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Ken Block to return to Top Gear in latest series

motor1 logo motor1 29/12/2017 Dominik Wilde
Can we expect much in the way of controversy?: If the stories of in-fighting, squabbles and resignations aren’t enough, new Top Gear was plunged into controversy when Matt LeBlanc and Ken Block were filmed doing ‘doughnuts’ close to the Cenotaph in London. According to James May, the feature was “possibly a little unwise [and] ill-advised”. © FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster If the stories of in-fighting, squabbles and resignations aren’t enough, new Top Gear was plunged into controversy when Matt LeBlanc and Ken Block were filmed doing ‘doughnuts’ close to the Cenotaph in London. According to James May, the feature was “possibly a little unwise [and] ill-advised”.

The Head Hoonigan in Charge is no stranger to the BBC show.

A teaser clip for the new series of Top Gear has revealed that Ken Block will once again appear on the worldwide hit BBC show.

Block, a former World Rally, World Rallycross and Global Rallycross competitor is no stranger to the show, having appeared on the television programme a number of times in the past.

In 2009 he took the notoriously speed averse James May on a 'Gymkhana' run around an airfield.

He later appeared attempting to lap a Reliant Robin round the Top Gear Track, in a long-running abuse of the classic three-wheel car that repeatedly landed former host Jeremy Clarkson in hot water with the Reliant Robin owners club.

Most recently Block appeared in the revitalised post-Clarkson, Hammond and May version of the show in the now-infamous London film with former Friends star Matt LeBlanc, driving the 'Hoonicorn' modified Mustang around the Cenotaph on Whitehall. He also appeared on the Top Gear Live world tour a handful of times.

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The 30-second clip of the latest series, shows Block portraying a police officer driving a Can-Am X3 side-by-side vehicle, chasing hosts LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid around an airfield. In the video the trio are driving a Shelby GT350, McLaren 570S and Jaguar F-Type.

Ken Block's Ford Focus RS RX © Motor1.com UK Ken Block's Ford Focus RS RX Series 25, which will be the second fronted by LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid – and the third since the exit of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May – is set to air in the spring. 

Filming began in June with LeBlanc and Harris taking a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo to the Møre og Romsdal region of Norway.

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Related: The wackiest Top Gear challenge cars (Motoring Research)

World of Top Gear at Beaulieu: They were ambitious, but rubbish. So, what happened to the Top Gear challenge cars built by Clarkson, Hammond and May – and indeed LeBlanc, Harris and Reid – after filming had finished? Many, such as James May’s ‘Lotus Escape to the Country’ seen above, are displayed at World of Top Gear – a recently revamped exhibition at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Join us for a guided tour. In pictures: the wackiest Top Gear challenge cars
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