The gymkhana legend has decided to give us a new take on the sport he invented – rebranding it with the help of sponsors into terrakhana, mostly because he now plays in the dirt.
South of Factory Butte and west of Caineville, a place labeled as Swing Arm City lies in the Utah desert. It’s actually not a funny name at all, but an ATV and OHV recreation area with naturally occurring obstacles. It seems to have entered Ken Block’s hoonigan radar, so he paid a visit to the facility along with his 600-horsepower Ford Fiesta ST RX43 race car – rebranding the sport to terrakhana because it now mostly involves off-road racing. We do have a beef with Ken – we’ve been impatiently waiting for the anniversary tenth edition of the Block’s viral Gymkhana video series, and he’s been spending time in the Utah desert.
Block’s latest video isn’t an entry in the Gymkhana canon, but with help from a big buck sponsor like Pennzoil it still shines with all the right exciting moves we’ve come accustomed from his big-budget endeavors. We could see this as a Hollywood spin-off from a well-known franchise – only involving lots of dirt. This time around Block and his crew use surrounding natural landscape for all the slips, slide, and spin shenanigans – and we’re entertained that Block chose his Fiesta ST RX43 over a Ford F-150 Raptor. At an elevation of 4,300 feet and with ambient temperatures just over 100 degrees, we can imagine the Pennzoil products have been subjected to some punishment.