Listen, we all knew Gymkhana EIGHT was going to be a little nuts. Blasting around the streets of Dubai in a Ford Fiesta that can do 0-60 in 1.8 seconds isn't something sane people do, after all. But we weren't prepared for THIS. We don't want to spoil any of the surprises—though there are plenty—but we will say that Ken Block, Ford Performance, and XDubai pulled out every last stop for this one, stitching together arguably the best Gymkhana yet in the process. Check it out and make sure to stay tuned for Block's tantalizing Gymkhana 9 teaser at the end.
Yesterday, Ken Block—after months of coy hints and outright secrecy—announced Gymkhana EIGHT with the unveiling of its star, a wild, 650-hp Ford Fiesta ST RX43 slathered in reflective paint and mounted on a mean set of Toyo rubber. Besides a premier date and time (Monday February 29th at 9pm PST), details remain scant, however, so we got to thinking: Of all the possible Gymkhana destinations on this giant, spinning orb of pavement, what would be the coolest, craziest, and, OK, probably most unrealistic? What follows are our 5 favorite (im)possibilities. Pull that E-brake and check them out.
Hear that sound? That's the sound of the drift, rally, and stunt driving worlds releasing a single, collectively held breath: Ken Block's long-awaited Gymkhana EIGHT is a go, made official by the announcement of his latest Franken-car earlier today. How this 650-hp, reflective paint-splattered Ford Fiesta Fiesta ST RX 43 stacks up to rest of Block's Gymkhana stable remains to be seen, but rest assured, Gymkhana EIGHT, which drops February 28th at 9pm PST (Midnight EST) on the Ford Performance YouTube, is sure to be a mind scrambler. Mark your calendars and start counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until take off.
Last year renowned photographer Jim Mangan took Ken Block out to an "eerie 75-mile stretch of desert between Capital Reef and Goblin Valley, Utah" for some old fashioned hoonage. The results were seen in the artful photo book by Mangan called Blast.
Well, the short film has finally dropped and it's just as jaw-dropping as a Gymkhana video—albeit for reasons like stunning slow-motion imagery of dirt being thrown't all over the desert. This one is definitely an incredible project.
Tuerck'd's coverage of Gymkhana Grid 2015 is officially a wrap, with event co-host Ryan Tuerck taking home "Hero Battle" bragging rights in Ken Block's Ford Escort Mk2 RS. Check out his face-off with RWD champ, Luke Woodham, as well as some smokey night drifting from the truly epic demo party and a quick dip with the Monster Girls. Living the dream doesn't even begin to describe it.
It's a rainy day in England but that doesn't stop Ryan Tuerck from taking some laps at the Gymkhana Grid in Ken Block's rear-wheel-drive Ford Escort Mk2 RS. Special guest appearance by some of the Monster Energy Girls...
Only Ken Block would think of making a 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 RS with rear-wheel-drive his new Gymkhana car. And luckily for Ryan Tuerck, he gets to "test" it out.
On-hand for the upcoming Gymkhana Grid Finals in England, Tuerck gets to take Ken's first-ever rear-wheel-drive Gymkhana vehicle for a bit of a spin. Boasting all the bells and whistles of Ken's high-end, WRC Ford Fiesta, the Mk2 packs "a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Millington motor that generates 333 naturally-aspirated horses and absolutely screams at the limit when stretched out to the 9,000 rpm redline. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox."
Stay tuned for more of Tuerck at the Gymkhana Grid soon.
Yesterday, Ken Block debuted his wild new Gymkhana 8 whip, which got us thinking: If we were to pit all seven of Block's Gymkhana rides against in each other in a battle of pure radness, which would emerge the victor? Thus commenced one of the least scientific (and most fun) examinations we have ever conducted. Check it out and see how your favorite stacks up.
***Revisit all of Block's previous Gymkhana edits here***