Ken Block has introduced his first ever Gymkhana vehicle equipped with a rear-wheel drive layout, a heavily modified 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 RS.
Bought back in 2008, it’s Ken Block’s first Ford rally car and as you can see it has gone through a series of tweaks to become the “ultimate rear wheel-drive Gymkhana car.” It was modified by Block’s team at Hoonigan Racing Division and it has received many components you will find on a high-end WRC-spec tarmac build rally car, but with a custom suspension tailored for Gymkhana tricks.
Under the hood resides a 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Millington engine pushing out 333 bhp channeled to the rear axle through a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The motor has an impressive 9,000 rpm redline, so it should provide a powerful soundtrack when revved hard.
This 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 RS has also received some massive cosmetic tweaks and is now substantially wider thanks to the designers at Rocket Bunny while the two-piece wheels are the work of fifteen52 and come wrapped in Pirelli tires.
The car will be featured in a big video project sometime next year, but until then Ken Block along with several Hoonigan athletes will get behind the wheel as guest drivers to perform some spectacular tricks.