Ken Block Goes Rear-Wheel Drive for Latest Gymkhana Machine


Believe it or not, Ken Block has never done a Gymkhana video with a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

All that is going to change now that the driver and Hoonigan Industries has unveiled their latest creation, a custom 1978 Ford Escort MK2 RS sporting a Rocket Bunny widebody kit and a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with 333 horsepower. Best of all, the powerplant has a redline of 9,000 rpm with all the power being sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

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Along with the wider stance, Block and Hoonigan decided on a flat black paint job with white star-spangled graphics and wheels to contrast the look. On all four corners are custom two-piece fifteen52 wheels paired to Pirelli rubber. To demonstrate what the Escort is capable of, Block and Hoonigan have released a video of it undergoing a shakedown at the Hoonigan Donut Garage. They are working on a bigger video project that will showcase the vehicle for 2016.

“This Escort Mk2 is special to me, it’s actually my first Ford rally car,” said Block. “I purchased it in 2008. It was designed to compete in tarmac events, but unfortunately those are quite lacking now stateside, so instead of converting it into a gravel machine, I had my team at Hoonigan Racing Division extend on its tarmac capabilities and develop it into the ultimate rear wheel-drive Gymkhana car.”

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