Does McLaren’s engineering marvel have a chance against Ken Block’s raging monster?

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On one side you have a British supercar that was developed using state-of-the-art technology. On the other side, you have a heavily tuned ‘Stang that’s in this world to get thrown around in every direction imaginable as we cheer on its sheer power and ferocity. It’s not the kind of drag race you normally see, but, rest assured, it’s the kind of drag race you’d want to see. Well, here it is. It’s the Hoonicorn taking on the Senna in a straight-line race for the ages.

Who wins this fantasy matchup?

Let’s be real here for a second. This race between the McLaren Senna and Ken Block’s Hoonicorn isn’t a fair matchup. But if you have an inkling on who’s going to win this race, your instincts are probably off.

On the one hand, the McLaren Senna is arguably one of the most incredible supercars in the market. It was developed and created specifically for the purpose of being one of the fastest cars in the world. It’s also teeming with state-of-the-art technology, the kind that you only see in cars that are priced in the seven figures.

At the heart of the Senna is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that produces 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
Hoonicorn Stares Down the McLaren Senna in Fantasy Drag Race Come to Life
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All that power goes to the two rear wheels courtesy of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the Senna to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, hit a quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 211 mph. There are only a handful of cars in the world that can beat the Senna in a straight-line race. The question is this: is Ken Block’s Hoonicorn one of those handful of cars?

For what it’s worth, the Hoonicorn isn’t a stock Ford Mustang. The engine is a 6.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with those twin Garrett turbochargers being provided by RTR.

The unit can produce a whopping 1,400 horsepower and a metal-twisting 1,200 pound-feet of torque.
Hoonicorn Stares Down the McLaren Senna in Fantasy Drag Race Come to Life
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A six-speed manual transmission channels all that power to all four wheels of the car, and with a perfect break off the line, the Hoonicorn can go from 0 to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds, or faster than it took me to write the word faster.

With these numbers, you get the idea on how this race is going. We’d love to make this spoiler-free, but really, it’s not. As fast and as powerful as the McLaren Senna is, the Hoonicorn made it look like it was sitting on four cement wheels. The Senna got off the line quicker than Ken Block’s ride, but the latter soon showed its wares, leaving the Senna eating its dust by as much as four car lengths.

Hoonicorn Stares Down the McLaren Senna in Fantasy Drag Race Come to Life
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The results don’t change even with the Senna getting spotted a three-car-length advantage at the start. That race looked interesting for a split-second until, well, it wasn’t.

Source: Hoonigan

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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