Ken Block and Ford divorcing, but hope to remain friends
Hoonigan becomes a free agent, but might still drive a Ford
Drift master Ken Block and Ford are going their separate ways. Sort of.
The rally driver turned showman announced on his social media Friday that his 10-year relationship with Ford is ending.
"It’s simply been a dream come true to work with the company that built the truck that my Dad drove when I was a teenager," the driver known as “Hoonigan” said in a release. "I’m super appreciative to Ford for the support over the years, but I am also looking forward to what an unrestricted 2021 holds, and the ability to spread my wings a bit and play with a lot of other toys.”
Best known for “hooning” in his Gykhana video series 53-year-old has amassed a huge following since he started driving all things Ford in 2010.
“Working with Ford over the past decade has been awesome," Block said. “From racing all over the world, to accumulating a half-billion views from Gymkhana Three to Gymkhana Ten, to creating the Emmy nominated series The Gymkhana Files for Amazon Prime—along with building a fleet of Fords including the iconic AWD Mustang Hoonicorn and F-150 Hoonitruck—it’s been a great partnership."
During his time with Ford Block scored 19 race wins, 17 podium finishes, two X Games medals, and points finishes in the World Rally Championship—the first scored for the brand by an American driver.
For its part Ford said it was appreciative of the partnership.
"All of us at Ford are very grateful for Ken Block and his bringing the thrill of Ford Performance vehicles to a whole new generation of car buyers," Ford Performance said in a statement on Twitter. "He did it in ways that were uniquely Ken—with fun, energetic and extraordinary driving exhibitions that were unmatched in the automotive world, along with important victories and performances in rally and rallycross worldwide."
Prior to his Ford association, Block drove Subaru branded cars. Now however, he is a free agent and can sign with any automaker, although Ford remains in the mix.
“I am a free agent,” Block said on social media. “I am stoked to still potentially work with Ford, but also really looking forward to racing and hooning some new vehicles!”