It’s been almost 3 years since Ken Block released his first Gymkhana video and in that time he’s managed to rack up over 100 million views on Youtube. In his first two videos Block used tricked Subaru STI’s, with his third video bringing to life his new highly modified Ford Fiesta. Both the STI and the Fiesta are small, lightweight and agile, which means that they’re perfect for slinging around. What if there was someone out there willing to use something a wee-bit bigger though, something like say… a semi-truck? This is stunt man / racer Mike Ryan, and his ride of choice not only weighs over 4 times what Block’s cars weigh, but it’s also 4 times the size. Ryan is a 12 time Pikes Peak Hill Climb Champion in the very same truck you see here. He also wanted to prove regardless of what the world says, size does indeed matter.
Ryan’s Freightliner tractor comes in at just under 10,000 lbs and is powered by a Detroit Series 60 diesel engine that makes 1950 hp and an astounding 3400 + lb-ft of torque. That means that regardless of its size that this baby has enough grunt to do things that would kill a normal rig. The video was shot by Bandito Brothers at the El Toro Marine Base in California, the same base mind you that Ken Block shot his first Gymkhana video. While I love Block’s creations, I have to say that seeing a full-on tractor take to the skids is almost impressive beyond words.