If you follow the Global RallyCross Championship, or cool drifting internet videos, you’re probably very familiar with Ken Block.
Put simply, this Ford Racing driver and founder of the Hoonigan Racing Division is a legend in the motorsports community. The physics-defying moves he can pull in his specially-equipped Ford Fiesta will probably make your jaw drop.
So when Ken decided to swing by the 2013 Chicago Auto Show to show off the new Focus TrackSTer, we invited Brandon Anderson to cover the event as a citizen journalist for Ford Social. Little did Brandon know, but this was no ordinary citizen journalist assignment. Instead, he was getting the chance to talk one-on-one with Ken Block about this sweet new build and what he has in store for it on the track.
“The TrackSTer is our highest-performance vehicle of the three,” explains Ken. “It’s intended to be a nice vehicle on the street, but also hop on a track and have some very good performance.”
While this ST has been heavily customized to meet the demanding requirements of a Global RallyCross Champion, it’s not too far off from what do-it-yourself weekend rally warriors could build themselves.
“This is such a good car that you could take it from the showroom floor, do these modifications – a lot of them are available from Ford Racing – and then be able to go out and have some good performance fun,” says Ken.
Want to learn more about the TrackSTer? Stay tuned to Ford Social for a future post featuring our citizen journalists doing an in-depth walkaround with the tuners from fifteen52 that designed and built it.