• Ford Vs Ferrari: Hoonigan Style

Ken Block’s daughter harnesses the Hoonicorn’s 1,400 horsepower in order to race Damon from Daily Driven Exotics in his twin-turbo Ferrari F12

Hoonigan has been staging some of the craziest drag races, seen on YouTube. As part of the channel’s “This vs That” series, we now get “Hoonicorn vs the World” – a series of drag battles, where Ken Block’s teenage daughter – Lia Block – who is only 14, rocks the 1,400-horsepower Mustang, known as the Hoonicorn. In the previous episode, Lia Block raced an NHRA C6 Corvette and now, she’s going up against a Hoonicorn-inspired, 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta twin-turbo.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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The Italian V-12 grand-tourer is brought by Damon, from Daily Driven Exotics. The front-engine Ferrari was actually inspired by Ken Block’s Hoonicorn, which is why it has two turbochargers sticking out the front hood. The F12 is plenty quick out of the box, with a 6.3-liter, normally-aspirated V-12 that produces 740 horsepower and 509 pound-feet (690 Nm).

Obviously, that wasn’t enough, so Aaron Kaufman, from Arclight Fabrication (previously from Gas Monkey Garage), built a twin-turbo kit for the Italian stallion. The car now puts out 1,000 horsepower to the rear wheels and even managed to blow up the rear tires, at the dyno once. Almost everything else is stock, including the gearbox, although it does have some Novitec lowering springs and some aftermarket, HRE wheels.

The exhaust tips stick out the front hood and because they generate so much heat, the windshield is cracked and bubbles were formed on sections of the dashboard –talk about interior care.

Hoonicorn Mustang

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This one doesn’t really need an introduction, but here goes. Hoonicorn is based on a 1965 Ford Mustang notchback, but almost nothing remains of the original car. It’s wider, lower, much lighter, and much meaner than the stock car. Its 410 cubic-inch, twin-turbo V-8 makes 1,400 horsepower, which goes to all four wheels through a Sadev, six-speed sequential gearbox.

The car features additional safety and a fire-suppression system. There’s also a new livery, which is a throwback to the first version of the Hoonicorn, which was still normally aspirated. The American Racing VF503, forged aluminum wheels are also new and styled after the old NASCAR, D-window wheels. The wheels also feature experimental tech, which should prevent the tires from slipping on the bead.

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The car also features a “weight-reduction mod” in the middle, which is also a driver mod, in the form of 14-year-old Lia Block. If Damon loses, he will have the embarrassing job of explaining how he lost to a teenager in a Mustang.

The Races

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The cars go at it twice, on 1,000 feet. It’s worth noting that Lia has been extensively trained for a couple of months, before racing in the 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn. That and she is her father’s daughter. From a dig, the lighter, more powerful Mustang, rockets ahead and stays there. The Ferrari loses the first race, badly. Unfortunately, clutch-slippage played a role in that too, which goes to show that when you add a lot of power, changing the clutch is a good idea.

Round two is a race with a twist. Lia and the Hoonicorn start from a dig, while Damon in the Ferrari gets a 60 mph (97 km/h) roll. Hoonicorn smokes all four tires throughout the first three gears, but with some throttle modulation, Lia manages to tame the power. The race was close, but in the end, Hoonicorn managed to snatch another win.

Will the Ferrari return with beefier rear tires and an upgraded clutch? It remains to be seen. Until then, Lia takes another win in the “Hoonicorn vs the world” series.


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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