• Gymkhana 2020 Proves Nobody Can Do it Like Ken Block

However, a super-sub like Travis Pastrana still manages to get our blood pumping

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For 2020, Ken Block is letting Gymkhana in the hands of Travis Pastrana, who took up the challenge in an otherworldly 862-horsepower WRX STI turned up to eleven with active aero and enlarged engine displacement.

Travis Pastrana himself is no stranger to the world of racing of the X-Games, motocross, supercross and rally ilk but Gymkhana is no walk in the park either as you’re about to see from Pastrana’s facial expressions during the run.

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It’s only now that naysayers might get to appreciate Ken Block’s mad skills behind the wheel of a Gymkhana car. Remember those in-car shots where Block nonchalantly shifts gears and initiates powerslides by pulling the handbrake lever? Indeed, that’s due to hours of practice and past experience but there’s no doubt that the man is hugely skilled.

Gymkhana 2020 is shorter than previous instalments but it still has enough tricks, drifts, and close calls to keep you glued to the screen. On top of that, Pastrana’s face language is a delight in it of itself. Being new to Gymkhana and wanting to do well, it’s only natural that he got the jitters and at times looked downright horrified. That or he’s an excellent actor.

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Remember, the guy is hooning a custom-made WRX STI that pushes out well north of 860 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque. Oh, and the whole action takes place in Annapolis, Maryland, which is Pastrana’s hometown, so there’s even more pressure to get it right.

There are a few more surprises in the video, including the new Subaru BRZ drifting in tandem with Pastrana’s WRX STI, so we’ll leave you to it.

Tudor Rus
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