Hoonigan is auctioning off the Ford Focus RS RX featured in Ken Block’s Gymkhana Nine, marking the first time a star car from the popular video series will have made it into private hands.
The sale, which will benefit the Team Rubicon hurricane relief foundation, will take place at Barrett-Jackson’s Fall auction on October 22-24.
The car up for grabs is one of just three Focus RS RXs made, and is the only one still in complete working order – Hoonigan tells us: “this is the only Gymkhana car that is a current, class legal, fully functioning race car. Someone could potentially get more use from this car than just a museum piece.”
It was the first car developed by Ford Performance exclusively for rallycross, and was built with the help of top rally and rallycross car builder M-Sport in the UK and Block’s own Hoonigan Racing Division outfit.
Powered by a 600bhp turbocharged four-pot, the engine was developed by M-Sport and Ford Performance, and marked only he second time that the Blue Oval’s performance offshoot had worked on an engine in-house for competition after the Le Mans class-winning Ford GT’s V6 powerplant.
As well as featuring in the ninth Gymkhana video where it was seen by more than 45 million people, the car also spent three seasons competing in rallycross events with Block behind the wheel – two in World Rallycross, and one in Americas Rallycross and Nitro rallycross at the Nitro World Games.
Block gave the car its first podium in competition in just its second outing, finishing third at Hockenheim during the 2016 season. He added back-to-back podiums at Circuit of the Americas and Circuit Trois-Rivières in ARX in 2018.
Ahead of the sale, the car was returned to Gymkhana Nine spec – complete with period livery – and Block took it for one last tire-slaying run to give it a proper sendoff.
The Gymkhana Nine Focus RS RX will cross the auction block on October 22 with 100% of the proceeds going to Team Rubicon which “provides relief to those aﬀected by disaster, by pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with ﬁrst responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions.”