Gymkhana Practice: 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
This 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, was used in Ken Block’s Gymkhana Practice Video. This car was purchased as stock and then customized and prepared for Gymkhana by Crawford Performance. This Subaru, the First Gymkhana Car, has over 530 Wheel Horsepower delivering power to the Impreza’s all wheel drive system. During the filming of the ‘Gymkhana Practice’ four sets of 18″ BFG G-Force (285/30/18) tyres were used and burnt-out thanks to all of the crazy sideways gymkhana moves Ken Block manages to deliver.
See the 2006 Subaru Impreza Gymkhana Car in Action Below….
Gymkhana TWO: 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
For Gymkhana TWO, Ken Block again uses a Subaru Impreza WRX STI but this time has upgraded to the 2009 model. In the video below Ken drives his new bone stock 2009 Subaru WRX STI to Crawford Performance garage for a complete strip-down and rebuild of nearly everything from the body panels replaced by carbon-fibre sheets to the engine internals replaced and built with “performance” counterparts.
The completed 2009 Subaru Impreza Gymkhana Car features:
- A Crawford Performance SR5 2.65L Race Engine
- VOLK TE37 Wheels, with,
- BFGoodrich G-Force Tyres
Watch the 2009 Stock Subaru Impreza being converted to the Gymkhana 2 Car Below….
Gymkhana Three: 2011 Ford Fiesta
The Gymkhana Three Fiesta was built by the same team that produced his Monster World Rally Team hatch, which included a boosted 2.0-liter four-pot capable of 850 horsepower (de-tuned with a restrictor plate to give an output of 650 hp to keep some means of traction) and 660 pound-feet of torque. The fiesta is packed with a Olsbergs Motorsport-developed MSE Maktrak six-speed sequential transmission which propels the all wheel drive Ford. The new Gymkhana hooning car will hit 60 mph in two seconds flat.
Watch the 2011 Ford Fiesta Walkaround Below….and the Funny Ken Block Fiesta Ad Below that….
Gymkhana FOUR: 2011 Ford Fiesta
The Gymkhana Four Video introduced the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC HFHV, the new hybrid version of the previous Gymkhana THREE car. However the hybrid acronym HFHV actually means Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle, which pretty much explains the entire car’s setup. It is a modified Ford Fiesta that has been tweaked and reconfigured in such a way that Ken Block is able to use it for all three types of racing that he competes in; WRC, Rallycross and our favourite, Gymkhana.
The bowels of this versatile machine contains a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine that produces over 600 horsepower and 665 pounds per foot of torque. This power-box is conjoined to a six-speed sequential manual gearbox, making this car truly powerful. Depending upon the racing stage Block and his team only need to change a few elements of the car, to suit the conditions – now that’s what I call a hybrid car!
When its configured for Gymkhana, the dampers, spring rates, and ride height are all adjusted, the engine management map is adjusted, the gear ratios are shortened, and its outfitted with a set of 18″ custom Fifteen52 tarmac wheels with Pirelli Trofeo tires.
See how the Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle Works Below