The star of Ken Block’s physics-defying, Gymkhana THREE film. The first Ford product used to power a Gymkhana Series Film production. Built for the sole purpose of performing Gymkhana antics, its widened body, seam-welded chassis, and 600hp Olsbergs engine are radically packaged in the iconic drip livery. Since its release in 2010, GYM3 has garnered 66 Million YouTube® views and counting. Now, for the first time ever, the car that sparked a new generation of car lovers could be yours…
Ken Block is a professional rally driver and social media personality who took the internet by storm with his “Gymkhana” series of videos. Ken also co-founded DC Shoes and is the co-owner of the apparel and lifestyle brand Hoonigan Industries. He is known for driving ridiculous feats of automotive engineering, from the cars we have on sale in our “Ken Block Collection” to others you might have heard about like the 1977 Ford F-150 “Hoonitruck” or the 1965 Ford Mustang “Hoonicorn RTR V2”. Ken’s personal Instagram account along with the “Hoonigan Racing” and “The Hoonigans” accounts have over 10 million combined followers.
This is the car of a generation; Ken Block’s 2011 Ford Fiesta ST affectionately known as “GYM3.” Petrolheads around the world became intimately familiar with this car in 2010 thanks to Ken’s “Gymkhana THREE” video, which is also the car’s namesake. This is also the car that kicked off Ken’s sponsorship with Ford and it was the first in a long line of Gymkhana videos filmed in a Ford after the Subaru years ended.
The Gymkhana video series started in 2008 with Ken and a heavily modified 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. At the time, Ken was looking for a way to be involved in more rally-type driving and when a series for actual Gymkhana racing started up in California, he knew he had to participate. At the time, Ken was partnered with Subaru and was given an Impreza WRX STI to compete in the event. During one of his spare days, he rented the El Toro Airfield in Southern California to practice with the car and further hone his hooning skills. What followed was the first in a series of viral automotive hooliganism powered by screeching tires, popping exhausts, and excessive engine redlining. At the time, this kind of motoring excess was not common on the internet, especially with such high production value. This video launched an empire that redefined car culture, appealing to a younger audience of car enthusiasts that were fed by the ludicrous speed and insane stunts born from Ken’s rally driving career.
Even with ten Gymkhana videos currently released, Gymkhana THREE remains one of the most popular Gymkhana videos filmed by Ken with over 66 million views. The video was shot south of Paris, France at the “l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry”. The 1.58-mile oval track was built in 1924 and features banks as steep as 51 degrees, more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. During those seven minutes of pure tire-shredding and heart-pumping action, Ken puts the purpose-built Fiesta through some physics-defying stunts that put Fast and Furious to shame.
The car started life out as a production 2011 Fiesta ST before being converted by Olsbergs MSE, a Swedish racing team founded by Swedish former rally champion Andréas Eriksson. Olsbergs’s racing pedigree is well-established in the rally world, as the group also ran Ken’s Rally America program and won gold at the X Games 15 Rally Competition in a similarly-equipped Ford Fiesta.
A regular Ford Fiesta ST of this era is powered by a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost turbocharged engine that puts out 180 hp with 177 lb-ft of torque. For that engine, 0-60 times are under seven seconds. This is anything but a regular Ford Fiesta ST. Under the hood of the 2,425-pound GYM3 is an Olsbergs 2000cc Duratec engine that pushes out over 600 hp and 660 ft-lb of torque at 4000 rpm through an Olsbergs MSE MakTrak six-speed paddle-shift sequential gearbox. 0-60 times here are in the two-second range. Perhaps the most astonishing point to be made about the purpose-built Olsbergs engine is that it is capable of up to 850 hp, but was limited to give Ken the torque band he needed to properly control the car. Lastly, stunt jumps and regular street bumps are handled by all-around Ohlins shock absorbers while the AP Racing 4 brakes will let you pull off those stylish handbrake turns.
Inside, the interior has been completely gutted and reinforced with an OMSE roll cage. The carbon fiber hydraulic e-brake handle has been replaced with a custom-made metal piece engraved with Ken’s Huck Gee skull logo and No. 43. The GYM3 Fiesta’s factory boron steel body was seam welded and fitted with underbody protection. The body is also emblazoned in the car’s signature black and white, drip-themed livery design. The design was based on Ken’s Monster World Rally Team Rally America Fiesta and his Focus RS WRC but larger and more pronounced than the rally car’s design. The side rear windows also feature Ken’s trademark number “43”. The body has been altered with an aggressive front bumper inspired by road racing cars, complete with a carbon splitter for increased aerodynamics. The fender flares are also much wider and more squared off for an aggressive look that matches the rest of this rally monster’s appearance.
Many car enthusiasts were introduced to car culture by watching Ken’s Gymkhana videos in the early days of YouTube, so for us, this car holds a sentimental value that does not equate to a monetary value. Nowadays there are countless videos replicating the kinds of drifts and stunts seen in the Gymkhana series but Ken Block was an innovator when it comes to videos like that, his influence on motorsport and car culture alike could easily lead to one drawing the conclusion that he is a modern-day Steve McQueen.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a motorsports icon that has been seen by hundreds of millions of people since its debut. This is the first time this car has ever been on sale so for those who grew up watching GYM3 on the small screen, owning this car will deliver a nostalgia kick that can seldom be aroused by anything else. It was set up to handle tarmac as if it was gravel, with a delicate balance of loose handling and quick reactions. GYM3 is ready for anything the future owner might throw at it, from rallies, to stunt jumps, to the tire-destroying gymkhana demonstrations it was built for.
**Please Note** This vehicle is sold on Bill of Sale only and is not street legal.
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