KEN BLOCK AND PENNZOIL SYNTHETICS INTRODUCE TERRAKHANA
PARK CITY, UT: Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”
For his first-ever Terrakhana, Block and Pennzoil headed to southern Utah to visit an area known as Swing Arm City. The location has been a favorite vacation spot of Block and his family and was first in his mind for places to go and apply his concept of an all-terrain Gymkhana project.
“It’s funny, because I’ve wanted to do other variations of Gymkhana like Climbkhana and Terrakhana for years now,” said Block. “Gymkhana started for me because I was looking to practice my rally driving skills in a more affordable way in-between races. That then grew into this much bigger thing, but it always stemmed from me wanting to have fun in cars. And, if I’m being perfectly honest, the most fun for me is out on dirt and gravel! You can imagine how stoked I was to learn Pennzoil shared this vision. It’s how I got started in racing and the gravel sections of our rallycross races are always my favorite. So, to be able to finally go and do a proper Gymkhana-style video with one of my cars but on dirt is one of those dream-come-true situations for me.”
For Terrakhana, the harsh conditions of the Utah desert (average temperature during filming was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) were the perfect test bed for Block to run Pennzoil Synthetics under maximum load and put them to the test. The film speaks to the results.
The vehicle he chose for this feat is his infamous Ford Fiesta ST RX43:
The RX43 (rallycross #43) was initially developed by M-Sport as Ken Block’s rallycross car for the 2013 Global Rallycross Championship and X Games rallycross events. It was also Block’s Gymkhana SIX and Gymkhana EIGHT picture car. RX43 is optimized for massive torque, off-the-line launching ability and is highly competitive in rallycross competitions. For FIA World Rallycross in 2014, and because RX43 was tied up with national events, M-Sport assembled an identical car that was called RX43B. Setup (suspension, differentials, engine maps, etc) is tuned to each individual event.
- Power: 600 hp / Torque: 650 NM ft·lb. Capable of 0-60 mph/under 2 seconds.
- Body: 2015 Ford Fiesta ST RX43, seam welded and reinforced. M-Sport designed, homologated FIA-spec roll cage. Custom body design by M-Sport, UK. Bespoke underbody protection.
- Engine: Pipo designed 2000cc 4 cylinder, Garrett Turbocharged.
- Transmission: Sadev 6-Speed Sequential along with Sadev rear diff and center diff release unit.
- Suspension: Reiger.
- Brakes: Brembo.
- Interior: Recaro seats, Cosworth, engine management and data logging.
- Wheels: Fifteen52 Turbomac, 18″ x 8″.
- Tires: Toyo Proxes R1R.