Say you're driving along, minding your own business and smoke starts rising from the hood of your car – you're going to pull over, right? Well if you are the master of Gymkhana, Ken Block, it's never that simple.

The drift-happy racer was competing at a Global RallyCross event at SEMA when things got a little hazy in the cockpit of the heavily modified Ford Fiesta rally car. Block was in the lead, and as one might do when leading a race, he ignored the smoke billowing from beneath the shifter. Three laps into the race, and the smoke persisted, but hey there was driving to be done! Finally, flames erupted, but Block was still not phased. This from the Hoonigan YouTube page:

"After qualifying first, winning each of his heats and leading the first 5 laps at Global Rally Cross SEMA, Ken Block was forced to DNF due to a FIRE in his cockpit. But before retiring Block drove the piss out of his Ford Fiesta HFHV despite the smoke, and flames. Why you ask... Cause, like any good Hoonigan, dude AIN'T CARE!!!"

Our takeaway from this mishap is that Block remains unsettlingly cool, and only after stuff starts melting and falling over does it appear that Block becomes alarmed at all. They say racers need ice water pumping through their veins, but that doesn't make you fireproof, so we're glad Block is alright. To see all the vehicular carnage, check out the video below.


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      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      WARNING!!! Danger to Manifold
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had little respect for the dude before. I always thought he tried too hard to impress the audience and tried to be the rockstar of the situation (and always did poorly on pretty much every WRC events he entered). Now after seeing this video, I have even less respect for the dude. Trying to be the hero of the situation and put his life at stake, for what? Proving he's badass? That's just plain dumb! Ken Block, I said it before, and I'll say it again: go back to your DC shoes company!
        TsarBomba
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        Agree! When you are on the track, and your car has problems, it's a courtesy and sportsman-like to exit the race before causing a wreck or worse.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        dude
        • 2 Years Ago
        co-sign
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a rally driver, Block is slow as it is, so another slowdown is not really an issue.
        Malou H
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        he was winning the race this is rally cross your comment is trash. go play your videogames
          Myself
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Malou H
          Yes, he was winning a third-league race. Score! Point in the case? Loeb and Gronholm have three races between them this season in GRCC - they finished first without trying much. Not to mention the fact that Gronholm has long retired from full-time racing - yet he came in and won two races in a row. Block is fourth in the standings and his best place is second - his only podium finish. His attempts to compete with the big boys in the WRC were emberassing. Best finish? 8th. Loeb made Block look like an wanna-be racer during X Games ghymkana drive. There's a huge performance gap between Block and WRC drivers.
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Drifting can't die soon enough. Nothing but a bunch of talentless "drivers" who couldn't make it in any legitimate racing series, or even as a stunt driver. It's tedious to watch and requires no talent or skill. If you want to see an impressive burnout that requires skill to maintain then go to a tractor pull.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
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        Stuka
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        1: You can't get 4 top ten finishes in your first season of WRC without talent. 2: This was GRC, not drifting 3: $100 says you could not drift one corner much less a whole race 4: They dont do burnouts at tractor pulls. Spinning your tires to much means you lose grip. And event hen its on dirt, not bruning involved.
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        This wasn't a drift event.
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow they just erased my comment saying how late they are on showing this video
      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...Aaaand brain damage from fumes. His personality remains unchanged.
        Reece Lightning
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soul Shinobi
        whoever came up with the catchphrase aint care has brain damage, easily the dumbest thing I've heard
      drbyers
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta love that Ford quality. Lets see how long before the import bashers show up...lol
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drbyers
        Yes, 'cuz that's an off-the-showroom-floor factory built Ford car...
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          I've seen worse on Chevy production cars, but that doesn't matter since they and Ford are all American made LOL
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bada$$
      dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      wouldnt be a ken block video without showing him destroy a car....SRSLY how does a guy destroy cars this often but still is considered a "pro driver"....SMH
      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting that AB turned off the comments to the oil giveaway so that their advertisers can't see us telling them how lame it is. AB, you're losing credibility.
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brex
        OH wow. Thanks for pointing that out. Yea, sorry AB you can't buy my likes. Especially with crappy oil.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brex
        I know - they know how pathetic bribing for likes is and they know we'd call them out if they gave us a forum to. Soooo pathetic.
        TsarBomba
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brex
        Same reason that they keep posting Ken Block drivel. Must be a deal in there somewhere. Seriously, with so much amazing motorsports events happening, why do we need hear about this douche.
      lee.bromley
      • 2 Years Ago
      He shouldn't be viewed as a serious competitor; his purpose is to live the dream of teenage kids who love drifting and fireworks and 'cool' car stickers promoting corporate brands. They don't know the first thing about rallying, but they love his YouTube videos. That's how he found his way onto the WRC stage, because Ford & Monster etc pay big bucks to see their logo on his bandwagon. Colin McRae, he ain't. I know he didn't complete a full WRC program in 2012, but to only get four points is embarrassing. Funnily enough, when he "beat a WRC star" in the X-Games it was front page news on Jalopnik etc... yet his fans say WRC means nothing? He's just a show pony, but he's good at it.
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