I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t seem to get enough of the one of a kind 1965 Mustang known simply as the Hoonicorn. Ken Block went to his buddy and fellow driver on the Monster Energy team, Vaughn Gitten Jr, and his RTR tuning brand to come up with a design for the car. The plan was to make a 1965 Mustang the best possible drift car, which happens to be an RTR specialty. They have been known to make some magical things happen with the Ford Mustang.
Once the design was completed a North Carolina shop, Autosport Dynamics, started building the car to the exact specifications set by Block, Gittin, and RTR. The final design was loosely based off the 65′ Mustang considering that the only part remaining of the original vehicle when the project was completed was the roof.. All of the body panels you see are all made of carbon fiber, underneath is a full tubular frame and chassis making the car extremely light.
Now lets get to the good stuff, first of all most people would think the 850hp would be the best and most unique part of the vehicle. But actually it’s the fact that the Hoonicorn is set up with all wheel drive, thanks to a race built transmission by French company Sadev that is built for Dakar Rally vehicles. Power from the 410 cubic-inch Roush Yates V8, similar to that found in a NASCAR, is split evenly to the front and rear tires. That is 850hp of tire liquidating power going to all four wheels. The tire bill alone after one session of driving this thing is probably more than the cost of brand new Mustang, at least the entry level.
The car is setup with perfect 50/50 weight distribution thanks to a motor that is placed far in front of the car similar to that in a Ferrari F12. This will help the car slide more predictably. The hydraulic handbrake that sports the classic Hoonigan logo as the handle is set up so that when Block pulls on it the front tires disengage allowing the back end to slide a little more freely. This is how he is able to do drifts at such ridiculous angles, weather that be a 90 or in some cases 180 going back the other way. Most of the gauges in the car are analog to give it that old school feel. There is one screen that displays the current gear selected in big bold numbers because you don’t want to be guessing when you are sliding inches away from an obstacle.
Tires on the Hoonicorn are the biggest, or widest, used on any Gymkhana car to date at 295/30/18. Made specifically for Block, Pirelli designed a special compound of the Super Trofeo R tires, to the point that his name is stamped on them fresh out of the mold. The Trofeo’s are known for being incredibly sticky and what most car companies will use when trying to set record lap times. But traction is not necessarily what Block is looking for. So Pirelli made the compound a little bit harder which allows the tires to break loose a lot easier, plus they produce more smoke than regular tires and when you are filming that extra smoke makes all the difference.
The overall look of the car is just beyond words, its slung so low, much lower than any Mustang you have ever seen. The seating position of the driver appears as if you are sitting on the ground. The entire car is wired on what seems to be every nook and cranny with a camera of some sort. Almost anything that is taking place on the car is being filmed; Block’s feet on the pedals, the suspension reacting to bumps in the road, and one of my personal favorites the exhaust cam. The Hoonicorn doesn’t have all the catalytic converter and mufflers that normal cars will have and because of that two things happen, it sounds absolutely fantastic and mean as hell, and it shoots fire sometimes! So take a minute, sit back and enjoy one of the baddest vehicles on the internet.
I found this amateur video of Block filming in London for the Top Gear segment and it doesn’t really give you the best visual, but it does however give you an idea of just how loud and literally amazing this car sounds. I know everyone says the word amazing so it’s lost is edge a little, but I mean amazing like back in the day amazing. Turn up those speakers and listen to that V8 sing.