Gymkhana Five Behind the Scenes in a Ford Focus ST

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Ask a drifting fan what the coolest viral video out today is and they will probably tell you Gymkhana Five which was released on July 9 and gathered more than 9 million views in two days.

But what does it really take to make one of these online adrenaline shots? To show that, Ken Block, DC Shoes and Ford are releasing a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making Gymkhana Five.

Stunt driving and single takes go about as well together as driving a race track at speed without knowing the turns. With that in mind, Block took a Focus ST with him to San Francisco to scout the hilly city that would play host to his high-speed shenanigans.

“The Focus ST was a lot of fun to rip around San Francisco in, especially with all of the torque on those hills. It’s nice to finally be able to drive the same hot-tuned Fords that Europe always gets, here in America,” Block said.

Boasting 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, the Focus ST is a true hot hatch. AutoGuide recently had the chance to test drive one and couldn’t agree more with Block.

“I think it’s great that Ford is finally bringing this product over here to the American consumer. There’s always been a demand for this sort of car from the enthusiasts here and I think they’re going to embrace it once it’s available at the dealership,” he said.

Look for Ford’s behind-the-scenes video sometime in August.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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