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Old Jan 13, 2011, 01:58 PM
did a reversed Immelman..once.
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Yippee!
Let's go for a spin in Ken Blocks 650 horse FORD Fiesta.!

..some incredible driving skills here..& outstanding camera work.


DC SHOES: Ken Block's Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l'Autodrome, France (7 min 42 sec)
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 02:32 PM
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Unreal! He sure as hell did not get many miles out of those tires, and the guy on the Segway didn't have a chance!
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 02:46 PM
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Probably a rental.
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 03:12 PM
did a reversed Immelman..once.
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Unreal! He sure as hell did not get many miles out of those tires, and the guy on the Segway didn't have a chance!
yeah..I think the Segway guy will need a change of shorts.
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 03:18 PM
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Sweet but he sure beat the hell out of it.
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 05:36 AM
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Good driver is Block - he's now making headway in world Rally
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 10:21 AM
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..after watching that vid again..I can't help wonder about the trans..I can see 3 pedals on the floor,but he's up-shifting with the paddle on r/side of the steering column.Does he use the clutch also.?

Don't the newer 'vettes have the same setup.? I guess it can be discribed as an electric controlled manual trans,right.?

I'm trying to imagine the servos and all.
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 09:13 AM
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Ken Block has to be the world's greatest stunt driver...ever.

I think I'm gonna make note to train as a pro GYMKANA driver in the next life.

DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA BONUS VIDEO (6 min 5 sec)
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 09:38 AM
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..after watching that vid again..I can't help wonder about the trans..I can see 3 pedals on the floor,but he's up-shifting with the paddle on r/side of the steering column.Does he use the clutch also.?

Don't the newer 'vettes have the same setup.? I guess it can be discribed as an electric controlled manual trans,right.?

I'm trying to imagine the servos and all.
Clutch only when leaving in first gear. The aluminum handle to the right is the E or rear brake.

The technique of sliding the car with the rear brake while the engine as at full RPM on the rev limiter allows full power out of the turn as he eases off the throttle and off the rev limiter. It's like the reverse of normal gas/clutch/braking.
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Sheesh... All that just to get that last close parking space at the local mall.

That was pretty cool!
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Clutch only when leaving in first gear. The aluminum handle to the right is the E or rear brake.

The technique of sliding the car with the rear brake while the engine as at full RPM on the rev limiter allows full power out of the turn as he eases off the throttle and off the rev limiter. It's like the reverse of normal gas/clutch/braking.
clutch on take off..I understand.I see & hear how Ken keeps the engine at high RPMs for almost the entire course.

It makes perfect sense coming out of the turns to have the engine at peak power.I like the paddleshift idea on racecars..& Corvettes,a great idea.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 10:23 AM
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clutch on take off..I understand.I see & hear how Ken keeps the engine at high RPMs for almost the entire course.

It makes perfect sense coming out of the turns to have the engine at peak power.I like the paddleshift idea on racecars..& Corvettes,a great idea.
I have the paddle shifters in my Z4. It really works well once you get used to it. I can't ping my rev limiter like that though unless I start changing chips, etc. I don't need to by driving like that anway, I'm no longer that coordinated
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 06:58 AM
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I have the paddle shifters in my Z4. It really works well once you get used to it. I can't ping my rev limiter like that though unless I start changing chips, etc. I don't need to by driving like that anway, I'm no longer that coordinated
Are the Vette paddles controlling a 5-speed trans.?I keep reminding myself to get a Vette before I get much older.

...this Ken Block guy has the coolest toys I've ever seen.Take a look at his snowmobile...well sorta/kinda a snowmobile.

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