Ken Block has accomplished many things in his career, including being a professional rally driver with the Monster World Rally Team, one of the co-founders and recently appointed Chief Brand Officer of DC Shoes, and a major competitor in skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross races. All of those accomplishments aside, the one thing Block is mainly known for is being the man behind Gymkhana.
The Stig is an intimidating character that even the most professional of racers can’t help but be in awe of. At least that’s what the Stig likes to think of himself. We can’t blame him for the lack of oxygen in his head. Lord knows how long it’s been since he last took that helmet off, but whatever you think of him, the dude is a polarizing figure that needs someone of equal stature to put him in check.
Enter Ken Block.
The world-class rally driver recently teamed up with Top Gear ’s resident test driver for a promotional gig for Top Gear Australia magazine. The two are scheduled to be in the cover of the November issue of the magazine and you can expect that article to be a must-read.
Before that issue hits newsstands, though, Top Gear Australia bought a camera crew to a race track to film the two drifter extraordinaires participate in a one-on-one Hoonigan show in Melbourne, featuring Block’s Monster Rally Fiesta and the Stig’s ride-of-choice, the Australian-born Ford Falcon FPV.
Check out the video after the jump and wait for the dramatic climax in the end. There’s plenty of rubber-burning, tire-shredding action in this 90-second promo video.
Every year, the collective wait surrounding the release of Ken Block’s Gymkhana video seems to grow by the load and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of fans have waited in earnest for the release of the fourth installment of Gymkhana. So now that it’s out, it’s time to sit back, relax, and marvel at Block’s expertise in theatrical hooning.
Similar to Block’s Gymkhana TWO: The Infomercial, Gymkhana 4: The Hollywood Megamercial shows the man himself performing a seven-minute hoon-a-thon inside the lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. The whole production set-up is amazingly executed by director Ben Conrad with an ode to Hollywood-style film-making that involves plenty of pyrotechnics, gorilla stunts, explosives, and lots of tire-burning hooning action.
Block’s newly-launched Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V is the other star of the show as it blasts through a number of film sets belonging to some of the most iconic Hollywood blockbusters of all time. Heck, even the infamous mechanical shark from Jaws makes an appearance in the video.
For his part, Block wanted to set a higher bar for the Gymkhana film and found the perfect partner, Universal Studios, to stage his epic hoon-ness.
"We opted to go over the top on FOUR with a big Hollywood production and Universal Studios provided the perfect place for it," he said. "
The backlots provided real life obstacles, plus an extremely varied collection of settings all just minutes from each other. Without question, Gymkhana FOUR is the most ridiculous film we’ve done yet, but it’s also packed with some of the hardest and most dangerous driving I have done in these films.”
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen; get ready for Gymkhana 4: The Hollywood Megamercial!
At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed , Ken Block was presented with two racing cars: the Gymkhana Three Ford Fiesta and the current Ford Fiesta RS WRC car . Defending the "hooning title" he won in 2010, Block spent the entire weekend sideways or in circles on Goodwood’s hillclimb and rally stages. This video was then released so we could all partake in the mad skills Block illustrated.
The Gymkhana Three Fiesta is powered by a boosted 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 850 HP (de-tuned to a total of 650 HP in the name of tractability) and 660 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power under the hood, the Fiesta will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2 seconds, providing the very reason why Block felt it necessary to have at it during the festival. Enjoy!
As avid video gamers that have a preference for whatever form of high-octane, four-wheeled racing action, we still have a soft spot for the down-and-smoky world of DiRT 3 . The latest installment of the game isn’t scheduled to hit stores until May 24, 2011, but we’re already getting some good preview videos of what to expect when the time comes for us to part ways with our hard-earned money.
You certainly won’t confuse this game for the posh and shiny world of Gran Turismo 5, but what you do get is plenty of smoke, burning tires, and off-the-rails action. To give us an idea of what to expect in the game, resident drifters Ken Block and Tanner Foust - or at least their virtual likeness - slide their drift-ready Ford Fiestas through a make-shift course.
Interested in shredding your tires while performing burnouts for hours? DiRT 3 will give you all that and more when the game drops next week. For now, you can check out the video of Block and Foust doing what they do best.
Anytime we have an excuse to get a scantily-clad babe on our pages, we make sure that everybody gets to share in our blessings. Even more awesome is when you pair said hottie to a little drift action, courtesy, in this case, of Mr. Gymkhana himself, Ken Block .
In this video, a model from Zoo Magazine gets a chance to pose with Ken Block and his Gymkhana 3 Ford Fiesta. After the introductions were done, the hot model rides shotgun alongside Block for a little drift action on an improvised Gymkhana course at the Battersea Power Station on the River Thames in Battersea, London.
It’s a pity that we don’t get a clear view of the model’s reaction as Block takes her for the ride of her life. But judging by her reaction when the course run was finished and the dust had settled, it sure looks like she had a blast.
High-level drifting and smoking hot babe aside, the video was actually part of a promotional event for the DIRT 3 video game, which incidentally coincides with the debut of the Gymkhana in the video game.
We don’t know if there are going to be hot models in bikinis in the game, but for the sake of everything we hold sacred, we’d love to see it.
Now that Kimi Raikkonen’s rumored return to Formula One in 2011 has gone up in smoke, rally fans of the Iceman can now breathe easy. It looks like your hero is going to stay in the WRC after all.
But as one of the most recognizable faces in the sport, Raikkonen will always be the subject of constant speculation and while the rumor of him returning to the glitzy world of Formula One has been shelved, another rumor is beginning to take shape; only this time, it involves who Raikkonen’s teammate is going to be in 2011.
There has been whispers that the Finnish racer’s name is being mentioned as a potential driver for the Monster Ford World Rally Team where he is going to have no less than Mr. Gymkhana himself, Ken Block , as his teammate.
Take this for what it’s worth because this rumor is trickier to navigate than a field full of land mines. For starters, there’s no telling how much Raikkonen is going to command in the market and given certain financial constraints, accommodating both him and Block on the same team is going to require a lot of ringing cash registers.
Then there’s the issue of endorsements. As we all know, Raikkonen is one of Red Bull’s top endorsers for the brand whereas Block holds the same clout with Monster. Last we checked, those two companies are direct competitors with each other.
So while the Raikkonen-Block tag team looks to be formidable both on the dirt track and up in the WRC suites, there’s a whole lot to be sorted out before it becomes a reality and at this point, we’re not holding our breaths.
Ken Block has officially announced the Gymkhana 3 that features his latest toy: a 650 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque Ford Fiesta.
Part one of the video is called the The Music Video Infomercial (feat. The Cool Kids). This music video features Ken, his Gymkhana Three 2011 Ford Fiesta, Gymkhana style driving, and the new DC and Ken Block product. The second part was filmed at L’Autodrome de Linas in France. This is a very old track which has survived the World War II.
The Gymkhana and the Gymkhana II, became Internet sensations for the way Block performed a variety of driving styles that incorporated elements of drifting and rally racing all while being produced in such a way that incorporates a unique visual artistry that has catapulted Block to mainstream popularity. Details about the other parts when they will be released!
Ken Block hopes that part three will have at least the same success.
After announcing it’s official debut yesterday, and months of built up anticipation, AFDC and Ken Block have unveiled the first video of their new free-wheeling joy ride, the Gymkhana III . Part one of the video is called the The Music Video Infomercial (feat. The Cool Kids).
This music video features Ken, his Gymkhana Three 2011 Ford Fiesta, Gymkhana style driving, and the new DC and Ken Block product. These aspects are placed in the video and set to the beat of an original track "Clicking (Gymkhana THREE)" that was written and produced by hip-hop duo The Cool Kids.
The Gymkhana and the Gymkhana II, became Internet sensations for the way Block performed a variety of driving styles that incorporated elements of drifting and rally racing all while being produced in such a way that incorporates a unique visual artistry that has catapulted Block to mainstream popularity. Did the Gymkhana III live up to the paint-splattered, wheel-spinning extravaganza as did the first two? Yeah, we have to go with no.
Let’s just hope part 2 will be all about driving skills.
For those of you waiting anxiously for Ken Block’s new free-wheeling joy ride, the Gymkhana III, to be officially introduced, your wait is finally over. The custom-made Ford Fiesta – one where he even took opinions from fans on how to build the car - is set to be unveiled today, August 24.
It goes without saying that Block’s Gymkhana cars have drawn worldwide acclaim for their daredevil stunts and crowd-pleasing antics. Its two predecessors, the Gymkhana and the Gymkhana II, became Internet sensations for the way Block performed a variety of driving styles that incorporated elements of drifting and rally racing all while being produced in such a way that incorporates a unique visual artistry that has catapulted Block to mainstream popularity.
So, to those that have clamored for the release of the Gymkhana III – and to the fans that helped ‘contribute’ to its creation – you can start your countdown now. Part 1 of the Gymkhana III will be released today. Let the awesomeness begin.
The Rally Deutschland kicked off today and the Monster World Rally Team got right to work as Ken Block and his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, started testing theFord Focus WRC outside of Brauneberg, Germany, a town 45 minutes east of the Rally Deutschland start. This race marks the first time Block will race on tarmac in the World Rally championship.
During all of this testing, the Monster World Rally Team had enough time to stop and interview Ken Block. Here’s what the racer rally had to say...
"With zero tarmac rounds in the Rally America series, Alex and I are at a huge disadvantage here in Germany," says Block. "We have only raced two tarmac events before, and while we did win both of those events, I have no expectations of keeping up with the veteran drivers here."
"Sitting in the car with Jari-Matti made me well aware of how much I still have to learn about tarmac driving." says Block. "It’s going to be a challenge, but a good one. This test was one of the best days I have ever had in rally car. I am really looking forward to improving my skills on sealed surfaces as I put down more and more stage miles on tarmac not just here in Germany, but over our next two rallies as well."
Check out what else Block had to say by checking out the video!