Ken Block takes latest Gymkhana video to Pikes Peak

Doris Richards
September 26, 2017

Burning more rubber than a tire fire, Block puts the accelerator to the floor all the way up the 14,000 feet of elevation in what he has dubbed "Climbkhana".

Ken Block has returned to his highly-modified 1965 Ford Mustang, known as the Hoonicorn, for the first time since Gymkhana Seven, for a new twist on his popular, tyre-destroying internet videos.

The latest version of the vehicle, dubbed the Hoonicorn RTR Twin Turbo, develops as much as 1,400 horsepower.

You may not know but the Pikes Peak route is actually a public road and has a toll, but it was closed for Ken and his team to navigate its 156 turns over the 12.42-mile run.

"When I was young, I caught the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on TV once or twice", said Block. Eventually, I did, back in 2005, but it was in a Group N rally auto which didn't have much power up in that high and thin air! "So, to drive it like I get to drive in my Gymkhana videos - and do it in the Hoonicorn with 1,400 horsepower - well, that truly is a dream come true!"

After countless gimmicks, exotic locations, and equally absurd obstacles throughout the years, Ken Block takes this year's Gymkhana video into different heights... literally.

"This auto is insane", said Block.

"I'm genuinely glad I didn't die making this video!" - a quote that nearly guarantees YouTube views. "It's like nothing I've ever driven".

Block's time up the mountain was undisclosed, but it was certainly slower than Sebastien Loeb's 2013 record run of 8m13.878s in his 850bhp Peugeot 208 T16.

While the Hoonicorn already boasted an 600kW NASCAR V8 engine, in order to still achieve enough power at the high altitude summit of Pikes Peak a pair of turbochargers were added to bring the power output to more than 1000kW.

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