For Ken Block’s latest tyre-shredding venture, he was going to need more power. A lot more power. Dubbed the Hoonicorn V2, Block’s iconic 1965 Mustang Notchback has been updated with a fully custom Garret twin-turbo, force-fed with 21 pounds of boost through the custom Switzer Dynamics intake manifold to the 410 cubic inch Roush Yates Ford V8 methanol motor. Result? 1,400 horsepower capable of instantly vapourising all four tyres through the Sadev all-wheel drive system.
Ken describes it as “the absolute most frightening thing I’ve ever driven, I’m not exaggerating. At all.” This custom, all-wheel drive, carbon fiber take on the classic muscle car is an updated version of the original Hoonicorn that Block used to destroy rubber all over LA in his Gymkhana 7 video. Originally unveiled to the public at SEMA 2014, it was the world’s first performance all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang Notchback. The build was a collaborative effort between Block, Hoonigan and RTR (Vaughn Gittin Jr’s automotive tuning brand). It was built over the course of two years at ASD Motorsports in Charlotte, North Corolina. The styling for the build harnessed a mix of influences, including the current crop of WRC cars, DMT cars and even toy cars from Block’s youth.
The newly-boosted engine combo had been switched to use Methonol, allowing for better packaging under the hood due to the cooling effect on the entire motor by the fuel’s latent heat properties, so there was no need for an intercooler. Switzer Dynamics designed the custom CNC intake manifold and also fabricated the headers and turbo plumbing that hold the pair of Garret turbochargers in place, albeit through the hood. “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, said Block. “We ended up with 1,400 horsepower! Ha, so they may have over delivered a bit – and I’m happy about that!” Described as a mind-numbing, crazy experience to drive – Block simply concluded that, “It’s amazing”. The exterior was updated with Block’s infamous reflective graphics and the hood draped in the Stars and Stripes – an ode to his previous Hooligan vehicles and will no doubt inspire a new range of Hooligan merchandise. For the next video project, Ken Block and his Hoolicorn V2 will be pitted against 14 000 ft of mountain. Aptly titled Climbkhana – Pikes Peak, the video will see Block wrecking tyres all the way to the summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, where the iconic Pikes Peak hillclimb is held every year. With over 19 km of track consisting of no less than 156 turns, will Block have enough tyres available to make it all the way to the top? Go check out the trailer on the Hooligans youtube channel, the full video will be released later this year. BY TRUE GRIT / Source www.hooniganracing.com