#GYM5 has been flying around the internet and twittersphere for a while now in anticipation of the ever-effervescent Ken Block and his latest instalment of his Gymkhana series of performance driving videos. With the growth of social media and the interest in Block’s pure driving “swagger”, this video was set to be a blockbuster straight from its conception – and the results certainly exceeded expectations.
Block viscously attacks the streets of San Francisco with his usual vigour, drifting, sliding, jumping, flaming and smashing his way around the stunning american city in his 650bhp customised Ford Fiesta. Quite frankly, we do not want to ruin any of this spectacle for you, so we won’t tell you about the absolutely physics-defying sideways air Block gets; nor will we tell you about the unbelievable doughnut slalom between San Fran’s iconic Trams. When you don’t think it can get any better, Travis Pastrana joins in the fun on his dirt bike to add another dimension.
This video is a true record breaker, generating an unbelievable 3.7 million views in 24 hours – for a ten minute video, this is absolutely insane! The series has now totalled over 250,000 million views – a jaw dropping number of views – perilously close to pushing the YouTube servers to their limit I am sure! The video took around 4 days to shoot on the streets of one of the United States’ most famous cities. When interviewed about the feat, Block said: “It’s such a unique location for this kind of driving and allowed me to do some things that I never thought I’d ever be able to incorporate into one of my Gymkhana videos—like jumping a table top or doing a jump drift!”
He continued: “I’m stoked with how this project turned out and I’m truly a lucky b****** to have been able to do the things I was able to do on the streets of San Francisco. To all of the residents and people who allowed us to make this happen, thank you”.
So, turn on, tune in, and enjoy Ken Block’s stunning driving skills in all their 1080p high-definition glory by watching the video here:
Source: Wheelwright Blog