Every time Ken Block launches a new addition to the wildly popular Gymkhana series of videos, we are left wondering just how in hell he can possibly top what he has just done. I spoke with him last year and he told me that even he wonders how they can keep the franchise as new and exciting as it was the first time around. Let’s face it, this guy’s antics behind the wheel have changed not only the internet, but how we consume media, more than any other single content creator alive.
Ok, so maybe that is a bit over the top, but can you name another who has had as much impact on the modern consumption of media?
For Gymkhana 7, the rumour mill has been saying that Block would abandon his trusty Ford Fiesta for another, wilder machine from the blue oval’s stable. A month ago, the following video surfaced, of a wildly modified mid-Sixties Mustang, on the streets of Los Angeles that suggested that G7 would include a retro take-over of the City of Angels.
Today, in the Ford booth at SEMA, Block unveiled the Hoonicorn RTR, a massively modified 1965 Mustang that features an 845 horsepower Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8 mated to a one of a kind all wheel drive system. In the works for two years, this Franken-Stang is a perfect tribute to celebrate the Mustang’s 50th anniversary.
Hoonigan press release
KEN BLOCK UNVEILS THE HOONICORN RTR, HIS BATSH*T RETRO-MODERN ALL-WHEEL DRIVE GYMKHANA SEVEN FORD MUSTANG
NOV 4th, Las Vegas, NV: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to debut his Gymkhana SEVEN car for the first time publicly in the Ford booth at SEMA 2014. The car? A completely unique, one-off, world’s first performance all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang notchback. A collaborative effort between Block, Hoonigan and RTR—fellow Ford and Monster Energy athlete Vaughn Gittin Jr’s automotive tuning brand—the car shares the spotlight with Block in his upcoming Gymkhana SEVEN video project.
Built at in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the course of two years, the car is based upon a 1965 Ford Mustang notchback—the iconic pony car, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The car was heavily modified by RTR and ASD Motorsports to feature a 410 cubic inch Roush Yates V8, with 845 hp, mated to a one-off Sadev all-wheel drive system. The styling for the build harnesses a mix of influences and inspirations that include the current crop of WRC cars, DTM cars and even toy cars from Block’s youth. These elements were harnessed through a collaborative effort between Block and RTR—since RTR is known for their Mustang expertise—and incorporated into the build.
“I’m stoked to be able to publicly unveil this car for the first time at SEMA in the Ford booth,” said Block. “This is a project that I’ve been working on for two years, so to see it fully come to fruition and be able to drive it for Gymkhana SEVEN was absolutely amazing. I also knew that working with Vaughn [Gittin Jr.] and his RTR team was the right choice for this project since Mustang’s are their world, but they really went above and beyond on this car. The attention to detail with the fabrication and bodywork blows my mind. This is hands-down the best Gymkhana car I’ve had yet.”
To see Block’s Gymkhana SEVEN Mustang in person, swing by the Ford booth on the SEMA show floor, the car will be on display to the public for the entirety of the show.
HOONICORN RTR SPECIFICATIONS:
– MOTOR: Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8, 845 hp/720 lb.ft with ITBs
– TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system
– SUSPENSION: Custom ASD Motorsports-designed geometry and components
– BODY: 1965 widebody Ford Mustang designed by RTR, Ken Block and Hoonigan, ASD Motorsports full tubular chassis, ASD Motorsports custom roll-cage, door bars and front/rear suspension mounts, RTR carbon fiber body panels
– WHEELS: fifteen52 three-piece R40, 18” x10.5”
– TIRES: Pirelli Trofeo R, 295/30/18, custom Ken Block compound