If you don’t remember D.C. Shoes cofounder Ken Block’s tire smoking gymkhana antics, then we suggest you take a moment to refresh yourself with his catalog of adrenaline inducing videos with his power sliding sideways Subaru as the star of the show. In a recent interview with Edmund’s Inside Line, Block admits that his first generation gymkhana car was nothing more than an extremely modified streetcar that had gone through a series of complete revisions. The STI started out as a way for Ken and friends to enjoy cross country rallies before dabbling in the world of the Japanese art of autocross know as gymkhana. Gymkhana is like any other time trial that takes place in an oversized parking lot, except there is a lot more rally style sliding in order to get your car around the orange cone even quicker.

Ken Block's Gymkhana Subaru STi
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So when Block wanted to get serious about gymkhana, he contact the folks at Crawford Performance and teamed up to produce a race ready 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The first thing that the racers did was shed every unnecessary ounce from the STI and then stiffen the chassis with an extensive roll cage. Weighing in at 2,775 pounds, the Crawford car is almost 600 pounds lighter than a stock STI. The weight reduction helps the 565 HP high performance flat four make the Subaru absolutely fly. Almost every part of the stroked 2.65 Liter boxer engine has been replaced in favor of lightweight reinforced pieces. Sitting atop the neon green powder coated charge pipes is a Garret GT35R turbocharger that compresses a maximum of 30 psi of boost to make a total of 590 E85 burning lb-ft of torque.

Ken Block's Gymkhana Subaru STi
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One thing that you don’t get an appreciation for with those slow motion pans and rubber burning power slides is exactly how quick Ken Block’s car is in a straight line. First of all launching an all wheel drive turbocharged car can be difficult, you have to get the revs up around 7,000 to keep the turbo spinning and then absolutely dump the clutch so that all four drive wheels can get power without bogging out the engine. But after all the Crawford STI is a racecar and even without the aid of fifth gear it can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.0 seconds and run the standing quarter mile in only 10.8 seconds at 123.7 seconds on a set of 275/35R18 BFGoodrich g-Force Drag Radials, now that is 0.7 seconds faster than a Corvette ZR-1 super car, so you know that this tuned STI is fast.

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Source: Edmunds Inside Line

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10 comments:

  (399) posted on 07.15.2011

Yeah, I wonder if Ken Block is going to drive the newer version of the Subaru WRX STI? However, I was impressed with engine performance of the vehicle. Its amazing to know that this car is faster than the ZR-1.

  (507) posted on 07.15.2011

Subaru Sti was the first car before Ken Block have drive the Ford Focus! And I have to say that the performance of the car is quite impressive and just recently Subaru have a newer offered for this vehicle.

  (397) posted on 06.27.2011

Ken Block would be one pf the great drivers in the world of car racing! Gymkhana was a great show though it differs from other car show that I have seen for he included sexy babe to his “buddies” in his show which makes me distractedsmiley

  (399) posted on 06.27.2011

@Bobby_Cruz! I like that saying but too bad Ken Block is preferring to drive the Ford Fiesta recently. Well, I guess he applied the same saying to this!

  (683) posted on 03.7.2011

Alps is one of my favorite location while watching car race. But somehow snowmobile has ruined that thing for me. I’m glad you guys were enjoying.

  (1211) posted on 11.7.2010

Even if they did, the guys in the video look too stupid to care. Although the people I most wish that took the hit of mercury are the advertisers who thought this was a good idea and in any way a good way to connect with anyone.

  (518) posted on 01.31.2010

@memphisroyce - yup I’ve watched gymkhana a thousand times and i must say.. sti is way better than the fiesta. but fiesta was beaten Ken’s STI. well there’s a saying that "If you cant beat the Enemy, Join them".

  (428) posted on 01.28.2010

way better than the Ford Fiesta, it’s so sad that Block is already a driver for Ford Fiesta.

  (1023) posted on 12.17.2009

Cool Drifts specially when he side drifts between two traffic cones, he almost hit the rear cones.

  (1023) posted on 12.13.2009

nice custom paint done by Gymkhana, Sti is really meant for Rally. i wonder why Chris Atkinson and D. Solberg left Team Subaru?

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