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DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco.
Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5

Check out this cool little race video and what a little Ford can do to the streets of San Francisco. Really fun video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus
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Out of the box a Fiesta is front wheel drive,
just in case you wanted to try this at home.

GeeB
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Probably the best extreme driving video I've ever seen.
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So why two shifters? What does each one do?
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So why two shifters? What does each one do?

Only one shifter - on the left. The other is a hand brake that operates only on the rear wheels. It helps with those big slides.

--Peter
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Gottcha, thanks. I obviously don't race or know much about those cars.
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"The other is a hand brake that operates only on the rear wheels. It helps with those big slides."

These front wheel drive cars with the handbrakes are not true drifters,
they're just rear wheels whipping around like a wagon behind a team of
horses. The art of genuine four-wheel drifting was performed with rear
wheel drives, whose adhesion was controlled by the heel-and-toe method.
Very few cars and/or drivers could do it.

~aj
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The art of genuine four-wheel drifting was performed with rear
wheel drives, whose adhesion was controlled by the heel-and-toe method.
Very few cars and/or drivers could do it.


Why do you write about this in the past tense?
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These front wheel drive cars with the handbrakes are not true drifters,

To be picky, the Ford in that video isn't your Grandma's Ford. It may have started out life as a front wheel drive, but that one was 4 wheel drive, with enough oomph to get all 4 spinning at the same time.

It's a rally car. There's probably a couple of bolts left from the original car. Everything else is modified in some way.

The driver, Ken Block, happens to be a rally driver who also likes to make videos like that one. (Some may say that's he's much better at the videos than he is at racing. I don't know enough to comment intelligently.)

At any rate, I agree that it's not drifting as practiced by Sterling Moss and his peers. And it's not exactly drifting in the imported-from-Asia sense. It's something uniquely rally car.

--Peter
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I think Gymkhana refers to the car control events like these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHgjFPhhzY8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJrEJb0HaeY

I think DC Shoes started the Ken Block videos as promotional materials. Something to just be really cool to their target market. Heck I'm not even in that market but I still think it's cool. This fifth one is the first that I've thought was as entertaining to watch as the first one was. Numbers two, three and four kinda let me down.

And just to prove that Ken Block ain't all that and a bag of chips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20XsaHpRQC8
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The art of genuine four-wheel drifting was performed with rear
wheel drives, whose adhesion was controlled by the heel-and-toe method.
Very few cars and/or drivers could do it.


In some cars, it's really easy. My '90 ZR-1 absolutely refused to stay stuck down and be driven properly, but if I hung the tail out about 20°, it would stay there all day long. So, that's how I autocrossed it. It had enough power to stay sideways on the straights, so I could keep the tires howling through an entire autocross run. I would have preferred to go fast instead.

Neil
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There are some serious Miata drifting videos on YouTube. Seek and ye shall find.
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