If you've ever wondered about the "hybrid" in Global Rallycross (GRC). The same car is used in both racing series. As you'd imagine, racing on narrow dirt back roads Washington is very different than running on the mostly paved course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Aside from the chassis and most of the body components, the Ford Fiesta that raced on Sunday September 23 is almost completely different from the car that practiced on Thursday September 26. The entire powertrain gets swapped in favor of a setup making over 600 horsepower, and the front-mounted radiator is moved aft for the GRC event. To ensure proper air flow to it, different side vents and a vented liftgate are installed. The GRC car also gets bigger brakes and the proper wheel/tire combo. After three days of disassembly and reassembly, this Fiesta is ready for Rallycross.

Sure, it'd probably be easier to just have a second, dedicated GRC car, but where's the fun in that? Scroll down to watch the video of what it takes to transform Block's Fiesta from a gravel-spewing Rally America car to a ramp-jumping Global Rallycross car.


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      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the team has the time and the parts to pull it off it is a good cost saving idea.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        BUCKEYES97
        • 2 Years Ago
        hes the greatest rally driver and the creator of gymkhana
          G Viktor Marshall
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BUCKEYES97
          Lol. No.
          Pdexter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BUCKEYES97
          Greatest rally driver.... i for your sake really hope you are joking and not serious. If you are serious i got nothing else to say to you that you cant compare Block to people like Makinen, Gronholm, Loeb, Hannu Mikkola, Richard Burns. I would not even compare him to the mid pack rally drivers in World Rally Championship. Don't get me wrong. He makes great videos and is a entertaining character that i enjoy, but he is no rally driver driving 88.78 Miles/hour average speed for 40 kilometers on Ouninpohja Finland rally stage surrounded by trees and beating best drivers in the world.
          Narom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BUCKEYES97
          Thanks for the chuckle. How many WDC's has he won?
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BUCKEYES97
          I love the guy but he's about 20 years too late to be the creator of gymkhana (if you want to get technical it started with Genhis Khan and they used horses) and has never been in any actual gymkhana events; just made videos that are shot over and over and pieced together (surely you didn't think he did it all in one take?) I admire how fast he picked up rally driving, but he is by no means the greatest.
        chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        Obviously you care. You clicked the on the article didn't you?
      RampantFury
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never fails. So much as mention ken block on Autoblog and the haters pour in!
        imtoomuch1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RampantFury
        I agree. I have no idea why the haters always troll Block stories and threads. He never claims to be the best. He's living his dream because he has the means to do so. People forget he started racing very late in his life and he competes with people who have been racing all their lives. That proves he has natural talent. And if he sucked, he wouldn't be able to keep sponsors like Ford and Monster. Haters gonna hate...because they're jealous!
      Narom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well of course they are different, he's not that good at Rally and he's ok at rally cross.
        T-Mille
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Narom
        I wanna see you drive around a bunch of cones like Block does. That's beyond just ok.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @T-Mille
          [blocked]
          Narom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @T-Mille
          How is that relevant? That's neither Rallying (which i did at an amatuer level in the UK for a couple of years in a Skoda Fabia), nor Rallycross. That's flashy autotesting.
          Dipstick!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @T-Mille
          Obviously Ken's better than any critic on the internet. But he's up there with the best of the best; do expect criticism.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @T-Mille
          Watch any JAF Gymkhana event and you'll see that kids from the rice fields can go around those cones better than he does. And they do it every time, they don't need a couple takes to get a shot.
          RampantFury
          • 2 Years Ago
          @T-Mille
          Never won anything? How stupid are you?
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 2 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight. In North America Rally racing is really sport car racing and Rallycross is really rally racing. This is as bad as the entire football thing.
      Javanese
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice that the fiesta is a 2011 UK registered car from preston? WTH, are the american made fiesta not good enough?
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        Anyone else notice the starting shot of the video showed 3 Rally cars, 2 of which you could purchase directly from a car dealership?
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        Why buy one from America and then ship it overseas to M Sport? Cheaper to buy one locally.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      September 26th was a Wednesday.... I'd know because it was my Bday :)
      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it that hard to just get two cars?
      callum
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice the car had an "11" UK license plate hidden behind the rear bumper (fender). Must have been registered in the UK before being shipped to the USA
      Stuka87
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seriously do not understand the hate against Ken Block here on Autoblog. He has stated numerous times that he does not consider himself to be among the best. He considers himself to be average. He is a very down to earth, humble guy that is getting to live a dream that just about everybody here could only dream of (No pun intended). He has placed in the top 5 of a few rallies this year, which personally I consider impressive considering he has half the driving experience of some of the other drivers out there.
      William Miller
      • 2 Years Ago
      can they rebuild my car?))
      Stuka87
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seriously do not understand the hate against Ken Block here on Autoblog. He has stated numerous times that he does not consider himself to be among the best. He considers himself to be average. He is a very down to earth, humble guy that is getting to live a dream that just about everybody here could only dream of (No pun intended). He has placed in the top 5 of a few rallies this year, which personally I consider impressive considering he has half the driving experience of some of the other drivers out there.
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