Pour Need for Speed, le nouveau super reboot Need For Speed, EA via Ghost Games et SpeedHunters, a recruté des personnages emblématique de la culture automobile ; dont un certain Ken Block, connu pour ses vidéos spectaculaires Gymkhana alliant pilotage et spectacle … mais pas que … via cet article publié sur DESIGNMOTEUR, nous allons découvrir la carrière de Ken Block, de ces débuts d’entrepreneur, de pilote de rallye WRC, puis de rally in America powered by Monster (la boisson énergétique concurrente de Reb Bull tant produit que marketing et extrem event and sport ;) puis présentation de the ‘850-horsepower AWD 1965 Mustang’ Hoonicorn RTR… In Real Life … puis pour les passionné jeu video… it’s in the game… Need for Speed … publié sur DESIGNMOTEUR Gaming.
No one can get America more excited about non-NASCAR motorsports than Ken Block. Although he’s pretty good at rally racing (in its latest stadium-and-social-media-friendly incarnation, Global Rally Cross), he’s even better at promoting it and his auto/outlaw image. Block’s annual stuntastic Gymkhana mini-features are as close to guaranteed viral as they come. Why? The driving, for sure, but the machines he jumps into are simply incredible, including his latest, an 850-horsepower AWD 1965 Mustang. - motortrend.com via The 2015 Power List – 50 Leaders, Thinkers, and Agitators Shaping the Auto Industry
Who is Ken Block?
Ken Block. Ce nom ne vous dit peut-être pas grand chose, peut-être ? Pourtant, il est l’un des cofondateurs de DC Shoes au début des années 1990. DC Shoes, devenue filiale de Quiksilver est une compagnie américaine fabriquant des chaussures et des vêtements de skateboard, de snowboard et de sports extrêmes. Pour faire connaître sa marque, Ken Block réalise des vidéos de sport extrême largement diffusées sur internet. Fondée aux États-Unis en 1994 par Ken Block, Danny Way, Colin McKay et Damon Way. « DC » était originalement l’abréviation de Droors Clothing. L’entreprise a été vendue à Quiksilver en 2004.
Ken Block est un homme d’affaires américain, pilote de rallye, né en 1967, à Long Beach en Californie ; proche d’un certain endroit, le garage de Magnus Walker. Ken Block a pratiqué les sports extrêmes, entre autres du skateboard, du motocross et du snowboard. Ses compétences de pilote lui ont permis de remporter des victoires, que ce soit en rallye ou rallycross. Il a également participé à de nombreuses épreuves sportives, pratiquant à haut niveau le skateboard, le snowboard, le motocross, le rallye et il a participé aux X Games.
Ken Block se fait connaître en réalisant une série de vidéos dans lesquelles il réalise des drifts dans un aérodrome, le port marchand de sa ville natale, Long Beach, sur l’Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, dans les studios extérieurs de Universal Pictures, dans les rues de San Francisco, sur piste aménagée pour la promotion du jeu vidéo Need for Speed: Rivals, et finalement, dans les rues de Los Angeles.
DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA PRACTICE
DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA TWO THE INFOMERCIAL
Riding on the success of the first Gymkhana Practice video that grabbed the attention of over 20 million viewers worldwide, the Gymkhana TWO video takes infomercials to the next level. Unlike other infomercials, this one sells the products with great action, cinematography, and a dramatic driving performance—and, no stereotypical cheesy informercial pitchman! Produced specifically to market Blocks first-ever Rally TeamWorks Collection, the new video is filled with great driving stunts, surprises, explosions, and a guest appearance from DC team rider, Rob Dyrdek. Filmed at the Port of Los Angeles, expect non-stop motor sport eye-candy as Block hits the all-new course in a custom tuned, high performance, and brand-new Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
DC SHOES: Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE, Part 1; The Music Video Infomercial (feat. The Cool Kids)
After months of anticipation DC and Ken Block are proud to be officially launching the Gymkhana THREE Part! The newest chapter in this successful franchise of Gymkhana videos is: Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE: Part 1; The Music Video Infomercial (feat. The Cool Kids). This music video features Ken, his Gymkhana Three 2011 Ford Fiesta, Gymkhana style driving, new DC and Ken Block product, with visual and effects — all set to an original track « Clicking (Gymkhana THREE) » that was written and produced by hip-hop duo The Cool Kids. The previous gymkhana videos have been viewed by more than 70 million viewers worldwide and have won a number of awards.
DC SHOES: Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome, France
Shot just south of Paris, France in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry, this 1.58 mile oval track, built in 1924, features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Ken for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until Ken attempted the maneuvers during filming.
DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA FOUR; THE HOLLYWOOD MEGAMERCIAL
DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FOUR: The Hollywood Megamercial. GYM4 surpasses the high-production style of Gymkhana TWO with even more spectacular effects shot in the backlots of Universal Studios, California. Filmed over the course of five days, director Ben Conrad (Zombieland and 30 Seconds or Less) and his team at Logan deliver a Hollywood caliber production complete with pyrotechnics, massive stunts and a series of unbelievable tricks.
Featuring robotic sharks, deranged zombies, and a hilarious cameo by the Epic Meal Time guys, Ken Block and his Hybrid FunctionHoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V.) bring the magic of Hollywood and gymkhana together.
DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO
DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco.
Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet.
NEED FOR SPEED: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA SIX -ULTIMATE GYMKHANA GRID COURSE
Need For Speed’s Racing Advisor Ken Block built the ultimate Gymkhana GRID course — a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun and exhilarating action of driving. This means all-new obstacles that help raise the difficulty for Block to master in his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 2013 racecar, including maneuvering around a moving wrecking ball and sliding through narrow opening cut into the sides of shipping containers. Block also added videogame elements from Need for Speed Rivals. Watch as he executes multiple jumps, drifts around Lamborghini Aventadors and evades the videogame-themed Redview County cops on Segways in his own unique style. You can almost smell the burn of the rubber as he tears up this incredible course. So sit back and enjoy the ride.
HOONIGAN KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA SEVEN: WILD IN THE STREETS OF LOS ANGELES
Hoonigan, Ford and Need For Speed proudly present Ken Block’s Gymkhana SEVEN; Wild in the Streets: Los Angeles.
Ken Block pilote de Rallye
Ken Block débute le rallye en 2005 dans le championnat américain de rallye. Le titre de « Rookie Of The Year » lui est décerné à la fin de cette saison. Il a été pilote de la Subaru Team Rallye USA jusqu’en 2009. En 2010, il participe au Championnat du monde des rallyes WRC au volant d’une Ford Focus RS préparée par la structure anglaise M-sport, au sein d’une équipe montée autour de lui : le Monster World Rally Team, sponsorisé par Monster Energy. Ses débuts sont modestes mais, lors du Rallye de Catalogne, en octobre, il marque ses 2 premiers points au championnat Pilotes en terminant 9e de l’épreuve.
Il ne participe qu’à 3 courses pour le championnat du monde des rallyes 2012 : Mexique, Nouvelle-Zélande et Finlande. La même année il participe au récent championnat du Global RallyCross aux États-Unis. Il dispute l’intégralité des 6 manches et parvient à accéder une fois au podium lors de la manche des X-Games, à Los Angeles, en juillet en se classant second derrière Sébastien Loeb.
En 2013, Ken Block participe à trois rallyes WRC. Lors du Rallye du Mexique, il réalise la meilleure performance de sa carrière en WRC en terminant 7e au classement général. Il dispute en parallèle le championnat Rally America où il est inscrit aux sept épreuves de la saison. Ken Block a comme objectif avoué en début de saison de gagner le championnat 2013.
Il remporte sa première victoire lors du Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (le STPR), disputé en Pennsylvanie au mois de juin. Malgré deux autres victoires acquises dans la foulée, il ne parvient pas à réaliser son objectif : le mannois David Higgins remporte le championnat des États-Unis pour la cinquième fois, Block terminant dauphin, après avoir déjà été vice-champion en 2006 et 2008.
Ken Block, pour 2014, participe au Rallye de Catalogne en WRC, à 2 épreuves du championnat Rally America, au championnat de Global RallyCross, et à 3 épreuves du championnat du monde de RallyCross.
Who is Ken Block?
Ken Blockʼs rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year that season in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has continued to race in the series, racking up numerous overall wins as well as plenty of podium appearances. He’s also accumulated five X Games medals since the start of his career, including most recently taking silver at Global X Games Barcelona RallyCross in 2013. In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport of rally within the United States.
His keen branding and marketing acumen, combined with his talents and skills behind the wheel, has also allowed Block to achieve global fame as a rally driver through his wildly successful viral Gymkhana series of videos. With all six of his Gymkhana videos (plus all associated edits) clocking in at over 250 million views on the franchise in total, they have helped put Block in front of eyeballs around the world. The franchise has also racked up several awards, including making the top 10 viral video charts by Ad Age, as well as the One Show Interactive Gold Pencil Award in the category of Online Films & Video/Long Form – Single, for excellence in an advertising campaign.
In January 2010, Block formed the Monster World Rally Team and signed with Ford to pursue his dreams of racing in the World Rally Championship and in doing so, became one of only four Americans to ever score points in the WRC (more Americans have actually landed on the moon than scored points in the WRC). Additionally, his signing with Ford included campaigning domestically in racing (Global RallyCross Championship, X Games and Rally America), as well as continuing with his Gymkhana driving. In 2012, Block re-named his team Hoonigan Racing Division, with the goal to further push the boundaries of motorsports marketing.
For 2015, Block will be competing in the Global RallyCross Championship, select Rally America rounds, a handful of international rallies, the Gymkhana GRID finals in Europe and some international Gymkhana demos.
source text from hooniganracing.com/team/hoonigan-racing/ken-block
Who is Ken Block? The Career Story: 10 years.
In 2005, Block began his National rallying career with the Vermont SportsCar team. Vermont SportsCar prepared a 2005 Subaru WRX STi* for Block to compete. His first event of the rallying season was Sno*Drift, where he ended up finishing seventh overall and fifth in the Group N class. During the 2005 season, Block had five top five finishes and placed third overall in the Group A class and fourth overall in the Rally America National Championship. At the end of his first rallying year, Ken Block had won the Rally America Rookie of the Year award.
* read more STi, click this link! A lire pour découvrir le département Performance de Subaru dénommé STi pour ‘Subaru Tecnica International’ via l’article intitulé :
Subaru BRZ STI Perf’ Concept, Boxer de Super GT : 300bhp to 450bhp / 304 ch à 456 ch #NYIAS / FR/EN text.
In 2006, Block along with his DC rally teammate Travis Pastrana signed a new sponsorship deal with Subaru. Through this deal with Subaru, the teammates became known as « Subaru Rally Team USA. » With the new rally season, Block also got a brand new Vermont SportsCar prepped 2006 Subaru WRX STi. He competed in the first ever X Games rally event at X Games XII. In the competition, Block ended up finishing third to take the bronze. He went on to compete in the 2006 Rally America National Championship, where he finished second overall.
In 2007, Block competed in the X Games XIII rally event, where he placed second overall and won a silver medal. In the 2007 Rally America National Championship, Block finished third overall. During this season, Block also entered in a few rounds of the World Rally Championship; Rally Mexico and Rally New Zealand. In Rally New Zealand, Block recorded two top-five stage times in the Group N class. At the end of 2007, Block had achieved 19 podiums and 8 overall victories in rally events.
In 2008, Block was provided with a brand new rally prepped 2008 Subaru WRX STi to compete. Block decided to compete in the Rallye Baie-des Chaleurs of the Canadian Rally Championship to gain some experience with his new 2008 rally car and prepare for the World Rally Championships later in the year. Block gained his first Canadian rally win at the event. This was only the second event for the new car. Block and his co-driver were unable to get any championship points at the event due to not having a Canadian competition license. Block competed in the Rally New York USA competition and finished in first place.
Ken Block incar video from 2008 Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino on Stage 5 in 2008 Rally Baie Des Chaleurs in Canada. Block went on to win the rally, his first time there.
Bonus video – Vermont SportsCar’s Rally Car ‘2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI’ Build Time Lapse
Timelapse of Vermont SportsCar building one of Travis Pastrana’s 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars at their shop in Colchester, Vermont.
In the X Games XIV rally competition, Block finished tied for third place with Dave Mirra. This occurrence was due to both competitors having issues with their car. Block, who made it to the semi-finals of the event, had a radiator problem after landing the car awkwardly on a jump. With both bronze place competitors in damaged cars unable to compete, the medals were awarded to both of them.
Block competed in the 2008 Rally America National championship, which concluded on October 17, 2008. In the event, he finished second overall with a strong victory in the last event. In the Lake Superior Performance Rally stage, Block finished over one minute ahead of his next closest competitor and secured the second overall position. Next up for Block this rally season is three World Rally Championship events.
On January 6, 2010 the ‘Monster World Rally Team’ announced Block as their driver for selected rounds of the World Rally Championship, in which he will be campaigning the Monster/Ford Racing Focus RS WRC 08. His car will be prepared and run by the North of England based M-Sport, who also prepare the official Ford WRC cars. He will be simultaneously running in his sixth season of the Rally America Championship in an open class Ford Fiesta, as well as his fifth X-games. Block will also be the first ever American driver to campaign for the World Rally Championship. On February 27, Block won the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (Rally America) for the 5th consecutive time. This broke the record held by John Buffum. Block is currently being trained by former Ford factory driver Markko Märtin. At the Spain rally, he won his first 2 points in World Rally Championship.
On his first race of 2013 season Block got a great result entering in the top-ten of the Mexican rally, thus he gets his first six points for the championship and score a best-ever 7th overall finish.
Ken Block participated in the WRC located in Catalunya, Spain. He was in 10th place until the last stage where he suffered a tire puncture and lost a significant amount of time. He would finish in 12th position.
Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino test for WRC Spain 2014
Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino spend two days testing on both tarmac and gravel surfaces for the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship: the 2014 Rally de España. The only round in the championship that features both sealed and loose surfaces.
‘Monster World Rally Team’ / ‘Hoonigan Racing Division’
The team was formed by Ken Block at the beginning of 2010 as a platform for him to compete at world championship level. The team, sponsored by Monster Energy, currently runs one 2011-spec Ford Fiesta RS WRC for Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino at selected events in the World Rally Championship. In 2012, the team entered a second car for Australian driver Chris Atkinson at the Rally of Mexico, though they have not submitted a second entry since.
The car is built and run by M-Sport, a British motorsport team, who also build and prepare the cars for every rally team and several rallycross teams competing with the Fiesta model.
Bonus sur le web en vidéo – Welcome to M-Sport
Bonus sur le web en vidéo – Back to 2011 – Ken Block’s all new WRC Ford Fiesta and 2011 Schedule
The reveal of Ken Block’s all new Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car along with the team’s 2011 Event Program, plus the beautiful Monster Girls!
Ken Block’s newest racecar: The Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle
Ken Block unveils his new racecar, the H.F.H.V., or « Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle », a unique vehicle made to compete in three disciplines of racing: Stage rally, rallycross, and Gymkhana.
January 2013 – New Headquarters, New Team Name!
With over two years invested in design, planning and building, Ken Block swings open the doors of his new team headquarters and welcomes the world inside. Based near his home in Park City, Utah, the revolutionary facility—graced with Block’s creative instincts and attention to detail—redefines what a race shop can actually be. The launch of this world-class workspace, which boasts a familiar Monster green color as well as an all-new electric blue, is accompanied by another major announcement: a new team name. The once Monster World Rally Team has now been renamed to Hoonigan Racing Division. Monster Energy, Ford Racing, DC Shoes, GoPro, Pirelli and Block’s other great sponsors will all continue their amazing support as they have in the past. Block’s new headquarters is the first of many big things coming from Hoonigan Racing Division this year.
“Having been involved with the leasing and building of office space for other companies like DC Shoes, I wanted to avoid the inflexibility of constructing a space made of lumber and sheetrock walls. Using recycled shipping containers as the building blocks for the Hoonigan Racing Division headquarters is not only more environmentally friendly, but it gives us the flexibility to add more infrastructure and the ability to pack the entire facility onto trucks if we ever needed to relocate. It also provides a unique element to work with that is visually stunning and really adds to the creative environment of the space. I honestly could not be more stoked on the finished product.” - Ken block
The 12,000 square foot facility is divided evenly into two spaces. One side consists of a creative office space, capable of housing up to 25 employees, with separate marketing and administration departments. The other side is a top-level workshop for servicing the team’s race vehicles.
“When setting out to design the Hoonigan Racing Division Headquarters, I wanted to build a fun and inspirational creative space that would not only reset the industry standard for a motorsports facility, but also have a place that rivaled the modern workspaces of top ad agencies. I need a place where our whole team—from the marketing staff to the technicians—can be inspired and enjoy working in everyday. So aside from the standard office needs, we made sure to build in some fun; from a ping pong table to a full entertainment area with its own bar. But, I also wanted the other side of the headquarters—the workshop—to have the feel and functionality of a World Rally Championship-level facility like M-Sport or Prodrive. I think we achieved all my goals with this facility!” - Ken block
In addition to utilizing 17 recycled shipping containers to construct a reusable workspace, other recycled, reused and sustainable materials were used where possible in the construction of the headquarters.
source text from hooniganracing.com/blog
Bonus sur le web en images – Welcome to Hoonigan in 2015
The ‘850-horsepower AWD 1965 Mustang’ Hoonicorn RTR
Présentation de la Ford 1965 Mustang Hoonicorn pour Ken Block. The Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR is an extensively modified 1965 Mustang Coupé built by Hoonigan and ASD Motorsports à lire là : 1965 Mustang Hoonicorn for Ken Block, build in 2015 at ASD Motorsport with RTR partner: 850hp
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Source et images :
Thanks Wikipedia /EN/FR page Ken Block.