This is the Ford Focus RS RX that Ken Block will race in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The headache-inducing livery is the work of street artist Felipe Pantone, initially spray-painted onto canvas then transferred onto the car. In the dirty, crash-filled world of rallycross, keeping the car looking its best won’t be easy…
Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team will run two of the 600bhp Focus RS machines for Block and Andreas Bakkerud. The rising Norwegian star has three World RX wins on his record; Block has only made two outings so far, netting a best finish of third, but has been a regular winner in the US-based Global Rally Cross series.
Hoonigan is competing with the full support of Ford. Though there are sound marketing reasons for using the Focus RS, it’s a bit of an odd choice as in recent years smaller cars have been favoured for the top Supercar class in rallycross.
On top of that, the car is untested and Block and Bakkerud will face fierce competition from two-time champion Petter Solberg, incoming rallying legend Sebastien Loeb and at least half-a-dozen other drivers who are more than capable of winning.
In other words, Block won’t be able to win as easily as his army of fans probably hopes. But we will see some hugely entertaining racing. And that’s what really matters.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship kick off in Montalegre, Portugal on 15 April.
By Only Motors