Mark Gearhart
September 25, 2017

The day ahead of the word wide premiere of Ken Block’s latest movie Climbkana, Toyo Tires hosted a car show, meet and greet, plus a preview of the video. Around 100 cars filled the top parking lot of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. In attendance was Ken Block, Hoonicorn V2, and Block’s Escort.

All eyes were on Block’s 1,400 horsepower, twin turbocharged 1965 Mustang. Previously installed was an 850 horsepower Roush-Yates small-block Ford with individual throttle bodies. Since the 14,000 foot climb to the summit of Pikes Peak was going to rob about 30% of that horsepower, Block needed a way to make his own atmosphere. The original engine was shipped back to Roush-Yates where they worked on a new small-block combination that would rev nearly 8,000 rpm while nearly doubling the horsepower.

“The original version of the Hoonicorn was one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven,” explained Block. “When we added twin-turbos to it, the car changed dramatically. It just melts tires. I’m used to an all-wheel drive car doing particular things I wanted it to do, but the driving line completely changed with all the power.” Block notes that the rest of the Hoonicorn has been unmolested and was able to survive the brunt of nearly doubling the Mustang’s output.

Block’s long time Director of previous gymkhana videos Brian Scotto teamed up with eight-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion and Radical Media Director Jeff Zwart. “I have raced at Pikes Peak for 16 years and through the years I thought I had seen everything, but to witness Ken’s skills on basically my home mountain and get to direct him at the same time, it was truly something amazing,” explains Jeff Zwart, Climbkhana’s co-director. “Nothing but respect for him and his whole team, both on the racing side and production side!”

Polar opposites. Block’s Hoonicorn V2 and Escort both made an appearance at the preview party and car show.
Block teamed up with drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR brand to help construct the Hoonicorn through Gittin’s race car shop, ASD Motorsports.
Toyo Proxes R888R in 295mm width is clearly visible on all four corners of the Hoonicorn. Block noted that they “melted” more of these tires than they had fingers and toes to count with.
Media got to preview Climbkana ahead of the night’s reveal in the Petersen Museum.
Afterwards Block signed posters for fans.
Around 100 cars filled the top floor of the Petersen Automotive Museum for a two hour pre-show car show.

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