Ken Block’s Gymkhana series is great. It has the ridiculous stunts, the precision driving and the production quality that can hold someone’s attention for 10 minutes. But there’s always a slight disconnect—shutting down public streets, playing with shiny, nice, expensive cars—from the everyday human being.
I’m sure the biggest question on everyone’s mind when they’re watching one of Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos is always the same: how would this be different if he was driving a shoddy British three-wheeler? Thanks to remarkable advances in computerizated synthetic reality, we can finally know.
You don’t need to have the big budget, latest 360-degree cameras and state-of-the-art rallycross car of Ken Block to rip sweet donuts. All you really need, as this “Gymfarma Practise” video proves, is a field and a beater you don’t care about.
The Hoonigan crew put a few 360-degree cameras out when they were shooting Ken Block’s latest tire-slaying Gymkhana Nine adventure. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to experience Gymkhana in virtual reality through the FordVR app.
One 600-horsepower, rallycross-spec, Zubaz-stripe-liveried Ford Focus RS RX. The rust-scarred locale of Buffalo, New York. Many, many abused tires. You know the formula by now. Feast your eyes on Gymkhana Nine.
Tomorrow the world will bear witness to Gymkhana Nine, Ken Block’s latest video extravaganza of tire smoke and high-speed hatchback tomfoolery, much of it set against the lush and exotic backdrop of Buffalo, New York. But there was a location even more picturesque than Buffalo in mind originally, if you can believe…
That’s right: Ken Block is still making viral-style Ford commercials. This one features his new Focus RS RX rallycross car, and many, many tips have been sent in about it hooning around the exotic locale of Buffalo, New York. Let’s enjoy a small teaser of the action until then, shall we?
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you come in a little too hot and grab a little more front brake than you should? That internal debate about whether you’d save this one or this would be the time you’d gone just a little too far?
And his buddies snitched on him, too.
Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t seem to give a shit.
You’ve seen Gymkhana 8, right? Now head over to Speedhunters and see the gorgeous photo essay that reveals how it was made.
Finally, we get to see Ken Block hoon his spectacularly reflective flame-spitting Ford Fiesta through Dubai. Gymkhana 8 makes plowing through sand an art form, puts a Raptor on two wheels, and shows us the single best use of Dubai’s insane collection of police supercars I’ve ever seen. Oh, and there’s a plane.
Gymkhana 8 comes out in a week, with the same Ken Block sliding the same 650 horsepower AWD Fiesta and this totally new reflective paint scheme that wait hold on this looks awesome.
San Diego police are reportedly planning to investigate some schmuck named Blake Wilkey, after he put up a video of himself (now cresting half a million views) in an 800 horsepower dune buggy going completely apeshit on unclosed, public roads.
This is the sixth Ferrari F40 prototype, upgraded to race car specifications. If you had it on your estate, I have no doubt in my mind that you’d take it out for a morning powerslide, too.
Hey, remember when Ken Block turned his stage rally Mk2 Ford Escort into a tarmac-spec Gymkhana car? Yes, that was yesterday. Now watch it shred tires like a beast with Formula Drift pro Ryan Tuerck at the wheel.
Before the Mitsubishi Evo, before the Subaru Impreza, before the Audi Quattro there was the Ford Escort MkII. Now Kenneth H. Blockenstriker has one for some hectic Gymkhana action.