Ken Block’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth Destroyed By Fire After Rally Crash

Ken Block’s prized Escort RS Cosworth has been destroyed by fire following a crash during the New England Forest Rally in Maine.

The sequence of unfortunate events unravelled as Block accidentally hit a rock on the apex of a left hand corner. This impact jolted the side of the Escort into the air, flipping it multiple times before it came to a rest in the trees.

Helmet camera footage from Block shows fire spewing out of the hood as soon as the rally car lands upright. Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino can be seen rushing to get out of the car before the inferno engulfs the car.

Fortunately, both Block and Gelsomino escaped the crash without any injuries.

“Ken and Alex are safe. It’s unfortunate that the Cossie is no more, but we are very happy that both KB and AG stayed focused on the most important part: getting each other out alive! A reminder to everyone who races, that when it goes wrong, it goes wrong very fast. Be safe!,” Block’s Hoonigan team posted on YouTube.

Block’s Escort RS Cosworth was a 1991 example originally built to compete in WRC’s Group A series. It was one of his most head-turning examples in his collection of Ford rally cars that also includes a rare 1986 RS200 Evolution.

While the car is sadly no more, you have to respect Block for racing many of his prized cars. What’s more, he doesn’t take them to racetracks with huge run-off areas but rather speeds through forests in them where even the smallest mistake can land you in trouble.


  • Christian

    WELL, I don’t think that the UK Cossi club gonna be thrilled with this one… OHh well, at least that moving Piano frem didn’t drop their load on the bonnet… 🙂

  • Bo Hanan

    The way Ken Block drives the car probably committed suicide.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    At least Block and Gelsomino are okay.

  • Six_Tymes

    Glad both are ok

GM Putting $20 Million Into Romulus Plant To Build More 10-Speed Transmissions

This can only mean more GM vehicles will feature 10-speed auto transmissions in the future.

2020 Audi RS Q4 Makes Spy Debut, May Get Over 400HP

First look on Audi’s 2020 RS Q4 which is expected to come with over 400hp .

New Kia XCeed Teased, Crossover’s Coming For Ford’s Focus Active

The XCeed might also gain a plug-in hybrid powertrain later this year.

New Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake, Concept EQV And GLC Facelift Confirmed For Geneva

Mercedes has plenty to show in Geneva, including the world premiere of the facelifted V-Class .

BMW Driver Inadvertently Causes Storage Unit To Fall Off Truck

The incident took place in Yingtan City in the Jiangxi Provice of southeast China.

U.S. Transportation Department Derails California High-Speed Rail Project, Cancels $929 Million In Funds

The state of California wanted to finish building a 520-mile railway system by the year 2033.

Alfa Romeo Official Confirms “Something New” For Geneva

An Alfa Romeo official told CarScoops that they have “something up their sleeve” for Geneva.

Man Awarded Almost $152 Million In Alabama After Ford Explorer Crash

A man was left paralyzed after the Ford Explorer he was a passenger in rolled over.

Honda Could Build The Next Generation Civic Hatchback In The U.S.

Honda is considering its options for the Civic after shutting down British and Turkish production in 2021.

Enhance The Looks Of Your Audi With The New Vorsprung And Black Edition Packs

Audi’s two new packages offer additional gear and are available from the A3 to the Q8.