So, Ken Block’s now a globe-trotter. Surprise, surprise.
Of course, he’s not actually doing it in real time, but this partnership between Block and GoPro has yielded some impressive results.
First, they went to the frozen woods of Russia to film a Gymkhana-like video that called for Block to smash GoPro cameras along the way. Now, Block and GoPro are back on U.S. soil, specifically in a technical forested rally course in Potosi, Missouri.
As is always the case with a guy like Ken Block, you better expect and prepare for some nutty things to happen in this video. You have to have a new level of appreciation for Block’s navigator who somehow manages to keep his wits together through all those bumps to give out instructions from that notebook of his.
And in case you missed out on Block’s Russian exploits, click past the jump to check it out.
Ken Block has been making the rounds in Europe lately. After a stop in Hungary, which resulted in some serious fun with the Ford Sierra, Block and the boys over at GoPro decided to have some fun in the frozen woods of Mother Russia.
The promo video actually had an objective: have Block "kill" as many of these cameras as he could. He’s not riding a an old Sierra; this time, it’s his trusty rally Ford Focus he goes to battle with against the prying lenses of GoPro HD Hero 2 cameras.
It’s a rollicking, fun video that we’ve come accustomed to from a dude like Ken Block. Having an "objective" like smashing cameras along the way only makes it that much more entertaining.
If you’re looking for an unexpected ending, stick to the end of the video and you’ll see why some local Russians apparently aren’t too fond of Block.
If you need any reminder just how awesome Ken Block is, click past the jump to see the complete set of videos of the web series that made him a household name: Gymkhana.
We support the rationale that a Enzo shouldn’t just be left out to collect dust in a garage because its owner decided that it’s too expensive to be taken out on the road.
We’re all for giving the Enzo some serious burn, but not on this level.
Whoever owns this particular Enzo either has a lot of money on his hands for repairs, hence the "TAXTHRICH" vanity plate, or he’s just certifiably nuts.
Granted, he agrees with us and has no problem giving the Enzo some runs on the road, but to turn it into a rally car and drift the heck out of it in gravel and muddy waters?
Now that’s just taking it too far. Imagine having to see some chipped paint on your multi-million-dollar supercar because some rocks and gravel got a little too close to it? That’s gonna cost a lot in repairs, buddy.
Then again, it’s his car and he’s free to do whatever he wants to do with it. And we thank him (or her) for the fine video of this thrashing.
About a week ago, we showed you a video of a mentally fried dude doing his best Need for Speed impersonation: carelessly drifting on public roads with not a care in the world. We emphasized the dangers of being that reckless, no matter how cool it looks.
Turns out, another one of those videos has appeared on the ’Net, only this time, the perp can be seen driving a Lexus IS-F. The situations are different, but the dangers certainly aren’t. In this case, the driver successfully pulls off the high-speed drive in the middle of traffic, narrowly escaping crashing while doing his dangerous stunt.
Technically speaking, he pulls off an impressive drift. – added brownie points for the degree of difficulty but in all sense and sensibilities, this is the kind of drift we don’t encourage. We said it before, if you’re going to drift, make sure it’s in the appropriate environment where won’t risk your life and the lives of those around you.
The shorthand version: don’t be an idiot when you drift.
When you’re a master drifter like Ken Block, you usually don’t make a whole lot of mistakes when you’re in a drift session. But every so often, the cat jumps out of the bag and you’re left with, at least in this case, smashed rear wheels.
For other drifters, that’s a cause for concern. For Ken Block, well, he "just ain’t care.”
Probably more telling is the way Block handled the crash to his beloved Ford Fiesta. There were no fumes of frustration or resigned exasperation; just a smile on the face knowing that things like this can and still happen, even to the best of ’em.
And to his credit, Block even made a pretty cool video out of his crash. Now that’s somebody who knows how to laugh at his boo-boos and still make a pretty cool video out of it.
Check out the video of Block’s mishap and the entertaining aftermath that followed.
Over the years that Ken Block has wowed us with his distinctly styled Ford Fiesta HFHV, we’ve begun to associate the man with the car’s appealing white-black-and-green color scheme.
Well, with a new year apparently comes a new color scheme. And a new headquarters to boot.
Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division has decided to move into a new headquarters and to celebrate that decision, the team has also changed their colors. While there was a clear distinction of how the old colors worked - white base, black paint splatter and plenty of lime green touches - this new color setup is a little more, shall we say, colorful.
The inspiration comes from Block’s fascination with the "80s and early 90s skateboarding graphics, as well as Miami Vice-era offshore powerboats and a dash of hair metal and old school hip hop mixed in for good measure."
That long description apparently translates to a matte-black base with touches of blue, red, green and orange, and a slice of Americana in the form of the U.S. flag on the roof scoop. As always, sponsorship logos are prevalent on the car, accounting for the rainbow-like hues on the Fiesta HFHV.
Moving onto the new “eco-friendly” HRD HQ, which looks “conducive to the kind of work they do.” The industrial look has been divided into two separate areas, including a workshop and a creative office space with plenty of touches of fun sprinkled in. Suffice to say, “boring” is the last word you’d think of in describing this office.
We understand the itch some people might get when wanting to drift their cars, but there’s still that line between fun and dumb that you shouldn’t cross, especially when you begin to put other people’s car - and lives - at risk.
This video, courtesy of the folks from Need for Drive, illustrates that example perfectly. We get it: drifting is fun and it provides a thrill that not a lot of things can replicate.
However, it must also be done in a closed environment that doesn’t pose a threat to anybody who isn’t sitting behind the wheel of the car. Last time we checked, a busy city street isn’t the kind of place you should be doing something like this.
We’ve seen, heard, and read so many stories about road accidents brought about by sheer recklessness. Those things can be avoided and should be avoided at all costs.
The video is "fun" to watch, but you have to wonder how fun it would’ve been if these guys took out a car or, much worse, a person. There’s no fun in that.
We all know that extreme sports buffs typically aren’t the best people to give too much free time too. You have folks like the Jackass guys that like to pull off crazy stunts and hordes of other extreme things. So, what happens when you give a professional drifter too much time off?
Enter in Ryan Tuerck, a professional drifting driver who currently competes in the U.S. Formula Drift series in his Nissan 240SX, and he has some spare time on his hands. We don’t want to ruin the surprise of this video, but we will tell you he shows off his skills in some very cool riding, ranging from a BMX and up to a full-sized Ram pick-up.
The video was shot at the South Philly Warehouse Bowl and during a rainy day drift session and was shot using his GoPro camera, which managed to capture the most amazing shots. Enjoy!
Of course we will ask you to keep in mind the video’s "Closed Course. Do Not Attempt" warning and we will ask you not to try this at home, unless of course you are a professional driver!
Australians, for the most part, are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. It’s rare to have a conversation with one and not say "he’s a pretty cool dude.” So, when news broke out that our friends from “Down Under” recently set a new world record, we were interested to see what it was they actually accomplished.
Low and behold, it was about something that fit right in our wheel house.
At the Summernats Car Festival 2013 in Canberra, 69 cars set a new Guinness Book world record by performing the world’s largest simultaneous burnout. As you can see, the amateur video of the record-setting achievement, posted by YouTube user "lolsupkent," comes with a lot of smoke, a lot of burnt rubber, and presumably, a lot of ecstatic people for being involved, or having witnessed the record-setting achievement.
If for nothing else, the video goes to show how fun a burnout really is. Having 69 cars do it simultaneously is, well, 69 times more enjoyable. If you’ve ever wondered how clouds are made in Australia, look no further than this video for the proof.
Six months after Ken Block released Gymkhana 5, we now have a pretty good idea on how the hooning series was made. It’s a little odd to release a "making-of" video so long after the actual thing was released, but then again, you won’t find any complaints from us.
Besides, there’s always something to learn about extravagant productions like this. If you recall, Gymkhana 5 was set in San Francisco and featured some of the hottest drifts and hooks done on some of the Bay Area’s most famous landmarks.
That video shows off the creativity, the thought process, and Block’s overall talent that went into creating a production like this. All of this work was in the name of giving drift fans something to look forward to every year.
Check out the "Making of Gymkhana 5" and if you’re in the mood, you can hop on over after the jump to watch Gymkhana 5.