Video: Up Close With Ken Block’s 1965 Mustang “Hoonicorn” RTR

1965-ford-mustang-hoonicorn-2-1200x800We have all watched the latest and greatest Gymkhana video from the one and only Ken Block, especially Mustang enthusiasts considering that the star of the show is a 1965 Ford Mustang RTR built by the Hoonigan team to film Gymkhana Seven.

In the video above, Ken Block hands the reins over to Chris Harris, seasoned motoring journalist, to take on the technical talk about this wild all-wheel-drive pony featuring 6.7 liters of fury spewing out an impressive 845-horsepower. The motor is a Roush Yates 410ci V8, an engine used in NASCAR. Weighing in at 3,000 lbs., the power-to-weight ratio is more than capable to handle the antics of Block.

The big, high-stacked V-8 with individual throttle bodies sits far back in the chassis behind the front differential like a front mid-engine, much like a Ferrari F12 as stated by Harris. Visible from the spacious engine bay is the strong and adjustable custom ASD Motorsports suspension with cantilever shocks.

Inside sits a carbon fiber dashboard with all kinds of gadgets, one that took 500 man hours put into it alone. The shifter is connected to a SADEV SC90-24 inboard rally transmission capable of handling the power and abuse a rally car is built to endure.

When talking rubber, the ’65 Mustang features the biggest tires ever to grace a Gymkhana rally car (295x30x18) in the form of Pirelli Trofeo Rs made in a special Ken Block compound. The wheels are 18-inch Fifteen52 three-piece R40s.


Ken Block couldn’t do a Mustang without seeking out his friend Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR team for a collaborative effort to create one insane ’65 Mustang.

Not much is left from what used to be a 1965 Ford Mustang besides maybe the A and B pillars likely leaving some hardcore traditionalists shaking their heads, but we think that the end result is certainly worth all of the collaborative efforts, as verified in the Gymkhana 7 video.

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Amie Williams

Amie's love and appreciation for fine machinery began when she was a kid spending summers with her father, a pilot and skydiving instructor. Her passion for everything automotive, and especially American muscle, continued after her dad passed. It was then Amie decided to become a journalist and photographer. She currently is a freelance contributor for Power Automedia.
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