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Hoonicorn V2: Reloaded With Turbos and Meth(anol)

Ken Block debuts the second version of his beast

Jonathon Klein
Oct 13, 2016

Ken Block is a madman. Don't believe us? Block just revealed the second version of the Hoonicorn, his all-wheel-drive, wide-body 1965 Ford Mustang drift car, which he unveiled in 2014. Hoonicorn V2 has twin turbochargers fitted to its 405-cubic inch Roush Yates V-8 and has been fitted with a methanol injection system.

Prior to the most recent upgrades, the Hoonicorn's V-8 was sending 845 horsepower to all four wheels. However, while working with Toyo Tires on a separate yet-to-be-unveiled project (a teaser for which will be released on October 18), Block and his team decided that the Hoonicorn wasn't wild enough, that they could do better.

In this case, better means 1,400 horsepower. The aforementioned twin turbos each push a massive 21 pounds of boost, with the methanol injection system replacing a standard intercooler setup. Oh, and a flame-throwing dual exhaust coming straight out of the monster Mustang's engine bay, which Ken Block first teased with a short video of him roasting marshmallows over the engine.

"It's frightening to drive," says Block. "When it was naturally aspirated it was easy to modulate the power but not anymore, I really like that it's trying to kill me. It's like nothing I've ever driven. I'm relearning how to drive and sorta terrified from it. The Hoonicorn V2 still needs further testing as when I first put my foot to the floor, I couldn't shift fast enough."

By Jonathon Klein
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