The torch has officially been passed.
This year's Gymkhana from Hoonigan was shrouded in controversy after the series main driver, Ken Block, decided to pass the torch. Block's former teammate Travis Pastrana took over, piloting a highly-modified Subaru WRX STI. Subaru describes the car as the most outrageous STI ever, featuring a massive cutout exhaust where the car can shoot flames. At the start of the Gymkhana 2020 video, Hoonigan reveals that the custom-built 2.3-liter Boxer engine features a billet block and produces 862 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque.
While early Gymkhana videos featured cars from Subaru, the last several used Ford as the manufacturer sponsor. This latest video (titled Travis Pastrana Takeover) feels like a return to Gymkhana's early roots. It even takes place on tight, hometown backroads for an authentic back-to-basics feel.
The stunts, of which there are many, occur in Annapolis, Maryland, where Pastrana grew up. Right away, the video kicks off with a bang as Pastrana jumps over a passing speedboat, catching massive air and hitting 150 miles per hour in the process. Pastrana then drifts the car around some obstacles, kicking a blow-up football in the process, before reaching the boat dock. The modified STI is then joined by the recently-revealed 2021 Subaru BRZ for some tandem drifts and donuts. This was the perfect cameo appearance for the new BRZ, which will arrive on the market next year.
The film transitions to an airfield, where the STI performs some tricks alongside a stunt plane. Pastrana then hoons the car around local back roads, executing another massive jump on the narrow pavement. With so many questions surrounding Ken Block's departure from the series, it's great to see the finished product. As always, Hoonigan'ss edits flow well and keep the view highly engaged. The sub-10-minute video is a thrilling watch, and an extended version will be released in 2021.