Whale tail spoiler: check; side exhaust: check; WRC heritage: check.

Gymkhana star Ken Block is proud to show off his latest ride, a rather lovely WRC-spec Ford Escort RS Cosworth built to meet Group A regulations. The rally car has a surprisingly restrained livery, but it’s safe to say that sooner or later it will receive a wild exterior in line with previous projects from the Hoonigan Racing Division.

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As the adjacent images are showing, Block already had the chance to take his new prized possession for a quick spin to test its capabilities and create some smoke in the process. Thrashing those Toyo tires wrapping the 18-inch wheels backed by WRC-spec brakes was also on the to-do list. Complete with the legendary whale tail and the equally cool side-exit exhaust, the Escort RS Cosworth is no doubt one of the most interesting cars to enter Ken Block’s ever-changing garage.

Inside the stripped-out cabin are a multitude of switches and the gear lever for the seven-speed sequential transmission. Underneath the hood is an upgraded turbocharged 2.0-liter engine sourced from a 1997 WRC rally car delivering 400 horsepower and 405 pound-feet (549 Newton-meters) of torque in its highest setup.

The engine no longer has the standard steel block as it has been replaced by a lighter alloy block and has received additional updates to squeeze more power. As for the suspension, it has been engineered with different setups for both gravel and tarmac uses.

Ken Block has made the promise he will release a video of the Escort RS Cosworth drift mobile in a short while ahead of the vehicle’s race debut scheduled for next year.

As a refresher, the Gymkhana protagonist is no stranger to fast Ford Escort models taking into account a couple of years ago he unveiled a 333-horsepower 1977 Escort Mk2 RS, which was actually the first-ever Gymkhana vehicle to feature a rear-wheel-drive layout.

Source: Ken Block, Ford Performance

Ken Block's Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally Car