• You Have to Love Watching Ken Block Hoon The All-Electric Ford Fiesta ERX

Rest assured, this electric, rally-ready Fiesta is just as mean as the ICE one

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Ken Block needs no introduction by now. The inventor of Gymkhana has gathered a huge fan base on- and off-line, and for good reason: he’s been sitting behind the wheel in cool rides since forever. Speaking of those, this time around, Mr. Block gets to shakedown the living daylight out of the all-electric Ford Fiesta ERX that he actually raced over the last weekend in FIA’s World Rallycross Project E race series. And as usual, some tire slaying ensued.

I didn’t know an electric rally car even existed!

Well, it’s pretty real. T

he Fiesta ERX is built by Austria’s STARD on the Ford Fiesta Mark 8 ST body shell, which receives the company’s REVelution powertrain.

In other words, three electric motors splashing out 450 kilowatts (603 horsepower) and 1002 Newton-meter (739 pound-feet) of torque sent to all four corners through a pair of two-speed gearboxes – one for each axle.

Feeding the motors is a 450-kWh battery pack that generates so much heat that it has to be cooled with dry ice.
You Have to Love Watching Ken Block Hoon The All-Electric Ford Fiesta ERX
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At the same time, the ERX can reach a top speed of 240 kph (150 mph) and each unit demands €374,000, or around $441,000.

Ford Fiesta ERX specifications
Motor three electric
Power 603 HP
Torque 739 LB-FT
Battery Pack 450-kWh
Top Speed 150 mph
You Have to Love Watching Ken Block Hoon The All-Electric Ford Fiesta ERX
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The video you’re about to see is shot in mid-west Sweden and in typical Ken Block fashion, in includes jumps, drifts, a lot of e-motor whining, and a lot of burned tire. As for the future of motorsport, it’s safe to say that while the next years might bring a mix between ICE-focused and EV-only disciplines, the latter is slowly but steadily trickling down the sport’s branches.

It’s too early to talk about a majority of EV motorsport niches, but given the immense performance potential that can be squeezed out of an all-electric powertrain, we’re expecting more race cars such as the Fiesta ERX to pop up in the coming years.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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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 full bio
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