Released a little over a month ago, Gymkhana 9: Raw Industrial Playground takes place in Buffalo, New York and stars Ken Block performing all kinds of stunts in his heavily modified Ford Focus RS RX. For the first time ever in the action-packed series, Ford has decided to release a more immersive 360-degree virtual reality version. In this part one, the Blue Oval company is going behind the scenes and showing how the video was shot and explaining some of the stunts, including the spectacular train drift scene.
Ford says part two of the video will be released in the coming weeks and by the looks of it some of the focus will be on that scene in which Ken Block performs donuts around an F-150 Raptor hanging from a helicopter.
To fully enjoy these videos, you’ll obviously need a VR headset and the FordVR app compatible with Android and iOS devices and downloadable from the Ford Performance YouTube channel.
Ken Block’s car for the latest installment in the Gymkhana series was built in U.K. by World Rally Championship team M-Sport. With 600 horsepower (448 kilowatts) and 663 pound-feet of torque (894 Newton meters) on tap, it’s not your ordinary Focus. The RX takes part in the World Rallycross Championship and uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine linked to a six-speed sequential gearbox sending power to both axles, but it’s not the same AWD setup the road-going Focus RS has. It lacks the torque-vectoring system and it also doesn’t have electronic aids to distribute power to the wheels based on the available traction.
The RX project actually started off with a regular Focus RS body shell, and basically everything else was created from the ground up. Ford Performance led development of the engine, suspension, and aerodynamics to create not only a race car for the 2016 World Rallycross Championship, but also Ken Block’s hoon machine for Gymkhana 9.