Need for Speed: Ken Block's Gymkhana Six Video

by Bernie McGroarty on November 12, 2013, 12:29 pm
Need for Speed and Ken Block present: Gymkhana SIX: The Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course. Need For Speed's Racing Advisor Ken Block built the ultimate Gymkhana GRID course -- a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun and exhilarating action of driving. This means all-new obstacles that help raise the difficulty for Block to master in his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 2013 racecar, including maneuvering around a moving wrecking ball and sliding through narrow opening cut into the sides of shipping containers. Block also added videogame elements from Need for Speed Rivals. Watch as he executes multiple jumps, drifts around Lamborghini Aventadors and evades the videogame-themed Redview County cops on Segways in his own unique style. You can almost smell the burn of the rubber as he tears up this incredible course. So sit back and enjoy the ride.



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26 responses to Need for Speed: Ken Block's Gymkhana Six Video

Paul335i commented:
November 12, 2013, 1:51 pm

Pirelli should be focusing their resources into making an F1 tire that doesn't disintegrate after 5 laps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSXLDUEvtA8
cwsqbm commented:
November 12, 2013, 2:09 pm

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Originally Posted by Paul335i View Post
Pirelli should be focusing their resources into making an F1 tire that doesn't disintergrate after 5 laps.
At 3:07 in the Brock video, it looks like the front passenger-side tire blows.
cwinter commented:
November 12, 2013, 2:24 pm

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Originally Posted by Paul335i View Post
Pirelli should be focusing their resources into making an F1 tire that doesn't disintergrate after 5 laps.
To their credit, it was a manufacturing mistake that was present on the tires delivered for the Silverstone race. Since that race, I can hardly think of a tire disintegrating for no apparent reason. Of course, never good to have a manufacturing mistake on the tires that are meant to represent your crowning achievement as part of your marketing strategy.
MatWiz commented:
November 12, 2013, 2:50 pm

I'm twerking on a... wrekkkkkkkkkkkkkking... baaaaaaaal...

Where's Miley? I was expecting to see Cyrus on that track?

cwinter commented:
November 12, 2013, 2:57 pm

What I really want to see after watching the video is all the outtakes. Clearly, he makes mistakes at some point. Incredible driving, but last year's SFO run was more interesting to watch, imho.
SippinSomethin commented:
November 12, 2013, 2:59 pm

Quiet impressive right there, and why BMW didn't equip my car with an LSD...
cwinter commented:
November 12, 2013, 3:14 pm

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Quiet impressive right there, and why BMW didn't equip my car with an LSD...
Are you saying that's the only thing between you and driving like that?
cwsqbm commented:
November 12, 2013, 4:07 pm

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Are you saying that's the only thing between you and driving like that?
That, and having someone else pay my tire and other wear-related bills.
cwinter commented:
November 12, 2013, 4:11 pm

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That, and having someone else pay my tire and other wear-related bills.
I'll pay for the set of tires you burned through once a satisfactory video has been uploaded to YouTube.
cmac2012 commented:
November 12, 2013, 4:20 pm

My tires cost too much in $, time, and trouble for me to want to burn them up.
cwinter commented:
November 12, 2013, 4:21 pm

Excuses?
SippinSomethin commented:
November 12, 2013, 4:46 pm

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Are you saying that's the only thing between you and driving like that?
Definitely not the only thing, but that doesn't mean this video doesn't want me go slide around!
cmac2012 commented:
November 12, 2013, 5:02 pm

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Excuses?
What?? Maybe I shouldn't have chimed in but I don't see the attraction.
Paul335i commented:
November 12, 2013, 5:20 pm

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Originally Posted by cwinter View Post
To their credit, it was a manufacturing mistake that was present on the tires delivered for the Silverstone race. Since that race, I can hardly think of a tire disintegrating for no apparent reason. Of course, never good to have a manufacturing mistake on the tires that are meant to represent your crowning achievement as part of your marketing strategy.
Pirelli is still having major wear problems with their F1 tires. F1 should go back to using Bridgestones.
cwinter commented:
November 12, 2013, 5:38 pm

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Pirelli is still having major wear problems with their F1 tires. F1 should go back to using Bridgestones.
They don't have a wear problem. F1 instructed them to construct tires that wear in a certain manner as to make races more exciting. Take the India GP for instance a few weeks back where they purposefully brought two compounds that would wear quickly rather than a harder compound they used last year that lead to 1 ********* races, which are considered less exciting.

Pirelli makes tires exactly the way Bernie wants them to make them.


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What?? Maybe I shouldn't have chimed in but I don't see the attraction.
I'm just messin'!
cmac2012 commented:
November 12, 2013, 6:47 pm

I was a bit surprised about the 0 - 60 time of what, under 2 seconds? For a Ford Fiesta?
SippinSomethin commented:
November 12, 2013, 7:00 pm

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I was a bit surprised about the 0 - 60 time of what, under 2 seconds? For a Ford Fiesta?
Yeah, 1.8 seconds.. I don't know about that. Unless the thing weighs like 1500lbs. (which it probably does lol)
cmac2012 commented:
November 12, 2013, 7:13 pm

Obviously they've jumped it up a lot but I'm not sure you can get that kind of torque w/o increasing displacement in a big way. Who knows. I think I'd be happy with slow-poking it along at 4 to 5 seconds.
cwsqbm commented:
November 13, 2013, 12:39 am

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Obviously they've jumped it up a lot but I'm not sure you can get that kind of torque w/o increasing displacement in a big way. Who knows. I think I'd be happy with slow-poking it along at 4 to 5 seconds.
The engine is a little bigger than a stock Fiesta, but its mainly got the power due to boost and higher rpm. 650hp out of a 2.0L turbo race engine isn't that hard nowadays.
stylinexpat commented:
November 13, 2013, 8:41 am

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Quiet impressive right there, and why BMW didn't equip my car with an LSD...
You can always order one That was the first thing I did for my old 130i that I had bought.
cwinter commented:
November 13, 2013, 10:38 am

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I was a bit surprised about the 0 - 60 time of what, under 2 seconds? For a Ford Fiesta?
Forza Motorsport says it's possible. 650 lbs-ft of torque on a little car like that?
cmac2012 commented:
November 13, 2013, 2:39 pm

Makes you wonder if the average person might black out from those kind of G forces. I gather that's a problem with increased G forces in Formula 1 - running up against human limitations. I can only imagine what 0 - 60 in 1.8 is like. The fastest I've experienced was probably around high 4s or 5 - Kawasaki rocket bike.
SippinSomethin commented:
November 13, 2013, 3:56 pm

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Makes you wonder if the average person might black out from those kind of G forces. I gather that's a problem with increased G forces in Formula 1 - running up against human limitations. I can only imagine what 0 - 60 in 1.8 is like. The fastest I've experienced was probably around high 4s or 5 - Kawasaki rocket bike.
Yeah probably pretty crazy. Now imagine a fighter jet, or top fuel dragster?
SippinSomethin commented:
November 13, 2013, 3:57 pm

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You can always order one That was the first thing I did for my old 130i that I had bought.
I just might do that!
cwsqbm commented:
November 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Makes you wonder if the average person might black out from those kind of G forces. I gather that's a problem with increased G forces in Formula 1 - running up against human limitations. I can only imagine what 0 - 60 in 1.8 is like. The fastest I've experienced was probably around high 4s or 5 - Kawasaki rocket bike.
0-60 in 1.8 seconds is more common than you might think. First, its only about 1.6g, and its toward the seat back so the body is well supported - nothing compared to the F1 forces, that are more than twice as strong, constantly changing direction, and lasting for a couple hours. Second, doing some more math it equates to a 60ft drag strip time of about 1.56 seconds, which is wouldn't be that special for any mid-level bracket racer. A beater 11 second 5.0L Mustang with some slicks, suspension work, and little engine work could do it.

The key to remember is that it's a rally car, not something optimized for acceleration.
FIA commented:
November 13, 2013, 8:47 pm

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Makes you wonder if the average person might black out from those kind of G forces. I gather that's a problem with increased G forces in Formula 1 - running up against human limitations. I can only imagine what 0 - 60 in 1.8 is like. The fastest I've experienced was probably around high 4s or 5 - Kawasaki rocket bike.
2.5 seconds on my Diavel.

I think they canceled an Indy car race a few years back because the drivers were nearly passing out on a big oval. I believe it was Texas. Fighter jet pilots can stand about 9.5g for brief periods with the aid of inflatable suits and a lot of training.