New skids from the Block

October 26, 2015

For Ken Block’s latest tyre-smoking project the YouTube star has picked our legendary Escort RS Mk2.

Seeing what bonkers car-creation the Hoonigan development team has come up with is all part of the Gymkhana experience. And this time Block has gone all retro with a 1978 model he bought back in 2008.

“This car has been something I’ve been working on slowly for a long time now,” Block said. “I’m stoked with how the whole thing turned out.”


The first rear-wheel drive Gymkhana car, the Escort RS is built to top-level World Rally Championships tarmac-spec, with a 330 bhp 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine and six-speed sequential gearbox. Japanese bodykit designers Rocket Bunny produced the unique wide-arch kit that fits in with the rest of Block’s Hoonigan fleet, including his Ford Fiesta Global Rallycross car, and the world’s first performance all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang.

Ken Block takes his new Gymkhana Ford Escort Mk2 to the Hoonigan Donut Garage:

And check out Ken Block’s new Gymkhana Ford Escort Mk2 in testing:

Can’t wait until the next instalment of Gymkhana? Then why not check out our stop animation Snowkhana video series? You can also check out the story of the new Focus RS, for which Block was a consultant, Rebirth of an Icon.