Hoonigan & Travis Pastrana Take Gymkhana to Its Most Insane Level Yet
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Pure vehicular insanity is the most accurate way to describe Gymkhana 2022, the latest film in Hoonigan Media Machine’s award-winning Gymkhana series. Travis Pastrana is back in a Subaru after his debut performance in the film franchise, which his buddy and rally racing rival Ken Block created, smashed all previous viral records. Set across the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, and parts of the Everglades, Gymkhana 2022 is on a level of its own with tricks ranging from 160+mph jumps, to tandem donuts with a helicopter, and a Monster Truck donut that risked totaling both vehicle and driver. Not to mention Pastrana’s newfound proximity moments and massive BASE jump “mishap.” It’s set to be the wildest film yet in the series.
“Gymkhana 2022 is the wildest film I have done on four wheels. Period,” said Travis Pastrana, Subaru rally driver and action sports legend. “I never thought I’d race a fighter jet, do donuts around a Monster Truck doing nose wheelies, skim 100 feet across a six-foot-deep pond, or tandem slide with a helicopter. Definitely not in the same video. But here we are, with Gymkhana 2022!”
The machine built to take Pastrana’s wild driving is dubbed “The Family Huckster,” the most extreme Subaru GL Wagon ever imagined. Starting life as a humble 1983 Subaru GL wagon, the car is now a carbon-clad space-frame with an 865-horsepower Subaru Boxer engine, active aero, and long-travel rally suspension. The all-wheel-drive monster also features a functional carbon-fiber roof rack that directs air to the rear-mounted radiator, one of a few homages to US Ski Team Subaru GL wagons of the 80s. The Huckster also rides on one-off KMC Wheels inspired by wheels on 80’s Subaru models, in a gold color sourced directly from the wheels used on Subaru’s World Rally Championship winning race cars.
In typical Pastrana fashion, the film also features a healthy lineup of cameos. From Monster Jam royalty Ryan Anderson, YouTube phenom Cleetus McFarland with his 3,000 horsepower El Camino named “Mullet”, veteran pilot Floyd Ingram in a MD 500 helicopter, all the way to Jim York from Pit Viper Sunglasses on a Florida-made Jet Ski turned scooter. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Florida video without other homages to the state’s storied culture of vehicles, from a twin-turbo fire breathing fan boat to high-rise lifted trucks from American Force.
“Travis Pastrana is a mad man, and that makes him the perfect wheelman to take these films to a different level,” says Gymkhana Director and Hoonigan Co-Founder Brian Scotto. “Travis stepped up big time for this film, really improving his driving style and proximity control. But what makes Gymkhana 2022 stand apart, is
Travis’ flat-out, just-ain’t-care approach that created some truly unforgettable, and downright sketchy moments for this film.”
The entire series, featuring the past 11 videos, including the recently released Electrikhana featuring the bright lights of Las Vegas and the all-electric Audi S1 Hoonitron, can be seen here: Gymkhana.
Other partners supporting the project include Black Rifle Coffee Company, Yokohama, Pit Viper and Monster Jam.
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Hoonigan is much more than a brand. It’s an automotive subculture, fueled on the shared passion of going fast and breaking things... then rebuilding them better than before. The company’s signature brand of vehicular savagery is on full display across their network of YouTube channels, serving daily content to a subscription base numbering in the millions. In addition to daily videos and social media content, Hoonigan has long been the production and marketing outfit behind Ken Block’s award-winning series of viral videos such as Gymkhana, Climbkhana, and Terrakhana. At the heart of it all, however, is a wide-ranging apparel collection that (along with an authentically automotive obsessed cast of characters) represents the brand’s core ethos: Having fun with cars.