Ken Block andÂ Andreas Bakkerud take the fight to the world in the hot hatch
By Steve Turner
Pop. Bang. Pop. Bang. The turbocharged 2.0-liter dances off the two-step rev limiter. As the start light goes green the car launches. Its all-wheel-drive system and Cooper tires claw for traction trying to plant the 600-plus horsepower to the tarmac. It accelerates from 0-60 in around 2 seconds as the car hurtles toward the first turn leading up toÂ its first jump into the dirt.
â€œThe launch is practically everything. If you can get out ahead, itâ€™s hard for people to get around, so the launch is one of the biggest parts of the entire racing element,â€ Ken Block enthused. â€œHonestly, every time I launch and go through the gears there is a big smile on my face, because it is so much fun. The zero to 60 is roughly 2 seconds depending on grip level, so it really makes this sort of racing fun.â€
Thatâ€™s right. This is no drag car. It is the all-new Ford Performance Focus RS RX. It competes in the FIA World Rallycross Championship under the Hoonigan Racing Division banner with support from UK speed merchants M-Sport. Behind the wheel are the Gymkhana superstar and his first-year teammate Andreas Bakkerud…
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