Two words best describe Ken Block’s latest in the Gymkhana series of videos – smokeeeeee and powerrrrrr.
Block, the Hoonigan Racing driver, swaps his usual Ford Fiesta for a custom-built, one-of-a-kind, all-wheel drive 845-hp 1965 Ford Mustang for: Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles, presented by Hoonigan, Ford and Need For Speed: No Limit.
As he’s done in other cities before (see last year’s Gymkhana SIX for a reference point, although Gymkhana FIVE was done in San Francisco), Block makes tracks and waves through some of the city’s key landmarks – and in L.A., that’s some iconic locations including Downtown L.A., Randy’s Donuts, the L.A. freeways, the 6th Street Bridge, Chinatown, the L.A. River and, perhaps most iconic of all, the Hollywood Sign.
The vision, as you were, in this latest release is that L.A.’s police provided the route for Block, as they cordoned off intersections and guided the H.H.I.C. and his Mustang in and around Los Angeles. The goal however, was not to for Block to take the fastest route from point A to point B, but to instead fully exploit the question every car guy has asked himself, which is “What would you do if the police shut down the streets for you?” For Block, that meant having the absolute most fun possible and driving in the wildest style imaginable.
“I’ve done Gymkhana-style driving in quite a few cars over years,” Block said in a release. “But by far, this car is hands-down the best I’ve ever driven for this type of driving. The instant torque and power from that V8 is absolutely intoxicating and it basically vaporizes the tires the moment second I get into the throttle.
“It’s also completely insane to me when I see the footage of this car being chained to a wall and doing an all-wheel drive burnout. I’m beyond stoked with how not only how the car turned out, but also this video. I honestly feel this is my best Gymkhana video yet and I’d like to thank the city of Los Angeles for allowing me to borrow their streets for a few days!”
Its director Ben Conrad of LOGAN also directed the last three films in the Gymkhana series, and other viral extreme driving films including Blackout, Footkhana, and Recoil 2.
So that’s enough words to build up the drama. Watch above, for the video released on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel, to see Block’s latest Gymkhana production.