By now, you’ve seen gymkhana jedi Ken Block’s “Hoonicorn” Mustang. You’ve ogled its every detail. You’ve witnessed it tearing up L.A. in Gymkhana 7. But you probably haven’t gotten to peek under the hood and in the cockpit to see just what makes it tick. Fear not: Chris Harris is here to explain the engineering that went into this 845-horsepower, all-wheel-drive, tire-vaporizing beast. This ain’t your everyday ’65 Mustang, no sir.
First things first, that engine: It’s a 410 cubic-inch Roush Yates Ford V8, kicking out a massive 845 horses. No forced induction baloney here, either–this beast breathes through individual throttle bodies. All that power is channeled to the rear and front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission built for Dakar rally cars, and the handbrake disconnects the front drivetrain, the better to whip lurid skids and wild donuts with.
Everything on this car is bespoke. The only stock ’65 Mustang metal left is the roof, and even the tires are special-order: 295-width Pirellis, the widest ever fitted to a Hoonigan car, mounted on trick three-piece 18-inch wheels. And when you’re Ken Block, you don’t just get off-the-shelf rubber. These gumballs are custom-made for the man himself.
That’s just a taste of the purposeful, insane engineering that goes into Ken’s blasphemous Mustang. For the full deep dive, we turn to Mr. Harris himself. Yes, it’s a long video. Trust us, you’ll like it.