Presented by Ford Performance: Ken Block's The Climbkhana Files is an epic 3-part behind-the-scenes documentary series offering a look into what it took to coordinate, drive, and film Climbkhana TWO. The Climbkhana Files gives viewers the same raw and unscripted behind-the-scenes storytelling from the creative team (Hoonigan Media Machine) that brought you The Gymkhana Files - the 3x Emmy nominated series launched on Amazon Prime in November of 2018. In this first-of-three episodes you'll see Ken Block and crew arrive and ready themselves to take on one of the worlds most dangerous roads - Tianmen Mountain Highway in Hunan Province, China - as the race crew unpacks and prepares Ken's 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck for a quick shakedown before heading up the mountain. Follow me on Instagram: @kblock43.
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Well that so yeah I'm gonna do the thing about climb kana is like the whole concept: Of it was taking Gymkhana and going somewhere else with it and so there's all sorts of very cool cool climbs around. The world there's very cool mountain roads and being.
Able to take that Gymkhana style driving and our film style and go to places like Pikes. Peak it was really the simple concept in Pikes Peak being like.
The ultimate to me because of its history the racing legacy there and because. Of the unique shots that were done there back in the day cuz it was dirt and they were sliding. The car around but I've always wanted to take it beyond.
Pikes Peak like Pikes Peak to me was just a great starting point now take this concept and go beyond: What you think there's not too bad right!
There's so much yes you there it looks so good right well when Brian said we're. Going to China I was like are you sure really. Why China I mean there's so many other places we haven't been China is going to be complicated alright.
So let's get into it I hope no one's afraid of heights the road we picked for clim.
Kana too is a highway on Tiananmen mountain and chanmin looks like something walked out of a guitar with amazing hill time rally!
Road built in the middle of it so I found the search literally by seeing a photo it was actually. Like really small like 72dpi like the little image and this photo was this road wrapping around on itself.
And it actually has a part where there's this complex of hairpins. And it was just so unique to see this:
Tunnel where the road actually goes back around itself. To loop up one of the most unique driving situations. I've ever seen it just looked insane and it also!
Was like in the sky I think in the shot like the clouds were below it so it looked like this just majestic thing? And when we found that it took us like a year to figure out what it was attached! To I've seen it called Heaven's Gate but the Heaven's Gate actually.
Is a name for the hole that's at the top? Of this road what were the other names: For it do you remember the road is also called!
99 corners because 9 is a really lucky number. Jim Tom Jones so will they actually. Built the road I think purposely the land on 99 because some corners you're like that's only half of a turn and the Chinese have deemed it's!
So dangerous that they don't let the general public drive on it they only run buses up it those.
Years almost retired this ballot is absolutely crazy.
That's your pucker moment huh every film has to have a pucker boom but you hit that fast enough!
With the truck and it's all-wheel drive so little. Clock the big difference between this road and Pikes Peak really is the drama of it and when I say drama I mean that. The word Pikes Peak you're kind of traveling a long distance here the actual vertical distance is really compressed it goes really.
Behind the scenes
Kind of straight up this mountain with a big series of switchbacks and only six to seven miles ten kilometers.
And it's dangerous like it's I obviously don't like that's really the danger aspect: Of it I don't even want to fathom it it's like. Ken goes over it's not like oh let's:
Go see if he's okay like that's just but that's what also makes this look so cool know. Why it looks so dynamic anyway next question crazy other chicken nuggets tastes: Just like chicken nuggets at home 7:30 and turning traitor as.
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Be super cool on the scape we're off now back. To the hotel to me weekend and go off and unload the car it's very important. That if we're going to race or we're going to film or we're.
Going to do a demo that our equipment is a hundred percent right from the beginning? So now we're in China we're at a national park but somehow?
There's a place that does like fast and furious.
Style demos alright so we are out here or I am out here and! China I believe the cities called bear with me Zhang GI zang generator right now sounds like alright I'm gonna do my intro on the elevator and.
Then I'll catch up with these guys but we're here well if you've been on Facebook you've? Probably seen the stunt show where there's like fast and furious. Cars and all kinds of other crazy!
Things and we're going there yeah what's it called some kind of extreme we're here filling?
Climbed on this happens to be the same location that we're using like shake down hands car and we went the other. Day you Scout it you realize that.
They had a bunch of drift cars and some other weird things.
Like semi trucks they drive on two wheels so it's right.
You got nothing to do so we're gonna go check it out welcome. To China and that worked out perfect for us let's see if everything's. Made it in one piece never know if the trucks gonna get damaged or so many transients oh okay.
The Hoonah truck is the sequel to the home court but for Gymkhana. 10 we wanted to do something different very different we said let's. Go the truck we'd never built a truck before it is a 1977 Ford f-150 a truck that?
I grew up driving it but really the body is kind of where that stopped if you squint a little. Bit from far away just looks like a farm truck and then you get up to it and you're.
Like oh man look at all this stuff Oh we'll drive over 900 horsepower and over 700 foot-pounds of torque? That all comes from twin turbo v6 engine that was one of the development. Engines for their Ford GT program that went on to win lamothe Thank You Ford that being.
Said we've barely used it go away to the point today shakedown for clim kana you're. In jung-jae china it's soon as I change. Saying let's say what confidence you say it like you know it I think one of the biggest differences for.
The team between racing and Gymkhana is that they probably don't have as much preparedness to get involved like they're not dealing with setup as much. And changing that but they are dealing with the unknown.
Like they don't know what's going to go wrong it's kind of strategic packing for sure you can't bring everything just because. You're limited on space you only got one of these? 40-foot containers so you just picked off the big items that you really need you have a suspension you have sub pregnant body panels you have anything that.
Would actually run the vehicle first days on location. Are always pretty generically the same freaking unloaded quantity check! Everything make sure we have everything that we need before we start filming.