Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
October 13, 2016
Photos By: Hoonigan

Unless you just woke up from a coma, or perhaps you’re only six months old, then we might excuse you for not knowing about Ken Block’s Mustang Hoonicorn RTR; the 1965 Mustang built for his Gymkhana 7 video and which debuted at the 2014 SEMA show. From its stunning livery and insane rpm capabilities to the outrageous use of an all-wheel-drive system to put the Roush Yates built power to all four wheels, the Hoonicorn RTR earned instant rock star status. Of course 38 million views of the Gymkhana 7 video certainly didn’t hurt either!

Iconic isn’t a word we throw around lightly here at Mustang-360, but Ken’s Mustang Hoonicorn RTR is certainly worthy of the title. So when the Hoonigan Racing Division dropped a Facebook Live video today of Block giving the world a sneak peak of what is being called Hoonicorn V2, we knew we just had to share this insane update with our readers (after we picked our jaws up off of the floor that is!).

So just what does Block have in store for Mustang fans all over the world? The most obvious update visually is the graphics scheme. Block and Hoonigan updated the livery of the vehicle for Block’s upcoming video project. Featuring an adaptation of the ever-popular “stars and stripes” theme that originally debuted on Block’s MkII Ford Escort that’s been mixed with a reflective pattern (similar to that seen on Block’s Ford Fiesta RX43 in Gymkhana 8) on top of a gray-to-black fade of the base color from nose to tail.

But once you get a little closer those big front mounted turbos can’t be missed. That’s right; Block’s Hoonicorn RTR went twins! Block’s updated Mustang now features a fully custom twin-turbo setup that’s force-feeding 21 pounds of boost into a 410 cubic inch (6.7 liter) methanol-slurping Roush Yates small-block. The all-wheel-drive system is still in place, and if you thought 845hp to ALL four tires was crazy before, the new setup twists out an insane 1,400 horsepower at the crank! Block’s Toyo tires don’t stand a chance!

“We got approval for a new video concept using the Hoonicorn, but I needed more power for what I needed it to do,” said Block. “So, I developed the concept for the general idea of what I wanted— two turbos sticking out the hood—and handed that over to my team. They came back with a functional way to make that happen and added methanol to get the setup to produce the power that I wanted. We ended up with 1,400 horsepower! Ha, so they may have over delivered a bit—and I’m happy about that!”

Block continues; “When I say that this is the absolute most frightening thing I’ve ever driven, I’m not exaggerating—AT ALL. The motor revs and spins my Toyo tires to destruction so quickly that I can’t change the gears fast enough. It’s genuinely a mind-numbing, crazy experience to try to drive this thing. It’s amazing.”

So, just what project will Block be using this updated 1,400 horsepower beast in? To find out, make sure to tune in to the Toyo Tires YouTube Channel on October 18th, 2016 for a sneak peek.

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