This Lotus 7 is a Gymkhana Terror

https://www.youtube.com/embed/RHgjFPhhzY8?rel=0

Ever wondered where gymkhana, the motorsport that made Ken Block famous, got its start? Parking lots, of course. Gymkhana and autocross are distant relatives, with the former involving lower speeds and more complex maneuvers. Watch this expertly-driven Lotus 7 tear up a British gymkhana course.

OldGray320i
OldGray320i HalfDork
2/19/16 10:57 a.m.

That was cool.

RedGT
RedGT Reader
2/19/16 11:08 a.m.

I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

TGMF
TGMF Reader
2/19/16 11:14 a.m.

good god that looks hard on the trans.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
2/19/16 11:14 a.m.
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

Nick (LUCAS) Comstock
Nick (LUCAS) Comstock UltimaDork
2/19/16 11:19 a.m.

I remember watching gymkhana back in the eighties on, I think, wide wide world of sports. Or a similar show. IIRC minis' were hugely popular.

slantvaliant
slantvaliant UltraDork
2/19/16 11:32 a.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

And old car guys who like to see repeats now and then.

bravenrace
bravenrace MegaDork
2/19/16 12:01 p.m.

That has to be some kind of trickery. We all know that only Ken Block can drive that well.

OldGray320i
OldGray320i HalfDork
2/19/16 12:12 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

Or old car guys that don't get out enough. Or in enough. Or whatever it is one does to get to these newfangled technologies...

Sure are a lot of horseless carriages on this forum.

edizzle89
edizzle89 HalfDork
2/19/16 12:22 p.m.

usually i would say the car control would be the hardest part... but remembering where the hell to go and what you need to do is the real challenge here

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
2/19/16 12:29 p.m.

Utterly entertaining video. Crazy car control is crazy.

Also, quite pleased with the lack of "hate that one drifter guy and his flat brimmed cap" posting in this thread. Bravo GRM.

Driven5
Driven5 Dork
2/19/16 12:48 p.m.

In reply to 4cylndrfury:

That wasn't drifting.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
2/19/16 12:58 p.m.
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

That and the gymkhana run in the classic Mini where he does a brakie at the end.

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
2/19/16 12:59 p.m.
Driven5 wrote: That wasn't drifting.

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
2/19/16 1:05 p.m.
slantvaliant wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote:
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

And old car guys who like to see repeats now and then.

Alzheimers and all that.

Kreb
Kreb UltraDork
2/19/16 1:06 p.m.

As hard as it is to find autocross sites where I live, we may have to start running events like that again!

Kia_Racer
Kia_Racer SuperDork
2/19/16 1:08 p.m.
edizzle89 wrote: usually i would say the car control would be the hardest part... but remembering where the hell to go and what you need to do is the real challenge here

This

I would not want to try that in my SAAB! I don't think I could get into reverse fast enough.

Desmond
Desmond HalfDork
2/19/16 1:35 p.m.

In other news, Ken's Hooner-Fiesta is for sale right now...

http://www.motorsportauctions.com/category/323/World-Rally-Cars/listings/35736/Hoonigan-Racing-Ford-Fiesta-WRC-HFHV.html

trucke
trucke Dork
2/19/16 1:38 p.m.

I thought our event lots were small!

BrokenYugo
BrokenYugo UltimaDork
2/19/16 1:50 p.m.
TGMF wrote: good nicolas cage that looks hard on the trans.

This looks like a good place for an automatic.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
2/19/16 2:11 p.m.

I have no earthly idea how someone even memorizes that course!

foxtrapper
foxtrapper UltimaDork
2/19/16 2:38 p.m.

If my eyes aren't deceiving me, I think a good part of what you're seeing there is the power of cutting brakes.

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
2/19/16 5:09 p.m.
TGMF wrote: good god that looks hard on the trans.

I had a friend that blew the transmission in his XK140 doing just that.

jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
2/19/16 5:13 p.m.

Hey Tom, I was the one that showed that video to your dad in this thread.

Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
2/19/16 6:43 p.m.

I don't think i've owned a single manual trans car with a synchronized reverse.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
2/19/16 6:54 p.m.
iceracer wrote:
TGMF wrote: good god that looks hard on the trans.

I had a friend that blew the transmission in his XK140 doing just that.

It looks like every shift into reverse is done with the rear wheels locked up. It should shift with no problem.

bentwrench
bentwrench Dork
2/19/16 9:26 p.m.

Automatic for sure, He gets +100 bonus points if that is not an automatic!

Car is light and tires are hard rubber, not big and inflated well.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
2/19/16 9:56 p.m.

I'll bet that's not an automatic.

My uk friends refered to this as "autotest" I believe.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
2/19/16 10:18 p.m.

And because its name has been invoked, The Mini.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/QcglWsEco4g?rel=0

boulder_dweeb
boulder_dweeb New Reader
2/19/16 10:25 p.m.

yeah.... but what kinda magic potion gets you the nose stand??

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
2/19/16 10:40 p.m.

It's been shortened - look at the length of the rear window. All the weight is in the nose, there's really nothing in the back but some small wheels to keep it from dragging on the ground. Shorty Minis are known for stoppies.

NOHOME
NOHOME PowerDork
2/20/16 6:05 a.m.

I'm with Tuna on this one. As someone who has never been able to find a course amidst a sea of orange cones, I can't begin to imagine how these guys manage. Can you picture them walking the course and doing all those pirouettes?

petegossett
petegossett PowerDork
2/20/16 6:09 a.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner:

Ok, that's the first I've heard of a shorty-mini, but now I really want one. It's almost 1/2-Shriner's car - 1/2-racecar!

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
2/20/16 6:50 a.m.

I loose my way to breakfast- I'd never find my way through that course!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
2/20/16 12:02 p.m.
petegossett wrote: In reply to Keith Tanner: Ok, that's the first I've heard of a shorty-mini, but now I really want one. It's almost 1/2-Shriner's car - 1/2-racecar!

The one in the video is not shortened much. Usually you simply take the doors out and sit in the back seat. "Shorty Mini" is a most rewarding Google search.

snailmont5oh
snailmont5oh Reader
2/20/16 1:40 p.m.

I wanted to post the Mini stoppie video, but I was waaaaaaay too late. Nice weather today, so we're irresponsibly running backroads in SWMBO's '14 Impala. This would be an awesome car if it wasn't programmed for 80-year-olds.

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed SuperDork
2/20/16 4:42 p.m.
tuna55 wrote: I have no earthly idea how someone even memorizes that course!

^^^^This. It's impossible!

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