You may not be a fan of Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos, but there’s no doubting their popularity, with Gymkhana 3 having now clocked up more than 36 million views on YouTube and becoming the most watched automotive video of all time. Well Gymkhana FOUR completed filming last week and will be hitting the interweb next Tuesday 16th August.
Block is confident that Gymkhana FOUR is even better than its predecessor which features his new race car named the H.F.H.V. (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle).
With quick changes, it can be set up for three distinctly different driving modes: performing gymkhana, racing in RallyCross and racing in the U.S. Rally America series. Visually, fans will be able to tell which setup the car is in based upon wheel colors and styles. The color-coding is: white for gymkhana, green for RallyCross and black for Rally America. In addition to the visual cues, the H.F.H.V. also undergoes less visible, internal changes between setups, such as the radiator moving between the front and the rear of the car depending on the cooling needs of the mode it’s in, as well as each mode having its own individual suspension setups, engine programs, turbos, restrictors and more.
“I’m unbelievably stoked about how Gymkhana FOUR is going,” said Ken. “I did it in a brand new racecar that we’ve just finished building and it’s an absolute beast. Plus, the concept for this next chapter is on a completely new level. The locations we visited and action we documented are absolutely wild. Fans are going to be floored when they see the finished clip. I can say with full confidence that Gymkhana FOUR is going to be better than Gymkhana THREE. And that is saying a lot, because I thought I would never be able to outdo GYM3.”
Since launching the first video, Gymkhana Practice in 2008 the franchise has expanded to include two other major videos, Gymkhana TWO and Gymkhana THREE, as well as a number of supporting clips. To date, the franchise of driving performance videos has been viewed more than 110 million times globally, making it a viral phenomenon far beyond the interest of automotive enthusiasts. The videos have won numerous creative awards and most recently, Gymkhana THREE made YouTube’s official list of the “Top 10- Videos of 2010” and Ad Age’s list of “Top Viral Videos of 2010.”
So keep your eyes peeled for Gymkhana FOUR next Tuesday and if we hear anything from Ken beforehand we’ll let you know.
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