San Francisco – Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block has unveiled a purpose-built 2011 Ford Fiesta that he will use in his Gymkhana Three video. Block joined Ford in January with an announcement that he would run a global rally program with the Fiesta.
Block released his first “just for fun” Gymkhana video in the fall of 2008 and has had 30 million YouTube views since then. The rally star pushes his cars around a series of cones, slaloms, 180- and 360-degree turns and other obstacles.
“The great thing about Gymkhana for me is that it is amazingly fun to do,” Block said. “It’s taking some of the best parts of rally racing and removing a bit of the stress that is involved with competing, allowing me to just go out and play in an amazing car. I can’t wait to start filming in the Gymkhana Three 2011 Ford Fiesta. I just did one day of testing in the U.K. with it and it is extremely fun to drive. It has amazing power and control.”
Built by Olsbergs Motorsport Evolution, the Gymkhana Three Fiesta uses a purpose-built Olsbergs engine capable of up to 850 horsepower, but is restricted to 650 horsepower to give Block the torque band he needs to control the car. Equipped with an Olsbergs six-speed paddle-shift sequential transmission, it is capable of 660 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, and reaches zero to 96 km/h in two seconds. It also features an aggressive new bumper design with carbon splitter, and wider fender flares.
To see Block’s second video, visit Gymkhana Two.