Top Gear’s complete guide to Gymkhana
As he releases ‘Footkhana’, here’s every single Ken Block film worth caring about. Your favourite?
Posted: 24 Apr 2014
By this point, Ken Block has become a household name (especially considering he appeared on a little motoring programme in 2009 called The Top Gear and scared someone named James May quite a bit).
We're in 2010, and Block has swapped his Scooby for something a little smaller, but equally averse to prolonging tyre life: a '11 Ford Fiesta prepared by Olsbergs MSE. Don't let the size fool you mind; it's still packing 650bhp and 660lb ft of torque at the wheels, and is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds. Eat that, Veyron.
He heads outside the US for the first time in a Gymkhana film, at the 51 degree banked oval of Linas at l'Autodrom de Linas-Montlhery, specifically chosen by Ken to challenge himself on the rather steep sides. Welcome to Ken's ‘Ultimate Playground'. Naturally, a man in a segway appears, and at the end, there is literally NO RUBBER LEFT. It's just sparks.