Ken Block’s all-wheel-drive 1965 Ford Mustang rebuilt for Climbkhana
I first saw her in an aging warehouse on the east side of downtown Los Angeles. A raven-skinned beauty, her skin glistened under diffused sunlight seeping in from a row of windows. She didn’t have to move to make her presence known, standing on the worn concrete was enough. Her breathy voice first caught my attention, and her curves kept it there. She was wearing a chain.A familiar face saddled up to her. Alas, she belonged to another. Under his coaxing, she, the Hoonicorn, roared to life, spinning not just her rear tires in ultra slow-mo, but her front ones as well, glorious smoke billowing out from all four wheel wells. It was love at first sight, Mustang purists be damned. That was her in Gymkhana 7, nearly three years ago. Now, after a rigorous fitness regimen to get ready to tackle the 14,115-foot elevation of Pikes Peak for Climbkhana, she’s back and lovelier than ever. Here are 11 reasons why Ken Block’s Hoonicorn V2 holds our collective heart.
1. It's not what you'd expectThe Hoonicorn started as a 1965 Mustang notchback. Ken Block purposefully avoided the more popular fastback design, a decision that better matches the unorthodox powertrain. Why build what everyone else has built?
2. It has pedigree builders
The Hoonicorn was originally worked on by RTR, Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s tuning shop dedicated to modifying Mustangs. The build strategy resulted in a tubular-frame chassis that’s been seam-welded and reinforced. The body panels are all carbon fiber and designed in conjunction with Ken Block and the Hoonigan team.