Ken Block has officially released Gymkhana 5. This time, everyone's favorite shoe-salesman has unleashed his 650-horsepower Ford Fiesta on the quiet streets of San Francisco. How's that for an impressive venue? Cleared of traffic, the hilly terrain makes for a perfect playground. The video spends plenty of time getting up close and personal with the city's famous trolleys before moving to the Port of San Francisco. There's also an impressive bit of hotshoeing on a barge in the bay as well. This time, Block has brought along a special friend to help him send tires to their smoky graves.

Travis Pastrana has hopped on a bike for the first time since his massive crash at the X Games a year ago, and the two proceed to craft a mechanized ballet for everyone to enjoy. That's cool and all, but we enjoyed watching Block vault the Fiesta for some serious air time. Check out the video below for yourself. It's ten minutes of insanity.



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DC AND KEN BLOCK PRESENT GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO

Featuring Ken Block, his H.F.H.V., and the streets of San Francisco

July 9th, 2012 - Huntington Beach, California – Today DC and Ken Block released Gymkhana FIVE, the 5th installment of the award winning, record-breaking viral video franchise, via the DC Shoes YouTube channel. Filmed on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, Gymkhana FIVE builds on the ultimate playground concept of Gymkhana THREE, with a focus on fast-paced, raw action and Block's driving skills, all while utilizing the topography of a real-life urban playground.

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 Gymkhana FIVE. The city by the bay known for its iconic bridges, steep windy streets, and distinct neighborhoods-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. And, for the first time ever, all of Block's driving was done on real streets.

"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! I'm stoked with how this project turned out and I'm truly a lucky bastard to have been able to do the things I was able to do on the streets of San Francisco. To all of the residents andpeople who allowed us to make this happen, thank you!"

Never short of surprises, Gymkhana FIVE presents a whole slew of new tricks and locations. The city with over 7.5 million residents appears like its own racecourse, as Block rips through with not a person in sight. Locations like the Financial District and The Bay Bridge were able to be shut down specifically for Block to put rubber to pavement. Block also tackled extreme angles and terrain through such iconic locations as Russian Hill, Potrero Hill, Twin Peaks and the San Francisco Bay itself, thanks to a barge. From donuts to drifting, Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco undoubtedly features some of the most difficult and intense driving that has ever been recorded.

As with any video in the Gymkhana franchise, the cameos add an additional element of surprise and excitement. Motocross legend, Travis Pastrana makes an unforgettable appearance in the video with Block. This trick was the first time Travis had been on a motorcycle since his injury at X Games nearly a year before. The San Francisco trolley, the barge and the Port of S.F. each serve as significant characters of their own in GYM5 as well.

"It's hard to imagine we'd top the last one, but Gymkhana FIVE is the best in the series by far! Fans loved the raw nature of Gym3 and were awed by the unprecedented location access in Gym4," said DC VP of Marketing, Jeff Taylor. "Gymkhana FIVE is more than just the best of both though. Ken's driving is on a whole new level and the streets of San Francisco provided the perfect natural terrain to showcase it. There's never been anything like this and people are going to be blown away when they see it!"

While the locations may be new, Block's trusty Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle(H.F.H.V.)
Is back for this video. The car featured in Gymkhana FIVE is the same car that was used in GYM4. Whether its tearing up Universal Studios orjumping intersections in the hills of San Francisco, the H.F.H.V was 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 Lturbocharged motor that generates 600hp, 665 lb-ft of torque and can go from zero to 60 mph in only 1.8 seconds. Block's dedication to the specific design of his H.F.H.V. has paid off with success as he used it to win the 100 AcreWood Rally in Missouri earlier this year, as well as recently driving it to a silver medal at Summer X Games just a week ago. Also returning for this video are director Ben Conrad and his amazing production team at LOGAN. Conrad and his team utilized their Hollywood experience to transform San Francisco into the ultimate playground movie set.

Also featured in this video is Block's DC Teamworks Collection. GYM5 debuts the DC Ken Block Pro Spec 3.0 Shoe, the DC Ken Block Gatsby 2 shoe and the Block Spartan Teamworks High Shoe. GYM5 also features Block's signature collection for DC including the KB Cracked Tee, KB Cracked Up Zip Hoodie, and the KB Cracked Hat. Originally created in 2005, the Teamworks Collection and design inspiration stems from Block's racecar liveries. For more information and to check out the entire Ken Block Teamworks Collection, please visit: http://store.dcshoes.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4374337.


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      madgamer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of hate for Block on here. Oh well, I liked it. It is automotive entertainment, and in that regard I feel it is great.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @madgamer
        Indeed, a bunch of catty, sniping little girls comment on every Ken Block post as if they are tied to a chair and forced to watch it.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's no doubt that Mr. Block is one heck of a driver, but man, that video was annoying to watch! Is it asking too much to have a single, uninterrupted camera shot that lasts more than 2 seconds? Why does it have to be edited so that the camera switches every freakin' second? Oh, and there's also nothing more annoying to watch than the whole fake "glitchy, static-y camera" effect. Nice driving, but get a better video editor next time.
      Fernando
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least his stunt driving is better then his professional driving. He's what I like to call a hipster racer, not really good at the real thing but he looks "cool" doing it.
      Grunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Block is a freaking MASTER! I think Steve McQueen would be giving Ken high fives for his skills! It doesn't really matter if you like Block or his Ford he has the skills and you have to give him the credit he's due.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I also wonder how many outtakes for him to get them right.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's time for the weekly Ken Block dose.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Give me the link to last week's Ken article, and the week before's... I must have missed my dosage.
      Yaman Ahmed
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been living in SF my whole life and I can't believe they blocked this much traffic in the middle of the day. I'm glad the weather was nice that day...SF is never usually that nice in terms of weather. Anyways, Ken Block did it again!
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yaman Ahmed
        I'd guess it was shot over several days, rather than closing down that many streets simultaneously. It is also clear from the movie that some turns (maybe all?) were run multiple times and filmed from different angles. I noticed several turns where the camera used in one shot is not there in the next shot (from a different angle).
      RSS007
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good work. Excellent control of the wheel.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mmmmmmmmmmm tire smoke. I want that car. 0-60 in 1.8 seconds, suck on that Bugatti. granted not production model, but also doesn't cost a mil to make it.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I don't think the Bugatti would mind being beaten to 60. I hear the way his car is geared, it tops out at like 110 mph.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the background for this shoot ? must be a virtual, depicting SF as "virtually" deserted.
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man.... as someone who spend most of the last eight years of my life living in San Francisco, and having to move out a few months ago, this makes my heart ache. I miss that city desperately. Awesome driving, as usual. I can't believe they got the permits to close off the top half of the Bay Bridge. Imagine commuting that day!
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of straight-line driving, but I think they city lawyers had a lot to say about how this got made. Still, very cool and things I will never be able to do. I think to be a smartass, they should blur out the M logos, like it was Mythbusters.
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