It’s official, the FIA World Rallycross Championship has announced that Ken Block will take part in the final 2020 Projekt E Series. The all-electric league will serve as a supporting series for the existing rallycross program. As you can imagine, Block’s Ford won’t be hard to find for its field observer.
His tank appears to be based on the Mk 8 Ford Fiesta rally chassis. Built by Stard Advanced Research & Development in Austria, the vehicle will reportedly produce more than 600 horsepower (447.42 kilowatts) and 739 foot-pounds (1,000 newton-meters) of torque at all four wheels. The powertrain will be similar to that of the Tesla Cybertruck, with three electric motors that will be connected to all four wheels via a two-speed gearbox. While the vehicle’s estimated top speed of 150 mph (241 km / h) isn’t very important to rallycross, we assume its electric motors will produce wild acceleration out of line.
As you might expect from Block, the car will stand out from the crowd with the dynamic Hoonigan Racing livery. The theme appears to be taken from its latest Escort RS Cosworth rally car with pops of blue, orange, white and yellow. In addition to the Gymkhana man’s flashy livery, his Fiesta also features numerous Monster Energy logos from the longtime sponsor.
After retiring from the top spot in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2017, we’re curious to see what Block can do with his business in the new Support Series. The race promises to be ripe for competition with drivers like Mads Ostberg already confirmed.
We wonder if Ken’s ride in Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Mach-E 1400 had anything to do with his going all-throttle, no brakes in the new series. Regardless of past results, we wish Ken the best in his new venture.