There’s nothing quite like watching Ken Block take a car out on one of his incredible Gymkhana adventures. He’s tackled all sorts of courses and all sorts of obstacles, but watching him never gets old because he manages to pull off the impossible every time. If you wonder how he pulls off the impossible, this video will give you an idea.
He makes it look easy, and it probably is for him, but that doesn’t mean he does it all without a little planning before the cameras roll for the final video. In the case of Gymkhana 7: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles, that planning amounted to exactly one test run. One.
The finished video runs over 12 minutes with Block behind the wheel of an all-wheel drive Mustang.It’s an 845 horsepower 1965 Ford Mustang and it is the only all-wheel drive performance Mustang that has ever been built.
It took over two years for Block to make the car a reality with the help of RTR and, according to Block, it’s the best Gymkhana car he’s had so far. Being that it’s such a special, one-of-a-kind vehicle, you can imagine that they wanted to be sure everything would go off without a hitch.
That’s how this video of Block’s sole test of the car came into existence. You can see that the Mustang isn’t completely finished with key stuff like doors, windows, and fenders missing, but the all-wheel drive system was fully operational and that’s what Block was testing out in this run.
Somehow, watching Block take this thing in smokey circles with parts of the car not even there yet is almost as impressive as the finished Gymkhana video. The finished car gets a black paint job and looks plenty slick, but like this, it looks like a beast that could kill you at any second.
Making the man even more badass, he’s just wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt along with his helmet as he destroys a set of perfectly good tires. It’s like he showed up for work one day, was kind of bored, and decided to just take the car out for kicks and giggles. No big. Just thrashing the world’s only all-wheel drive Ford Mustang like you do when you’re Ken Block.
He’s either incredibly talented or completely insane. After watching the Gymkhana videos, it’s a good bet he’s a little bit of both. Lucky for all of us.