Ken Block Unveils Gymkhana 8 Ford Escort RS
It’s no secret that Ken Block is a fan of Ford. He’s been partnered up with the brand for the last few years, and in that time has developed some truly nasty side projects. Between his Global RallyCross Ford Fiesta, his RaptorTRAX, to the insanity that is his Hoonicorn, Block’s taste for ludicrous Fords goes a long way. However, his latest project is possibly one of the coolest he’s ever built. For the next installment of Block’s Gymkhana series, Block decided to forgo the traditional all-wheel drive setup in favor of this 1978 Mk2 Ford Escort RS. Get ready, because the tire smoke is going to be extreme. RELATED: See More of the New Gymkhana 8 Mk2 Ford Escort RS Here
Ken Block has had this Escort RS since 2008. According to the Head Hoonigan (the name of Block's racing outfit; "Hoon" is am Australian term for one who drives wildly), the Escort RS was originally, “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.”
While Block states that mechanically the, “Escort shares parts with top-level WRC builds,” this Escort RS is something that is truly unique. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine built by Millington Racing Engines out of the U.K. that screams to 9,000 rpm, which is then coupled to a six-speed sequential transmission to deliver lightning like shifts.
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To get the car’s look right, Block went to Rocket Bunny to develop its stance. Working with the company’s founder, Kei Miura, the pair built a unique wide-body kit that perfectly sets this Escort RS apart from everything else on the street.
The next Gymkhana is still a few months away, and Ken Block and his team are working hard to top the already insane nature of his previous videos, but this Escort RS definitely is a step in the right direction. To introduce the car though, Ken Block and his team decided there’s no better way than to do a shakedown video with the help from his close friend and pro-drifter, Ryan Tuerck. Check it out below.
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