Gymkhana, Rallycross and Rally star Ken Block will race a STARD-built Ford Fiesta ERX in the first ever round of the new Projekt E Series – a support category for the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the first all-electric championship in Rallycross – at Höljes in Sweden on August 22-23.
Famous for his viral Gymkhana videos, which have had over 500 million views from people around the world, but also having raced in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (in 2016 and 2017) and previously in the Global Rallycross Championship, at Höljes it will be the first time ever for Block racing an electric car head-to-head against similar vehicles.
I am stoked to take part in the worldwide first ever electric Rallycross race in the Projekt E series in a STARD Ford Fiesta ERX! The car is rad and I can´t wait to get behind the wheel in Höljes.Ken Block
Block has claimed two World RX podiums in his time racing Supercars, and drove with a Ford Focus Mk3 RS for two years in 2016-2017. At Höljes he will compete in a brand new Fiesta ERX, which like all steel body, four-wheel-drive cars in the new Projekt E Series, will be driven by STARD’s REVelution powertrain system, with three electric motors producing 450kW (613bhp) combined power and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque and a top speed of 240km/h, using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmission fitted to both axles.
The Fiesta ERX has already delivered race-winning performance in the hands of Manfred Stohl who raced it in the Hungarian Rallycross Championship a couple of weeks ago and won the Supercar category. The new car for Block to race in Sweden will be given a special VIN (vehicle identification number), 043 in honour of his debut in the car.
We are very much looking forward to having Ken [Block] racing our Ford Fiesta ERX at Höljes. Not just because he is one of the most famous race drivers in the world and it shows the potential of Projekt E that the class is able to attract drivers like Ken [Block], but also because he has vast experience of motorsport and Rallycross and it will be very interesting to get his feedback. Ken [Block] has driven and raced in all kinds of crazy cars, but I really think he will be very impressed with the Fiesta ERX.Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO and founder