For those who have missed Ken Block’s videos in the past, just scroll down a ways to check him taking  Gymkhana to a new level. The video is shot just south of Paris, France, in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry, at a 1.58-mile oval track that was built in 1924. It features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Block for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until he attempted the maneuvers during filming.

As the video notes, Block’s rally car produces 650 hp, 660 ft-lb of torque and can go from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. These Ford Fiesta’s attributes are on full display during the video below.

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Frank October 15th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Man, those videos are great. I love them. What sucks is that they don’t translate into Ken’s results in WRC. Maybe next year.

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