Ken Block 2017 Ford Fiesta Gymkhana Dubai
John Gilbert Staff Editor
February 29, 2016

In square journalist words (that means without razzing the text up to appeal to the millennial types using hip contemporary slang), Ken Block has taken his smoky, sideways-driving style to his most exotic destination yet, Dubai, for the eighth installment of his 350-plus-million-view gymkhana viral video franchise.

Starring Block and an updated version of his world-famous Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rallycross car, Gymkhana 8 is filmed in the ultimate exotic playground of Dubai and is Block’s most cinematic film to-date. His Fiesta also lights up the screen, literally, thanks to a unique, ultra-reflective livery that was created specifically for Gymkhana 8.

“I realize it sounds cliché, but this is probably my favorite Gymkhana thus far,” says Block. “The fact that we were able to shut down the Sheik Zayed Road for only the second time in the history of Dubai [The road is the main highway in Dubai and has only been fully shut down once previously, when President George W. Bush visited in 2008.—Ed.], have access to a fully shutdown airport runway with a 747, and to be able to film in Burj Park, which is part of the world’s tallest building [the Burj Khalifa] is absolutely awesome. Now would be a great time for me to be able to say a huge heartfelt thank-you to the people of Dubai for letting us come and make this awesome video!”