• Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Finally Gets Beat, But Not How You’d Expect

The world’s coolest merch van takes on Ken Block’s 1,400-horsepower Mustang

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Ken Block’s beefed-up Hoonicorn Mustang is currently on a "world tour" against all sorts of stock and modified supercars and muscle cars. The 1,400-horsepower drift car is unbeatable in a straight-line race, but Block’s crew is constantly looking for way to make the Hoonicorn lose. In the latest episode of Hoonicorn vs The World, the beefed-up Mustang was pitted against Hoonigan’s merchandise van. And it actually lost a race. Sort of...

Ken Block's Hoonicorn Finally Gets Beat, But Not How You'd Expect
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Needless to say, no one is expecting a merch van to be fast. These vehicles are usually big and slow, with their main feat being the capacity to haul a lot of stuff. But the Hoonigan merch van is far from regular. The boxy hauler is fitted with an LS-type V-8 that cranks out 400 horsepower, so it’s notably faster and more powerful than your mailman’s Grumman LLV truck.

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But 400 horsepower doesn’t sound all that much when compared to the Hoonicorn’s 1,400-horsepower rating. Not surprisingly, Block wins the 1,000-foot drag race by a big margin and triumphs win an even bigger margin during a 1,500-foot race with a 500-foot gap.

But the crew decides to set up one last duel and put the merch van at a big advantage for the race. The Hoonicorn starts off in the opposite direction and Block does a couple of donuts before trying to catch up with the van.

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Despite the Hoonicorn’s incredible output and speed, the spin gives the van enough time to get to the finish line in first place.

Yes, it’s not a fair win, but the video you’re about to see isn’t all that serious anyway. Results and trickery aside, that’s one cool merch van. Check it out in the video below.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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