Meet Ken Block‘s first ever rear wheel drive stunt car. Based on the 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 RS, the new Gymkhana machine has undergone extensive cosmetic and mechanical upgrades to suit the popular American driver’s taste.
The car which was once prepped for tarmac rallying is now tricked up to devour rear wheels at an alarming rate while slithering through Ken Block’s infamous stunt course. While we wait for the full blown video featuring the Escort, the rally driver has teased us with burnouts and donuts.
The new stunt car is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated Millington engine that dishes out 333 PS. Mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox which drives the rear wheels, the engine has its red line at an impressive 9,000 rpm.
The suspension is tuned to suit Block’s stunt driving style. The car also features wide body kit designed by Japanese specialist Rocket Bunny, a flat black paint job with a decal of the American flag on the hood and two-piece fifteen52 alloy wheels that are shod with Pirelli rubbers.
Speaking about his latest stunt toy, Ken Block said:
This Escort Mk2 is special to me, it’s actually my first Ford rally car. I purchased it in 2008. It was designed to compete in tarmac events, but unfortunately those are quite lacking now stateside, so instead of converting it into a gravel machine, I had my team at Hoonigan Racing Division extend on its tarmac capabilities and develop it into the ultimate rear wheel-drive Gymkhana car.