The Gymkhana Files takes viewers deep behind the scenes of one of the world’s wildest, most successful viral video franchises of all time, with over 500 million online views and counting. Follow globally recognized race car driver and viral star Ken Block and his team of Hoonigans as they attempt to make the greatest automotive video of all time while racing in the World Rallycross Championship.
Race car driver and viral video star Ken Block finishes his latest video project, Climbkhana, while beginning preparations for his largest video project yet: GymkhanaTEN. With extreme altitude, wild weather, and devastating consequences off the corner of every cliff - this might be the most difficult video he's shot to date.
After the incredible success of Climbkhana, the stakes are high for the first shoot of GymkhanaTEN. This first segment kicks off the year long project, so with high hopes, Ken, Brian & co bring the game changing Ford Mustang Hoonicorn v2 to America's most famous automotive city - Detroit.
With Detroit in the bag, the team separates. While Brian continues preparing GymkhanaTEN, Ken flies halfway around the globe to Loheac, France to compete in the World Rallycross Championship against some of the best drivers in the world.
After an unexpected week in France, Ken heads to Los Angeles, California, where he and the team ready their newest contraption - a 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth RS on steel rims. The hope is that the steel bands will throw sparks everywhere and result in one of the wildest looking segments they have. The reality - their hardest individual shoot in ten years.
While Los Angeles is now behind them, the team splinters and communication grinds to a halt. Ken heads back to WorldRX, where he struggles with a difficult decision. Brian, across the world in Sweden, tries to ensure they are well prepared for the next shoot. The reality of the project weighs on them both - they may have more on their hands than they can handle.
On an ice lake in far north Sweden, Ken, Brian & co. regroup and focus on the task at hand - and it's a monster. With another new car, the World Rally Championship-winning Ford Fiesta RS WRC, a wild exterior frozen course, and the craziest filming conditions the team has ever experienced, they know they're in for a challenge - one that they can't afford to fail.
With all other distractions off the table, the team is working together and finally hitting its stride - and it's just in time, as their next shoot may be the most important of the entire project. With a brand new build, and the biggest production design of the entire film, this segment in small town Texas has all of the ingredients necessary to be an instant classic.
The Hoonigan team is on its victory lap - and they’re bringing it back to where it all began. Guanajuato, Mexico. A small town with a rabid rally community - and the site of Ken's first ever World Rally Championship race - is the location for the last segment of GymkhanaTEN, featuring Ken’s Ford Focus RS RX. The nostalgia is there, the future is unclear, but for now - it's time for 3, 2, 1…
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Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
Watching this series will remove every bit of mystique and magic from the Gymkhana films. If you like watching them, avoid this series. If you think Ken Block is superhuman and are amazing by the shots in his films, this series will completely ruin that. You realize that the films are actually made through hard work, careful editing, and lots of human drama. It's much more fun to feel the magic.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2018
I was video surfing. Nothing was catching my eye. I said let me try this. I like cars but car shows are a dime a dozen. If I lost interest in 5 minutes It is on to ths next thing. I didn't know what to expect. To my surprise I loved this. I am most likely not their target audience but once I viewed the first one, I was hooked. I had never heard of Ken Block or his videos. I know who he is now! Job well done. Bravo on the skill, the risks, the production, the cars, the crew, having diversity in his staff and crew (oh yeah I judge what I watch by how much diversity I see.) Needless to say I had to watch the actual videos. Guess what i will be talking about when I go to work Monday?
Like many, I was browsing and bored and this doc came across with zero fanfare. In less than 4 minutes into the first ep. I was hooked! I mean, I can't really even be bothered to review video content on this platform because of the sheer overload of it, and the sheer volume of people who give good reviews to what I consider sub-par content, but here's my review. THIS IS A FIVE STAR PRODUCT.
It is not just a bunch of car stunts and drifting, which I would be fine with, incidentally, but it is a true look at creativity in action by a group of true car enthusiasts and creative genius people. Well done, all involved. Can't wait to watch my next episode.
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2018
This series of short films will be part of my favorite collection of media of many years to come. The editing is phenomenal, the story is motivating, the narratives by Ken, Scotto, and many others really puts into perspective what it takes to be the absolute best. While you watch this, realize every single shot of someone on the phone, or from around the corner, or on the car, is a guy holding a camera or a GoPro or something filming. Then it all had to be compiled and put together to make it watchable and tell their story. These "files" show the pure craftsmanship of extreme automotive art this team is possible of in not only the content, but also the media delivery.
First would like to put it out there that this is an advert for Honnigans, I have no problem with that. Second this is one of the best behind the scenes I have seen. The series gives most accurate representation of work that goes into making these videos with a bit bonus of rally racing too(NOT going in detail as it would be a spoiler). This is good as it helps a budding dreamer looking to be a part of this world of cars get data and not just day dreams (which you get by just watching races). Another point to take away is that even big names have to work hard to be at the top! All in all a very good watch for a car enthusiast or for someone just looking for entertainment.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
This is an awesome/ well put together back story about the merge of technical/ gear head passion with incredible cinematography work. As a fellow weekend gear-head myself... the combination of the gymkhana videos & BJ baldwin's crazy trophy truck videos keeps my gearhead sanity at bay during the work week! There is something magical about the sound of a stupidly overpowered v8 engine tearing up the streets.. These videos just knocks it out of the park and i cant wait for the unavailing of 10.... plus more episodes in this series! Keep up the good work guys!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2018
I've only seen the first two episodes, and episode two in particular is very good. For people interested in production, this series is truly exceptional. If you just want to see donuts (why?), go to youtube. If you want to know what is involved in creating this stuff, then this series is for you. The reason I am giving it 4 rather than 5 stars, is because they are making us wait to watch more episodes, even though the series is already done. That's some infuriating BS. I'll probably forget to watch future episodes, because whenever companies choose to do this, they usually lose me after the first couple episodes. So, huge thumbs down for that, but I loved what I saw.