LONG BEACH, CA: Ken Block and Hoonigan are pleased to announce that Block’s latest and biggest to-date video project of his career, Gymkhana TEN: Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour, is now available on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel worldwide after a 10-day exclusivity window on Amazon Prime Video as part of Block and Hoonigan’s The Gymkhana Files documentary.
Building upon the award-winning viral video franchise of Gymkhana films—and directed and produced entirely in-house at Hoonigan—Gymkhana TEN takes viewers on an epic journey to 5 very unique and different locations with 5 very unique and different vehicles.
The journey starts in Luleå, Sweden, with Block piloting the current 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC on snow and ice—a first-ever for Block in one of his Gymkhana films. After that the action jumps to Detroit, Michigan, with Block in his 1965 Ford Mustang RTR Hoonicorn V2, decimating his tires with 1,400 horsepower on the streets of the Motor City. From there viewers are transported to Guanajuato, Mexico, where Block can be seen ripping through the colorful streets and tunnels of a picturesque mountain town in his 2017 Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. After that, things go full-sketch with a jump to Los Angeles, California, with Block driving his beloved 199 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A car on a mixture of both tires and bare metal wheels, creating massive sprays of sparks. Finally, viewers are brought to historic Route 66 in Shamrock, Texas (the inspiration for the animated film Cars), for the world debut of Block’s all-new 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck in action as he absolutely wreaks havoc upon the small Texas town.
“I can’t believe it has been ten years of making these Gymkhana videos,” said Block. “That’s wild! So, for number ten, we tried to make it the biggest and best. It was two years in the making — from initial ideation to the launch in The Gymkhana Files on Amazon Prime. It’s insane the effort that went into this one, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result."
Block continues; “It was rad making The Gymkhana Files and featuring the Gymkhana TEN there for the first time—but, I’m also really happy that we’re now able to make it publicly available on YouTube to everyone worldwide that may not have Amazon Prime. I think viewers across the globe are going to be stoked when they see all of the tire slaying action we’ve jammed into this one."
"Also, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of my partners on this project, it has been a massive undertaking and I couldn’t have done it without Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Pennzoil, Monster Energy, Can-Am and of course my team at Hoonigan. Thank you, everyone!”
Both Ken Block and Hoonigan Media Machine are proud to share that today Amazon announced that The Gymkhana Files, an Amazon Original series featuring Block and his HMM team, produced in-house by HMM, will premiere Friday, November 16, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The eight-episode series will launch weekly, with two new episodes premiering each Friday. Friday, December 7 will mark the season finale of The Gymkhana Files, and the world premiere of Block’s GymkhanaTEN, the culmination of a more than year-long effort for the latest viral video in his award-winning franchise.
Today also marks the release of a new teaser:
Please reach out for access to view episodes on screeners.com
The Gymkhana Files takes viewers deep behind the scenes with exclusive access to one of the world’s wildest, most successful viral video franchises of all time, with over half a billion views and counting. The series follows Block and his team as they attempt to create their greatest automotive video to-date, GymkhanaTEN, while simultaneously dealing with the challenging ups and downs of Block racing in the World Rallycross Championship.
Block’s Gymkhana films are an extremely successful franchise at the forefront of motorsports, which have won numerous accolades for branded content. After almost a decade of making viral videos, Block and the HMM team decided to up the stakes and create the biggest, most exciting Gymkhana—ever. Traveling to five different locations across two continents, with five different racecars—including a completely unique, custom build never seen before—the goal is to for GymkhanaTEN to be the best video they’ve made to-date.
Block himself is a professional rally and rallycross driver with Hoonigan Racing Division, is one of the co-founders of Hoonigan and Hoonigan Media Machine, as well as one of the co-founders of DC Shoes back in the day. His Gymkhana series of videos has amassed over half-a-billion views, was named as one of the “Top 10 Viral Video Advertisements of All Time” by AdAge and has won numerous awards, including One Show Interactive Gold Pencils, Streamys and Webbys.
The Gymkhana Files is created and executive produced by Block, Brian Scotto, Gil Marsden and Steve Astephen and produced by Hoonigan Media Machine. Marsden is the showrunner.
Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 240 countries and territories.
Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Prime Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
PARK CITY, UT: Today, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. Block has done so today via a two-minute trailer, which is presented by Pennzoil, in addition to Ford, Forza, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy and Can-Am.
Block is taking things to a whole new level for GymkhanaTEN. How? 5 different, epic, all wheel-drive, high-horsepower Ford racecars. FIVE. Two of them are all-new for Block with a third being an all-new, built from the ground up vehicle — on the same level as Block’s wildly popular Hoonicorn. And, to add to it all, Block is filming these vehicles in five different locations around the world.
Additionally, Block is thrilled to announce an Amazon Original Unscripted Series following all of GymkhanaTEN. Titled The Gymkhana Files, the show will follow Block and his team behind-the-scenes as they create GymkhanaTEN and offer fans an unprecedented amount of access into how Block’s biggest Gymkhana to-date comes to life. The series will also take a historical look back at Block’s previous nine films, as well as showcasing other facets of his life, from racing to mountain town life in Utah to recreational adventures when he’s off the road.
"I'm really excited to be working on GymkahanaTEN and I’m stoked that Pennzoil was able to come in and support us getting a trailer video out today to help announce the video,” said Block. “I’m also legitimately excited to be able to announce that I’m collaborating with Amazon Prime Video on The Gymkhana Files at the same time. I've always taken great pride at being on the leading edge of creating content, as well as viral marketing and in figuring out the best ways to get that content into the hands of fans and consumers. Amazon is very similar in their approach to what they've done over the years and I think that together we're going to create some amazing programming that really gives fans and viewers insight into not just my world, but the inner workings of my Gymkhana films and at the end of it all, the fans get to watch GymkhanaTEN during the final episode."
“The inner workings of the wildly popular Gymkhana Film series have long been a mystery to its large and rabid fan base, and we are thrilled to provide Amazon Prime members worldwide with an exclusive look into the making of Gymkhana TEN,” said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “Ken and the Hoonigan team will take viewers on a wild ride unlike anything they’ve seen before.”
Block’s GymkhanaTEN, as well as The Gymkhana Files will launch exclusively next fall on Amazon Prime Video.
The Gymkhana Files is created and executive produced by Block, Brian Scotto and Gil Marsden, and produced by Hoonigan Media Machine. Marsden is the showrunner.
Pennzoil will be hosting a Facebook Live from the 2017 SEMA Show on Tuesday, October 31st at 12:30PM PST at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” stage, where Block will be showing the trailer to the crowd, as well as participating in a live Q&A about GymkhanaTEN.
PIKES PEAK, COLORADO: Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most well known hill climb in the world, Billed as America’s second oldest, continually running race (the Indianapolis 500 is first), it’s also one of the first places Block ever raced in his career.
“When I was young, I caught the The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on TV once or twice,” said Block. “Even as a kid I remember dreaming about racing there some day because it looked so epic. Eventually I did, back in 2005, but it was in a Group N rally car which didn’t have much power up in that high and thin air! It was an underwhelming experience because of the horsepower issue, but I loved the road and mountain - and I had always wanted to go back and do it right. So, to drive it like I get to drive in my Gymkhana videos - and do it in the Hoonicorn with 1,400 horsepower - well, that truly is a dream come true!"
For Block, filming Climbkhana at Pikes Peak was a unique opportunity. While the road closes once a year for the Hill Climb, no one has ever been given the access to turn the landmark location into a playground. For production duties, Block once again brought his long-time friend and business partner at Hoonigan, Brian Scotto, to direct, but they also added a new face to the Hoonigan Media Machine formula: Eight-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion and Radical Media Director Jeff Zwart.
“I have raced at Pikes Peak for 16 years and through the years I thought I had seen everything, but to witness Ken’s skills on basically my home mountain and get to direct him at the same time, it was truly something amazing,” explains Jeff Zwart, Climbkhana’s co-director. “Nothing but respect for him and his whole team, both on the racing side and production side!”
To tackle the extreme elevation gains experienced along the way up Pikes Peak, Block knew that he needed more horsepower for his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR. So, Hoonicorn V2 was born. A 1,400 horsepower, twin-turbo, methanol-fueled machine that lights up its sticky Toyo Proxes R888R tires in every corner and properly updates the infamous build made famous in Gymkhana SEVEN, Wild in the Streets Los Angeles. Unfortunately, extreme engine builds and altitudes can prove challenging. Block and his crew experienced multiple production setbacks, having to go to the mountain on three separate occasions over 12 months due to both weather and development issues to be able to finish the film.
“This car is insane,” said Block. “I feel it genuinely wants to kill me! Before we added the twin turbos, it was the most fun car I’ve ever driven. Now it’s still quite fun to drive, but it melts tires ridiculously quick. To have this thing be such a beast and then take it to this very dangerous mountain, well, I thought I’d maybe finally taken on a project that might be too much for me to handle. This is the most powerful AWD-type car in the world to be driven this way, so I’m genuinely glad I didn’t die making this video!"
Toyo Proxes R888R tires deliver the enhanced grip and stability Block needs when maneuvering the 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn V2 around the famous curves of Pikes Peak. Learn more about the Proxes R888R DOT competition tire and find a dealer at toyotires.com/tires/competition-tires.
The film was produced by Hoonigan Media Machine and premiered last night at The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. It is presented by Toyo Tires, Ford and Pennzoil. To watch it now, click the link above.
PARK CITY, UTAH - In preparation for the launch of his all-new video project, Climbkhana, on Monday, September 25th, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has shared never-before-seen footage of him testing his twin turbo'd 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 in Colorado prior to filming at Pikes Peak. See Block talk all about it and witness the absolute insanity that is 1,400 methanol-powered horses shredding tires at all four corners right here.
PARK CITY, UT: Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”
For his first-ever Terrakhana, Block and Pennzoil headed to southern Utah to visit an area known as Swing Arm City. The location has been a favorite vacation spot of Block and his family and was first in his mind for places to go and apply his concept of an all-terrain Gymkhana project.
“It’s funny, because I’ve wanted to do other variations of Gymkhana like Climbkhana and Terrakhana for years now,” said Block. “Gymkhana started for me because I was looking to practice my rally driving skills in a more affordable way in-between races. That then grew into this much bigger thing, but it always stemmed from me wanting to have fun in cars. And, if I’m being perfectly honest, the most fun for me is out on dirt and gravel! You can imagine how stoked I was to learn Pennzoil shared this vision. It’s how I got started in racing and the gravel sections of our rallycross races are always my favorite. So, to be able to finally go and do a proper Gymkhana-style video with one of my cars but on dirt is one of those dream-come-true situations for me.”
For Terrakhana, the harsh conditions of the Utah desert (average temperature during filming was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) were the perfect test bed for Block to run Pennzoil Synthetics under maximum load and put them to the test. The film speaks to the results.
Also on board for directing, production and editing was Hoonigan Media Machine, an off-shoot of Hoonigan Industries. The video was directed by Brian Scotto, the Creative Director of almost all of the Gymkhana video series, Director of the hugely successful Gymkhana NINE video, as well as other major Hoonigan Media Machine video projects.
Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
“Climbkhana is the next generation of the Gymkhana series,” says Block. “I’ve long wanted to extend Gymkhana beyond the backdrops it has been living in. As a rally-driver, I have always wanted to mix what I do in the films with stage roads. During a race, I’m focused on being fast and clean through the road, but Climbkhana gives me an outlet to let it all hang out and run it sideways, plus add some additional obstacles along the way. And what better roads than hill climbs, which are essentially uphill stages. And what better Hill Climb to start with than the famous Pikes Peak! Which also happens to be the setting for one of my favorite automotive films, Climb Dance with Ari Vatanen.”
Ken Block’s Hoonigan Media Machine began filming the project this fall at Historic Pikes Peak. Joining Gymkhana creative veteran and Hoonigan’s own Brian Scotto for director duties is Jeff Zwart, a man almost synonymous with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The commercial director, known best for his work with Porsche through RadicalMedia, also holds 3 records and 8 class wins over the 15 times he has raced up the Colorado mountain. The film will be released in Summer 2017.
The announcement of Climbkhana also serves as the launching platform for Toyo’s Proxes R888R tire, which as of today is now available in the U.S. for the first time ever. Specially crafted in advance for Block and his Hoonicorn V2, the 1,400 horsepower machine now sports 295/35/18 Toyo Proxes R888R tires at all four corners, providing Block with the enhanced grip and stability he needs when sliding that much power around famous curves at Pikes Peak like Ari Vatanen while simultaneously providing Block with the tire smoke that he craves when doing power slides and Gymkhana-style maneuvers on the mountain.
Watch the Climbkhana trailer today on Toyo Tires YouTube channel, as well as on the Toyo Tires Facebook page.: facebook.com/ToyoTires
PARK CITY, UTAH, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 — It’s an historic year for Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and his Gymkhana series. Only six months after the release of Gymkhana Eight, set in Dubai UAE, Block returns with Gymkhana NINE: Raw Industrial Playground, live now on Hoonigan’s Youtube account. The video returns the professional rallycross driver’s hugely popular, 400+million view viral video franchise to its original roots, letting the pure, raw driving action take center stage once again. Co-starring alongside Block, is the all-new Ford Focus RS RX that he competes with in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
“I really wanted to bring Nine back to the core roots of my earlier Gymkhana videos,” said Block. “The full city takeovers are a ton of fun, but we felt that it was time to get back to the basics, especially with the new Ford Focus RS RX. We really wanted to let it shine and be the star in this video since it has so much useable power and control. We also partnered with Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 3 video game on this one, which allowed us to incorporate some insane tricks that actually pull inspiration from the game itself. It all worked out amazingly and I couldn’t be more stoked on how this video turned out.”
Hoonigan Media Machine, the new content-focused division of Hoonigan Industries, took the production reigns on Gymkhana NINE. While always the creative driver behind the films, Hoonigan now boasts an in-house film production team as well. Brian Scotto, Block’s business partner in the brand, stepped up from his previous role of Creative Director to Director on this latest installment from the team’s viral powerhouse series.
Filmed over the course of four days in western New York, the video takes place in a series of mostly derelict industrial spaces, harkening back to settings that are visually similar to Block’s first two Gymkhana videos and that ultimately allowed for some of Block’s most raw and aggressive Gymkhana driving in years.
In addition to being presented by Hoonigan, Gymkhana NINE also ushers in a new partnership for Block with the Forza Horizon video game franchise. Two tricks in the video that were inspired by the game itself include a helicopter suspending a brand-new 2017 Ford Raptor from the sky while Block does donuts around it as it spins wildly out of control, as well as a scene where Block drift jumps sideways in front of a moving train. Both of the Forza moments are incredibly high-risk and utilized all of Block’s skill to be pulled off successfully.
“This is probably common sense, but just so that we’re clear, please, please, please do not attempt to recreate any of the tricks you see me do in his video at home on your own,” said Block. “Especially trying to outrun a train. Attempting to outrun a train isn’t just stupid, it’s also illegal. So please, don’t do it! I do these in a closed course environment with full safety crews, stunt coordinators and a well thought out plan!”
In addition to the aforementioned “Forza moments” from the video, Block also ups the ante in Gymkhana NINE with one of his most outrageous maneuvers to-date: a literal cliffhanger where he throws his Ford Focus RS RX into an alley-oop around a telephone cable spool and proceeds to hang the rear end—and rear wheels—right off of the edge of a pier on Lake Erie.
“The moment where I’m hanging the rear of my car off of that shipping pier was definitely stressful,” said Block. “But, it’s something that we really wanted to do in real life since previously people have only seen something like that in a CGI-d BMW commercial [Block is referencing a BMW advertisement where a car is drifting around on top of an aircraft carrier deck, something that many casual observers thought to be real when in fact it was all CGI]. That’s the great thing about these videos, everything I do with the car, everything we capture on camera is all real, live action. We may do a few takes to get all of the angles covered or get timing more dialed, but at the end of the day it’s all actual driving, nothing is faked.”
To see Block and his Ford Focus RS RX put it all on the line and in action in Gymkhana NINE, click here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/_bkX5VkZg8U
PARK CITY, UTAH, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that in less than one week, his ninth installment in his 400 million-view viral video franchise, Gymkhana, will be going live on Ford Performance’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/fordperformance).
The video will star both Block and his all-new for 2016 Ford Focus RS RX that he currently races in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The video will be the second in the series hosted by Ford Performance and also marks the introduction of a new partner to the globally celebrated franchise: Microsoft’s Forza Horizon XBox videogame series.
“This definitely is the rawest Gymkhana video that I’ve done in a long time,” said Block. “We really took it back to the basics like in the original Gymkhana video and put the emphasis on my driving and on the car. I’m really excited about this one! It’s got my new racecar, it’s me bringing it back to a more on-the-limit and visceral driving style and with my new partner in Forza Horizon 3, we were able to bring in some inspiration from the game to this video. I think the fans are going to be stoked when this drops on the 13th.”
Gymkhana NINE will be live on the Ford Performance YouTube channel on September 13th at 8 AM EST. Be sure to set your calendars and tune in.
**Forza Horizon 3 takes place in Australia and features the largest and most diverse open world ever seen in the “Forza Horizon” series. The game will be available in early access on September 23 then widely available on September 27 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.