Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00The ScenePlayMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenNeed TextNo compatible source was found for this video.Racing on board with Jonathan Gitlin Cars TechnicashareplaysaveI am a skip button.Nelson Piquet Jr takes me for a ride in his Global Rallycross Ford Fiesta.As a form of racing, rallycross has been doing something few other series have managed in recent years—it's growing new fans and appealing to kids who by and large are more interested in getting the latest phone than a driver's license.With that in mind, we spent a couple of days at RFK stadium watching the action and talking to some of the drivers to find out what makes this flavor of the sport so successful.A brief primer: the cars all start life as regular production cars—Volkswagen Beetles, Ford Fiestas, and so on.Highly turbocharged two-liter engines pump out more than 600hp, driving all four wheels.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed World s best drone pilots race in Ford's Dronekhana stunt course.Drone racing is becoming a big business, not to mention an impressive spectacle, and two of the world's best pilots recently showcased this and their skills by expertly slinging drones around an obstacle course that would leave the average owner wincing.As a robotic arm holds a chequered flag to set flying machines racing around a stunt course controlled by robotic-like pilots wearing virtual reality goggles you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the future, or a sci-fi movie.It's being dubbed Dronekhana – an aerial take on the gymkhana made popular by racer Ken Block who drifted a rally car around obstacles with breath-taking precision.Here, 16-year-old World Drone Prix champion Luke Bannister along with fellow racer Brett Collins tackled a course set up by Ford where they had to impressively fly at high-speed through and under vehicles, around a drifting Focus RS and squeezing between moving forklift trucks.One section of the course sees the dual drones perfectly time flying under an opening boot door.
The Hoonigan is at it again.Well folks, one of the car world's craziest characters is at it again.That's right, Ken Block—the Hoonigan—has a new Gymkhana video out, and it's a good one.Block came to fame first as the founder of DC Shoes and for his activities in the world of extreme sports.But like quite a few of his colleagues in the world of skateboarding, motocross, and so on, "with age comes a cage."For the last 11 years Block has been a professional rally driver, first in the World Rally Championship and more recently in rallycross.
Ford has announced that it has teamed up with Hoonigan to offer fans of the Ken Block Gymkhana series of videos a 360-degree virtual reality look at Gymkhana 9.This marks the first time ever that the Ken Block video series has been presented in virtual reality 360-degree video.To enjoy the video fans will need to use the FordVR app and launch part one of the video on the Ford YouTube channel.Part one of the video has Block and the crew showing details of stunts like the train drifting scene and other candid parts of the video are highlighted.Ford says that part two of the video will be offered in the coming weeks.The first time we talked about the FordVR app was earlier this month.
p Ken Block's Gymkhana videos are impressive, whether you're paying attention to the production value or the sheer insanity of the stunts themselves.Tyler Witte might not be Ken Block, but his own DIY Gymkhana is pretty damn awesome.After buying a totaled GC8-generation Subaru Impreza, Witte spent eight months turning it into a stripped-out rally machine.In the video, he sets his creation loose on a closed course filled with heavy equipment, jumps and even a quarter-pipe.If you can stomach the millennial-friendly electronic music (I muted my laptop for a while), the video shows some impressive car control.He may not have all of Ken Block's skills, but for an amateur video, Witte puts on a solid performance.
In October 2016, Ken Block teased Climbkhana, a short film that features the very talented Block drifting his way up Colorado's Pikes Peak in a 1,400-horsepower Mustang.Now, just about one year later, we finally get to see the finished product.As you might expect, it's awesome.Two turbos burst forth from the Hoonicorn V2's hood, and it appears that just about every inch of throttle input sends the tires spinning.There's a whole lot of noise, a whole lot of tire smoke and even a few fireballs shooting straight out of the hood.Block's videos are always an assault on the senses, and this one is no different.
Ken block is crazy when it comes to filming his awesome Gymkhana series of videos.He jumps over all sorts of things and generally hoons all over whatever setting he is involved in.This time out we don’t get a normal Gymkhana video, this one is called Climbkhana and it’s called that because he is climbing America’s Mountain.Each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is raced with insane people hurtling up a mountain to see how fast they can do it.Living in Colorado Springs, I have driven this mountain road many times and all I can say is there isn’t a video out there that really portrays just how narrow and sphincter puckering this road is at the posted speed limit of around 25 mph or less.Block is clearly breaking a speed limit in his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn.
If you’ve been following Ken Block over the years, you’ll know that he has a habit of roasting rubber with some of the coolest and most tricked-out World Rally Championship (WRC) cars of today.But now, he’s stepping into something a little different.On the latest episode of The Hoonigans’ Daily Transmission series, drifting king Ken Block stops by the Donut Garage to show off his latest hoon project — an “OG” 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth.Because of its incredibly storied WRC history, it’s easy to see why Ken Block chose one to be his latest hoon-mobile.If you’ve heard the name Cosworth before, that’s because it’s the famous engine tuning firm based out of London.More specifically, the 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth is a downright legend.
Ford’s Focus RS got us excited with its Drift Mode, and now Ford Performance is adding a handbrake, though this is no normal lever.The Ford Performance Drift Stick is the first electronic handbrake, designed to work with the Focus RS’ all-wheel-drive and antilock brake system.Apparently it’s so good, notorious hooner Ken Block has given his seal of approval.Old-school handbrake turns and modern car electronics don’t often play particularly nicely.Those changes, Ford points out, wouldn’t be readily reversed either.The Drift Stick – internally codenamed Project Wicked Stick – connects to the car’s systems electronically instead: when pulled, it opened up the rear-drive unit clutches, and has hydraulic pressure applied to the rear wheels so as to lock them up.
Getting sideways in the Focus RS using Drift Mode is unquestionably a lot of fun, but the engineers at Ford Performance have made getting sideways even easier with the new Drift Stick, which was just revealed at SEMA in Las Vegas.Developed by the same team who worked on Drift Mode, the Focus RS Drift Stick is the world's first electronic handbrake.The Drift Stick uses the RS' all-wheel-drive and antilock brake systems to help initiate drifts by opening the rear clutches and using hydraulic pressure to lock the back wheels when pulling the aluminum lever.Ford says the implementation of a hydraulic handbrake would be more involved and not easily reversible, while the electronic system uses existing Focus RS hardware and requires less pressure than a hydraulic unit to engage and disengage.The $999 Drift Stick is available for order beginning to December to customers in the US and Canada, won't void a car's factory warranty and is said to be approved by Gymkhana madman Ken Block.
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"Nobody wants to talk about the fact that that wheel came apart and that could've killed everybody."Ken Block gained internet notoriety for his Gymkhana video series, which features increasingly insane stunts matched to excellent camerawork.But while some are content to see the end product, others want to dive deep and find the methods behind the madness.That's where Amazon Studios comes in.The Gymkhana Files will dive into the process required to create one of Block's Gymkhana videos.This eight-part series will release two new episodes per week from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, which is when Block intends to debut the latest video in this series, Gymkhana 10.
Ken Block's latest Gymkhana video is the 10th such video to pair Block's amazing car-handling skills with equally righteous cinematography.So, naurally, Block had to go bigger and better than ever, which is why this 20-minute video features five wild cars across five wild locations.Block starts Gymkhana 10 with a brief introduction of his vehicles, a nutso stable that includes a 1977 Ford F-150 with a 914-horsepower EcoBoost V6.He also slides into the current World Rally Championship-spec Ford Fiesta WRC, his Ford Mustang RTR Hoonicorn V2 and others."I can't believe it has been 10 years of making these Gymkhana videos," Block said in a statement today.So, for number 10, we tried to make it the biggest and best.
Ken Block has been doing wild stuff behind the wheel of Ford vehicles for years now, and one of his latest cars required him to lean on the manufacturer's work in 3D printing.In the process of building his 900-plus-horsepower "Hoonitruck," which stars in Block's new Gymkhana 10 video, it was determined that they'd need a big, complex intake manifold to supply the truck's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with air.Off-the-shelf solutions clearly wouldn't be able to handle the air required to make all that power.Thus, Ford Performance came to the rescue.Working with Ford's own engineers in Europe, as well as RWTH Aachen University in Germany, the team designed and 3D-printed an aluminum intake manifold that could handle the required volume of air.Ford claims it's the largest 3D-printed metal part ever installed on a functioning vehicle.
2019 marks the passing of 100 years since the Bentley brothers first began selling French cars in a small suburb of northwest London.The company has come a long way since, solidifying its reputation as makers of some of the most desirable luxury cars in the world.It'll serve as a rival to the Porsche Panameras and Mercedes-AMG S63s of this world and "pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement," according to a statement released Tuesday.The all-aluminum bodywork is bold and confident in its styling, with numerous cues borrowed from the Continental GT.We suspect it's possible to own this car for many months and still be discovering new trinkets, details and flourishes.Highlights, and there are many, include the cut-crystal effect detailing on the LED matrix headlights, the three-dimensional diamond quilted leather or wood door inserts, and the diamond knurling on the interior air vents.
Ford is talking up what it will be doing at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK next month.The big thing for Ford is a special announcement having to do with the Ford GT sports car.Ford Performance’s Hermann Salenbauch and Multimatic’s Larry Holt will make the special Ford GT announcement.The announcement will happen at 4:45 am EDT on July 4 at Goodwood.Ford is coy about the announcement with no details on what it will talk about other than the lone teaser image you see here.The thought it this might be a new Ford GT street car; it might be a new racer as well.
All eyes may have been on the new Bronco this week, but Ford’s other big truck news of late, the Mustang Mach-E, seems intent on stealing back the limelight. Announced last year, the electric crossover heads to dealerships later in 2020, though the feistiest Mustang Mach-E GT won’t arrive until next year. There may, though, be something even more excessive than … Continue reading
Images: Ford Performance About a year ago, before the Mustang Mach-E broke cover, Ford’s motorsports division quietly started work on something outrageous: a one-off version of the electric vehicle that makes 1,400 horsepower. Now, the company is showing it off for the first time. Dubbed the Mustang Mach-E 1400, it’s a wicked-looking three-seater demonstration car that screams like a banshee and smokes tires like they’re kindling. Equipped with a massive rear wing, aerodynamic bodywork, and seven — yes, seven — electric motors, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 has a top speed of around 160 miles per hour. It can presumably reach that speed in very quick fashion, though Ford says it hasn’t yet benchmarked a 0-60 mph or quarter-mile time. Powered by seven — yes, seven —... Continue reading…
The go-to guy for fun takes a turn at the wheel of Ford's electric crossover, pitting it against a few of the greats in their gas-powered specialty Mustangs.