Last week, Ken Block debuted his recently upgraded 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, now featuring a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine. This week, in conjunction with presenting partner Toyo Tires, the World Rallycross driver is pleased to announce the purpose of the Hoonicorn update: a new film series entitled Climbkhana.
“Climbkhana is the next generation of the Gymkhana series,” says Block. “I’ve long wanted to extend Gymkhana beyond the backdrops it has been living in. As a rally-driver, I have always wanted to mix what I do in the films with stage roads. During a race, I’m focused on being fast and clean through the road, but Climbkhana gives me an outlet to let it all hang out and run it sideways, plus add some additional obstacles along the way. And what better roads than hill climbs, which are essentially uphill stages. And what better Hill Climb to start with than the famous Pikes Peak! Which also happens to be the setting for one of my favorite automotive films, Climb Dance with Ari Vatanen.”
Ken Block’s Hoonigan Media Machine began filming the project this fall at Historic Pikes Peak. Joining Gymkhana creative veteran and Hoonigan’s own Brian Scotto for director duties is Jeff Zwart, a man almost synonymous with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The commercial director, known best for his work with Porsche through RadicalMedia, also holds 3 records and 8 class wins over the 15 times he has raced up the Colorado mountain. The film will be released in Summer 2017.
The announcement of Climbkhana also serves as the launching platform for Toyo’s Proxes R888R tire, which as of today is now available in the U.S. for the first time ever. Specially crafted in advance for Block and his Hoonicorn V2, the 1,400 horsepower machine now sports 295/35/18 Toyo Proxes R888R tires at all four corners, providing Block with the enhanced grip and stability he needs when sliding that much power around famous curves at Pikes Peak like Ari Vatanen while simultaneously providing Block with the tire smoke that he craves when doing power slides and Gymkhana-style maneuvers on the mountain.
Watch the Climbkhana trailer today on Toyo Tires YouTube channel, as well as on the Toyo Tires Facebook page.: facebook.com/ToyoTires