When it came time to tease the second version of the “Hoonicorn” Ford Mustang, Ken Block could have done what anyone else would have and dropped a shadowy picture, or a coy video packed with close-up angles that reveals little of value. But Block didn’t become a social media master by playing it safe. Instead, the WRC drifter and Gymkhana maven gave the world its first taste of the Hoonicorn V2 by posting a Facebook video of himself trying to cook a marshmallow on the fire-spewing exhaust protruding from the hood.
Block and his team are still playing it close to the vest about the car, but the rally driver did reveal a couple of salient details about what lies beneath the Hoonicorn’s hood. In lieu of the original 845-horsepower 6.7-liter V8, the car is now powered by a methanol-fueled, twin-turbo V8 engine that cranks out a whopping 1,400 horsepower.
The Hoonicorn, in case you’ve forgotten, is a 1965 Ford Mustang coupe stripped down and souped up for Blockian duty, including the addition of an all-wheel-drive system. It starred in the seventh installment of the Gymkhana YouTube series, better known as “The Los Angeles One” amongst Gymkhanaistas; it was also Block's ride of choice when he zoomed over to the U.K. to shred rubber, entertain Matt LeBlanc and piss off half of London several months back.
As any good social media star would, Block took to the comments section to respond to some of his fans’ questions and thoughts about the new car. The rally driver described the new Hoonicorn as “the funnest and scariest car I have ever driven,” and declared that the methanol fumes are bad enough that he’s forced to wear a face mask when dealing with the car.
Thankfully, we don’t have to wait long to see the new Hoonicorn in all its glory. The first full photos of the car are supposed to be revealed later today on Block’s Facebook page, with more video later this week.