28/01/2021

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Ford and Ken Block have parted ways after 10 years

A single of Ford’s star motorists, Ken Block, is parting techniques with the Blue Oval...

A single of Ford’s star motorists, Ken Block, is parting techniques with the Blue Oval following 10 several years. The partnership is ending amicably, with the two Block and Ford CEO Jim Farley sending out thanks by way of social media.

“I want to thank you for all the things you’ve accomplished for the enterprise and how proud we are of all the things that you’ve completed,” Farley explained in a YouTube movie stuffed with movie clips of Block’s automotive stunts.

Block has also offered a assertion, from his Hoonigan Racing website, indicating “It is simply been a aspiration occur genuine to function with the enterprise that crafted the truck that my Dad drove when I was a teen. I’m super appreciative to Ford for the help around the several years, but I am also looking ahead to what an unrestricted 2021 holds, and the ability to spread my wings a bit and perform with a lot other toys.”

Some of these other toys may well include automobiles these kinds of as the Audi Quattro S1 Team B rally vehicle, which Block not too long ago tweeted a picture of, indicating, “A single of my beloved rally automobiles of all time … and now with my open up marriage with Ford, I may get to ultimately travel one particular!”

Block now phone calls himself a “free agent,” as the conclusion of the partnership suggests he will now be equipped to travel non-Ford automobiles on camera. Block was catapulted into around the world fame with the Gymkhana series, which he commenced with his a Subaru WRX STI, a vehicle he nonetheless owns. Ford snatched Block away from Subaru, and set him in the driver’s seat of a Fiesta WRC vehicle.

In his 10 years with Ford, Block continued his Gymkhana movie series and crafted automobiles these kinds of as the all-wheel-travel, one,400-horsepower ’65 Mustang-bodied Hoonicorn and the Ford F-one hundred fifty-centered Hoonitruck. Last December, Block passed the Gymkhana baton to Travis Pastrana and back again to Subaru.

What the long run holds for Block is anyone’s guess, but it really is guaranteed to be enjoyable and will probably involve tons of tire smoke.