Becoming a drag racer takes hard work, commitment, and lots of training. You’ll need to know the ins and outs of your car and how to handle it, especially nowadays where a lot of supercars pack more than 1,000 hp under the hood. You also have to know how to work your way around rough terrains, with an eye on your speed, all at the same time. And if you’re a rally driver, you’ll have to wrap your head around the fact that you won’t be racing other drivers, at least not wheel-to-wheel. Instead, you’ll be racing the clock (or basically, yourself), to get the lower score. It only takes the bravest to compete in rally racing, let alone win.
When it comes to rally drivers, Ken Block is among the most popular and successful so far. The 55-year-old racer has a net worth of $200 million and a rallying career that began almost 17 years ago. The Californian rally driver also co-owns DC Shoes and is a co-owner of the popular sports apparel brand, Hoonigan Industries. For a man of his status, Ken Block has an interesting fleet of vehicles in his garage too.
It’s not very long ago that the star’s firstborn daughter, Lia Block, joined the rally world. Now at 15 years old, Lia block is probably one of the youngest rally drivers out there, and quite frankly, the luckiest to be a teenage celebrity rally driver. Even when you factor in her age, then watch her performance, you can see so much potential for greatness. Now, Lia races her Dad’s 1,400-hp 1965 Ford Mustang in the “Hoonicorn vs the World” series on YouTube.
At 15 years old, Ken Block’s firstborn daughter, Lia Block, is already proving her chops on the drag strip.
Lia Block Started Driving At A Very Young Age
The first time Lia Block first competed in a rally race was when she was 11 years old. Lia earned finishes driving UTVs in the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series. At the age of 13, Lia Block learned how to drift her dad’s 1978 Mk2 Ford Escort. And of course, her father made sure that she learned from the very best in the business: Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Before getting into the actual drag racing, Ken Block revealed that he put his daughter through a lot of different schools, which included Dirtfish and Team O’ Neil for the rally stuff.
Lia Block And ‘Hoonicorn Vs. the world’
“Hoonicorn vs. the World” is a popular YouTube show launched by Ken Block, where the star races his souped-up Hoonicorn (a 1965 Ford Mustang) against popular super cars. So far, opponents featured on the show have been an Audi RS 3, a McLaren Senna, a 1,110-hp Chevy Nova Dragster, and others. Hoonigan’s “Hoonicorn vs. the World” is available on the Hoonigan YouTube Channel – a channel dedicated to celebrating stunt-car driving. Since it debuted in 2020, “Hoonicorn vs. the World” gathered up to 48 million viewers.
Somewhere after season 1 concluded, the star’s decade-long contract with Ford expired. This left him free to make deals with other automakers. So, for season two of the “Hoonicorn vs. the World” show, Ken announced he wasn’t going to be competing anymore. Instead, he was going to be putting his firstborn daughter behind the wheel of the Mustang from thereon.
Ken Block’s Mustang is not your typical drag strip car. It’s equipped with a twin-turbocharged V8 that pops out of the hood. The engine transfers a tire-threshing 1,400 horsepower to the wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission and an all-wheel drive. As far as rally racing goes, this souped-up beast can take on any opponent. It’s quite enticing to see how the 15-year-old girl is handling this 1,400-hp Mustang. She clearly learns from the best.
For the ensuing season, the Hoonigan Team made a few modifications to the 1965 Mustang. It received a new halo bar, more bars to the roll cage, new performance wheels, and paddle shifters. So far into season two, the Mustang has only met one defeat, by a 2,000-hp Nissan GT-R.
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