Video: See an 862-Horsepower Subaru WRX STI Tear up the Streets of Annapolis, Maryland

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Active aerodynamics, 862 horsepower, 50 pounds of boost and a body made entirely of carbon are just a few of the highlights of the latest machine to take on the unique automotive challenge known as Gymkhana. The biggest difference this time around? It’s not a Ford, and Gymkhana pioneer Ken Block isn’t behind the wheel.

Instead, it’s the most extreme Subaru WRX STI you may ever see with part-stuntman, part-rally driver Travis Pastrana behind the wheel, tearing it up in his home base of Annapolis, Maryland.

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
12/8/20 10:32 a.m.

There was good, there was interesting, there was boredom. 
 

instead of talking about the negative, I'll express that I found interesting the massive (150mph?) jump on a wet public two lane highway. It was toward the end before Pastramiland. That was nutso. 

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa SuperDork
12/8/20 10:33 a.m.

God, that sound inside.  What is that?  Is it just the cameras not being able to pick up the engine sound properly?

NOT A TA
NOT A TA SuperDork
12/8/20 10:38 a.m.

Just when we think the videos can't get any better............

Edit: First ever intentional railslide in a car? Active aero for use WHILE AIRBORNE?

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 10:41 a.m.

In reply to Vajingo :

There's also history regarding that location, Pastrana and Tommy. Knowing the history, seeing him do that, then seeing his daughters do Pastrana things back at the house, it's dusty. It's an incredible Easter egg for a gymkhana film, and this one is full of easter eggs, Crabs holding footballs, That's what Maryland does. 

 

Brief article that connects the location of that jump to the accident in 03.

Mr_Asa
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12/8/20 10:41 a.m.

In reply to Vajingo :

Same.  That was a huge amount of air.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
12/8/20 11:00 a.m.

I wonder how they prepped for safety for this one.  The water features seem to be a unique challenge.  What do you do when your rally car ends up upside down in murky water and you are wearing a helmet, 5pt harness, etc.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 12:43 p.m.

In reply to ProDarwin :

The vertical pilings were the biggest concern. Tanak can offer insight on getting out when submerged, fire and rescue were also on hand. 

mad_machine (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 4:33 p.m.

I am wondering if the rail slide around the dock was a "happy accident" that they decided to run with?  That section did not have the amount of rubber around it that many of the areas did.

 

Unlike the other Gymkhana videos, I enjoyed this one as I actually know the area.

NickD
NickD UltimaDork
12/8/20 5:07 p.m.

Most people would have saved the big jump over the powerboat for later in the video. I like that they threw that out immediately, like first stunt. Also, Travis' facial expressions were hilarious. He seemed pretty terrified at bits. Can't blame him

The jump was cool. The rest was kind of meh. Not their best work by far. 

Looks like the rail slide cost someone a trip in the drink to recover a few GoPros. I'm going with happy accident. 

 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 5:41 p.m.

I think the sill/rail slide was intentional. Block did a similar move in one of his videos, just barely hanging the tire on the edge of the pier - and this would have been the next step in doing that stunt. I can totally imagine them asking themselves, "what if we actually drop the wheel off?  Can you do that Travis?"  And Travis being game to try it.  You can be sure they rehearsed the hell out of if under more controlled conditions. 

You can see the GoPros in one of the other angles - looks like there were two of them - probably incase one of them got crushed by the car.  I think they just got booted across the dock.  It wouldn't have been difficult to put them on a cable to keep them from flying too far.

I enjoyed the video overall.  Especially being somewhat familiar with the area as well. I'm sure it's getting hard for them to come up with new stunts to do.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
12/8/20 5:57 p.m.
Ian F (Forum Supporter) said:

I think the sill/rail slide was intentional. Block did a similar move in one of his videos, just barely hanging the tire on the edge of the pier - and this would have been the next step in doing that stunt. I can totally imagine them asking themselves, "what if we actually drop the wheel off?  Can you do that Travis?"  And Travis being game to try it.  You can be sure they rehearsed the hell out of if under more controlled conditions. 

You can see the GoPros in one of the other angles - looks like there were two of them - probably incase one of them got crushed by the car.  I think they just got booted across the dock.  It wouldn't have been difficult to put them on a cable to keep them from flying too far.

I enjoyed the video overall.  Especially being somewhat familiar with the area as well. I'm sure it's getting hard for them to come up with new stunts to do.

After watching the series on Amazon with Ken Block, I wouldn't be so sure about that!

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 5:58 p.m.
ProDarwin said:

I wonder how they prepped for safety for this one.  The water features seem to be a unique challenge.  What do you do when your rally car ends up upside down in murky water and you are wearing a helmet, 5pt harness, etc.

this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQRBdh9YGYU

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 6:01 p.m.
Ian F (Forum Supporter) said:

I think the sill/rail slide was intentional. Block did a similar move in one of his videos, just barely hanging the tire on the edge of the pier - and this would have been the next step in doing that stunt. I can totally imagine them asking themselves, "what if we actually drop the wheel off?  Can you do that Travis?"  And Travis being game to try it.  You can be sure they rehearsed the hell out of if under more controlled conditions. 

I mean, most of us who have done rallies have dropped a wheel of an embankment more than once (disclaimer: I've only done it *once* as far as I know). And with an AWD car it's not hard to pull it back up there. 

It's a shame they didn't get some shots in on the Naval Academy grounds. Doing a circle around the old jet planes on the campus, or around the Navy football team, or something would have been cool - since USNA is one of the main "features" fo Annapolis.

That said, Annapolis townies pretty much hate Midshipmen lol, so maybe Travis didn't want to (or more likely USNA didn't want to). 

MrChaos
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12/8/20 6:03 p.m.
irish44j (Forum Supporter) said:
ProDarwin said:

I wonder how they prepped for safety for this one.  The water features seem to be a unique challenge.  What do you do when your rally car ends up upside down in murky water and you are wearing a helmet, 5pt harness, etc.

this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQRBdh9YGYU

yea they had an air tank attached to the door and had divers ready most likely.

ProDarwin
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12/8/20 6:12 p.m.
irish44j (Forum Supporter) said:
ProDarwin said:

I wonder how they prepped for safety for this one.  The water features seem to be a unique challenge.  What do you do when your rally car ends up upside down in murky water and you are wearing a helmet, 5pt harness, etc.

this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQRBdh9YGYU

Damn that thing goes under fast.  What happens if the driver is stunned, knocked out, or incapacitated in any way before it hits the water?

AaronT
AaronT Reader
12/8/20 6:28 p.m.

That new brz looks a lot like an RX8 at a glance.

1988RedT2
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12/8/20 7:06 p.m.
Mr_Asa said:

God, that sound inside.  What is that?  Is it just the cameras not being able to pick up the engine sound properly?

 

 

You mean the engine constantly bumping off the rev limiter, or something else?

 

I liked the video. 

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 7:32 p.m.

I know the folks who built this. Here's one for Vermont!!!!

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
12/8/20 8:19 p.m.

I had no idea that he is from Annapolis Area!  I have spent a lot of time in Annapolis racing sailboats at least one long weekend every year for over 5 years.  A good friend of mine lived on a 40 ft sailboat for a whole winter, docked right there where the car landed from the water jump.  

For those not familiar with the town, this is the bridge that connects Eastport to Downtown Annapolis.  They are traveling out of Eastport an into Annapolis.  That is the Annaoplis Yacht Club with the brown roof at the edge of the bridge.  In the distance, the dome and everything with a green roof is The Naval Academy.

That bridge is also the sight of The Maritime Republic of Eastport's annual .05k Bridge Run. An event billed as, "The least challenging athletic event ever conceived."

Its rather amazing to see this car whipped around the incredible narrow streets of downtown Annapolis.  Also amazing is how little of a parking lot he lands the car into.

He travels left to right taking the alley next to The Fleet Reserve Club and the landing in the maybe dozen car deep parking area that runs into the Latitude 38 restaurant. 

Two good shots of how little real estate he has to work with upon landing the water jump.

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 8:29 p.m.
ProDarwin said:
irish44j (Forum Supporter) said:
ProDarwin said:

I wonder how they prepped for safety for this one.  The water features seem to be a unique challenge.  What do you do when your rally car ends up upside down in murky water and you are wearing a helmet, 5pt harness, etc.

this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQRBdh9YGYU

Damn that thing goes under fast.  What happens if the driver is stunned, knocked out, or incapacitated in any way before it hits the water?

guess I hope my codriver drags me out, lol. 

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 8:30 p.m.
John Welsh said:

I had no idea that he is from Annapolis Area!  I have spent a lot of time in Annapolis racing sailboats at least one long weekend every year for over 5 years.  A good friend of mine lived on a 40 ft sailboat for a whole winter, docked right there where the car landed from the water jump.  

For those not familiar with the town, this is the bridge that connects Eastport to Downtown Annapolis.  They are traveling out of Eastport an into Annapolis.  That is the Annaoplis Yacht Club with the brown roof at the edge of the bridge.  In the distance, the dome and everything with a green roof is The Naval Academy.

That bridge is also the sight of The Maritime Republic of Eastport's annual .05k Bridge Run. An event billed as, "The least challenging athletic event ever conceived."

Its rather amazing to see this car whipped around the incredible narrow streets of downtown Annapolis.  Also amazing is how little of a parking lot he lands the car into.

He travels left to right taking the alley next to The Fleet Reserve Club and the landing in the maybe dozen car deep parking area that runs into the Latitude 38 restaurant. 

seriously, some of the Annapolis streets are seriously tight. I've had a few close calls driving 25mph there (in my WRX) over the years. 

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
12/8/20 8:33 p.m.

Loved this one. I really enjoy the highspeed bits, like that 2 lane road jump. Holy hell! And the active aero on the car is super cool. Still don't like Subarus, but I like seeing Travis as the pilot.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
12/8/20 8:36 p.m.

Years ago I took this photo on Main St, Downtown Annapolis.  Cool VW but narrow, old street.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 8:41 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

Don't forget the annual Annapolis versus Eastport tug o' war battle that occurs on the bridge as well.  Annapolis is definitely a great setting, but I look forward to seeing Vaughn Gittin Jr and Bucky Lasek drift around the golden pineapples before blasting across back river on 150 while debating whether Essex or Dundalk is less E36 M3ty. 

 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
12/8/20 9:02 p.m.

In reply to captdownshift (Forum Supporter) :

The Tug or "The Slaughter Across the Water" happens not at the bridge but more Charter House Restaurant (Second Street, Eastport) to Ego Alley parking lot or generally the parking lot that Travis lands in. 

The distance of The Tug is larger than the distance of the .05K Bridge Run.

Great town.  I love Eastport.  Davis' Pub is my happy place!  

Hoondavan
Hoondavan HalfDork
12/8/20 9:09 p.m.

The 150mph jump was jaw-dropping. Trees & telephone poles everywhere...very little margin for error.  Block looks more relaxed when he's doing bonkers stuff...but the jumps are pretty impressive.  

I lived & worked in 'naptown.  It's a pretty neat to see him take advantage of the features.  I wish he had blasted up main street, around church circle and out west street...but of course crowd control would have been tough. 

It's kind of nice to see this in Annapolis because the city (or a subset of residents) crushed his plan of hosting a nitro circus event at the Naval Academy stadium due to "noise."  

Here's a picture of City Dock, where he jumped over Ego Alley.  This picture was taken from top of the statehouse dome:

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise UltraDork
12/8/20 9:18 p.m.

The girl on the Bluetooth phone call had the manliest voice ever - yikes!!

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 9:48 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

My nephew's name is Davis, because, well...

He was literally taken there his second night in this Earth as well. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
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12/8/20 9:50 p.m.

In reply to Hoondavan :

Nitro Circus Annapolis definitely finally happened after 3 years of trying. 

93EXCivic
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12/8/20 10:00 p.m.

For me the most impressive thing was the 9 year old stomping a double backflip on the BMX

Hoondavan
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12/8/20 10:23 p.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Hoondavan :

Nitro Circus Annapolis definitely finally happened after 3 years of trying. 

Wow, I didn't realize that they finally did it.

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed UltraDork
12/9/20 6:37 a.m.

I thought it was straight up awesome. Period.

ProDarwin
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12/9/20 7:23 a.m.
Hoondavan said:

It's kind of nice to see this in Annapolis because the city (or a subset of residents) crushed his plan of hosting a nitro circus event at the Naval Academy stadium due to "noise."  

 

I have wondered what incentivizes cities to allow this.  I mean if one of these guys wanted to come to my town and close down a bunch of streets for a day(s) to make a bucketload of noise and smoke, I doubt I would be on board with it.

Saron81
Saron81 HalfDork
12/9/20 9:27 a.m.

In reply to captdownshift (Forum Supporter) :

Only Baltimorons will get this, and it's fabulous. 

spandak
spandak HalfDork
12/9/20 10:35 a.m.

The second jump was cooler than the first one for me. It looks like there was a little down slope he was trying to make it to for a smooth landing but didnt quite make it.

Also the glowing exhaust at the end. 

Also those are some crazy speeds for a two lane road in the woods.

I get the feeling these are things hes always wanted to try and now the police are blocking the roads and he has a jump machine. Loved it

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
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12/9/20 11:47 a.m.

In reply to spandak :

The reason it got dusty, is back in 03 on that stretch of road he crashed his Corvette going in excess of 100 mph with a close friend in the car. There was significant permanent collateral damage, That Travis struggled with for years and his friend still lives with, and overcomes (thankfully) everyday. For him to revisit that stretch of road, at those speeds, anymore relatively controlled environment, meant a lot and was the topic of much debate. 

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12/9/20 7:37 p.m.
Hoondavan said:

The 150mph jump was jaw-dropping. Trees & telephone poles everywhere...very little margin for error.  

 

At STPR last year, in an e30, we pegged it right at 99mph on a 900-yd (gravel) straight, trees so close on either side, car dancing every time it touched a little pile of gravel. I actually lifted 200yds early because I was really worried the car couldn't stay on track at those speeds. I fully expect the SRT cars did that straight in the neighborhood of 140mph, based on what some of the other high-power cars did (Pastrana wasn't there last year, but he's been there before and done that straight.

I'd say his 150mph on that road in the vid was probably child's play compared to 130-140 on gravel, for him. 

The jump, on the other hand, is even crazier. 

ckosacranoid
ckosacranoid SuperDork
12/9/20 11:33 p.m.

Thanks for sharing this video. I thought it was very cool and something we needed this year for fun since it sucked so much.

The jump over the boat...wow.

The high speed fly down the two-lane road and the jump over 6 feet at 150mph...wow.

The 9-year-old double backflip was badass for a sure and really cool way to end the video.

asphalt_gundam
asphalt_gundam New Reader
12/10/20 8:42 a.m.

First Impression: Travis is afraid of what that car is capable of!

He just looks terrified of it every time the camera points at him. I found it enjoyable for some reason...and also give a ton of respect to Ken for being "Eh, no big deal" in all the other videos

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12/10/20 9:19 a.m.
asphalt_gundam said:

First Impression: Travis is afraid of what that car is capable of!

He just looks terrified of it every time the camera points at him. I found it enjoyable for some reason...and also give a ton of respect to Ken for being "Eh, no big deal" in all the other videos

Watch the in-car of Ken at NEFR 2 years ago (when the Cossie flipped and burned). Ken is anything but "cool as a cucumber" trying to get out of his car (pretty much in a panic). I suspect even these top rally guys get spooked/scared at certain points, maybe some just are better at not showing it when on video haha. Our own in-car is pretty funny. Half the time I look terrified, and half the time I have a big stupid grin on my face - neither of which seem to have any real relation to the terrain at the time. :)

bluej (Forum Supporter)
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12/10/20 9:34 a.m.

I'm not sure if the rail slide was planned or not, but having to sight and place the vehicle between the finger piers to get that shot added to the impressive factor for me.

dlmater
dlmater Reader
12/10/20 9:35 a.m.

I had the opportunity to meet Travis, in a business meeting setting, a few years ago.  My brief experience with him suggests he is the same person in real life as is depicted in interviews and videos; engaging, full of a zest for life, very personable, adrenaline junkie and just a load of fun to be around.  I had a great time with much laughter.  But watching his movements while walking, transitioning from standing to sitting and vice vs., etc..., suggests his body has taken a significant beating over the years.   

ProDarwin
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12/10/20 9:44 a.m.
bluej (Forum Supporter) said:

I'm not sure if the rail slide was planned or not, but having to sight and place the vehicle between the finger piers to get that shot added to the impressive factor for me.

In the video you can see there are quite a few go pros scattered around, presumably to make sure that at least one of them gets a clean shot & survives.

asphalt_gundam
asphalt_gundam New Reader
12/10/20 10:37 a.m.

In reply to dlmater :

I absolutely agree. I met both Travis and Ken at the Ojibwa Forest rally in Bemidji, MN back in 08. Their cars were busted up and getting worked on at the mid point rally pit before the night stages but both were there happy and engaging to fans. Signing autographs, taking the 30sec to a min to actually chat with each person as they came through line, taking pictures. I had my little brother there and Travis was his hero at the time (what little kid into dirt bikes wouldn't) and he took that little bit of time to ask my brother about his riding, his bike, etc. I was kinda off to the side and Travis asked me if I wanted anything too (despite the line I "wasn't in"). Replied that I was good and was just here for my little brother. Got a huge smile, thumbs up and a "right on man" from Travis. I've been a fan since that moment and have huge respect for the guy who took the minute out of his day (while his car was damaged and in the middle of a rally) to make my little brother's day/month/year maybe. That autographed poster of Ken's Subaru jump with Travis back-flipping over it has traveled to multiple homes always displayed and now resides proud and center on brother's garage wall.

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
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12/11/20 8:26 a.m.

He made just as much smoke around City Dock as I did smoking cloves there in 1996.

kevlarcorolla
kevlarcorolla Dork
12/11/20 11:24 a.m.

 Thats the best sounding subie I've ever heard....when it wasn't on the limiter the other 99% of the time.

 

 I made it about about a minute or so,once you've seen one gymkana you've pretty much seen them all.

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