A Definitive Ranking of Ken Block’s Gymkhana Series
Back in 2008 when we were introduced to Ken Block and his 06 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car on YouTube when he was ‘practicing’ some driving skills by letting it rip at an airfield. Since then his Gymkhana series has evolved taking his driving skills from the track and parking lot obstacle courses to the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dubai. Now with 10 videos under their belt, Ken and his Hoonigan crew not only has taken stunt driving to new heights, but are constantly raising the bar when it comes to videography and production with over 400 million views on YouTube alone. Below you will find all 10 of the videos in the Gymkhana series and where they rank among our favorites.
10. DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA FOUR; THE HOLLYWOOD MEGAMERCIAL
Released: August 16, 2011
Views: 32 million
Trade in the abandoned airfield for the backlot of Universal Studios and you get Gymkhana 4. While the set has an action movie feel, the stunts were lacking aside from the car crashing through the brick wall.
9. Ken Block’s Ultimate Exotic Playground in Dubai | Gymkhana | Ford Performance
Released: February 29, 2016
Views: 31 million
With only 31 million views, this was one of the least viewed videos of the series, which is hard to understand considering all the supercars involved along with a cameo with the Ford Raptor.
8. [HOONIGAN] Ken Block’s GYMKHANA NINE: Raw Industrial Playground
Released: September 13, 2016
Views: 40 million
Who could forget the shot of Block’s Ford Fiesta narrowly missing the train or the other shot of its tire nearly off the pier. Gymkhana 9 has 2 of the most memorable shots in the series.
7. DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA TWO THE INFOMERCIAL
Released: June 1, 2009
Views: 50 million
This was the first ‘true’ Gymkhana video that put Ken Block on the map incorporating some over-the-top stunts such as knocking down a water balloon from a mannequin’s hand and sliding under an exploding semi-truck container.
6. NEED FOR SPEED: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA SIX — ULTIMATE GYMKHANA GRID COURSE
Released: November 11, 2013
Views: 51 million
Set on a large grid course, there was not much danger to some of the stunts performed as compared to previous videos. Though the high speed runs through shipping containers made things interesting, it was the rally car’s livery that stood out the most.
5. [HOONIGAN] KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA SEVEN: WILD IN THE STREETS OF LOS ANGELES
Released: November 17, 2014
Views: 51 million
The first video in the series not to feature a rally car, Gymkhana 7 marks the debut of Block’s 1965 Hoonicorn Ford Mustang hitting some of the most iconic locations in all of Los Angeles and who could forget the Hoonicorn sliding under a bouncing low rider?
4. DC SHOES: Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome, France
Released: September 14, 2010
Views: 65 million
Keeping it simple in the third installment, Block pretty much is freestyle driving on the track until the tires come off. Literally.
3. Ken Block’s GYMKHANA TEN: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour
Released: December 17, 2018
Views: 24 million
Though the total viewer count is only at 24 million, keep in mind it was released on Amazon before making its way to YouTube. Nevertheless you’ll never forget this tour as Ken Block takes you through Sweden, Detroit, Mexico, Los Angeles, and ending on Route 66 in Texas.
2. DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO
Released: July 9, 2012
Views: 102 million
Rightfully so with 102 million views, Gymkhana 5 was the first of the series with one of the largest productions utilizing helicopter shots and a variety of slow-speed angles. Block and crew hits all the right notes when one bring Gymkhana and San Francisco streets to mind. That is jumping the hills and drifting up Lombard Street.
1. DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA PRACTICE
Released: November 11, 2008
Views: 16 million
This was the one that started it all for Ken Block and put him on everyone’s radar. Garnering millions of views on YouTube was a tough feat back in 2008. Yet everyone was drawn to the wild drifts and spins of Block’s STI on the airfield. And how many of us wanted to be that dude on the Segway?