KEN Block, you just gotta love him. There is no one else out there at the moment that is producing as much tyre-frying, entertaining automotive videos just for the fun of it.
Fresh from dropping the ninth instalment of his popular Gymkhana series – which very nearly could have been filmed in Sydney – ‘ole Blocky has teased his next video.
Instead of the traditional urban playground, the Head Hoonigan is set to dominate Pikes Peak.
Yes, that Pikes Peak. The almost 20-kilometre, 156-turn, 1438-metre ascent which is the most difficult and daunting hillclimb in the world.
Not just any vehicle would suffice for what has been dubbed ‘Climbkhana’, so Block has created something special.
Enter v2.0 of his four-wheel-drive Hoonicorn Mustang RTR. The old Hoonicorn’s 6.7-litre atmo V8 now has a pair of turbos sticking through the bonnet. Running on methanol, and tuned to 21psi, Hoonicorn v2.0 produces a 1044kW. Yes, you read that right. 1044kW. According to Block, that is a conservative estimate. Enough to transform rubber into tyre smoke at an incredible speed.
In the sneak peek we see Block driving in his traditionally exuberant fashion, sliding the car with smoke pouring from all four wheels. The addition of methanol and twin-turbos has also resulted in flames shooting from the bonnet.
You can put us down as excited for the full video.
In the meantime, sit back and enjoy what is inarguably the greatest piece of film ever recorded at Pikes Peak, the timeless ‘Climb Dance’.
The nearly five-minute piece from 1988 features rally legend Ari Vatanen absolutely monstering the climb in a Peugeot 405 T16 Turbo.
Mr Block will have difficulty topping this.