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Ken Block debuted Gymkhana FIVE to nine million viewers in just the first two days - car fanatics - 07-11-2012 07:15 PM
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July 11, 2012
By: CF staff
KenBlock debuted Gymkhana FIVE to over nine million viewers in just the first two days, thrilling fans with the fifth installment of the award-winning viralvideo franchise. The impressive landscape, iconic landmarks, and a classicappearance by Travis Pastrana provided Block the chance to do only theunthinkable and shocking.
"The goal is to always make the next one better, which is tough,because every time I finish one of these I think it's the best one yet," saidBlock.
"When we found out that San Francisco was actually availableas a location, that's when the gears started turning about what we could do, howwe could utilize the unique terrain within the city. Once I knew I'd be able tojump streets I was able to envision certain tricks, like the jump drift."
Before Block filmed the epic routes highlighted in Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground;SanFrancisco in his Ford Fiesta (H.F.H.V), he utilized the Focus ST, Ford'sfirst true global performance car, on a scouting trip through San Francisco toplan the masterpiece. In true form, the 252-horsepower (Europe 250 PS) Focus STwas used as Block's everyday solution for Gymkhana. The Focus ST was aggressively driven on the scout,and it was confronted with overwhelmingly steep streets, hairpin turns and theoccasional trolley, which Block executed with unique flair.
"The Focus ST was a lot of fun to rip around San Francisco in,especially with all of the torque on those hills. It's nice to finally be ableto drive the same hot-tuned Fords that Europe always gets, here in America,"said Block.
"The handling's good in the ST, it's definitely a fun, quickcar that enjoys being driven hard. I'm actually eagerly awaiting mine to be deliveredlater this year."
Block can be seen putting the Focus ST through its paces in theever-engaging credits at the end of the video. The integration stems from a partnershipwith DC Shoes, Block's passion for performance and his connection with ageneration of enthusiasts who appreciate what cars like the Focus ST have tooffer.
"I think it's great that Ford is finally bringing this productover here to the American consumer. There's always been a demand for this sortof car from the enthusiasts here and I think they're going to embrace it onceit's available at the dealership."
Ford's partnership with Block has rapidly expanded into additionalintegration plans with the launch of Focus ST in the states.
"I'm actually working on a top-secret project with both Fordand one of the top names in small car tuning here in the States," he said. "I can'ttell you much more than that right now though!"
A first-ever look at what it took to bring Gymkhana FIVE to lifein a special behind-the-scenes edit is expected to be released in late August.