Although for some reason, we’re not surprised at all

Everybody heard of Ken Block by now, the man behind the extremely addictive (and hard to pull off) Gymkhana. His videos have amassed millions of views on YouTube and by the looks of it, Mr. Block is keen on passing the donut spinning knowledge to his daughter Lia.

You can’t match this sort of father-daughter bonding

Ken Block's latest Gymkhana toy is a widebody Ford Escort RS Cosworth aka Cossie V2.

It rocks a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ford YB engine slapped with a 43-mm restrictor, tuned by Julian Godfrey to produce 371 horsepower sent to the wheels via a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox. Mind you, this is a proper race/rally car and it’s easy to prove that by having a look at the other mods it received:

  • Reiger shocks
  • Escort WRC cross-members and suspension
  • Cosworth ECU
  • Recaro Racer SPA seat
  • AP racing brakes, discs, and Ferodo brake pads
Watch Ken Block's 13-year-old daughter pull off perfect donuts
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The car aside, it’s nice to see Ken Block trust his 13-year-old daughter’s skills by letting her play around with this drift monster - particularly since the Gymkhana master says Lia only learned to drive a manual transmission three days before the video was shot.

Sure, Mr. Block also argues that the Escort is his easiest to drive Gymkhana tool, and he’s right - the Hoonicorn Mustang makes it look like a pussycat yet let’s not forget one thing: hooning 371 horsepower isn’t exactly what they teach you in driving school and it’s certainly not what they recommend you to do as soon as you learned to drive. At the same time, his daughter is no stranger to racing for that matter, so we guess that does something to balance out the situation.

Watch Ken Block's 13-year-old daughter pull off perfect donuts
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Oh, and with such a good teacher, we’re wondering when will Lia make her debut in a Gymkhana video. Seeing these two together smoking tires and going sideways would be a cool treat, don’t you think?

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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