Gymkhana. Awesome as ever.
Ken Block’s insane Gymkhana videos showing him torturing the tyres of various Fords have become a global sensation, with every video generating millions of hits. Many have tried but failed to replicate Block’s enviable driving prowess, apart from his own sponsor, that is. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company, Ford Romania has created their own Gymkhana-style video with some impressive precision driving on display from Italian-Romanian Junior WRC star Simone Tempestini.
Aptly taking place at the Ford factory in Craiova, Romania, Tempestini gives the 290 hp Fiesta R5 rally car a thorough workout, powersliding through the production plant while narrowly avoiding assembly lines and other obstacles at high speed. We feel sorry for whoever has to clean up all those tire marks inside the factory.
As with Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos, the standout stunt is worth the wait at the end. Showing his nerve, Tempestini tears through the factory and speeds under a car lift post, narrowly missing an overhead van with mere inches to spare. It’s perhaps not surprising to see such skilled driving from a two-time rally champion. The car was also built to survive such brutal punishment: developer M-Sport fitted Reiger external reservoir three-way adjustable dampers and a set of trick front and rear sway bars, which explains how the suspension was able to take a battering during the numerous hard-landed jumps.
We have to say, Ford Romania has done a remarkable job replicating every detail of Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos, from the daring driving and Ford product placement, to the slick cinematography complete with gratuitous slow-mo shots. Ken Block would be proud.