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Ken Block’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth Burns To The Ground Following A Rally Crash

Rally racing is a perilous pursuit, as anyone who lived through the World Rally Championship’s Group B era can attest. Drivers must push the limits of their race cars on all manner of terrain, often through dangerously narrow passages fraught with hazards including rocks, trees, cliffs, and jumps.

It was a rock that did in Ken Block’s beloved 1991 Group-A Ford Escort RS Cosworth at the New England Forest Rally in Maine. The pro driver and Head Hoonigan in Charge (HHIC) was running in third overall at the American Rally Association-sanctioned event with the help of co-driver Alex Gelsomino when tragedy struck on a tight left-hand turn. After encountering some difficulty shifting heading into the corner, Block got a little too close to the inside of the corner, hitting a rock that sent his 27-year-old rally car rolling.

After rolling twice, the rally-prepped Ford Escort RS Cosworth came to rest on its wheels, and Ken Block was ready to continue racing – that is, until flames from the engine bay began engulfing the car. Seeing the fire, Block and Gelsomino quickly exited the vehicle, and the video above shows what happened next: the car was completely and utterly consumed, burning to what could only be described as a crisp.

In a Tweet issued on Sunday, Block said he was “gutted” to see his Ford Escort RS Cosworth burn down on Friday, but already, the professional fun-haver says he’s planning to build another one. In a separate Tweet, he said it’s “still surreal how quick that fire started.”

(Hat-tip: Jalopnik)

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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