Ken Block goes rallying

Drift-meister Ken Block joins the World Rally Championship, piloting a Ford Focus RS

Ken Block joins WRC

Youtube hero Ken Block is famed for his spectacular drifts, and now he’s drifting over to Ford to become the first American to compete in the WRC in 2010.  42-year-old Ken made his name online, spanking his Subaru Impreza WRX STi around disused airfields in his ‘Gymkhana’ series of videos. Now, though, he’s teamed up with Monster Energy and created Monster World Rally Team, ditching his Scooby for a Ford Focus RS.

See a video of Block in action here It’s not just any Focus RS however. This car is to be set up by M-Sport, who prepares all of Ford’s world rally entries. ‘I am stoked to be rallying in a Ford’, Block says. ‘They are an impressive force in the sport. From the days of the 1970s Escorts to the Group B RS200, to the modern-day Focus and now the Fiesta, Ford has an excellent history within rally. I couldn't be happier to be part of this amazing heritage. Not to mention my dad would be proud. He was a true Ford guy.’ The aim is to use his first season as a shakedown, before aiming for the top spot in 2011. ‘Racing in the World Rally Championship has always been a dream of mine but I'd still be dreaming if I promised podiums in the near future’, says Block. ‘I will be going head-to-head with the greatest drivers on the planet. And sure, I will be giving it my all but my main objective for 2010 is to develop into a competitive driver for 2011 and beyond.’ The 2010 World Rally season is shaping up to be an exciting one, with former F1 star Kimi Raikkonen also joining the competition against the likes of six-times world champion Sebastian Loeb and 2009’s second place finisher Mikko Hirvonen. You can read more about what’s happening with the World Rally Championship – and the motorsport that’s aiming to usurp it – in Issue 140 of evo, on sale now. See a video of Block trying out his Ford here. Follow evo on Twitter or on Facebook for latest car news and views

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Most Popular

2021 Land Rover Discovery 5 updated with fresh tech and engines
Land Rover Discovery

2021 Land Rover Discovery 5 updated with fresh tech and engines

Updated Discovery receives latest JLR engines and re-emphasises its family focus
10 Nov 2020
2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future
BMW

2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future

500bhp all-electric SUV leads the charge for BMW’s EV range expansion
11 Nov 2020
BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?
BMW 5 Series

BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?

A desirable balance of performance and control, beautifully built and charismatic. One of BMW’s best
12 Nov 2020
Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head
BMW M3 saloon

Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head

You might require a second mortgage to buy an E30 BMW M3, but fear not, as there are equally appealing M Power options that won’t test your credit sco…
14 Nov 2020