At the end of Ken Block’s latest Gymkhana video, we were given a short glimpse of his upcoming Hoonigan Racing/Ford Performance ride – a Ford Focus RS RX. Now, we are given a full view of not one, but two cars, each with its own distinct liveries, the result of a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone. Looks like a beast of a machine, doesn’t it?

Both Focus RS RXs will compete in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship, where round 1 is scheduled to take place in Montelegre, Portugal on April 16 and 17. Block will pilot the more conspicuous of the two (black/white) and his teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, will be behind the wheel of the other car.

Both are powered by a specially-developed 2.0 litre EcoBoost engine that outputs 600 hp and 900 Nm of torque. The engine features a Garrett turbocharger with 45mm restrictor, Cosworth Electronics engine management plus an optimised rallycross intercooler and radiator package.

2016 Ford Focus RS RX 5

The engine is linked to a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox with adjustable, mechanical front and rear differentials and a triple-plate AP carbon clutch. In the world of rallycross, acceleration is of major importance. Therefore, the RS RX will hit 97 km/h from a standstill (0-60 mph) in less than two seconds.

As you can tell, the RS RX looks the part with a custom body design that has been seam welded and reinforced to withstand the demands of rallycross (including bespoke underbody protection). To comply with regulations, there is also an FIA-spec roll cage.

To tackle the bumps, the rallycross machine is fitted with SLA-type suspension front and rear with 3-way adjustable Reiger dampers. Brakes a Brembo four-pot calipers with 350 mm rotors, paired with a Sadev yydraulic handbrake system to make the extra-tight turns. Rounding things up are 17-inch wheels and WRX-spec AVON racing tyres.




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