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KEN BLOCK SPLITS FROM FORD PERFORMANCE

The Head Hoonigan Is Walking Away After A Decade Of Sponsorship And Collaboration

Ken Block Climbkhana Hoonitruck

Ken Block and Ford Performance are officially parting ways after a decade of successful collaboration. There’s been racing, Gymkhana, and some utterly insane one-off builds over the course of the partnership that began in 2010. During that time we’ve seen the iconic and absurd AWD Hoonicorn Mustang and the F-150 Hoonitruck, to go along with Block’s Escort Cosworth rally car, and various Fiesta and Focus rally cars including the Focus RS RX rallycross competitor. And finally, the Hoonifox.

“It’s simply been a dream come true to work with the company that built the truck that my Dad drove when I was a teenager,” Block said in a release. “I’m super appreciative to Ford for the support over the years, but I am also looking forward to what an unrestricted 2021 holds, and the ability to spread my wings a bit and play with a lot of other toys.”

During their time together, Ford and Block have taken 19 race wins, 17 additional podium finishes, two X Games medals, and points-scoring finishes in the World Rally Championship—the first time an American driver has done so for the Blue Oval. That’s before we even mention Block’s immensely popular Gymkhana video series which has generated more than a half billion views on YouTube.

Ford Mustang Fox Body
Ken Block Hoonifox.

“All of us at Ford are very grateful for Ken Block and his bringing the thrill of Ford Performance vehicles to a whole new generation of car buyers,” Ford Performance said in a statement on Twitter. “He did it in ways that were uniquely Ken—with fun, energetic and extraordinary driving exhibitions that were unmatched in the automotive world, along with important victories and performances in rally and rallycross worldwide.”

Unfortunately, this does also mean the end of the short-lived Hoonicorn Vs The World series. The 11 episode YouTube show saw Block pit the Hoonicorn against a medley of insane cars including a McLaren Senna and the World’s Fastest Donk.

According to Hoonigan, the partnership is effective immediately, leaving fans to wonder where the 53-year old Block will pop up next. More importantly, it’s unclear if we’ll ever really see the Hoonicorn shred its tires for us again, or if this really is well and truly it’s last ride.

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Screenshot Via YouTube.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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