Certainly you’re one of the (as of today) almost 12-million people who’ve watched Ken Block’s latest hooning masterpiece, Gymkhana SIX? If not (or if you’d like to see it again), here you go:
Released less than a week ago (Nov. 11), as expected the latest in Ken Block’s iconic Gymkhana video series is causing quite a stir. Fortunately for us, one of the more talked-about features of the video is the new wheel design debuted on Ken’s 650-hp RX43 Ford Fiesta. It’s no secret that KB has been a fan of our Tarmac wheel design (he’s been using it for the past two years and previous two Gymkhana videos), but the new TurboMac design is rather special to us. This time around we sat down with Ken, and together we came up with a design specific to all the cool things KB loves about old rally cars – the Group B offerings, specifically. Together, we chose to incorporate the 5-spoke Tarmac-style center and surrounded it with ‘turbo’-style vents.
Adding a (literally) cool twist to the Group B rally vibe, Ken asked us to design a pair of period-correct ‘turbo-fan’ covers for his Fiesta’s front wheels. In the ’80s and ’90s many race cars used these devices to help cool the front brakes – something very useful during long rally stages and endurance-style road-racing. Engineered to draw hot air from the wheel-well and through the wheel itself, these fans saw widespread usage until modern brake technology and getting banned by various sanctioning bodies (some teams used them to evacuate air from under the entire car and were thus considered illegal active-aero devices) relegated them to the old-tech bin.
We had a few pairs of fans custom-made using spun aluminum centers with welded straight aluminum blades. Block’s team added their graphics and the rest, as they say, is YouTube history. And when we say history we mean it, as according to AdWeek Magazine KB’s Gymkhana video series is “the most-watched and most-shared branded Web franchise of all time.” How cool is that?
We’ll be putting the new TurboMac wheel into production shortly – first in the same 18×9 forged size as used in Gymkhana SIX, then later this spring we’ll have a cast version in 17×8 and 18×9. We currently have no plans to offer the turbo fans, but you never know…
Shoot us an email if you’re interested in learning more about the new Ken Block TurboMac wheel.