Ken Block Gymkhana Gallops Through The Streets Of San Francisco

  • Ken Block hits the streets of San Francisco for Gymkhana FIVE
  • Ford’s Fiesta once again takes centre stage as Block’s vehicle of choice
  • Producing 485kW the specially designed Fiesta accelerates from zero to 100km/h in only 1.8 seconds


PRETORIA, South Africa, 17 June, 2012 Last week Ken Block released Gymkhana FIVE, the fifth instalment of the award winning, record-breaking viral video franchise.

Filmed on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, Gymkhana FIVE demonstrates the agility of the Fiesta and Block’s unique driving skills utilising the topography of a real-life urban playground.

The Fiesta featured in Gymkhana FIVE is the same car that was used in the previous viral video, designed by Block and the Monster World Rally Team to compete in three distinct disciplines: gymkhana, RallyCross and stage rally.  The car features a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor that generates 485kW and can go from zero to 100km/h in only 1.8 seconds.

Ken Blocks Gymkhana

Chosen for its unique physical terrain and its ability to be easily recognized on a global level, San Francisco served as the perfect location for Block to light-up the streets in the nimble Fiesta. The city by the bay known for its iconic bridges, steep windy streets, and distinct neighbourhoods—as well as a famous chase scene in the movie Bullit—provided an ideal gymkhana playground that increased the difficulty level of not just the tricks, but driving lines as well.

“San Francisco was absolutely amazing for Gymkhana,” said Block. “It’s such a unique location for this kind of driving and allowed me to do some things that I never thought I’d ever be able to incorporate into one of my Gymkhana videos—like jumping a table top or doing a jump drift!”

A first-ever look at a special behind-the-scenes film, showing what it took to bring Gymkhana FIVE to life, is expected to be released in late August.