The co-star here is the upgraded Hoonicorn that now boasts 1,400 horsepower.
After nine installments of the Gymkhana series, Ken Block has tallied millions of YouTube views and proved his skill at tight car control. Climbkhana, Block’s latest project, mixes things up by dropping the usual urban setting for a run up Pikes Peak. This isn’t a sprint like you would see in the annual hill climb, though. Instead, Block adds a few stunts along the way, like doing some donuts in the center of the road.
“I’ve long wanted to extend Gymkhana beyond the backdrops it has been living in. As a rally-driver, I have always wanted to mix what I do in the films with stage roads," Block said in the new video's announcement.
Block’s machine for getting up the mountain is his new biturbo Hoonicorn. It’s still a bespoke all-wheel-drive vehicle that looks like a classic Ford Mustang, but the new forced induction system for the 6.7-liter V8 pushes the output to an astounding 1,400 horsepower (1,043 kilowatts). The mill runs on methanol now, too. That’s a healthy upgrade from the 845 hp (630 kW) the engine had in its naturally aspirated form.
The turbos look menacing poking out of the patriotic hood with its American flag livery. We can’t wait to see what this beastly vehicle can do.
Unfortunately, the complete Climbkhana video doesn’t premiere until sometime next summer, but the trailer makes the clip fantastic. Block assembled quite a crew for producing the video, too. In addition to his usual talented team, former Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champ Jeff Zwart had co-directing duty.
Block stayed busy in 2016 by releasing two Gymkhana videos. The eighth installment arrived in March and let the driver loose on the streets of Dubai. In September, he moved to the somewhat less glamorous setting of Buffalo, New York, for what was arguably an even better clip. The industrial setting gave block some great terrain to play with, including an awesome stunt with a moving train.
Toyo Tires® and Ken Block Announce CLIMBKHANA The All-New Video Series from Block and Hoonigan
CYPRESS, CA —Toyo Tire U.S.A. (Toyo Tires®) has teamed up with World RallyX driver Ken
Block to present a new film series entitled Climbkhana (https://youtu.be/mYKB2qi_FRs). The
film features Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 which was upgraded for the film
and now features a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine along with Toyo®
Proxes® R888R™ tires. Coinciding with the launch of the film, the Proxes R888R is now
available in the U.S.A. for the first time ever.
“Climbkana is the next generation of the Gymkhana series,” says Block. “I’ve long wanted to
extend Gymkhana beyond the backdrops it has been living in. As a rally-driver, I have always
wanted to mix what I do in the films with stage roads. During a race, I’m focused on being fast
and clean through the road, but Climbkhana gives me an outlet to let it all hang out and run it
sideways, plus add some additional obstacles along the way. And what better roads than hill
climbs, which are essentially uphill stages. And what better Hill Climb to start with than the
famous Pikes Peak! Which also happens to be the setting for one of my favorite automotive
films, Climb Dance with Ari Vatanen.”
“Climbkana introduces fans of Ken Block to a whole new level of his exceptional driving talent,
while demonstrating the precision handling anyone can expect from our Proxes tires,“ said
Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. ”Climbkhana allows
people to live vicariously through the steering wheel of the Hoonicorn with on-board camera
angles and dramatic aerial photography. Toyo Tires is proud to be a part of this film project.”
Ken Block’s Hoonigan Media Machine began filming the project this fall at Historic Pikes Peak.
Joining Gymkhana creative veteran and Hoonigan’s own Brian Scotto for director duties is Jeff
Zwart, a man almost synonymous with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The commercial
director, known best for his work with Porsche® through RadicalMedia, also holds three
records and eight class wins over the 15 times he has raced up the Colorado mountain. The
film will be released in Summer 2017.
Specially crafted in advance for Block and his Hoonicorn V2, the 1,400 horsepower machine
now sports 295/30ZR18 Toyo Proxes R888R tires on all four corners, providing Block with the
enhanced grip and stability he needs when sliding that much power around famous curves at
Pikes Peak like Ari Vatanen while simultaneously providing Block with the tire smoke that he
craves when doing power slides and Gymkhana-style maneuvers on the mountain.
Watch the Climbkhana trailer today on Toyo Tires YouTube™ channel, as well as on the Toyo
Tires Facebook page: https://youtu.be/mYKB2qi_FRs
Learn more about the Proxes R888R DOT competition tire and find a dealer at
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