Even without all the upgrades, the Euro-spec 1978 Ford Escort you see here is nothing like the cheapo Escort sold in the United States.

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Block's Escort is festooned with a flat-black motif featuring Hoonigan logos and Old Glory slapped right on the hood.

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Unlike every other one of Block's Gymkhana creations, this Escort is rear-wheel drive. Typically, all four wheels get in on the action.

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The bodywork is a one-off creation from wide-body experts Rocket Bunny.

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The Gymkhana Escort rides on custom two-piece Fifteen52 wheels and Pirelli tires.

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Bolt-on fenders are a staple of Rocket Bunny's hard-core aesthetic.

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Block and his company Hoonigan plan to feature the Escort in its own video in 2016 -- it will likely be the follow-up to last year's Gymkhana 8.

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UK enthusiasts will get a chance to see this car in the flesh this weekend at Monster Energy's Gymkhana GRID Finale.

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The Escort is powered by a custom four-cylinder engine, built by UK race-engine manufacturer Millington.

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At full tilt, the Escort puts out a more-than-ample 333 horsepower.

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As the car was originally designed to compete in legitimate rally races, the interior is built to racing specification, with all safety systems present and accounted for.

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The display in Block's Escort is fancier than most everything found in a typical modern passenger car.

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Cages, bucket seats and harnesses are all part and parcel of the rally-car equation.

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Nearly every part of the car is adjustable via this panel, from windshield wipers to the power steering.

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It's a race car -- did you seriously expect insulation and carpeting?

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A hydraulic handbrake is much more effective than a standard, cable-based one. This is especially important in gymkhana, which requires frequent handbrake use.

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Those harnesses (and, by extension, Block's body) aren't going anywhere.

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A fuel cell helps keep the explosive bits safe in the event of a wreck.

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