It seems like there are a few people who are just born to be YouTube sensations, and the first that comes to mind when one thinks of a motorsport YouTube sensation is Ken Block. The Hoonigan is known for jaw dropping, tyre-smoking, rev-limiter-hitting footage of him going around unused airfields, ports and even towns in radically modified cars.
Ken Block is a well-known rally driver too, but his rally-driving fame fades away before his videos. His latest video, aptly called Climbkhana has raked up more than 49 lakh views in just under three days! What is it about this latest video then?
We say it has been aptly named because, the Climbkhana took place on what is probably the most well-known hill-climb location in motorsport history - Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern front range of the rocky mountains in North America.
It is here that the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been taking place for over a century. Participants go pedal-to-the-metal over the 20 kilometre course climbing almost 3,000 in elevation while at it.
Take such a location, add Ken Block and his Hoonicorn V2 (an extremely modified Ford Mustang), and it becomes a potent mix. It guarantees jaw dropping footage which would turn on most petrolheads.
Here is the video of Ken Block sliding his Hoonicorn V2, spinning all four wheels using the 1,400bhp at his right foot's disposal. Oh, and it is powered by Methanol.
High altitudes such as these, take a toll on both man and machine, but Mr Hoonigan here manages to get the car to crackle, pop and bang while the tyres squealed all the way to the top. There's just something about the way Ken Block drives which attracts so many views. Is it the man? Is it the car? Or a combination of both? You decide.