Ready to make its debut in a YouTube channel near you is the second-generation Hoonicorn. The souped-up machine based on a 1965 Ford Mustang was teased a couple of days of ago in a teaser video released by Ken Block’s PR chaps and the full unveil just re-emphasizes the true craziness of the build. To give a heads-up, the Hoonicorn V2 is light years ahead of its predecessor and here’s how.
The first version had a 6.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 which powered all four wheels with the wholesome goodness of 845bhp. For the second iteration, the folks at Hoonigan decided to go for the “bigger is better” path. And they did that by strapping on a couple of turbochargers and giving the monster a whole lot of methanol to feed on. Now that ended up delivering the Hoonicorn V2 with a whopping 1400bhp of power. Did the Veyron just relieve itself in its trousers? Yes, it did.
The builders didn’t bother about concealing the new twin-turbo unit too and there is a reason for it – Ken Block. Apparently, he wanted the turbochargers to be exposed. The ace stunt driver says, “We got approval for a new video concept using the Hoonicorn, but I needed more power for what I needed it to do. So, I developed the concept for the general idea of what I wanted— two turbos sticking out the hood—and handed that over to my team. They came back with a functional way to make that happen and added methanol to get the setup to produce the power that I wanted. We ended up with 1,400 horsepower! Ha, so they may have over delivered a bit—and I’m happy about that!”
And going by his concluding line, we do think that the Hoonicorn V2 will be one beast that even the best stunt driver in the world will take some time to tame. “When I say that this is the absolute most frightening thing I’ve ever driven, I’m not exaggerating. AT ALL. The motor revs and spins my Toyo tires to destruction so quickly that I can’t change the gears fast enough. It’s genuinely a mind-numbing, crazy experience to try to drive this thing. It’s amazing,” says Block.
And yes, the exhausts mounted on the hood spit fire right at the windshield.