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We shouldn't have to wait much longer to officially declare that the Ken Block Gymkhana franchise has gone from viral to pandemic. With more than 134 million views for the four videos in the series, it feeds off itself now and has ejected its spores into fashion, toys and an entity called "Extreme Entertainment."

Block's DC Shoes crew has put together an infographic of the phenomenon, laying out everything from comparative viewership – his 135 million versus the NBA's 21.3 million during the entire 2011 season, for instance, to the meaning of his livery to how many tires it takes to capture five digitized minutes of Gymkhana action. If you've been bit by Gymkhana and you're looking for more hair of the dog, you'll find it all in the infographic.


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      0010110
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is pretty dumb that they used the restrictor plate horsepower figure for nascar. The engine this year make close to 900hp...
        Phill Daneff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @0010110
        They're switching to direct injection this year or next, no more carbs!
          LBFTPSEC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Phill Daneff
          Perhaps you mean "fuel injection" rather than "direct injection". NASCAR switched to fuel injection for the 2012 season. There is no talk of direct injection, except for the GT Corvettes in ALMS for the 2013 season.
          Derelicte
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Phill Daneff
          They've already made the switch... You're obviously a NASCAR expert.
      Goahead
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how much carbon footprint he will produce in his lifetime? Including all the NASCAR drivers who drive in a circle all day? Too bad some of us don't care about this planet or our children's environmental future. $ is more important. That is the absolute bottom line.
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      im embarrassed for Ken,,,,,,,his crack team of 18 year old graphic designers came up with nascars having 445hp...I know people like to hate on nascar but those cars make over 800hp easy...Pushrod motors putting out 800 Plus HP spinning at 9000 RPM for over 600 miles on most weekends....yea not impressive at all hate on boys hate one. and make sure you down grade me for sticking up for nascar
        Dipstick!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        Restrictor plates, friend.
          Thipps
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dipstick!
          oh then I guess the fiesta has more HP then a top fuel dragster as well... *fine print-.top fuel car with blown engine
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        I'm embarrassed for people who can't use punctuation correctly and don't know the difference between "then" and "than."
        Fair Isle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        I think he's trying to tell people about how powerful his car is instead of putting Nascar down. I had no idea his car was making that kind of power, I thought he was just riding around in a ricer... I love Nascar though, it gets a bad rap but those are some really talented teams.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there a graph for zero WRC results?
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        You sir, took the words right out of my mouth. Bravo. When will this obsession with these gymkhana drivers go away!?
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's just a stupid rice mobile right? Right? Except it out performs nearly every vehicle proving it's one hell of a machine. Goes to show what a turbocharged 2.0I4 with AWD can do. Lighter than the V8 car, twice as much traction, enhanced braking stability by locking up the center differential during heavy braking, and even with a restrictor plate the car destroys drag cars, exotic cars, road race cars.... It's a sweet car. And it's good to see Americans finally starting to push the technology by showing off how it really performs. That's the first step to killing this ricer image so Americans might buy an AWD turbo 4 in the future. Don't let the Honda boys make you think all small cars with large wings suck. Those are just fan boys wishing they could have a real rally car that comes with the wing stock. Hell they've tarnished the image so bad many Evo and Suby owners remove their wings to stop the negative attention and police harassment.
      Redline
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh
      MKsmn515
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who knew a fiesta could be so bad ass. I wish Ken still drove an STI!
      oh, piner
      • 2 Years Ago
      My VW has more horsepower and torque than Block's Fiesta* *Fiesta running on one cylinder.
      Shawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      This strikes me as outrageous: "Block's DC Shoes crew has put together an infographic of the phenomenon, laying out everything from comparative viewership – his 135 million versus the NBA's 21.3 million during the entire 2011 season..." A quick Google search shows that the top 5 televised NBA regular season games on TNT alone added up to over 21 million viewers. Did they make a typo and mean WNBA viewership over the lifetime of the league? I'm surprised there isn't a stat that Block's Fiesta can lap Monaco faster than a Ferrari F2012.
        Shawn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shawn
        Nevermind, I didn't see the bigger chart. YouTube views vs. Live attendance is an even dumber comparison.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shawn
        you forgot the fine print note that the F2012 has to be running on 2 cylinders for that to happen and no aero
      sonic_the_dreadnaught
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't lie........those vids are quite entertaining
      Jeffrey Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the 445 for NASCAR is after restrictor plates for speedway races, most of the sprint cup cars are well over 700hp pushing 900hp.
        Jeffrey Smith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeffrey Smith
        Just found the note at the bottom, sorry for not reading closely.
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if they know that "nM" isn't a unit for torque. Nm would be, but lowercase "n" would be the prefix for nano, and I have no idea what a capital "M" would be.
        Fair Isle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Greg
        You mean you've never heard of nano-Mega's? It's the Si unit of how many physics classes one has slept though.
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