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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Watch This Rally Driver Rip Through San Francisco's Streets (VIDEO)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

click to enlarge What the trolleys can't do
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make the streets of San Francisco your personal video game? That's what Ken Block, professional rally driver and chief brand officer of DC Shoes, did.

In this video that's gone viral, Block tore through the city streets, spun around moving trolleys, and flew over San Francisco's famous hills.

The video has already received more than 4 million views.

In this day and age, with our attention spans lasting a mere 30 seconds, a 10-minute YouTube video seems like forever. However, Block's twists, turns and tricks are captivating enough to attract millions of viewers. While driving his own 650-horsepower Ford Fiesta Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle (HFHV), Block hooked 180-degree and 360-degree turns, darted through cones, barges, and moving trolleys, and drove inches under motorsport star Travis Pastrana in what looks like a car-meets-bike duel to the finish.

What a badass.

Equally impressive is the absence of other cars in the shot -- a difficult feat for a clip filmed in just four days in a dense and congested city like San Francisco.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Hector Baiza, usually this type of thing "doesn't affect traffic because they do it very early ... for example, a Sunday morning." Director Ben Conrad and his crew planned with the city to block off the streets so he could rage through San Francisco uninterrupted.

San Francisco is always good for a show.

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