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