Ken Block, pioneer of the ‘Gymkhana’ freestyle driving video phenomenon that has delivered over 90 million YouTube views, is taking over London’s iconic Battersea Power Station this week and turning it into a massive stunt and obstacle course for his car.
This performance aims to recreate a sequence from the highly-anticipated racing video game DiRT 3, which will see players driving Block’s own Gymkhana THREE Ford Fiesta around the Battersea Power Station course in the game.
“It’s an incredible opportunity and an absolute first for me to run a Gymkhana-style course in the heart of London. Using Battersea Power Station as the venue totally came out of DiRT 3’s game design and makes for a brilliant backdrop,” says Ken Block. “DiRT 3’s proving such an inspiration, and obviously I’m stoked about the game’s Gymkhana content. It’s the first time where a driving game isn’t demanding I drive a specific way, it lets me hoon around the way I want. It’s something I’ve always wanted to be able to do in a game.”
DiRT 3, from Codemasters, will be “hooning” into stores on May 24th and is the first video game to feature Gymkhana-style driving events alongside the usual events, such as Rally and RallyCross.
GGUK will be there to see Mr. Block perform his car-based craziness and will report back as to how the game is looking. Until then, here are some videos featuring Ken Block and DiRT 3 -