Throughout the 60s and 70s, no American auto brand produced more iconic vehicles than Ford. Now RM Sotheby's is set to auction off some of the finest Performance Fords of the era, including incredible iterations of the GT40, the 289 Cobra, the GT350, and the Boss 302 Trans Am. If you have some insane amount of cash burning a hole in your pocket, then you can catch all these beauties at Monterey Auction from August 19th to the 20th.
We ranked today's muscle cars in terms of one thing and one thing only: Horsepower. Welcome to the pony show, people.
Listen, we all knew Gymkhana EIGHT was going to be a little nuts. Blasting around the streets of Dubai in a Ford Fiesta that can do 0-60 in 1.8 seconds isn't something sane people do, after all. But we weren't prepared for THIS. We don't want to spoil any of the surprises—though there are plenty—but we will say that Ken Block, Ford Performance, and XDubai pulled out every last stop for this one, stitching together arguably the best Gymkhana yet in the process. Check it out and make sure to stay tuned for Block's tantalizing Gymkhana 9 teaser at the end.
Yesterday, Ken Block—after months of coy hints and outright secrecy—announced Gymkhana EIGHT with the unveiling of its star, a wild, 650-hp Ford Fiesta ST RX43 slathered in reflective paint and mounted on a mean set of Toyo rubber. Besides a premier date and time (Monday February 29th at 9pm PST), details remain scant, however, so we got to thinking: Of all the possible Gymkhana destinations on this giant, spinning orb of pavement, what would be the coolest, craziest, and, OK, probably most unrealistic? What follows are our 5 favorite (im)possibilities. Pull that E-brake and check them out.
Hear that sound? That's the sound of the drift, rally, and stunt driving worlds releasing a single, collectively held breath: Ken Block's long-awaited Gymkhana EIGHT is a go, made official by the announcement of his latest Franken-car earlier today. How this 650-hp, reflective paint-splattered Ford Fiesta Fiesta ST RX 43 stacks up to rest of Block's Gymkhana stable remains to be seen, but rest assured, Gymkhana EIGHT, which drops February 28th at 9pm PST (Midnight EST) on the Ford Performance YouTube, is sure to be a mind scrambler. Mark your calendars and start counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until take off.
If you've been drooling over Ford's killer Focus RS hot hatch, then this one—which finds former Stig, Ben Collins, taking a smokey spin through its four drive modes—is definitely a must-watch. Borrow two minutes and check it out.
Tuerck'd's coverage of Gymkhana Grid 2015 is officially a wrap, with event co-host Ryan Tuerck taking home "Hero Battle" bragging rights in Ken Block's Ford Escort Mk2 RS. Check out his face-off with RWD champ, Luke Woodham, as well as some smokey night drifting from the truly epic demo party and a quick dip with the Monster Girls. Living the dream doesn't even begin to describe it.
Yesterday, Ken Block debuted his wild new Gymkhana 8 whip, which got us thinking: If we were to pit all seven of Block's Gymkhana rides against in each other in a battle of pure radness, which would emerge the victor? Thus commenced one of the least scientific (and most fun) examinations we have ever conducted. Check it out and see how your favorite stacks up.
***Revisit all of Block's previous Gymkhana edits here***
The Ford Pinto has a reputation as one the most poorly built American automobiles of all time, but that didn't stop Southern Rock Racing Series driver, Shawn Cross, from basing his wild, big-block Mean Bean on a 1980 version of the Blue Oval embarrassment. Check out this footage from the SRRS Championships, in which Cross absolutely destroys his lab experiement on the way to a wild second place finish, and we think you'll agree: This is one wild Pinto.