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Fantastic Driving Skills or Controlled Insanity? You Decide [Video]

Driver Ken Block engages in a very impressive bit of Gymkhana driving in this video. Whether you think he is good or just plain crazy, you do have to admire the amount of practice and daring that it took to reach this level of driving skill. Hang onto your seats! Now where are those car keys at?

From YouTube: Shot just south of Paris, France in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry, this 1.58 mile oval track, built in 1924, features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Ken 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 Ken attempted the maneuvers during filming.

Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome, France [via Geeks are Sexy]

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  • Published 09/17/10

Comments (8)

  1. Alex

    10% luck
    20% skill
    15% concentrated power of will
    5% pleasure
    50% pain. Well now maybe 50%, more like 10 % pain, the rest goes to skill.

  2. Anonymous

    I enjoy motor sports as much as the next guy. But it seems to me like that French driver may have had one too many of his sponsors products. (Did you miss the logos all over his American made car?) It seems like the driver was trying to burn up his caffeine overdose and wound up burning his tires up instead. What a waste!

    Crazy Frenchman.

    This might make more sense (to me) if there was a girl involved. But if you’re going to race around like that then why not have some competitors to race against? That is, unless you know you’re going to loose! ;-)

  3. JR

    I doubt there are enough people that can do that kind of stuff to make a race worth while.

  4. Victor

    @Anonymus , —— ”Ken Block (born November 21, 1967, in Long Beach, California)” ——– as you see his no french :)

  5. gus pedigo

    I want to hire him to drive me to and from the bank I should rob.
    Good luck cops.
    of course they wont show it on reality tv.

  6. MaximumBob

    Im with you Id like a ride to and from
    the bank also.

  7. Larry

    Block – Meh! Segway Guy – Nards of Brass

  8. Thomas E Loughlin Jr

    poor car.
    poor itty bitty car
    …mean man.
    Tom Loughlin Jr, Utica NY

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