After starring in the most watched automotive video of 2010 (Ken Block and DC’s Gymkhana THREE), the Ford Fiesta returns as the star in the next chapter of Rally Driver Ken Block’s Gymkhana video series, which debuted yesterday on YouTube.
The Monster World Rally Team driver and DC co-founder, Ken Block, sees the opportunity to push the limits of his car control while maneuvering around a series of cones, slaloms, 180-degree and 360-degree and figure-eight turns as well as other obstacles, all while utilizing extreme acceleration, braking and drifting. Always a source of great speculation leading up to the launch of the latest Gymkhana, the location for GYM4 was Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA. It was selected because it offered a unique variety of locations that could be utilized in the over-the-top chapter of the Gymkhana franchise. It also made it easy to incorporate high-end production quality and one-up the levels seen in Gymkhana TWO.
"Gymkhana is just one of those things that I really love doing, especially with my new Ford Fiesta HFHV racecar," said Block. "This is my second year with Ford and my race cars have been working great. My newest Fiesta, the HFHV, is the highest spec car I’ve ever had, and the fact it'll do what I need it to do for Gymkhana and can then transform into either a rallycross- or stage rally car is awesome. Plus, we weren't easy on it during filming for Gymkhana FOUR and it just kept asking for more!” The GYM4 Fiesta was unveiled by the Monster World Rally Team prior to X Games 17 at Block’s Gymkhana World Tour stop in Los Angeles. Designated the HFHV Fiesta (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle), it is purpose-built to transform between the specialized set-ups required for Gymkhana, stage rally and rallycross, thus the Hybrid designation by the Monster World Rally Team.
The chassis of the HFHV is based on M-Sport’s current 2011 Ford Fiesta RS WRC car but, in order to achieve the power output required for both rallycross and gymkhana, the 1.6L engine has been replaced with a Pipo Moteurs-built 2.0L, inline-four cylinder. It is based on the powerplant previously found in the Ford Focus RS WRC car, a motor that has over 10 years of development.
The result is a massive 600hp and 665 lb-ft of torque when using the 45mm restrictor. While the 2.0L engine makes the HFHV ineligible for WRC competition, the addition of a 34mm restrictor would allow the car to compete in the Rally America series. Engine management is handled by Cosworth Electronics. Mated to this 2.0-liter Ford motor is a custom AWD system designed by Sadev. The drivetrain features a six-speed Sadev sequential transmission with three adjustable Sadev mechanical differentials. Different gear ratios are used for each of the Hybrid’s three modes.
To handle the varying surface conditions, specific Reiger suspension set-ups have been developed for each of the three modes. Ken Block's Gymkhana FOUR; the Hollywood Megamercial can be viewed at http://youtu.be/btViXvIDsi0