Back in January, the motorsport world lost an icon. On the 3rd of January 2023, the world awoke to the news that Ken Block lost his life in a snowmobile accident while holidaying with his family, and it sent friends and fans into shock. Block was one of the first real YouTube celebrities and there is over 15 years' worth of amazing content that stars the professional driver showing off his skills. The racing and stunts videos were all so well planned with top-notch safety that we were given a false sense of security, it seemed like the man would defy death forever, which is why the news of his accident was so surreal. While Block was involved in many forms of motorsport, he’s probably most well-known for the superb driving stunts in the hugely popular Gymkhana series of videos that also show his progression as a driver and his collaborations with various automakers and companies that he was sponsored by, so we see him behind the wheel of some of the coolest Subarus, Fords and Audi models ever prepared for motorsport use. The Gymkhana series of videos all went viral, racking up hundreds of millions of views garnered over ten videos. Well, there are ten official Gymkhana videos and four shot under the same banner. In October of 2022, the series went electric with the first Electrikhana video starring the purpose-built Audi S1 Hoonitron. In a little over a year, the video has recorded almost 9,000,000 views. That’s amazing considering how many motorsport fans have an aversion to electric cars, but that’s what happens when you add in Ken Block, amazing driving skills and the absolutely fantastic production by Hoonigan. We all thought that we’d seen the last video starring Block, but we were wrong.
Before Block’s accident, the Hoonigan crew actually filmed one more video that would see him shredding tyres in the S1 Hoonitron around some of the most amazing venues in Mexico City - Electrikhana TWO. A few weeks ago we were told the video was coming, and Block’s worldwide fanbase has been waiting in anticipation. At the time of writing this, the video dropped 15 hours ago and has already been viewed just on 1,300,000 and there’s no sign of it slowing down just yet. We’re responsible for 3 of those views. The video features the usual from Block, high-speed drifts, mad jumps and manoeuvering through and between some of Mexico City’s iconic landmarks. While we appreciated the insane power on tap in the Hoonitron, it has but one thing lacking and that’s the soundtrack of a monster engine. The Hoonitron sounds great for an eclectic car, but it’s just not the same thing. It’s still well worth a watch, especially if you’re a Block fan, but motorsport fans in general will also surely appreciate the high-speed antics. It is a fitting end to the Gymkhana video series. With the rapid progression and inherited driving skills that Block’s daughter, Lia, is showing, we have a feeling that in the not-too-distant future, we may see her take up the mantle. Take a look at the video and let us know your thoughts. We love it, but we are quite easy to please here at SXdrv.
Take a look at the YouTube video that closes off the epic series of Gymkhana and Electrikhana video series starring the late Ken Block. It features the usual awesome driving in locations that cars aren't usually allowed to be, nevermind at high speed shredding tyres and laying down rubber marks that will serve as a reminder of the madness for years to come: [HOONIGAN] Ken Block’s Electrikhana TWO: One More Playground; Mexico City in the Audi S1 Hoonitron | HooniganBe sure to check out our YouTube channel here for more exciting and exclusive SXdrv content! And don't forget to smash that subscribe button!
For your convenience, because we're cool like that here at SXdrv, here's a full list of the Gymkhana, Climbkhana and Electrikhana vids: