Ken Block Pits Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo Against Itself for Latest Gymkhana VideoPosted in News on September 5, 2017
Ken Block is no car-control amateur, with plenty of experience hustling Subaru rally cars, tank-treaded Ford SVT Raptors, and all-wheel-drive 1965 Mustangs across all kinds of terrain.
In his most recent video, Kenny from the Block turns his attention toward a pair of Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbos, slated to do battle against each other on a gymkhana at Cable Airport in Upland, California. As you’d expect from a man accustomed to driving such beasts as the twin-turbocharged, 1,400hp Hoonicorn RTR Ford Mustang, neither Maverick has been left stock, with both of them treated to a wild map the guys at Hoonigan call the “Banana Tune,” sourced from UTV racer Dustin Jones. It’s not clear what the tune encompasses, but higher turbo boost and extra fuel are a safe bet.
What’s more, one of the X3s gets its off-road–oriented rolling stock swapped out in favor of Toyo Proxes T888R high-performance tires wrapped around some Fifteen52 Tarmac wheels, the same wheels Ken uses in his rally-prepped Ford Fiesta. Before hitting the track in either rig, Ken (correctly) guesses the Toyo-equipped Maverick will be a few seconds faster around the extremely short gymkhana course than its off-road brother.
After putting both through their paces, Ken then hands the keys to Jason Ellis, a satellite radio host, pro skateboarder, and mixed martial artist. Jason, with much less driving experience under his belt, still does a respectable impression of Ken, drifting the Maverick from corner to corner, dropping the F-bomb the whole course long. It’s hilarious, but if you’re at work, consider yourself warned.
There’s something so perverse about putting low-profile Toyo Proxes tires on the long, lean Maverick X3, but just like many unholy unions (like Korean and Mexican food), this one is absolutely delicious. Watching the Can-Am’s off-road suspension roll and dive and compress through corners is hilarious, the soft-compound race tires scrambling for traction. It’s a good look on this insanely powerful UTV, and it’s a trend we’d love to see continue. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of the “Banana Tune” Hoonigan Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo.
Source: Hoonigan, via YouTube