Watch the Insanity that is Ken Block’s Gymkhana FOUR!

Fire! Zombie! Ninja! Shark! A jet-propelled scooter! The Bates Motel! Bollywood! Ken Block! Drifting! A 2011 Ford Fiesta! And yet, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what you’ll find in DC Shoes: Ken Block’s Gymkhana FOUR; the Hollywood Megamercial (GYM4), the latest installment in what’s become the uber-popular series of online videos, which debuted on August 16, 2011 on www.youtube.com (and already has had more than 2.5 million views!). GYM4 was filmed on the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood, California; to watch the video, click here.

Ken Block and DC’s Gymkhana THREE was the most-watched automotive video of 2010 (with over 36 million views), and Ken has a familiar co-star in FOUR: his Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta. “Gymkhana is just one of those things that I really love doing, especially with my new Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V racecar,” Ken said. “This is my second year with Ford and my race cars have been working great. My newest Fiesta, the H.F.H.V., is the highest spec car I have ever had and the fact that it’ll do what I need it to do for Gymkhana and then it can transform into either a rallycross car or a stage rally car is awesome. Plus, we weren’t easy on it at all during filming for Gymkhana FOUR and it just kept asking for more!” H.F.H.V.: that’s shorthand for Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle, and it has been purpose-built to transform between the specialized set-ups required for Gymkhana (stage rally and rallycross); thus, the Hybrid designation by the Monster World Rally Team.

The GYM4 H.F.H.V. Fiesta was a collaborative project between the Monster World Rally Team and some of the world’s top technical partners. The chassis of the H.F.H.V. Fiesta is based on M-Sport’s current 2011 Ford Fiesta RS WRC car, but in order to achieve the power outputs required for both rallycross and Gymkhana, the 1.6-liter engine has been replaced with a Pipo Moteurs–built 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder, based off the powerplant found previously in the Focus RS WRC car, an engine with more than 10 years of development. The result is a massive 600 horsepower and 665 ft.-lb. of torque when using the 45mm restrictor. While the 2.0-liter engine makes the H.F.H.V. ineligible for WRC competition, the addition of a 34mm restrictor allows the car to compete in the Rally America series. Engine management is handled by Cosworth Electronics.

Mated to this 2.0-liter Ford motor is a custom all-wheel-drive system designed by Sadev. The drivetrain features a six-speed Sadev sequential transmission and three adjustable Sadev mechanical differentials. Different gear ratios are used for each of the Hybrid’s three modes. To handle the varying surface conditions, specific Reiger suspension set-ups have been developed for each of the three modes. The transformations from each of the modes range from half a day to a whole day’s work. The rallycross and Gymkhana set-ups are the most similar, but each discipline still requires different gear ratios, suspension settings and wheel and tire combinations, in addition to engine mapping adjustments. The conversion to stage rally, however, is even more involved, including an entire relocation of the cooling system from back to front and a smaller brake set-up as well as the addition of a Recaro Ultima seat for a co-driver, a smaller turbo and items such as functional headlights to replace the faux lamps to make the H.F.H.V. road worthy.

In his time with Ford, Ken has maintained a high profile within the Ford Racing program, appearing in several national promotions like “Rock it Like Block” and “43 Fiestas,” as well as being one of the most popular drivers for Ford Racing. Ken is a key component and prominently featured in the comprehensive promotional campaign supporting the new Octane Academy initiative. The Octane Academy is the consumer outreach tied to Ford Racing Action Motorsports program in which consumers can submit a video at www.octaneacademy.com and be selected to participate in a driver-developed four-day action sports weekend, a true “once in a lifetime experience” over the next year.  The participants will vie for the opportunity to win a custom vehicle designed by their host driver. Click here to read more about the Octane Academy on theFordStory.com.

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1 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
BFoot But Sasquatch can't fit inside a Fiesta.
2 year(s) ago via
Eric Meyer So, Ford, when are we getting some turbo all wheel drive hatchbacks with manual transmissions? Don't make me build my own . . .
3 year(s) ago via
Lubricantes Sash hi everybody
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
vert OMFG, this should be the kind of commercials they should put up on t.v. instead of all the Eco green save the planet stuff
3 year(s) ago via
Rohan Taylor now this is sooommmmmeeee drivin!!!..........
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
J Daniels Does it come in a electric [EV]? haha
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Gilles Schmid wery great ken block i like
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew Lefebvre I'll only own Fords
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay De Man I can't wait to see the Fiesta RS, if you're going to make one. . .
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay De Man If this is really based on a Fiesta, a
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Our American Cars This guy is ridiculously good! Ford, you really know how to pick them! lol Keep it up Blue Oval!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
TamAirah Pedersen Campbell Frickin' GOOSEBUMPS! BIG things definitely DO come in SMALL packages huh!? Yummy!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joe Gruce Europe os getting a "fast" Fiesta, the US is getting the Focus ST, but no all wheel drive. Hopefully the US ST will get a nice dual clutch tanny as well as a manual. One can hope.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Diego Noriega PLEASE FORD. built the 4WD for the stock market in europe. i would totally buy two. NOW GET STARTED! :)
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Cottage Ford should be selling all-wheel drive as an option for the new Focus RS and a fast, street legal Fiesta if they are willing to listen to what people want.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Cottage @Keyna Purvis agree!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Danial Sullivan daresay would not comply with euro4 exhaust emissions for a start
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Keyna Purvis if you could build a street legal version of the rally fiesta subaru and mitsubishi would have to watch out!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Evans What better way to encourage hooning in our young driving population? Thanks, so much Ford. I can thank you every time some jackhole kid does a burnout in my neighborhood. So very appreciated.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Cottage Brett Droder, Ford isn't selling an all-wheel drive option for the Fiesta.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Emily Webster I'd never give up my Flex but I wouldn't mind a Fiesta for a second car....
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jeff Snyder The Bible warns of idols, but this guy is my new hero
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Cottage Brett Droder, isn't.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ian Blankenship Not as good as G3. This one is too much Hollywood and not enough focus on the driving.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brett Droder His rally setup is street legal
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Cottage Awesome! We need a Gymkhana inspired, street-legal Fiesta with 300+ hp and AWD!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Terry Key Ford you need to hook up with Smashville Lowriders in Nashville Tn. and bring out some Ford lowrider bicycles..we need you....lowriders 4life!!!
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