It could be argued that the strength of any partnership can be measured in terms of what those involved have in common – shared interests, that sort of thing. When it comes to Castrol and the man who’s turned car control into performance art, it’s a match made in heaven.
From the moment Castrol agreed to power Ken Block’s 650bhp Ford Fiesta WRC for his Gymkhana 3 video, it’s been as clear as the tyre marks he leaves behind him that the American would be a unique advocate for Castrol technology.
Why? Because there are few individuals on earth who ask as much of their oil as Ken Block.
His Gymkhana series of videos is among the most viewed online content ever, with over 200 million YouTube views across the seven installments to date.
It’s not difficult to see why. Block’s unique form of brutal automotive ballet plays out every petrolhead’s greatest fantasy, in which this near-mythical figure harnesses ridiculous amounts of horsepower to make eye-widening stunts looks easy while smoke pours from every wheel.
All of which puts a bit more stress on an engine – and demands on the oil – than the average commute. For that reason, Castrol EDGE is Block’s oil of choice, whether he’s using his fire-spitting, exhaust-popping, World Rally-spec Fiesta or one of his own fearsome prototypes, like the Hoonigan. By: topgear