Toyo Tire U.S.A. has teamed up with World RallyX driver Ken Block to present a new film series entitled Climbkhana. See the film trailer above.
Climbkhana features Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, which was upgraded for the film to feature a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400-horsepower V8 engine, along with Toyo Proxes R888R tires.
“Climbkana is the next generation of the Gymkhana series,” Block said. “I’ve long wanted to extend Gymkhana beyond the backdrops it has been living in. As a rally-driver, I have always wanted to mix what I do in the films with stage roads. During a race, I’m focused on being fast and clean through the road, but Climbkhana gives me an outlet to let it all hang out and run it sideways, plus add some additional obstacles along the way. And what better roads than hill climbs, which are essentially uphill stages. And what better Hill Climb to start with than the famous Pikes Peak! Which also happens to be the setting for one of my favorite automotive films, Climb Dance with Ari Vatanen.”
Coinciding with the launch of the film, the Proxes R888R is now available in the U.S. for the first time ever, according to Toyo Tire U.S.A.
“Climbkana introduces fans of Ken Block to a whole new level of his exceptional driving talent, while demonstrating the precision handling anyone can expect from our Proxes tires,“ said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. “Climbkhana allows people to live vicariously through the steering wheel of the Hoonicorn with on-board camera angles and dramatic aerial photography.”
Block’s Hoonigan Media Machine began filming the project this fall at Historic Pikes Peak in Colorado. Joining Gymkhana creative veteran and Hoonigan’s own Brian Scotto for director duties was Jeff Zwart, a man almost synonymous with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, according to Toyo Tire U.S.A. The commercial director, known best for his work with Porsche through RadicalMedia, also holds three records and eight class wins over the 15 times he has raced up the Colorado mountain. The film will be released in Summer 2017.
Specially crafted in advance for Block and his Hoonicorn V2, the 1,400-horsepower machine now sports 295/30ZR18 Toyo Proxes R888R tires on all four corners, providing Block with the enhanced grip and stability he needs when sliding that much power around famous curves at Pikes Peak like Ari Vatanen, while simultaneously providing Block with the tire smoke that he craves when doing power slides and Gymkhana-style maneuvers on the mountain.
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