On the weekend of 24th October 2015 a select group of talented drivers descended upon Santa Pod Raceway to take part in the Gymkhana Grid European Gauntlet Finale.
Many battles had been fought to be able to take part in this event and some still had to battle on a very wet Saturday to be able to take part in the finals on Sunday
One of the many highlights of this event was a visit by 'Hoonigan' Ken Block, rally driver supremo and star of the extremely popular Gymkhana series of videos.
Ken bought along two very special cars which are the subject of this blog, so lets give you some more details of these awesome vehicles:
This car was probably best known for its European rally racing pedigree and was specced for tarmac racing when Keb bought it in 2008 but his Hoonigan Racing Team had different plans for it!
It was given a top spec WRC Tarmac build with a specialised suspension setup to deal with the Gymkhana circuit in mind.
Under the stars and stripes bonnet is a 2.5 Litre 4 cylinder Millington motor that produces 333 naturally aspirated horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels via a 6 speed sequential gearbox.
With such an impressive mechanical build Block and his Hoonigan team wanted the styling to reflect this so they called upon famous Japanes widebody designers Rocket Bunny. With its matt black bodywork, 'Hoonigan' stamped all over the rear end and distinctive Stars and Stripes Bonnet the worlds first Rocket Bunny Escort sits on custom two-piece fifteen52 wheels with Pirelli tyres.
Because Block had bought two cars (more on the other one in just a sec guys!) he needed somebody capable of getting the full 9000rpm out of this Escort and that task came down to the very capable fellow American Ryan Tuerck. Ryan is a professional drift driver who currently competes in Americas Formula Drift series.
Not satisfied with bringing one 'Beast' to demonstrate and race against the winners of the Gymkhana Grid, Block also bought along this very famous vehicle:
Made famous in Blocks Gymkhana Seven video this is a completely unique world-first performance all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang notchback.
It was built at ASD Motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina. Heavily modified by RTR and ASD Motorsports it features a 410 cubic inch Roush Yates V8 with 845Hp attached to a one off Sadev all-wheel drive system.
The styling was a collaboration between Block and RTR who are well known for their Mustang expertise.
This is the full spec:
As you can see from the pictures, this was a truly memorable event hosted by Monster Energy and Santa Pod Raceway and I for one am looking forward to what Hoonigan can do to beat this.
Congratulations to everybody who took part and made it an entertaining weekend for spectators and particpants alike.
Until there here are some more pictures from the event.