• Jan 29, 2010
Click above to view the video after the jump

Ken Block's inaugural outing in his new Ford Fiesta Rally car took place on Thursday ahead of today's opening of the Sno*Drift Rally America Series, and the crew at Monster have released some footage of Block's maiden run.

After the jump, you'll find a two and a half minute clip of Block pounding down the icy roads of Gladwin, MI, blowing past trees at triple-digit speeds and topping out in sixth gear during one insanely long straight.

Live updates from the event are available at Rally America's website. Follow along today and tomorrow, but in the meantime... jump.






I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 31 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks like so much fun. ::doe-eyed::
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, that looks like so much fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seeing Ken Block and snow makes me wonder, with his new relationship with Ford, what will become of the TRAX STI? http://www.autoblog.com/2009/11/02/video-ken-blocks-subaru-based-trax-sti-is-an-alpine-badass/ I'm really not looking forward to seeing a Focus on trax, I want the Subbie.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ooops, I mean Fiesta not Focus
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, impressive footage! Notice how smooth and in-control he seems to be, even though there's a lot of ice under that snow. That looks like a "WRC quality" car to me. I wouldn't be surprised if he runs somewhat conservatively at Sno*Drift just to make sure that the car is sorted out and reliable. It will do them no good to break or crash out early because they'll learn nothing from it. Who knows, maybe this car is far better than the past winners' Imprezas, Hyundais, and Evos. I hear there's a lot of icy roads this year at Sno*Drift. The last time that happened, all the class front runners pushed too hard and crashed themselves out or got time penalties. He COULD take it easy and end up winning anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are a ton of people who love Block, probably the same amount that hate him. All I know is the more coverage of rally and the more it grows in popularity in the US is a good thing! :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Increased rally popularity in the USA is two sided. An increased fanbase makes it more attractive to sponsors and TV/media coverage. The downside is the logisical/legal hassles for an organizer of putting on one of these events. STPR 2007 comes to mind. Due to all the difficulties involved, there's a whole lot of rallies not being run in the USA anymore that had run in the last 20 years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Block appears to be out after day 1 due to a suspension failure according to rally-america.com. Sounds like he hit something
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see how he transitions to using studs in Sweden.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man...I'd be there if I didn't have to work this weekend...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Powered by Ford! Go Ford... and street-legal version, please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So do rally cars like this still have clutch pedals?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes they have clutches. They are primarily used just for starting, stopping and to prevent a stall when using the hand brake. It is not used for normal shifting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It does look like fun, but how much responsibility is this dude taking when a
      16 year who watches this goes out and gets killed trying it, the guy behind the
      wheel might as well have been drinking a beer to really impress the kids!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Niceee. It'll be exciting to watch him compete in the WRC this year.
    • Load More Comments