Our eardrums are thankful that we didn't watch this live.
Last year, the mentalists at Hoonigan decided to showcase what Ken Block's insane 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR could do in a straight line through a series of high-horsepower drag races. We got to see the AWD pony car take on absurdly expensive supercars, a ridiculously OTT donk car, and its own great-grandchild in the Mustang Shelby GT500. Now, the Hoonicorn has received some upgrades, and a new series called Hoonicorn vs The World 2 will be used to further test and improve the car while providing us with loads of entertainment. In the first installment, the Hoonicorn is taking on a purpose-built drag car in an NHRA Corvette.
The Corvette in question is driven by Alex, who says that this is basically his weekend car since he's usually in a top fuel racer. It's still a formidable beast though, with its 526 screw-blown billet HEMI engine producing an insane 4,000 horsepower. This is all directed to the rear wheels via a three-speed Lenco transmission. If those details don't tell you that this is a serious piece of machinery, the facts that the engine runs on no coolant, has a blower that runs 128% faster than the engine, and is wrapped in a ballistics blanket (as is the transmission) should give you a hint.
Ken Block's Hoonicorn is now running a six-speed Sadev paddleshift transmission and some new wheels from American Racing, but the twin-turbo V8 still produces 1,400 hp, a figure that for once seems grossly underwhelming. Add in the fact that Block's 14-year-old daughter Lia is behind the wheel, and it seems that this could be a real challenge for the Hoonicorn. But with AWD, an unprepared surface, and little to no mechanical sympathy, the Hoonicorn wins the best-of-three shootout. Of course, on a safe track with a stickier blacktop, the Hoonicorn would have no chance against a car capable of doing 3.5 seconds at 212 mph on the eighth-mile, but this was loads of fun to watch anyway. We can't wait for the next episode.