Everything You Need to Know About GYMKHANA 10

On December 17, 2018, The Hoonigans and Ken Block released GYMKHANA TEN: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour on YouTube after a 10-day exclusive Amazon Prime release.  Produced and directed entirely in-house, GYMKHANA 10 featured 5 unique locations and vehicles, making it the “latest and biggest-to-date video project of [Block’s] career.” Here’s everything you need to know about GYMKHANA 10.

Who are The Hoonigans?

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According to hoonigan.com, a Hoonigan is “a person who operates a motor vehicle in an aggressive and unorthodox manner, consisting of, but not limited to, drifting, burnouts, donuts as well as acts of automotive aeronautics. One who hoons.”  Much more than just a brand centered towards extreme automotive acts and antics, Hoonigan is a community, a subculture driven by the desire to “[go] fast and [break] things.”

A subculture within a subculture, Hoonigan Racing Division takes the “hooning” to the next level.

What is Hoonigan Racing Division and who is Ken Block?

Hoonigan Racing Division is run by Ken Block, a famed rally car driver whose accolades include numerous overall wins in the Rally America Championship, and five X-Games medals, including a silver at Global X-Games Barcelona RallyCross in 2013.

Ken Block, the main driver in Gymkhana ten, is a famed rally car driver who is known for his skillful car control.  Block began his rally car career in 2005 and was immediately recognized for his abilities, winning Rookie of the Year during the 2005 season.  Since, Block has become one of only four American to ever score points in the World Rally Championship(2010) and continues to race full-time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.  Aside from his driving abilities, Block is also recognized for shedding light on the sport of rally through the viral Gymkhana series.  

What is Gymkhana?

Gymkhana originates from a Hindi term used to describe a sport that tests the ability of competitors to negotiate a predesigned route based on a complex design. It’s a cross between rally-car racing and drifting, with the main feature being sideways driving around tight turns and corners. Block, a champion rally car racer, started producing videos about what he calls, “Gymkhana on steriods,” which showcase the driver performing a series of dizzying and awe-inspiring turns and maneuvers around tight spaces in familiar locations.  Block released the first Gymkhana video in 2008 and it immediately went viral.

What is Gymkhana Ten?

Gymkhana Ten: Ultimate Tire Slaying tour features Block in five vehicles and five locations performing a series of precarious maneuvers around and through objects, building, and other vehicles.  

The video features five different vehicles:

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Starting the video off, the WRC Ford Fiesta features a 1.6 liter turbocharged 14 engine that produces 380 hp.  Block drives this 2018 Ford Fiesta over ice and snow, a first for Block in his Gymkhana films.

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The Hoonicorn, originally staring in Gymkhana seven, was given a couple upgrades for Climbkhama: Pikes Peak, and now is one of the stars of Gymkhana ten, taking over the street of Detroit Michigan, Motor City.  The 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn features a “custom twin turbo setup from Garrett that feeds the boost through a custom Switzer Dynamics intake manifold.” This creates 1,400 horsepower with an all-wheel-drive system.

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From Detroit, the viewers are taken to Guanajuato, Mexico, who Block maneuvers the colorful streets of a “picturesque mountain town.”  A global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division, and U.K based M-Sport, the Ford Focus RS RX features all-wheel drive, a 2.0 liter turbocharged 14 engine, and produces 690 hp.  The Focus RS RX is a variant of the Gymkhana 9 Focus by Hoonigan and Ford, but with better braking performance.

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From Mexico to Los Angeles, viewers are transported and the video goes full sketch.  Featured with and without tires, the Block’s beloved Cosworth nevigates the streets and warehouses of downtown Los Angeles.  The 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth dubbed “Cossie” features an “upgraded 1997 WRC engine mated to a 7-speed sequential gearbox.” it comes with both options for gravel and tarmac, with a side exhaust, specifically for tarmac setups.  It is a prime example of a 90s ear Ford World Rallyt Championship racecar.

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Ending on historic Route 66 in Shamrock, Texas, Block and The Hoonigans introduce viewers to the Hoonitruck.  The Hoonitruck was specifically created for Gymkhana Ten and is a tribute to Block’s late father who had the same base truck.  With 914 hp, the custom-tuned, 3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged, Ford Performance/Roush Yates EcoBoost V6 engine with a billet-aluminum block lifted directly out of the Ford Racing GT Le Mans development program creates a torque of 702 ft/lb at 6,450 rpm.

After ten years of making Gymkhana videos, Block is excited to make the videos readily available to the public on youtube.  Check out the rest of his amazing films here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHoonigans

By Tayler Young