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Ken Block does a Climbkhana – a gymkhana while climbing the Pikes Peak [w/video]

Ever heard of a driver performing a gymkhana while climbing the world-renowned Pikes Peak? Seems unusual and outrageous, but there is a driver daring enough to take on this challenge. Professional rally driver, Ken Block, is more than skilled to pilot an equally outrageous car to perform a “Climbkhana” (climbing + gymkhana) at the Pikes Peak, the high point of the El Paso county in Colorado, United States.

A gymkhana performance is a difficult thing to accomplish, and so is climbing a 14,000-feet mountain. Block managed to accomplish both in his Pikes Peak Climbkhana performance, making it seem that his methanol-fueled highly modified car was dancing as it traveled from the starting point to the finish line at the peak.

To set things straight, Block’s Climbkhana wasn’t a shot at being the fastest to complete the Pikes Peak. That record was set in 2013 by Sebastien Loeb in the driver’s seat of a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. He completed the 12.42 miles of the climb course in just eight minutes and 13.878 seconds. That wasn’t an easy feat, considering that climbing from 9,390 ft. (2,862 meters) to 14,110 ft. (4,300 meters) -- both above sea level – affects the performance of a typical engine due to atmospheric density or air density. Thinner air means less compression for a typical engine as less oxygen and other matter is drawn into the cylinders.

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Ken Block unveils Hoonicorn v2.0 with 1,400 hp engine and new livery

In 2014, Ken Block unveiled his wild Hoonicorn at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Last Vegas. Derived from the 1965 Ford Mustang notchback pony car, the Hoonicorn was designed by RTR, Ken Block, Hoonigan and RTR. Its styling was inspired by current WRC cars at the time and DTM cars as well as toy cars from Block's younger days.

What is amazing about the Hoonicorn is the fact that it is powered by a 410 cubic-inch Roush Yates Ford V8 that delivers an astonishing 845 hp of max output and 720 lb.ft of torque. This vastly superior engine is mated to a six-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel-drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system.

With 845 hp of output at work, the Hoonicorn could be considered as the ultimate drifting machine for Block and Gymkhana. It was the culmination of a two-year work.

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Ken Block gets the ultimate toy: Ford F-150 RaptorTrax

Ken Block has a new toy, the Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX a.k.a. the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle, which I am sure that many of you would like to try it (including us of course). What’s more interesting is that the vehicle you see in the photo is actually the fastest snowcat for backcountry snowboarding and will be the star in the upcoming video that will be released Winter 2014/15.

As expected, the truck is based on the F-150 Raptor pickup truck prepared by Ford Racing and further enhanced by Special Vehicle Concepts in California. As you can see in the photos, the truck features snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music on-site and plenty of exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.

Moreover, the RaptorTRAX is powered by a Whipple supercharged 6.2L V8 and comes with Recaro seating and four burly Mattracks. Honestly, we can’t wait to see this baby in a full video later this year. Still, for those who can’t wait, you can see it on display at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, later this week with Monster Energy.

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Ken Block returns in Gymkhana 6

Ken Block drove a 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rally car through an exciting series of obstacles in the sixth edition of the Gymkhana series of videos. Block, a famous professional driver and clothing-brand promoter, teamed up with Need for Speed to create the ultimate Gymkhana grid course, “a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun, and exhilarating action of driving.”

Need for Speed Rivals got Block as a racing advisor. What they put together really looks like a video game. Block is drifting sideways in perfect figure-eights under a couple of huge backhoe loaders, reminiscent of old Tony Hawk skating games. Block drives the 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 and proves that this 650-hp, 650 lb-ft rally car can go from zero to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds.

Block shows how easily the car can move through Lamborghini Aventador supercars and around Segways. The wrecking ball in Block’s video is covered in spikes, and his rally car quickly goes around it over and over. The most interesting part is the interior shots, showing how calm Block is throughout the entire process. It even features a unique vantage point that moves whenever he pulls on the car’s hydraulic handbrake.

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Do you want to see YouTube sensation, extreme sportsman Ken Block, in person as he performs amazing stunts with his souped-up Ford Fiesta rally car? Then be at the Top Gear Live show at Birmingham’s NEC on October 25 to 28. Block’s stunt-filled Gymkhana viral videos have been seen over 200 million times on YouTube. Block will be showing off his madcap motoring moves at both of his action-packed Track Performances on Thursday.

Don’t miss this Top Gear Live performance since it’s rare for Block and his Monster World Rally Team to make the appearance. Fans will be witnessing a remarkable display of car control via a series of tire trashing drifts and donuts. The indoor Track Performance arena at the NEC won’t offer the same backdrop as Block’s latest Gymkhana episode on the streets in San Francisco. This isn’t the first time for Block to be seen on the BBC Top Gear television programme.

About two years ago, he took James May, one of the presenters, for a few hundred spins around an empty airport. The live Arena Performance will be hosted by May, together with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. They will cover all nine of the Track Performances spread out in the four days at the NEC. Some Top Gear Live shows have already completely sold out but there are still a few tickets available for this Thursday’s performance with Ken Block and his Monster World Rally Team.

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We can now view new and exclusive images of the much-awaited fifth instalment of the highly awarded viral video franchise for Ken Block’s Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco on youtu.be/LuDN2bCIyus. What happens this time is that Block’s Gymkhana delivers 246 ‘horses’ (250PS) in the form of the new Focus ST with San Francisco city as the backdrop.

Block said that the target is to make the next one better since he always thinks that what’s finished at that moment is the best one so far. The new Focus ST, Ford’s first global performance car, was developed jointly by Ford’s Team RS in Europe and its Special Vehicles Team (SVT) in the U.S.

With a starting price of £21,995, the car started selling in 40 countries this year, with the first UK deliveries expected this September. For the first time ever, we will get our first look of a special behind-the-scenes film, demonstrating what it took for Gymkhana FIVE to come to life in late August.

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