Ken Block, you think of this name and what comes to mind are his Gymkhana videos - the tyre smoke and donuts. For those who are not aware the Gymkhana - first of all, you're missing out on a lot of cool stuff, but these are a series of videos that Ken does around a crazy course in his customised Ford. The last Gymkhana was released about a year ago and the latest one is finally here. However, this is not the usual course that Mr Block does in a city or on a dock. This time the set up is way different and there is a lot more dirt than you can imagine. The video, that's being called the Terrakhana, was filmed in Utah. Somewhere in a desert, there's loads of sand and rocky cliffs too, which apparently Ken Block thought are scalable in his Ford Fiesta ST RX43, and they were.
The dunes and cliffs of the Swing Arm City in Utah were a perfect playground for pushing the Fiesta ST RX43 to its limits and Block did just that. This film is perhaps the best work by the American professional rally driver, performing rather a lot of death-defying stunts in a Fiesta that makes 600 bhp.
So, what is Terrakhana. Well, it's taking Gymkhana off road and on dirt. “It’s basically taking that driving style that I do in the Gymkhana videos and applying it in other unique situations,” he told Top Gear, adding: “This new one (‘Terra’ meaning earth)… we’re doing it in a unique dirt-type situation. I’ve always wanted to take that driving style and do different things with it.”
To understand how extreme driving this was, must talk about the 'knife edge'. Block told TG.com: “There’s one hill that we call ‘knife edge’ that, if I were to go off the back side, it would be a 100ft drop to my death.” And this is only a part of what he does, a very normal detail if you will.
Terrakhana may become a regular thing now and if it does, we'll be waiting...