RALLY star and YouTube sensation Ken Block is back with a new Gymkhana video, this time featuring not one but five fast Fords, in five locations, and a whole lot of tyres.
The video starts with each machine chained up while straining at the leash, wheels spinning in tyre-smoking anger.
The first is the Hoonicorn V2, based on a 1965 Ford Mustang and featuring a 6.7-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 1,400hp, spinning the wheels in what appears to be a rundown factory.
The second is a 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC fitted with a 1.6-litre turbo, producing 380hp… on ice.
Next to appear is our favourite: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, with a 2-litre turbo tuned to produce a whopping 645hp, and desperate to escape its underground pen.
The fourth is Block’s 2017 Ford Focus RS RX, which produces 650hp, in a a hot locale.
And finally, the video introduces us to the “Hoonitruck”, a 1977 Ford F-150 pick-up that’s been given the Ken Block treatment. It’s pulling the Hoonicorn V2.
The first to gain some serious exposure is the Fiesta WRC, which dances around ice huts and squeezes between snowmen with balletic accuracy, then hooks up with 17-year-old rally driver Oliver Solberg in another Focus rally car for a tandem drift before some extra ice-related tomfoolery.
We then cut to the Hoonicorn V2 in Detroit, USA as it rips up the local asphalt and donuts around a now-obligatory Segway, while cops block roads and freeways. If anything comes close to the madness and splendour of The Blues Brothers’ car chase, this is it.
Then we cut to the Focus RS as it takes on the streets and stone underpasses of colourful Guanjuato, Mexico. Among those surely left with a few nerves jangling are the owners of the local restaurants and motorcycles, as Block comes within millimetres of contact.
Then we hit a series of empty buildings and car parks in Los Angeles with the Cossie, killing not only tyres but rims, evidently, with sparks flying as metal grinds against Tarmac.
Finally we join the famous Route 66 in the Hoonitruck, with the wonderfully vocal longtail pick-up sliding through gaps that simply don’t exist. The standout shot here is a stunning 360-degree camera shot from inside the vehicle, as it fixes on a swinging gorilla, while Block performs a donuts alongside.
Breathtaking stuff as usual. Catch it in full above.