Ken Block Gave The Hoonicorn 1,400 Horsepower To Drift Up Pikes Peak

Thu, Oct 20, 2016 1,072

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb might be nicknamed “The Race to the Clouds,” but for Ken Block’s new video for Toyo Tires, a more appropriate name would have been “The Race Through the Clouds of Tire Smoke.”

Block on Oct. 12 debuted the 1,400-horsepower twin-turbocharged Hoonicorn V2, which, like the original Hoonicorn, is based on a 1965 Ford Mustang. At the time, the “Head Hoonigan In Charge” said he had to give the Hoonicorn roughly 550 more horsepower for a video with Toyo Tires, but couldn’t reveal any details about the project itself.

Toyo on Wednesday released the trailer for the video, titled “Climbkhana: Pikes Peak,” and we now understand why Block had to give the Hoonicorn so much power. For the video, Block had to drift the four-wheel-drive Mustang up the entire 14,114-foot mountain road.

We thought it was dangerous when Block hung half a wheel off the edge of a dock in “Gymkhana 9,” but seeing him come within inches of the deadly cliffs at Pikes Peak makes that look restrained. Especially when you consider Block — you know, that guy with near-perfect car control — called the Hoonigan V2 “scary” to drive because it has so much power.