Crazy footage captures rally driver's fiery high-speed crash

Frightening helmet cam footage has captured a rally car driver’s fiery high-speed crash during a race in America.

The dramatic scenes unfolded at the New England Forest Rally in Maine when Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino lost complete control of their car.

The 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth was hurtling at speed towards a corner when it hit and rock and sent the vehicle into a terrifying spin.

Block and his co-driver somehow escaped unharmed from this fiery crash. Pic: Twitter

Both passengers braced themselves as the car performed several rolls, before coming to a stop and bursting into flames.

The men could be heard frantically urging one another to get out of the car as flames quickly engulfed the vehicle.

Incredibly, both men walked away from the incident unharmed, thanks to the swift response of fire crews and stunned onlookers.

Block posted a picture of the carnage of social media afterwards.

“WILD day for Alex Gelsomino and I,” the Instagram post read.


“We were running in 3rd overall in the New England Forest Rally (with a gear box problem), pressing on to finish Stage 4 when I turned into a tighter left corner and downshifted.

“The box didn’t shift when I wanted it to (because mechanical issue), and when it finally did, it threw me into the inside of a corner and into a big rock.

“That rock sent us rolling over twice. We landed on our wheels, and I was ready to get going again because we were shiny side up.

“Buuuut as you can see, a fire started REALLY quick. Alex and I got out safely, but the car thoroughly burned right there on the stage.

“Luckily the in-car action was caught on my helmet mounted Go Pro.”

Block posted another picture showing the extent of the damage done to his burnt out vehicle.


“If you watch the helmet cam Go Pro video, you can see the engine oddly redline right before I hit the rock,” Block said.

“I was expecting the race car to run wider, but when the gearbox finally downshifted, it didn’t engage. We aren’t sure if it was just an engagement issue or if something broke.

“Either way, it meant I had no drive and the car ended up on the inside of the corner instead of the middle.

“Such a bummer. These photos suck, and it was torturous to watch the car burn (it took a while), but that’s racing.

“Thanks to all the volunteers, other competitors that helped, and the fire and safety crews for helping us with that crappy situation.”