Prior to his tragic, abrupt passing early this year, Ken Block enjoyed a fruitful decade-long relationship with Ford, all while winning races on the track and churning out some of the more entertaining content automotive fans have ever seen. Of course, Block owned his fair share of cool rides over the years as well – many of them wearing a Blue Oval badge – including a special Ford Escort Cosworth rally car he originally received back in 2019, though later crashed, yet managed to escape the burning wreckage. Roughly a year later, he came back with version 2.0, a car that’s still around today. In fact, the head Hoonigan’s daughter – Lia Block – is now set to take that same Escort Cosworth rally racing, as she recently revealed via her own Instagram page.
Lia Block is clearly a chip off the old, well, block, and has already enjoyed success in the world of rally racing following her recent ARA National O2WD (open two-wheel drive) Championship win – a full two races before the season was even over. Thus, that set off a proverbial light bulb in Lia’s head. “We already have the points to take the championship, we can race any class we want, meaning we can have some fun and race in the O4WD (open 4-Wheel drive) class! But what car….??” she wondered.
The answer to that question, of course, is her dad’s Escort Cosworth, a car that she’s admittedly always wanted to compete in. “Cossie 2.0,” as it’s otherwise known, is a full-blown racer with a restrictor plate to keep horsepower at around 371, which flows to the wheels via a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox. Otherwise, it’s equipped with all sorts of suspension and chassis wizardry, all with the intentions of dominating whatever rally circuit it competes at.
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In this case, Lia will wring out her late dad’s racer at the upcoming Lake Superior Performance Rally this weekend. Obviously, that makes this particular race a must-watch – not only for rally fans, but also those that count Ken Block among their heroes, as now, his daughter is clearly set to carry on his legacy.