Seven and a half minutes of sideways glory.
Ken Block has single-handedly created a style of driving never before seen in motorsport: it's called "hooning", and is defined by one's ability to aggressively, but accurately drive or drift a car through a set of natural or man-made gymkhana-like obstacles. Mr. Block has become a living legend for his ability to pilot all sorts of cars, from all-electric versions of the Ford Fiesta ST to F-450 trucks and everything in between. He also loves showing off his skill in iconic locations such as the Hollywood sign and the San Francisco Bay Bridge. But it was back in 2017 when Block went off-road in Terrakhana, and the newly released extended cut version, filmed in Swingarm City, Utah, once again shows why people can't get enough of this talented driver.
Swingarm City has to be one of the most perfect playgrounds for Hoonigans of all skill levels and features a massive number of ramps and dirt tracks that are perfect for showing off what Ken and his monster of a Fiesta can do, and film director Brian Scotto has once again produced a film that is as beautiful as it is action-packed. For this video, Block decided to go with the absolute wild animal that is the all-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta RX43 Rallycross car. This racecar makes use of all the boost to develop 600 horsepower, and all that grunt is available on-demand thanks to a rally-spec anti-lag system. This little monster took a serious beating during filming but miraculously survived the beatdown.
The extended cut video is filled with epic jumps and drifts and even comes with an out-take reel that features the beaten and bruised Fiesta being ripped up and down sandy embankments and ramps at full tilt with Vivaldi adding some auditory drama in the background. The combination of sound, skill, and scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
While we already know Block won't be appearing in the next Gymkhana video, we're hopeful he'll make a return sooner or later, possibly in the 1,400+ horsepower Mustang Mach-E Rallycross car built by Vaughn Gittin Jr.