Posts Tagged ‘wrc’

Trying to find the words to describe Gymkhana 3 can be very difficult. You probably think you have seen it all when it comes to motorsports. Everything you can imagine that is possible when a man or woman gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, collect all that and put it in a recycle blue bag and just throw it in the trash can. Nothing, not the high speeds of Formula 1, the all terrain battle of WRC, the crazy side ways action of Drifting, heck, not even your favorite racing anime will prepare you for what you are about to see. And I’ll end this with one question.

Is Ken Block even human?

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While the automotive monsters of the world like the Nissan GT-R, Pagani Zonda R and the entire stable from Porsche tackle the legendary Nurburgring track to see who is the fastest on the asphalt. There was another all-together different road that was being tormented by a different type of machine. This time it was the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The car, a WRC spec Subaru STi. The driver, none other than X Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana.

A record that stood for 12 years was broken by Pastrana this week. This monster of a course, which features over 100 turns, a one-mile unpaved section with a climb from a base of 1,527 feet up to the summit, 6,288 feet above sea level, was tamed by Pastrana and his STi in a blistering time of 6 minutes and 49.11 seconds. For the record, Pastrana’s lap was 20 seconds faster than the previous 12-year-old record.

For those who do not know Travis Pastrana, he started out as a young phenom riding dirt bikes. He splashed on to the extream sports scene at the X Games, where he won numerous medals during dirt trick competitions. When Rally was announced for the X Games and Pastrana was on the list of drivers in its inaugural run, many in the extream sports world questioned how this young kid ,who seemed to be fused to his bike, would do driving a rally car. The answer that Pastrana gave them can be seen below.