It's a true Hoon machine.
The era of the electric car is upon us. Not only are electric vehicles becoming more popular amongst the everyday consumer, but they are starting to infiltrate the world of motorsport, which is currently dominated by gas engines. Just look at the Volkswagen ID.R and its numerous records. One of the frontmen in this crusade is legendary race car driver Ken Block, who was recently caught shredding the tires on a Mustang Mach-E racer with over 1,400 hp. It's clear that Block is a fan of the electric racer, and a new video released by his YouTube channel shows off his latest addition, a Ford Fiesta ST which has been converted into a World Rally-Cross Project-E machine.
Block is seen testing the vehicle in Sweden before the first race of the season, going all out in much the same way as his Gymkhana videos. "This is a whole new way to race. It's a challenge, and the biggest challenge is they are all different. It's like getting into a V8 car vs. a V6 car vs. a turbocharged four, and everyone has their own systems. This is a whole different level of racing" says Block, who is still getting to grips with his electric machine. This Fiesta is the world's first road-based electronic race car and was built by Stard Performance. The vehicle is based on an Mk8 Ford Fiesta chassis and features three electric motors, two transmissions, and a 450kW battery. That's good enough for 600 horsepower and a gigantic 737 lb-ft of torque.
This electric Fiesta can sprint to 60 mph in only 1.8 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 115 mph. Block can self-adjust the torque and brake bias from within the car, and the electric motors are cooled with a combination of fluid and dry ice. Ken says of his car "I prefer the chassis, size, and dynamics of the Fiesta over the Focus I used to race. That gives me a lot of confidence to push. The car is heavier than the regular version, and the weight is down low, so it feels more planted and solid. Under braking, I have to brake a little earlier and I can feel the inertia when doing so. It's all very different." If this is the future of electric racing, then the future looks bright as hell.