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.