Around the Track with Ken Block

Ford invited me to an event a few weeks back, Ken Block was in Toronto, and they’d set him up a course.

Non-car nerds: Ken Block, world-class precision driver and drifter. Sponsored by Ford, GoPro, Monster. Co-founded DC Shoes.

Watch him drift all of San Francisco:

He drives a 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43, outputting 650-hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, 0-100 km/h in 1.8 seconds.

Then, total luck, this happened:

We went around the course, it was about 90 seconds that felt like 2.

For such a maniacal sport, it was so calm in the cabin, surprised me; there’s less movement required than you may think.

We flew around,  I let myself get tossed around in the Gs, the entire cabin filled with smoke, and Ken drove so hard the car broke, making ours the final run of the day.

And then…

Above is the file list, no Ken footage, just poof: missing.  No explanation, that’s hard on a stomach.  Imagine writing that email to Ford… then one to Motoring TV… omg of all the footage to lose, in all the lands…

Adding to the disappointment: the footage of me driving the auto-cross course was also gone, and I’d driven so well that day.

Ken released his latest video, Gymkhana SIX. Wrote about it on Autonet yesterday, here. It’s ridiculous, go watch.



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