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 the Monster World Rally Team, ditching his Scooby for a Ford Focus RS. First, though, he’ll be trialing this rather excellent Ford Fiesta racer in American rallies. The Monster-sponsored rally car looks blooming tremendous, and packs a 2-litre turbo engine that sends its power through all four wheels.
Watch a video of Ken Block's Ford Fiesta here And that Focus? It’ll 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.’