Ken Block Gymkhana 3: The Video
Let’s start the new week off with a rush of speed and a large dose of adrenaline!
DC Shoes Films and Ken Block have released the third in their Gymkhana series of high-octane stunt driving movies. And it is another cracker! Shot as part of the ongoing advertising campaign for Blocks’ DC Shoes company just south of Paris, France in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry. The 2.548 kilometre (1.58 mile) oval track, was built in 1924. It features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Block for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until Ken attempted the maneuvers during filming. The addition of a rain dampened circuit added to the challenge and the thrills.
“The great thing about Gymkhana is that it is amazingly fun to do,” said Block. “It’s taking some of the best parts of rally racing and removing a bit of the stress that is involved with competing, allowing me to just go out and play in an amazing car. Having done two videos before I knew exactly what I wanted from the car as we built it and I can say that the Fiesta is the best Gymkhana car yet.”
Built by Olsbergs Motorsport Evolution (MSE), the 2,425-pound Gymkhana Three Ford Fiesta sports a purpose-built Olsbergs engine capable of up to 850 brake horsepower, but is restricted to 650 horsepower to give Block the torque band needed to control the car. Equipped with an Olsbergs MSE Maktrak (magnesium) six-speed paddle-shift sequential transmission, it is capable of 660 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm and needs a mere 1.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
Visit the DC Shoes Films channel on YouTube for the “Making of…” and other related videos, as well as for the previous Gymkhana video clips.
The video clip was released to YouTube just over a week ago and already has raked up almost 10-million views so can’t be all bad. Personally though, I preferred the thrills of the Gymkhana 2 video, and the Top Gear insert he shot with James May – this one here:
Either way, Block is an incredibly skilled performance driver. I’m wondering if he may become the new Stig?