Brandan Gillogly Staff Editor
November 3, 2014
Photos By: Jorge Nunez

In Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five, his 650hp Ford Fiesta almost singlehandedly made the subcompact car cool by tearing up the urban landscape of San Francisco. Launching the 2.0L turbo Ford rallycross car off the peaks of hilly San Francisco streets Frank-Bullitt-style, we couldn’t help but imagine the same scenario played out with a first-gen Mustang built for the occasion. We’re not sure if Block was thinking the same thing, but when he began planning his next urban assault, he called upon Autosport Dynamics in Charlotte, North Carolina, to build an indestructible V8-powered 1965 Mustang with all-wheel drive to take on Gymkhana 7.

Tiny boosted engines that run on the ragged edge, taxed to within a millimeter of their head gasket’s life, have a place in racing classes where displacement is limited. For everything else, why not use a V8? That’s HOT ROD’s philosophy anyway. When Block chose to build an all-wheel-drive Mustang rally car for his Gymkhana Seven film, Roush Yates delivered a 410ci Ford small-block topped with Roush Yates D3 cylinder heads. These are the same heads you’d find on a NASCAR Nationwide series car and they’re capable of delivering 850 hp with a single four-barrel carb. Block’s Ford V8 has even more direct airflow and power potential thanks to the individual throttle body stack injection that’s controlled by MoTeC EFI. Say all you want about two-steps and anti-lag, we’ll take high-rpm V8 noise every time.

Ken Block gave HOT ROD a chance to come see the car in action during the filming of Gymkana Seven at a Top Secret location. You'll have to wait until the video debuts on YouTube on November 17, 2014, but until then here are the exclusive details of Block’s coolest car yet.

When Block chose to build an all-wheel-drive Mustang a Roush Yates built 410ci Ford small-block topped with Roush Yates D3 cylinder heads was used instead of a turbo four-banger.
The Ford small-block uses a Barnes dry sump oiling system, critical in keeping the bearings supplied with oil when the car is experiencing extreme lateral acceleration.
The interior is race car Spartan, with carbon-fiber dash and a bead-blasted aluminum trans tunnel. The handle nearest Block’s driver seat is the shifter for the sequential six-speed Sadev transmission and the billet Hoonigan lever is for the rear brakes. Mounted at the forward end of the tunnel is a MoTec C125 data logger.
The Mustang uses Tilton 600-Series floor-mount forged aluminum pedals.
Using billet upper and lower control arms and heavy-duty joints, the front suspension rallycross inspired and looks like a hybrid between road race car and a desert truck. Few of either have all-wheel drive.
Massive billet aluminum arms transfer suspension movement from the lower control arm to cantilevered center-mounted coilovers.
This undercarriage shot shows the rectangular steel tube chassis and crossmembers built by Autosport Dynamics as well as the tri-Y headers that lead to oval exhaust tubing and the SADEV SC90-24/170 six-speed sequential transmission and transfer case.
A set of three-piece forged Tarmac R40 wheels from Fifteen52 were given a matte gold powdercoat before being fitted with 295/30R18 Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires.

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