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Ken Block Debuts Gymkhana Eight: Ultimate Exotic Playground; Dubai

Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT
Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT

 

LOS ANGELES, CA — For the eighth installment in Ken Block’s 350+ million view Gymkhana viral video franchise, Block has taken his smoky, sideways driving style to his most exotic destination yet: Dubai!

Starring Block and an updated version of his world-famous Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rallycross car, Gymkhana EIGHT: Ultimate Exotic Playground; Dubai, is Block’s most cinematic film to-date. Block’s Fiesta also lights up the screen, literally, thanks to a unique, ultra reflective livery that was created specifically for Gymkhana EIGHT (Ultra Reflective Livery Reveal video here: https://youtu.be/8-UEF6OJOT4). It also marks only the second time in Gymkhana history that Block has filmed one of his videos outside of the United States, the first time being Gymkhana THREE when he visited a very unique racetrack in France.

“I realize it sounds cliché to say it, but this is probably my favorite Gymkhana thus far,” said Block. “When XDubai reached out to partner with me as a sponsor last season, one of the things they brought to the table was the ability for us to come and have carte blanche in terms of filming a Gymkhana video in Dubai. The offer was amazing since I had identified Dubai as a location where I’d like to film something a few years prior, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. The fact that we were able to shut down the Sheik Zayed Road for only the second time in the history of Dubai [the road is the main highway in Dubai and has only been fully shut down once previously, when President George W. Bush visited in 2008], have access to a fully shutdown airport runway with a 747 and to be able to film in Burj Park, which is part of the world’s tallest building [the Burj Khalifa] is absolutely awesome. Now would be a great time for me to be able to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the people of Dubai for letting us come and make this awesome video, so, thank you!”

Other features in the film include a Ford Raptor driving-on-two-wheels as an obstacle for Block, the entire Dubai Police Force’s Exotic Cars division on set at all times—and featured as an obstacle at one point—two Ford Performance-related “Easter Eggs,” within the video, a very special set of credits, and much, much more. Plus there’s even a special announcement and preview of a new project car for Ken at the absolute end.

Like the Gymkhana EIGHT, reflective “Stars & Stripes” pattern featured on Block’s Fiesta ST RX43?
Livery-inspired gear is now available at hoonigan.com, Zumiez, Tillys and other rad retailers.

Ken Block And New Partner, Toyo Tires, Announce: The Release Date Of Gymkhana Eight, Along With Presenting The Gymkhana Eight Livery Reveal Video

Ken Block's Gymkhana EIGHT livery revealed

 

For 2016, Ken Block is proud to announce a brand new, multi-year partnership with Toyo Tires. The debut with Block and Hoonigan Racing Division will be seen in just one week when the latest installment in Block’s 350+ million view Gymkhana viral video franchise, Gymkhana EIGHT drops on the Ford Performance YouTube channel, February 29th at 9 PM PST.

“I’m stoked to have Toyo Tires joining me in my ongoing quest to kill as many tires as possible,” said Block. “It’s an exciting partnership for me because I feel like everyone at Toyo Tires understands my mission to be competitive on-track, but to be able to take these amazing racecars and have fun with them off track—which for myself means smoky, sideways driving doing Gymkhana.”

To help introduce the new relationship to the automotive world, as well as debut Block’s all-new Ford Fiesta ST RX43 Gymkhana EIGHT livery, Toyo Tires has partnered with Hoonigan to produce and present Block’s livery reveal video. For Gymkhana EIGHT, Block and his team have created a highly unique, directionally reflective, black-on-black livery that changes looks depending on the angle at which it’s viewed, as well as how light is hitting it. The video serves to give fans their first official glimpse of Block’s Fiesta in Gymkhana EIGHT trim and how it changes looks in the light, but also their first official look of Block’s car equipped with Toyo tires.

“Gymkhana EIGHT is definitely one of my favorite projects that we’ve done so far,” said Block. “Part of what made the process so enjoyable for me was running on the Toyo Proxes R1R which provided good tire smoke, but really good mid-slide feel. They broke away very predictably and allowed me to pull off some pretty tricky maneuvers with confidence. I’m really looking forward to working on future product with Toyo Tires that’s built even more specifically for Gymkhana, but the off-the-shelf Proxes R1R performed awesome for this project.”

Ken Block’s Gymkhana EIGHT drops January 29th, be sure to tune in and watch Block smoke out [redacted] with his smoldering Toyo tires.

Like the Gymkhana EIGHT, reflective “Stars & Stripes” pattern featured on Block’s Fiesta ST RX43?
Livery-inspired gear is now available at hoonigan.com, Zumiez, Tillys and other rad retailers.

Gymkhana Grid 2015 The European Gauntlet Final At Santa Pod Raceway

For the fourth year in a row, Monster Energy has organized Gymkhana GRID, The European Gauntlet. The event is one of the most exciting motorsports going on today, featuring head-to-head racing competitions that are held on identical, mirrored courses. Racers are forced to not only race each other on the clock, but to also interact with the course in very specific ways, with certain sections requiring cars to slide and drift in order to not receive time penalties, as well as avoiding contact with obstacles. The 2015 season finale event returned to Santa Pod Raceway in the U.K., the venue that hosted the first European finale four years ago. Monster Energy went bigger and better, securing live broadcasting for the event on television in both the U.K as well as France, and a simultaneous live stream broadcast on their YouTube channel.

The event also marked the public debut of Ken Block and Hoonigan’s latest car build: a 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 RS. The car was driven at the event by fellow Hoonigan driver and top Formula D competitor, Ryan Tuerck, since Block had driving duties behind the wheel of his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR for the weekend. Tuerck did both the Escort and Block proud by winning his “hero battle” on the final day of competition, a showdown between Tuerck and the winner of the rear wheel-drive Gymkhana GRID class who happened to be Monster athlete Luke Woodham. In fact, Tuerck and the Escort ended up being the fastest rear wheel-drive setup of the entire weekend.

Block was busy all weekend long with media interviews, autograph sessions and media ride alongs, but still managed to put in a handful of laps on Friday’s media day. Saturday saw Block rained out from running (Block’s Hoonicorn RTR features open intakes and has no side windows or windshield wipers, so it’s unable to run safely in the rain) and his Sunday schedule only allowed him to run on the course twice before having to compete in his hero battle. Block ended up racing the all wheel-drive class winner, Dmitrij Sribnyj in his hero battle, narrowly getting beat out by Sribnyi. An unsurprising result given that Block’s Hoonicorn RTR wasn’t built for competition and features far too much horsepower and vehicle size for the slightly smaller-than-normal Gymkhana GRID course setup.

“It was an incredibly fun weekend and I loved watching all the competitors battle it out,” said Block. “Trying to get the massive and overly powerful Hoonicorn around the course was a real challenge today and it's the first time I've properly raced it. Dmitrij had an amazing drive in our one-on-one, so well done to him! He’s been the all wheel-drive class winner every year that Monster has run this event, so he’s definitely been building up the experience required to excel at this. I also think that the turnout for the event was great and it was awesome seeing the thousands of stoked fans respond so well to my two cars. Monster did an awesome job with event once again, so I’m already looking forward to next year’s race. Thanks to Monster for organizing such a great event and to all the fans who came to see us.”

Ken Block And Hoonigan Debut A Ford Escort Mk2 Rs As Block’S First Rwd Gymkhana Car.

Ken Block and Hoonigan Industries are proud to introduce Block’s first-ever, rear-wheel-drive Gymkhana machine, Block's Ford Escort Mk2 RS.
Ken Block and Hoonigan Industries are proud to introduce Block’s first-ever, rear-wheel-drive Gymkhana machine, Block's Ford Escort Mk2 RS.
Ken Block and Hoonigan Industries are proud to introduce Block’s first-ever, rear-wheel-drive Gymkhana machine, Block's Ford Escort Mk2 RS.

Long Beach, CA – Ken Block and Hoonigan Industries are proud to introduce Block’s first-ever, rear-wheel-drive Gymkhana machine. Based on the loved and celebrated Ford Escort platform, which gained its storied history in European rally racing, this 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 RS is quite unlike its stage-ready counterparts. Block’s flat black and star-spangled, Rocket Bunny-kitted Mk2 was built with one specific focus in mind—to kill tires with the quickness, navigating obstacles on a Gymkhana course.

“This Escort Mk2 is special to me, it’s actually my first Ford rally car,” says Block. “I purchased it in 2008. It was designed to compete in tarmac events, but unfortunately those are quite lacking now stateside, so instead of converting it into a gravel machine, I had my team at Hoonigan Racing Division extend on its tarmac capabilities and develop it into the ultimate rear wheel-drive Gymkhana car.”

Mechanically, this Escort shares all the best parts of a top-level WRC-spec tarmac build, yet coupled with a specialized suspension setup with Gymkhana tricks in mind. Under the star-studded hood, the car packs a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Millington motor that generates 333 naturally-aspirated horses and absolutely screams at the limit when stretched out to the 9,000 rpm redline. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Block wanted to update the styling of the vehicle to something that fell in line with his current fleet of racecars. This meant one thing: a wider stance and wider arches all around. To get the job done, Block and Hoonigan contacted famed Japanese widebody designers Rocket Bunny. Their founder Kei Miura worked with Block and his team to create the world’s first Rocket Bunny Escort, borrowing inspiration from Hoonigan Racing’s current RX43 and HFHV Fiestas, the notorious Hoonicorn RTR and other well-known Rocket Bunny designs. After digitally scanning the Escort at the Hoonigan Racing HQ in Park City Utah, Miura and Rocket Bunny set of to build one of the widest and most unique kits seen on an Escort Mk2. To set off the look, the car sits on custom two-piece fifteen52 wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber.

"This car has been something I've been working on slowly for a long time now," said Block. "I'm stoked with how the whole thing turned out. My team and Graham Quick at Quick Motorsport in the U.K. did a great job on the build of the car, Rocket Bunny did an awesome job with the exterior styling and I absolutely love how The Hoonigans took something I really love—the American flag—and remixed it into a badass graphic for the livery of this car. I’ve only been able to test this car for two days, but I'm looking forward to slaying some more tires in this thing really soon. The car absolutely rips, especially at 9,000 rpm.”

While Block and the Hoonigans are working on a bigger video project for 2016 to feature this new build, you can watch the Head Hoonigan in Charge shakedown the Gymkhana Escort at the Hoonigan Donut Garage in the video linked above. In the coming months, you’ll also be able to see some of your favorite Hoonigan athletes (in addition to Ken Block) getting behind the wheel as guest drivers. The first public appearance of the car will be this coming weekend at Monster Energy’s Gymkhana GRID Finale in the U.K. More info on that later this week.
Like the “Stars and Stripes” pattern featured on the hood of Block’s Escort? The graphic pattern from his livery is available as part of Hoonigan’s 2015 Holiday 2015 collection, available at hoonigan.com, Zumiez, Tillys and other rad retailers.

Block Smokes Out The Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2015

Ken Block with his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR
Ken Block tears up Lord March’s Goodwood estate in a 2016 Ford Focus RS
Ken Block Lord March and Kimi Raikkonen at Goodwood festival of Speed 2015
Ken Block performs donuts in his Hoonicorn RTR on the Goodwood Estate grounds at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015
Lord March and Ken Block sit for tea at the Goodwood estate during Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

After a four-year hiatus, Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block returned to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The world famous event, hosted by Lord March who happens to own the Goodwood property, is a yearly car concours show where a lot of the amazing cars get to drive and race up Lord March’s personal hill climb road (which is actually his driveway). For 2015, Block headed out with his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR and the all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS. The event marked only the second time that Block's Hoonicorn had been driven for the public and the first time that the public had been able to see the Focus RS in action in public.

In true Hoonicorn fashion, Block tore up the tarmac (and some of Lord March's grass alongside the track) in his Mustang for the fans at Goodwood, and also pushed the new RS to the limits as he continually stepped the tail out, highlighting the all wheel-drive system that the RS will be coming with.

"I had an awesome time at Goodwood this year," said Block. I hadn't made it out in a few years due to schedule conflicts and I'd been missing it. The event is such a great mix of motorsport personalities, amazing old and new cars and knowledgable fans. The posh English setting is a nice bonus, too! But, I really enjoyed running up the hill in my Hoonicorn and the new Focus RS. I think the fans enjoyed it too! I even was able to give a ride to Lord March himself on Sunday morning in the Hoonicorn, he seemed pretty stoked about it! Hopefully I'll be able to return next summer."

Ken Block Teams Up With "Clarkson, Hammond And May Live!" In South Africa

Ken Block is a featured guest star with former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May at their new live roadshow "Clarkson, Hammond and May LIVE!" at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2015.
Hoonicorn RTR on the painted surface at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2015 during "Clarkson, Hammond and May LIVE!"
Ken Block racing "scooter-charriots" with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May at CHM LIVE!
Ken Block plays car soccer at CHM LIVE in a Ford Ka
Ken Block pilots his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR across the painted concrete surface of the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg South Africa during his featured appearances at CHM LIVE!

Coming off of Summer X Games 2015, HRD's Ken Block immediately boarded a plane and headed straight to Johannesburg, South Africa, to team up with the Clarkson Hammond and May LIVE! roadshow. A multi-stop world tour for the former Top Gear hosts, the three automotive icons invited Block to join them on the stage in South Africa as a featured part of their show.

For Block, it was his first-ever visit to the continent of Africa and also marked the first-ever public running of his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. Block ran the car two-times per show (2 shows per day across 3 days) and absolutely wowed the sold-out crowds every show.

"I had an absolute blast in Johannesburg performing with the boys at Clarkson Hammond and May LIVE!," said Block. "It's always fun for me to work with that trio and to be able to do so while also running my Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN? That was a real treat. Plus, the fans in South Africa are so wildly passionate about hooning and motorsport. The response from the crowds during the shows was epic, they definitely helped make the experience for me!"

Aside from running his Hoonicorn during an introduction piece and in a Gymkhana segment against the three presenters, Block also participated in a "scooter chariot" racing segment as well as a finale segment of car soccer where he piloted a Ford Ka on a team representing South Africa against Jeremy, Richard and James, scoring numerous goals and leading his team to victory every show.

Hoonigan Launches Ken Block’S Gymkhana Seven: Wild In The Streets Of Los Angeles

NOV 17th, Los Angeles, CA: Head Hoonigan In Charge, Ken Block, is proud to announce that his latest installment in the award-winning Gymkhana viral video series has officially launched on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel today. The video, Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles—presented by Hoonigan, Ford and Need For Speed: No Limits— brings the franchise back to an urban landscape. Similar to Block’s assault on San Francisco in the wildly successful Gymkhana FIVE film, which has garnered over 68 million views, we see the rally racer tear through city streets, but this time in an all new tire-slaying machine—a custom built 845HP all-wheel-drive 1965 Ford Mustang, dubbed the Hoonicorn.

L.A.’s finest, aka the police, provided the route for Block, as they cordoned off intersections and guided the H.H.I.C. and his Mustang in and around Los Angeles. The goal however, was not to for Block to take the fastest route from point A to point B, but to instead fully exploit the question every car guy has asked himself, which is “What would you do if the police shut down the streets for you?” For Block, that meant having the absolute most fun possible and driving in the wildest style imaginable.

Block and his driving aren’t the only stars of the video however. For Gymkhana SEVEN Block decided that he needed a brand-new, one-of-a-kind vehicle. The car? A completely fully custom 1965 all- wheel -drive Ford Mustang notchback featuring an 845 hp Ford V8 from NASCAR’s Roush Yates and a Dakar Rally-spec all- wheel -drive transmission from Sadev. It’s the only performance all- wheel -drive Mustang in the world and built in collaboration with Vaughn Gittin Jr’s RTR tuning brand, the car—affectionately dubbed “the Hoonicorn” by Block and his team—is an absolute beast on the streets of Los Angeles, decimating tires and bursting eardrums as Block lays down some of his most precise and aggressive driving to-date.

“I’ve done Gymkhana-style driving in quite a few cars over years,” said Block. “But by far, this car is hands-down the best I’ve ever driven for this type of driving. The instant torque and power from that V8 is absolutely intoxicating and it basically vaporizes the tires the moment second I get into the throttle. It’s also completely insane to me when I see the footage of this car being chained to a wall and doing an all-wheel drive burnout. I’m beyond stoked with how not only how the car turned out, but also this video. I honestly feel this is my best Gymkhana video yet and I’d like to thank the city of Los Angeles for allowing me to borrow their streets for a few days!”

In addition to the all-new car for the video, Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles truly takes the “wild” ethos seriously, with Block absolutely capitalizing on the fact that some of the most congested roadways in America were shut down for him to create his latest video. Featuring some of the most over-the-top, insanely smoky moves yet, viewers will continually have their jaws agape at how absolutely out-of-control it all appears while simultaneously cringing on the edge of their seat as they realize how close some of the proximity tricks are. The video was filmed over five days in early October 2014 and it hits an assortment of iconic Los Angeles locations including Downtown L.A., Randy’s Donuts, the L.A. freeways, the 6th Street Bridge, Chinatown, the L.A. River and, perhaps most iconic of all, the Hollywood Sign.

“The access to locations for this project was incredible,” said Block. “Obviously the film commission in Los Angeles is quite good and accustomed to working with projects that involve driving all the time. However this was the first and only time that anyone has done actual live-action driving and filming at the top of the Hollywood Sign—some of the permissions we had to obtain from the Department of Homeland Security were intense!”

With Hoonigan being the title sponsor for the video, the apparel brand has also created a unique Gymkhana SEVEN-themed apparel pack that builds upon the look of the Hoonicorn and helps brings that styling directly to the fans. The pack is available nationwide at all Zumiez store locations, as well as online at www.hoonigan.com.

To watch Gymkhana SEVEN: https://www.hoonigan.com/gymkhana7

To learn more about the Hoonicorn RTR: http://tinyurl.com/oy2jsb5

HOONICORN RTR SPECIFICATIONS:

MOTOR: Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8, 845 hp/720 lb-.ft with individual throttle bodiesITBs
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system
SUSPENSION: Custom ASD Motorsports-designed geometry and components
BODY: 1965 widebody Ford Mustang designed by RTR, Ken Block, and Hoonigan, ASD Motorsports full tubular chassis, ASD Motorsports custom roll-cage, door bars and front/rear suspension mounts, RTR carbon fiber body panels
WHEELS: fifteen52 three-piece R40, 18-” x10.5-inch”
TIRES: Pirelli Trofeo R, 295/30R/18, custom Ken Block compound

Ken Block Unveils The Hoonicorn Rtr, His Batsh!T Retro-Modern All-Wheel Drive Gymkhana Seven Ford Mustang

MORE PHOTOS: HOONIGAN.COM/HOONICORN

NOV 4th, Las Vegas, NV: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to debut his Gymkhana SEVEN car for the first time publicly in the Ford booth at SEMA 2014. The car? A completely unique, one-off, world’s first performance all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang notchback. A collaborative effort between Block, Hoonigan and RTR—fellow Ford and Monster Energy athlete Vaughn Gittin Jr’s automotive tuning brand—the car shares the spotlight with Block in his upcoming Gymkhana SEVEN video project.

Built at ASD Motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the course of two years, the car is based upon a 1965 Ford Mustang notchback—the iconic pony car, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The car was heavily modified by RTR and ASD Motorsports to feature a 410 cubic inch Roush Yates V8, with 845 hp, mated to a one-off Sadev all-wheel drive system. The styling for the build harnesses a mix of influences and inspirations that include the current crop of WRC cars, DTM cars and even toy cars from Block’s youth. These elements were harnessed through a collaborative effort between Block and RTR—since RTR is known for their Mustang expertise—and incorporated into the build.

“I’m stoked to be able to publicly unveil this car for the first time at SEMA in the Ford booth,” said Block. “This is a project that I’ve been working on for two years, so to see it fully come to fruition and be able to drive it for Gymkhana SEVEN was absolutely amazing. I also knew that working with Vaughn [Gittin Jr.] and his RTR team was the right choice for this project since Mustang’s are their world, but they really went above and beyond on this car. The attention to detail with the fabrication and bodywork blows my mind. This is hands-down the best Gymkhana car I’ve had yet.”

To see Block’s Gymkhana SEVEN Mustang in person, swing by the Ford booth on the SEMA show floor, the car will be on display to the public for the entirety of the show.

HOONICORN RTR SPECIFICATIONS:
- MOTOR: Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8, 845 hp/720 lb.ft with ITBs
- TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system
- SUSPENSION: Custom ASD Motorsports-designed geometry and components
- BODY: 1965 widebody Ford Mustang designed by RTR, Ken Block and Hoonigan, ASD Motorsports full tubular chassis, ASD Motorsports custom roll-cage, door bars and front/rear suspension mounts, RTR carbon fiber body panels
- WHEELS: fifteen52 three-piece R40, 18”x10.5”
- TIRES: Pirelli Trofeo R, 295/30/18, custom Ken Block compound

Ken Block Wins Gymkhana Grid: Madrid

Returning to the city of Madrid, Spain, for the second year in a row, Monster Energy’s European Gymkhana GRID series held the final event of the season this weekend. A combination of head-to-head racing mixed with the techniques and skills featured by Block in his award-winning viral video Gymkhana series, the competition features both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive classes made up of participants from all walks of life and levels of driving ability.

Block headlined the event, taking on the winner of the Street all-wheel drive class in a grand finale—which he won—helping once again solidify his title of Gymkhana Master. However there was a great mix of racing action in both classes on the course throughout the day, as well as demos and appearances provided by a mix of other Monster Energy motorsport athletes including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Liam Doran, Buttsy Butler, Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni, Luke Woodham and Terry Grant.

“These Gymkhana GRID events are a great time for me,” said Block. “I love coming out and seeing what Monster is doing with the series. Each year there are more and more cars coming out to compete, especially in the all-wheel drive class and the amount of fans that show up grows each time. The courses also get bigger and better each year. Combine that with the huge cash prizes available and some of the best trophies I’ve ever seen given out at a motorsports event, this really is an incredible event to be able to come and be a part of. I’m looking forward to doing this all again next season.”

For now, Gymkhana GRID 2014 is over. However, stay tuned to find out details on what the series will be up to in 2015.

Ken Block Debuts Gymkhana Six

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Hoonigan Racing Division is pleased to announce the release of Ken Block’s Gymkhana SIX today. Presented by the video game Need For Speed Rivals, as well as GoPro and Hoonigan, Need For Speed: Ken Block’s Gymkhana SIX – Ultimate Gymkhana GRID Course is the latest installment in Block’s Gymkhana series of YouTube driving videos.


Below you’ll find the official press release from Need For Speed Rivals.

NEED FOR SPEED RACING ADVISOR AND YOUTUBE SENSATION KEN BLOCK PRESENT GYMKHANA SIX: ULTIMATE GYMKHANA GRID COURSE

Witness Jaw Dropping Car Stunts with an Added Videogame Twist in the Newest Installment of the Record-Breaking Viral Video Series

Need for Speed Rivals on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Gives Gamers a Chance to Experience the Same Fun and Excitement of Driving

How do you push the limits for what can be done behind the wheel of a car? You introduce Gymkhana icon and YouTube sensation Ken Block to Need for Speed™. The two renowned racing brands have teamed up to deliver Gymkhana SIX: Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course, which is live now on NeedforSpeed.com.

In Gymkhana SIX, Block built the ultimate grid – a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun and exhilarating action of driving. This means all-new obstacles that help raise the difficulty for Block to master in his Ford Fiesta ST 2013 racing car, including maneuvering around a moving wrecking ball and sliding through narrow doorways cut into the sides of shipping containers. After being appointed Racing Advisor on the Need for Speed franchise, Block added some videogame elements from Need for Speed Rivals. Watch as he also executes multiple jumps, drifts around Lamborghini Aventadors and evades the videogame-themed Redview County cops on Segways in his own unique style.

“I’m stoked about how Gymkhana SIX has turned out,” said Block. “Obviously we had to go in a different direction this year after conquering San Francisco in Gymkhana FIVE and the tie-in with Gymkhana GRID for me was a natural direction. GRID really challenges me as a driver and the course that we’ve created for this video is an interpretation of what my ultimate GRID course would look like. Hopefully someday we can make a course like this a reality for a Gymkhana GRID competition!”

Recognized by ESPN as one of the most influential action sports athletes in the world, Block has reached global fame for his skill and car control and pushed the sport of rally across the line and into the mainstream. The award-winning Gymkhana video series has garnered more than 250 million views worldwide to date and with Need for Speed sponsoring Gymkhana SIX, the worlds of racing, videogames and entertainment are brought together in the most exhilarating Gymkhana video yet.

Need for Speed Rivals is the first title from Ghost Games, EA’s newest studio built to take Need for Speed into the next generation. On the streets of Redview County, there’s a non-stop battle brewing between cops and racers for control of the open roads. And in Need for Speed Rivals, players can get behind the wheel of both sides of the law, experiencing this intense rivalry in two entirely distinct career experiences. The game also introduces a revolutionary new feature that destroys the line between single player, co-op and multiplayer, creating one seamless racing world. With AllDrive, players’ races and chases can collide at any time, delivering the ultimate edge-of-your-seat experience.

Need for Speed Rivals will be available November 15 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and will be the only racing game launching with the new console this year.  The game will also be available November 19 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC via Origin™, and November 22 for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.

To join the conversation on Need for Speed Rivals, please visit http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed, follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/needforspeed and #NeedforSpeed. Press assets for Need for Speed Rivals are available at http://info.ea.com.

CONTACT:
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EA Games Label
P: 650-628-2781
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Communications Manager

EA Games Label

650-628-9111
jtalens@ea.com

About Gymkhana GRID: Gymkhana GRID is a head-to-head driving competition that pits drivers against each other—and the clock—as they compete in a bracket-format race that incorporates the driving techniques and obstacles found, and made wildly popular, in the Ken Block franchise of Gymkhana videos on YouTube. Based off of skills needed in rally car racing or drifting, Block has created a racing series that brings the all-wheel drive tire, smoking action of his videos directly to the fans in a live competition setting.

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