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Ford and Ken Block have parted ways after 10 years

A person of Ford’s star drivers, Ken Block, is parting means with the Blue Oval...

A person of Ford’s star drivers, Ken Block, is parting means with the Blue Oval following 10 many years. The partnership is ending amicably, with each Block and Ford CEO Jim Farley sending out many thanks by means of social media.

“I want to thank you for all the things you have accomplished for the corporation and how very pleased we are of all the things that you have accomplished,” Farley reported in a YouTube movie crammed with movie clips of Block’s automotive stunts.

Block has also given a assertion, from his Hoonigan Racing web site, indicating “It is only been a aspiration appear correct to work with the corporation that constructed the truck that my Father drove when I was a teenager. I’m super appreciative to Ford for the assistance over the many years, but I am also hunting forward to what an unrestricted 2021 holds, and the potential to unfold my wings a little bit and enjoy with a large amount other toys.”

Some of people other toys may well include cars and trucks this sort of as the Audi Quattro S1 Team B rally vehicle, which Block just lately tweeted a image of, indicating, “A person of my beloved rally cars and trucks of all time … and now with my open marriage with Ford, I may well get to last but not least push a person!”

Block now phone calls himself a “free of charge agent,” as the stop of the partnership suggests he will now be in a position to push non-Ford cars and trucks on camera. Block was catapulted into throughout the world fame with the Gymkhana series, which he started with his a Subaru WRX STI, a vehicle he still owns. Ford snatched Block absent from Subaru, and set him in the driver’s seat of a Fiesta WRC vehicle.

In his ten years with Ford, Block continued his Gymkhana movie series and constructed cars and trucks this sort of as the all-wheel-push, 1,400-horsepower ’65 Mustang-bodied Hoonicorn and the Ford F-a hundred and fifty-based Hoonitruck. Previous December, Block handed the Gymkhana baton to Travis Pastrana and again to Subaru.

What the potential holds for Block is anyone’s guess, but it truly is positive to be fun and will probable include tons of tire smoke.