Internet phenomenon Ken Block’s new Ford Fiesta (his second after his Fiesta rally car) is no regular Fiesta. The Fiesta will be used in the filming of Gymkhana THREE, Ken Block’s latest video. It can get to 100km/h in just 2 seconds, which is some seriously insane acceleration.
This is thanks to a purpose-built Olsbergs engine capable of up to 850 brake horsepower, but is restricted to 650 horsepower in order to give Block the torque band he needs to control the car, which by the way peaks at 4,000rpm with a grand total of 895Nm. This engine is mated to an Olsbergs MSE Maktrak (magnesium) six-speed paddle-shift sequential transmission.
All of these mods are in order to turn the Fiesta into a specialist ‘Gymkhana’ car, where you have to maneuver around a series of cones, slaloms, 180-degree, 360-degree, figure-8 turns and other obstacles all while utilizing extreme acceleration, braking and sliding.
“Aside from gobs of usable power, the real trick in setting up the Gymkhana Ford Fiesta was building a car for tarmac that handles as if it’s on gravel. While most tarmac race cars are designed to grip, we need a car that will still react quickly, but handle loose, while still providing complete control; this is a very delicate balance,” said Block.
Look after the jump for a short preview video of Gymkhana THREE.