Ken Block Escort: Hoonigan in Mk2 RS

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Ken Block is back to smoke up our screens, this time in a 1978 Mk2 Escort RS.  The Ford is fitted with a 2.5 Millington normally aspirated motor producing 333bhp at the wheels, mated to a 6 speed sequential gearbox and as you can hear from the video (below) it sounds awesome.

Ken Block Escort

The Escort is well loved in Irish rallying and the anorak in us can’t help notice that hidden behind the Rocket Bunny wide body in matt black are the four stud rims.  Unconventional all round, Block is bound to make an impression with his latest gymkhana video.

This isn’t the first outing for Ken Block in a Mk2, previously buying a Group 4 car in 2008, again running a Millington to compete in tarmac championships, although with the US rally scene largely non-existent it saw little action.  And what was the monster he was out drifting about LA in his last video?  The Hoonicorn RTR.

For now we have a preview with some burnouts- enjoy.

https://youtu.be/9hAZQHkkRgI

You can read more about the Escort on the hoonigan’s blog.

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

RMS Forum Comments

hippyross 16:19 | Tue 20 Oct, 2015 | Report
There will be 10 times more video editing now hahaha
Deckz 16:28 | Tue 20 Oct, 2015 | Report
Weapon!
seanbob 18:42 | Tue 20 Oct, 2015 | Report
Delicious. Great fabrication work, front end, arches, boot lid and rear valance are sublime. A spectacular looking and sounding Mk2 - a complete one off :cool: Wonder the suspension/axle/brake setup in keeping with the 4 stud pattern. That's all to come I guess.
Cess 19:07 | Tue 20 Oct, 2015 | Report
I'm guessing the usual Escort axle set up for tarmac rally cars wasn't wide enough for the Rocket Bunny overfenders. So, I reckon could be hiding something like a Mustang back end @seanbob
Big Pimp 21:36 | Tue 20 Oct, 2015 | Report
What a bloody fantastic looking machine
svensktoppen 21:43 | Tue 20 Oct, 2015 | Report
Poor wee engine, lol :)
MiniMad 23:10 | Tue 20 Oct, 2015 | Report
hope tomorrows video is better, cos that was woeful donuts lol
davecoupe 07:54 | Wed 21 Oct, 2015 | Report
Its a class 14 Escort with Rocket Bunny instead of Group 4 arches? | I'm guessing the usual Escort axle set up for tarmac rally cars wasn't wide enough for the Rocket Bunny overfenders. So, I reckon could be hiding something like a Mustang back end @seanbob
I wouldn't say the arches are much wider than the extended Grp4 ones that the likes of McPhillips have on their escorts and all the modified and even the historic escorts here have 4 stud hubs. I'd say its nothing more trick than a standard class 13/14 floating axle? ....... and he wouldn't even be able to see what way the milkman went in his Starlet :p 4 stud historic: http://reallymeansounds.com/wp/wp-content/gallery/donegal-rally-2015/IMG_8751.jpg Modified Grp4 Arches http://reallymeansounds.com/wp/wp-content/gallery/donegal-rally-2015/IMG_9595.jpg
bob 08:49 | Wed 21 Oct, 2015 | Report
As much as I adore Grp4 Escorts it's great to see a MK2 looking a little different.
Cess 09:02 | Wed 21 Oct, 2015 | Report
Agree @bob Classic shape, classic lines, but with a novel and contemporary twist. To paraphrase aul @seanbob http://blog.hoonigan.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/HNGN_KB_ESCORT-141.jpg


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