Unlike most race cars which have been completely gutted, Ken Block’s H.F.H.V. (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle) Ford Fiesta is apparently still equipped with Ford’s Sync in-car connectivity system.
“I love my new Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. race car because it’s one of the most unique competition race cars on the planet and is capable of doing many different styles of driving,” said Block in a prepared press release. “One unique feature of this car is that it still has Sync hooked up inside. So whenever I’m transitioning between rally stages or just driving around town, I’m able to make phone calls, have my texts read to me, look up businesses and listen to my favorite driving songs – it’s awesome!”
We’re sure it is. Because of rally racing rules, Alex Gelsomino, Block’s longtime co-driver and navigator, doesn’t have to worry about his job security, since Sync, and similar systems that feature turn-by-turn directions, are not allowed in rally competitions.
“We are excited to partner with Ken to be able to showcase how intuitive and powerful Sync technology is, even while he has to be laser-focused on his driving,” said Cole Buccafurri of Ford’s digital marketing communications in a press release. “Ken is an artist of his craft and we thought this would be an amazing opportunity to leverage his skills to connect this great technology with his great fans.”
Block will use his H.F.H.V Fiesta in stage rally events, rallycross and X Games events. And if you haven’t yet, make sure to check out Block’s 600-hp Fiesta in action in his fourth Gymkhana video.