Ken Block (Kenneth Block) is an American professional athlete and rally driver. Rally with the Hoonigan Racing Division, formerly known as the Monster World Rally Team. Besides racing, he has also competed in many action sports events such as skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross.
He is also one of the co-founders of DC Shoes, the property of which he has since sold. He has shifted his business focus to Hoonigan Industries, an apparel brand for car enthusiasts. He is currently a co-owner and Head Hoonigan In Charge of the company (Hoonigan Industries).
He joined the Vermont SportsCar Team in 2005 to begin his career in national rallying. In his first rally event, the Sno*Drift in Michigan, he drove a 2005 Subaru WRX STi. In this race he achieved a 7th place overall and a 5th place in the Group N class.
He secured five top-five finishes during the 2005 rally season and achieved a third overall in the Group A class and fourth overall in the Rally America National Championship, earning him Rally America Rookie of the Year. Since then he has participated in many other events.
Block was born on November 21, 1967. He is 51 years old in 2019.
Ken Block Net Worth
Block has an estimated net worth of $200 million.
Ken Blocks Frau | Lucy Block
Block married his wife Lucy Block in 2005. Additionally, Lucy is known to be a rally enthusiast having reportedly competed in more than 7 different races. Because of this, her husband gave her a fully restored and modified 1974 Ford Bronco and a Ford Fiesta R2 rally car. Not much information is known about her and her children. He's managed to keep an extremely low profile.
Mustango and Block | Ken Block Gym | Ford Mustang and Block | And block Hoonicorn
Mention the name Block anywhere in Los Angeles and you'll have Mustang cravings! In 2014, the Hoonigan Racing Team took to the streets of Los Angeles for the ultimate Gymkhana show, and the crowds couldn't wait to see the new Ken Block Mustang.
With unprecedented ingenuity and creativity, a superb team of engineers transformed an ordinary 1965 Ford Mustang into the ultimate high-performance machine.
Technically it was still the body of a 1965 Mustang, but the addition of the ASD Motorsports-designed custom tubular chassis, roll cage, door bars and underbody protection made the Hoonicorn look a little more upscale, straight out of a science. fictional thriller.
As if the exterior modifications weren't enough, the stack of throttle bodies sticking out about a foot from the hood certainly caused some double-takes. Speaking of the engine bay, the real draw of the Hoonicorn Mustang was under the hood.
If you were anywhere near the greater Los Angeles area on the day of Gymkhana SEVEN, you might have heard the roar of Roush Yates' 410 cubic inch engine. The instantaneous delivery of torque allowed the Mustang Hoonicorn V1 to produce a whopping 845 hp and 720 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm.
Virtually instantaneous torque delivery combined with the innovative six-speed four-wheel drive transmission allowed the Hoonicorn to burn rubber like there was no tomorrow! Elsewhere in the build, the first Ken Block Mustang featured custom front and rear suspension mounts, a hydraulic parking brake to assist in hard cornering situations, and Recaro seats for the ultimate racing experience.
Even if you didn't hear the roar of the engine in Gymkhana VII, you might have seen the smoke from the tires. The Hoonicorn sat beautifully on a quartet of 18" x 10.5" custom gold wheels with a set of 295/30/18 tires shredding the streets of L.A.
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Interview with KenBlock
Q: Ken, can you explain what the heck Terrakhana really is?
Ken-Block:It's basically about applying the riding style I practice in the Gymkhana videos to other unique situations. This new ('Terra' means earth)... we're doing it in a unique dirty situation. I've always wanted to take this riding style and do different things with it.
Q: Is Terrakhana the result of Gymkhana's huge success and the need to disband?
Ken-Block:Well, I can take these racing cars out of racing situations and have fun with them. I grew up skating and snowboarding, riding dirt bikes...most of the time I did that I wasn't racing, but with race cars it's the opposite. These videos allow me to go out and have fun with rally cars without worrying about trying to win a race. For me, it's all about going out and playing with these amazing toys.
Q: Fair point. How long did it take to film Terrakhana?
Ken-Block:The shooting lasted two days. It's in a part of the desert in southern Utah that has been designated by the government as a recreational area where you can ride dirt bikes, quads, ATVs... There's a lot of beautiful desert in southern Utah, a lot of national parks. This particular area called Swing Arm City was created specifically for people to get out and enjoy ATVs.
Q: Was it easy or were there difficult moments?
Ken-Block:Most of the shooting was pretty easy. I've driven my Fiesta rally car so it's familiar terrain to find jumps, corner climbs, several large rocks and lots of obstacles. There is a hill we call "Knife Edge" and if I went out the back it would be a 100 foot fall to my death. It was fun doing it rally style - you don't normally see a car there.
Q: It sounds... scary. Does it ever scare you?
Ken-Block:From time to time! It's about understanding the risk. Unfortunately for us today, with the internet, if something doesn't seem death-defying, it doesn't get much attention! I got myself into a few situations that were potentially quite dangerous, but I'm doing it with the best safety precautions I can take. The suspension and tire setup was what you would normally use for this car on a gravel car; Long-travel suspension, gravel rally tires.
Q: So, um, there's no chance of the Hoonicorn going off course in Terrakhana?
Ken-Block:The hoonicorn would have been awful here! The suspension isn't long enough, and with the twin-turbo setup and no air filter, it would have picked up a lot of dust and the engine wouldn't have lasted at all.
Q: Speaking of Hoonicorn, what's next?
Ken-Block:I will continue to make demos and videos with Hoonicorn, but I don't have any concrete plans yet. This car is one of the craziest I've ever driven, but when we added two turbos to it, it made 1,400 horsepower. So now it's the scariest car I've ever driven in my entire life. It just melts the tires so they behave in ways I'm not used to. So it's still pretty funny, just funny in a much more... scary way.
Q: During our last conversation you mentioned Gymkhana 5 as your personal favourite. Is that still the case or is the film you made with TG TV up there now?
Ken-Block:[Laughs] Well, I've never had so much trouble making a video as I did for Top Gear! I really enjoyed this, but Gymkhana 5 is still my favorite. The funny thing is we've done videos all over the world but I've never seen or dealt with the paparazzi you have there in England. That was something... to experience.
Q: Quite a lot. Ever get bored of walking sideways?
Ken-Block:No. Eventually it will go out of fashion, but for now it still puts a big grin on my face.
Q: So when do you think you'll be giving up the side boots?
Ken-Block:I will continue to do this as long as the fans continue to enjoy what I do and as long as I can remain competitive and perform at the highest level. When I get too old and it's not competitive or boring, I quit. I don't want to look bad! But I appreciate that I'm one of the happiest racers in the world and I'll try to keep this unique position for as long as possible.
Q: Great. Thanks for your time Ken!