PARK CITY, UTAH — Just when you thought that one of the most iconic custom car builds of the last decade couldn’t get any better, Ken Block and Hoonigan have gone and improved upon the perfection that was Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN. How you ask? By adding two turbos to the equation and adding methanol.
Dubbed Hoonicorn V2, Block’s updated Mustang now features a fully custom twin-turbo setup that’s force-feeding 21 pounds of boost into a 410 cubic inch (6.7 liter) methanol motor. The end result? 1,400 horsepower at the crank that is then sent to all four wheels in an effort to vaporize Block’s Toyo tires instantly.
“We got approval for a new video concept using the Hoonicorn, but I needed more power for what I needed it to do,” said Block. “So, I developed the concept for the general idea of what I wanted— two turbos sticking out the hood—and handed that over to my team. They came back with a functional way to make that happen and added methanol to get the setup to produce the power that I wanted. We ended up with 1,400 horsepower! Ha, so they may have over delivered a bit—and I’m happy about that!"
Block continues; "When I say that this is the absolute most frightening thing I’ve ever driven, I’m not exaggerating. AT ALL. The motor revs and spins my Toyo tires to destruction so quickly that I can’t change the gears fast enough. It’s genuinely a mind-numbing, crazy experience to try to drive this thing. It’s amazing."
In addition to updating the engine setup in the Hoonicorn, Block and Hoonigan also updated the livery of the vehicle for Block’s all-new video project. Featuring an adaptation of the ever-popular “stars and stripes” theme that originally debuted on Block’s MkII Ford Escort that’s been mixed with a reflective pattern (similar to that seen on Block’s Ford Fiesta RX43 in Gymkhana EIGHT) on top of a gray-to-black fade of the base color from nose to tail. The new look for Hoonicorn V2 is as in-your-face as it gets. New Hoonigan gear will be available soon, inspired by this livery.
So, just what project will Block be using this updated 1,400 horsepower beast in? To find out, make sure to tune in to the Toyo Tires YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/toyotires) on October 18th for a sneak peek.