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In Gymkhana 2020, Pastrana takes over from Ken Block in one of the most insane stunt videos yet, in which he hits 150 mph in the Subaru.
Dec 8, 2020
Ken Block has defined the stunt series Gymkhana for over a decade, dazzling the world with insane jumps and inch-precision drifts. But 2020 is a year of changes, so this year’s installment features Travis Pastrana in an 862-hp Subaru tearing through Annapolis, Maryland, and the surrounding area.
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For those unfamiliar, Gymkhana is a YouTube series wherein Ken Block—or Pastrana, this time—pushes the limits of automotive stunts, stringing drifts together in tight complexes or jumping over low-flying aircraft. Each one expands on the insanity, with 12 years of one-upmanship leading to some truly spectacular scenes. The 2020 installment carries the torch, this time with Block rival Travis Pastrana taking the spotlight.
It starts in Annapolis with a high-flying jump over a speedboat cutting down the river. Due to this and the part later in the video where Pastrana dips a wheel off a dock and dangles above the water, you can see supplemental oxygen mounted in the door panel of the Subaru. Even the best get it wrong sometimes. The rest of the video follows him through crowded city streets, into a tandem drift with the 2022 Subaru BRZ by the docks, and through a 150-mph jump outside Pastrana’s childhood home.
All of this is accomplished in an 862-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter Subaru WRX STI rally car making 664 pound-feet of torque. It takes 50 psi of boost to get those numbers out of a 2.3, but the engine still revs to 8000 rpm. That’d make it a rocketship regardless, but for good measure, Subaru also fitted it with a carbon-fiber body, active aero, and upgraded tires. This allows for some of the best four-wheel slides you’ll ever see, making the video well worth the watch.
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