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Ken Block's Gymkhana Nine Ford Focus RSRX Goes for $200,000 to Australia

There’s a new Gymkhana video in the making, and this time we’ll not be seeing Ken Block work his magic in incredible settings. As a result of a dare of sorts, it would be his pal Travis Pastrana doing the stunts, in the recently unveiled Subaru WRX STI, the wildest of its kind ever made.
Ken Block's Gymkhana Nine Ford Focus RSRX 1 photo
Cars have been stars of the Gymkhana videos perhaps just as much as the drivers. There have been only two makes involved in the movement, Subaru and Ford, with the vehicles at times severely modified to handle the stunts.

Back in 2016, the Gymkhana Nine (called Raw Industrial Playground) featured a prepped Ford Focus RSRX and aimed at promoting Block’s crazy driving skills, but also that year’s Forza Horizon 3 video game. The run proved to be immensely successful, as it amassed since its launch over 45 million views on Youtube.

At the end of September auction house Barrett-Jackson announced the Focus would sell as part of one of its events, and so it did, going for $200,000 to a buyer from Australia. The money raised by selling the car will benefit Team Rubicon, a non-profit set up to help the survivors of natural disasters – most recently, those of Hurricane Laura that hit the U.S. back in August.

What did the Australian buyer get? Well, we’re talking about a Focus powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, tweaked by Ford Performance into delivering 600 hp. The same group handled the modifications on the car’s body, but also the seam-welded and reinforced chassis supported by a Reiger suspension.

The interior comes with an FIA-spec roll cage, Recaro seats, and an M-Sport multi-function bespoke steering wheel, with Cosworth engine management and data logging.

Block’s Ford was however not the most valuable car sold for charity during the auction. That title goes to a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette that went for $370,000 for the benefit of the HeartStrings Foundation.

 

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