1 of Ford’s star motorists, Ken Block, is parting approaches with the Blue Oval after ten years. The partnership is ending amicably, with the two Block and Ford CEO Jim Farley sending out many thanks by way of social media.
“I want to thank you for every thing you have completed for the enterprise and how proud we are of every thing that you have accomplished,” Farley mentioned in a YouTube video clip loaded with video clip clips of Block’s automotive stunts.
Block has also presented a statement, from his Hoonigan Racing website, declaring “It is simply been a aspiration appear legitimate to work with the enterprise that created the truck that my Dad drove when I was a teenager. I’m tremendous appreciative to Ford for the aid over the years, but I am also looking ahead to what an unrestricted 2021 retains, and the means to distribute my wings a little bit and enjoy with a large amount other toys.”
Some of those other toys may possibly contain cars and trucks these types of as the Audi Quattro S1 Team B rally motor vehicle, which Block lately tweeted a image of, declaring, “1 of my preferred rally cars and trucks of all time … and now with my open up marriage with Ford, I could get to finally travel one particular!”
Block now phone calls himself a “cost-free agent,” as the conclude of the partnership usually means he will now be in a position to travel non-Ford cars and trucks on camera. Block was catapulted into worldwide fame with the Gymkhana collection, which he began with his a Subaru WRX STI, a motor vehicle he still owns. Ford snatched Block absent from Subaru, and set him in the driver’s seat of a Fiesta WRC motor vehicle.
Which of my initially 3 Gymkhana cars and trucks is your preferred? pic.twitter.com/IdIBB8GrzU
— Ken Block (@kblock43)
January 9, 2021
In his 10 years with Ford, Block ongoing his Gymkhana video clip collection and created cars and trucks these types of as the all-wheel-travel, one,400-horsepower ’65 Mustang-bodied Hoonicorn and the Ford F-a hundred and fifty-primarily based Hoonitruck. Very last December, Block handed the Gymkhana baton to Travis Pastrana and back again to Subaru.
What the long term retains for Block is anyone’s guess, but it really is certain to be enjoyment and will likely require heaps of tire smoke.