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.