Ken Block Unveils New Ford Focus RS RX for the Americas Rallycross Championship
The new Ford racer will contest in the Americas and FIA World Rallycross championships.
Hoonigan Racing's Ken Block and his new teammate Steve Arpin unveiled the new liveries for their Ford Focus RS RX racers that will contest in the remaining races of the Americas Rallycross Championship and the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2018.
This year's rally-prepped hatchback is nearly identical to 2017's in terms of performance, with the updated livery showing the new partnership between the two drivers and Loenbro Motorsports being the only difference, in addition to slight tweaks for rules compliance.
After the disastrous fallout of the Red Bull Global Rallycross, which was already enduring Block's absence toward the end of its existence, Hoonigan focused on building a strong platform for the FIA World Rallycross Championship. This included bringing Steve Arpin onboard, who adds much-needed technical and racing expertise to the team.
“When I made the decision to return to a handful of rallycross events this year, I knew partnering with Steve Arpin and his team was the right move,” said Block. “I’ve always liked Steve as a driver and I had been keeping an eye on how he and his team had developed the older Ford Fiesta RX43 chassis and were still achieving top results with it, so I knew I wanted to work with them with our Focus RS RX. When I made that decision, Ford stepped up and decided to then supply Steve a Focus RS RX of his own to further help assist in the development. Needless to say, I’m very excited about the forward progress they've made and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel!"
This updated RS RX will compete in the three remaining Americas Rallycross Championship races at the Circuit of the Americas in July; at Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada in August; and then back at COTA in September. Block will also compete in the U.S. round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking place that same weekend of September 29-30 at COTA.
"I'm excited about partnering with Ken [Block] this season," said Arpin. "He and I have always gotten along great at the track in the past and I think we're both in a position to help each other this year. I'm also happy about the fact that Ford Performance entrusted myself and my team to help further develop the Focus RS RX rallycross program, the car has felt amazing in our testing with the revisions we've made and I'm really eager to get it out on track and put it to the ultimate test against the competition."
Both drivers will also compete at Travis Pastrana’s Nitro World Games rallycross event, taking place September 22-23 at the Utah Motorsports Complex near Salt Lake City, Utah.