Gymkhana is a term some of us may not have heard. In the U.K. it may refer to an equestrian event such as an obstacle course for horse and rider. In Japan and the U.S., it refers to motorsports. Yes! Take the best of motocross, rallying, drifting, slalom and roll them all into one. This from Wikipedia:
Gymkhana courses typically involve only the use of first and second gear, where autotesting in the UK and Ireland add the use of reverse gear. A Gymkhana course will typically be from 0:45 to 1:30 in length. Like autocross and autotesting, Gymkhana courses are laid out with cones representing “obstacles” to navigate through. Unlike autocross, which can be considered to be a small version of a road course, obstacles in Gymkhana will often consist of slaloms, 180 degree turns, 360 degree turns, figure eight turns and some times parking boxes. Gymkhana requires strong mental concentration and memorization of the track, as sections of the course frequently must be repeated or navigated backwards and or differently. The driver will use many techniques to effectively navigate a course. Handbrake technique, drifting and sliding and left foot braking are all necessary skills for Gymkhana.
Like autocross and autotesting, Gymkhanas are primarily held in open paved fields or parking lots. In Japan, small road courses and karting venues are sometimes used. Japan also has some facilities dedicated to Gymkhana which resemble large paved parking lots that sometimes have racetrack curbing and grass/dirt medians and islands.
And this, from the video we are about to see (click for a little larger image:)
Now try to sit back and relax while watching Ken Block drive his Crawford Performance 530hp Subaru on a practice round on the Gymkhana. This is the most amazing car video you will see this year. Ken Block has some insane driving skills.
(Submitted by Eric. Thanks a lot!)