Chris Harris and Ken Block Take a Ride in the Hoonicorn: Video
Ken Block and his outrageous Hoonicorn Gymkhana mobile have received more than a little coverage here at TopSpeed, and frankly, that’s a good thing. This is the sort of vehicle we want to promote. Its glory should be spread far and wide. Tales of its mythical, slidey prowess should ring out through the universe, heralding a new era where 1965 Mustangs can do four-wheeled burnouts, Los Angeles highways are clear from traffic, and fortunes can be made with a pull of the handbrake.
You get the idea. While watching the stunts unfold on YouTube will put your jaw on the floor, actually getting a ride in this thing, with Block at the wheel, is the kind of activity that’ll leave you with a weeklong adrenaline high. Or wet pants. Maybe both.
Automotive journalist Chris Harris got the chance to find out the moisture absorption rate of his own trousers in this brief video. Shot through a GoPro stuck to a stick, Harris’ face is pure comedy as Block puts his foot to the floor around the cement pillars underneath an LA highway. We’re not sure if it’s terror or joy making those expressions, but the end result is definitely speechlessness. Hey Disneyland: the spinning teacups are ok, but what about a spinning Hoonicorn?
The monster you see before you is a one-off custom creation of Block’s own design. Created specifically for the Gymkhana video series, the Hoonicorn is constructed from carbon-fiber body panels fashioned to resemble the iconic 1965 Ford Mustang. Making all those loud noises is a 410-cubic-inch Roush Yates V-8 topped with individual throttle bodies and pumping out 845 horsepower and 720 pound-feet of torque. All that muscle is routed through Sadev SC90-24 six-speed sequential race transmission, which provokes 10.5-inch Pirelli Trofeo tires to turn into so many fine airborne particles.
The interior is stripped down to little more than bucket seats and a roll cage, plus, check out that three-foot “Hoonigan” hand brake you can see in the video. Simply epic.