Many people have attempted to replicate both the success and “badassness” (is that even a word?) of the Ken Block Gymkhana videos. But pretty much all of them come up way short in comparison. Well, Ford Romania wanted to take a crack at creating their own version of the famous videos to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company.
Considering that it’s Ford, you probably expect it to be Ken Block at the wheel for this type of high-level car acrobatics. But surprisingly, it wasn’t. Apparently, there are other drivers out there that can drive the hell out of a rally-tuned Ford Fiesta, we won’t say quite on the level of Block, but pretty-damn-good none the less. Instead, they used Romanian-Italian Simone Tempestini, who is an upcoming star of the Junior World Rally Championship (WRC) to flaunt his car control skills all around the massive Ford production plant in Craiova, Romania.
When Ken Block does his Gymkhana video’s he usually uses a specially tuned Rallycross car that’s pushing out anywhere from 600-650hp. That is unless he’s using the wicked Hoonicorn with 800hp, or even better the new and improved V2 with 1400hp. But for this Romanian Gymkhana, Tempestini is using the Fiesta R5 rally car that produces just 290hp. Now that may be less than half the horsepower Block uses, but still, we have to admit we were impressed by what Tempestini was able to do.
One thing that I really liked was the slow motion shots of the car landing the jumps. I was actually surprised to see how well the suspension system handled it. Don’t get me wrong, I know Rally cars jump all the time, but for some reason, I didn’t think they could handle quite that much punishment.
We aren’t sure if they were intending to copy the format of the Gymkhana videos specifically or not. It does look very similar in some cases so it really wouldn’t surprise us. Overall it was a great video that was definitely entertaining. But is it on the Gymkhana level? Not even close. However, if you were to compare it to the first video released by Block it’s quite a bit more comparable so who knows, maybe they’ll continue to do them and get better and better each time. As loyal as we are to pretty much everything Block does, the more of these types of videos where drivers exhibit extreme car control and destroy a set of tires in the process the better.
This isn’t the first time that Ford Romania has attempted to put out one of these style videos. Last Year they had Tempestini take out the Fiesta EcoBoost and hoon it around a bit. It was good, but not quite as good as this most recent release. We decided to put that up as well.