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So, Ken Block’s now a globe-trotter. Surprise, surprise.

Of course, he’s not actually doing it in real time, but this partnership between Block and GoPro has yielded some impressive results.

First, they went to the frozen woods of Russia to film a Gymkhana-like video that called for Block to smash GoPro cameras along the way. Now, Block and GoPro are back on U.S. soil, specifically in a technical forested rally course in Potosi, Missouri.

As is always the case with a guy like Ken Block, you better expect and prepare for some nutty things to happen in this video. You have to have a new level of appreciation for Block’s navigator who somehow manages to keep his wits together through all those bumps to give out instructions from that notebook of his.

And in case you missed out on Block’s Russian exploits, click past the jump to check it out.

Ken Block is one of the most famous racing personalities in the world and anytime fans have a chance to ride shotgun with Block in the driver’s seat, it’s a treat not a lot of people will say “no” to.

Recently, Block took his hooning skills to Budapest to treat some fans to a ride of a lifetime; that is if you consider driving the Ford Fiesta ST around an ice rink as a “ride of a lifetime.”

Considering the difficulty of driving around an ice rinkion a Fiesta ST, it’s safe to say that Block wouldn’t be able to execute the kind of Gymkhana-like stunts that he’s come to be known for. Nevertheless, having this man behind the wheel of a car with nothing but pure, unadulterated fun fueling him is still the stuff of awesomeness.

Check out the video above and be sure to click past the jump to know more about the Ford Fiesta ST.

Setting a world record is no small feat, especially when you’re doing it in less-than-ideal circumstances.

That’s why WRC racer, Mads Ostberg, deserves a raucous round of applause after setting a new world-record for the longest ever jump on snow by a rally car. Driving a Ford Fiesta WRC , Ostberg managed to fly his little race car over 60 meters (196.85 feet) in Trysil, Norway.

The World Rally Championship corroborated the record, posting Ostberg’s record-setting jump on its official Twitter account.

While the record is in itself an impressive accomplishment, it still fell way short of the overall jump record of 82 meters (269 feet) that Travis Pastrana accomplished a few years back when he jumped into a barge in the middle of the sea back on New Year’s Eve 2010.

Still, Ostberg’s attempt is impressive in its own right, considering the circumstances he had to deal with in order to set the record. Like we said, give the man his due props.

Check out Pastrana’s record jump after the, well, jump


Racer, stunt driver, and television host, Tanner Foust, has had a lot on his plate recently. But even though he’s being thrust to juggle all these responsibilities, the man still can’t get away from doing what he does best: rally racing.

Recently, Foust unveiled his newly dressed Ford Fiesta ST rally car, which made its first public appearance over the weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Dressed in the familiar black and yellow paint scheme of sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink, the new rally car gets a host of added designs. Particularly standing out is the red and orange splash on the car as well as new sticker liveries bearing Foust’s sponsors, including new partners Illest as the new apparel partner, ODYSSEY battery, and Horizon Hobbies, which will produce Foust’s own line of R/C cars.

It is expected that the rally car will be powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four engine with an output of 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque.

The model itself is based on the recently launched Fiesta ST Global RallyCross Championship that was first unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Foust is one of three drivers that will get the first dibs on the cars with the other two being Brian Deegan and Ken Block.

For now, it’s Foust’s turn to showcase his new rally ride, which he said will focus more on pure rallycross. What that means is that you can expect to see Foust and his new rally car compete in the X-Games, the Global Rallycross Championship and the European Rallycross Championship.

Ford announced the initial details and images of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) - a racecar that will be used in the 2013 season of the Global RallyCross Championship and Global X Games events. The car will be driven by Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan.

Built by Ford Racing and OlsbergsMSE, the new Fiesta ST GRC is based on the new Ford Fiesta ST production car set to go on sale this summer. No official details or specifications have been confirmed yet, but, by taking a closer look to these first images you will notice the car gets a pretty aggressive aerodynamic kit, with large front and rear bumper and a pretty impressive rear wing. The interior has been specially designed for the racing and includes a role cage and of course, racing seats.

Full details will be unveiled in a couple of days during the car’s official debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. We’ll bring you all of the details once they are release.

Over the years that Ken Block has wowed us with his distinctly styled Ford Fiesta HFHV , we’ve begun to associate the man with the car’s appealing white-black-and-green color scheme.

Well, with a new year apparently comes a new color scheme. And a new headquarters to boot.

Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division has decided to move into a new headquarters and to celebrate that decision, the team has also changed their colors. While there was a clear distinction of how the old colors worked - white base, black paint splatter and plenty of lime green touches - this new color setup is a little more, shall we say, colorful.

The inspiration comes from Block’s fascination with the "80s and early 90s skateboarding graphics, as well as Miami Vice-era offshore powerboats and a dash of hair metal and old school hip hop mixed in for good measure."

That long description apparently translates to a matte-black base with touches of blue, red, green and orange, and a slice of Americana in the form of the U.S. flag on the roof scoop. As always, sponsorship logos are prevalent on the car, accounting for the rainbow-like hues on the Fiesta HFHV.

Moving onto the new “eco-friendly” HRD HQ, which looks “conducive to the kind of work they do.” The industrial look has been divided into two separate areas, including a workshop and a creative office space with plenty of touches of fun sprinkled in. Suffice to say, “boring” is the last word you’d think of in describing this office.

Six months after Ken Block released Gymkhana 5 , we now have a pretty good idea on how the hooning series was made. It’s a little odd to release a "making-of" video so long after the actual thing was released, but then again, you won’t find any complaints from us.

Besides, there’s always something to learn about extravagant productions like this. If you recall, Gymkhana 5 was set in San Francisco and featured some of the hottest drifts and hooks done on some of the Bay Area’s most famous landmarks.

That video shows off the creativity, the thought process, and Block’s overall talent that went into creating a production like this. All of this work was in the name of giving drift fans something to look forward to every year.

Check out the "Making of Gymkhana 5" and if you’re in the mood, you can hop on over after the jump to watch Gymkhana 5.

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This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.

Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.

Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.

The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.

To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.

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Another modest addition to the compact hot-hatch segment, that includes the likes of the Mini John Cooper Works and the Fiat 500 Abarth , is America’s very own Ford Fiesta ST. With the initials “ST,” this variant of the Ford Fiesta brings more power and a sporty looking exterior kit to the table, a standard expected in every hot-hatch that is sold today.

Developed by the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States, the Fiesta ST is the latest that sports the “Sports Technologies” badge, a global performance brand that debuted in North America earlier this year with the launch of the Focus ST.

The ST brand is Ford’s initiative to prove to its customers that small cars can be fun and exciting to drive. People can not only enjoy the practicality of a hatchback but also a delicate mix of power, looks and fuel economy.

UPDATE 03/04/13: Ford has officially released the price for 2014 Fiesta ST. Hop on over after the jump to find out how much it’s going to cost.

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Formula Ford Race Car

Back in September, Ford managed an incredible Nurburgring lap time of 7:22. No, Ford did not used an amazing supercar to perform this feat; it used the tiny Formula race car powered by the automaker’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

In an interview with the British magazine, AutoExpress, EcoBoost chief engineer, Andrew Fraser, has announced that Ford is considering a production version of this incredible high-output version of its 3-cylinder engine . Don’t go getting too excited just yet, as there is no way that this engine can reach production pumping out the 202 horsepower it did when it lapped Nurburgring.

Instead, Ford is working toward reaching the 150-horsepower mark from this tiny block. Sure, 150 ponies doesn’t sound like much, but consider the fact that this engine is small enough to move with just a pair of relatively fit people and will mount in a car that weighs next to nothing, like the Ford Fiesta . Suddenly, that 150 ponies sounds pretty appetizing again, huh?

There always has to be a "but" with these types of announcements, as, according to Fraser, the engine still needs to complete its development process and pass Ford’s rigorous testing process, which includes long-term running at temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C (-140 degrees F) to 50 degrees C (122 degrees F). With an engine as high strung as a 150-horsepower, 3-cylinder engine, that could be pretty tough.

In related news, Fraser also announced that Formula Ford received a positive feedback and that officials have asked for a limited production series of 50 units.

Source: AutoExpress

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