We recently found out that Ken Block would be releasing his ninth installment of his extremely popular Gymkhana series and we are happy to announce, it’s here! The very impressive video is shot at an old industrial complex in Buffalo, New York which is somewhat shocking considering the slightly more exotic locations of his previous videos.
Turns out there is information going around that Gymkhana 9 was actually scheduled to shoot in Sydney, Australia, which would have been more ion par with the previous filming locations. But apparently, police officials would not grant the proper permits to the Block’s production company allowing him to shoot the video. As time went on more and more areas where they wanted to film were denied which eventually led to them abandoning the entire project and moving it to a new location. Which is how they ended up in Buffalo.
Hoonigan and Ken Block teamed up with Forza Horizon 3, scheduled to be the best racing video game ever made in my opinion, and the game is based in Australia so that’s a major reason as to why they originally wanted to shoot down under in the first place.
But none the less Gymkhana NINE is here, and it seems like Block went back to his roots on this one. Not a whole lot of wild stunts and crazy contraptions, just hardcore, flat out driving like you’ve never seen before. Well except in other Gymkhana films. Block is driving his Ford Focus RS-RX that he uses to compete in the FIA Rallycross series that has that sweet “Zubaz” style livery designed by artist Felix Pantone. The FIA required the cars put out no more than 600hp so we knew there would at least be that much power under the hood, but as I mentioned in the teaser article, I hoped that maybe they would turn up the power a little bit. But they didn’t, but really they didn’t need to. It’s not like 600hp in that tiny car isn’t more than enough, especially with all-wheel drive.
Some of my favorite parts of all of the Gymkhana films is when Block is flying at a decent rate of speed then all the sudden throws it sideways pulling sort of an 180-degree turn, and there is quite a few of those in this film. But one of the more impressive sections has got to be when he send the car into a slide and his back tire literally could not be closer to falling off the edge of the road, or dock, into the ocean. Great slo-mo work there boys.
The video hasn’t been up more than 12 hours as of this writing, and it already has over 100,000 views. So it’s looking like this one will follow the trend of all the others and be viewed millions of times.
Not sure if you’ve noticed the truck that was hanging from a massive helicopter, but it happens to be the new 2017 Ford Raptor. We know Block works very close with Ford Performance who played a huge factor in the development of the new second gen so its very fitting to have one in his videos. As maybe you’ve noticed there had been a Raptor in a few other Gymkhana films as well, not to mention Block using one as his daily driver and of course his RaptorTrax. You all know we are completely against the fact of a V6 powering the Raptor, but also couldn’t be bigger fans of the first gen either so you see the quandary we’re in.
But one thing I will say, though, that new Raptor does look pretty damn good. My only problem with it, is that it doesn’t stick out enough from a regular F-150. With the first gen, it didn’t take a gearhead to notice that it wasn’t your everyday F-150. Where as now I feel like it’s almost the opposite, you have to know what to look for in order to determine it is a totally different truck. Now granted most people will be adding aftermarket pieces that will definitely make it look a lot meaner than a standard truck but does that really count? Anyways, we just thought it was interesting product placement for the new Raptor to be hanging from the helicopter. I don’t know about you, but when they showed the linkage for the rigging underneath the Heli I thought for sure it was going to release and the truck drop to the ground in slow motion to watch the suspension, then take off in a massive burnout or something along those lines.
They also shot the film where it could be viewed with the VR/360 and that should be released soon.