Ken Block's kid takes no prisoners.
Another season of Hoonigan's highly popular Hoonicorn vs The World series has landed, and this time, Ken Block's 1,400-horsepower Ford Mustang is taking on some serious competition. Rather than just lining up against some of the world's coolest creations that happen to have a lot of horsepower, this season sees Block's daughter Lia taking on some of the quickest straight-line monsters ever made. She's already made short work of a 4,000-hp Corvette and a twin-turbo Ferrari F12berlinetta, but now she's going against the world's quickest Toyota MR2. With a Honda K-series engine and a massive turbo working with minimal weight, this is sure to be exciting.
The turbocharged K20 motor produces an estimated 1,300 hp at the crank and sends its grunt to the rear wheels via a five-speed Quaife sequential transmission. With a weight of around 2,300 pounds including the driver, its deficit of roughly 100 horses shouldn't be a problem, especially since the car is also running some 26-inch drag tires. Unfortunately, the dusty surface of the strip is proving to be a consistent problem for all these purpose-built competitors that the Hoonicorn is facing, and the MR2 loses by four cars in the first 1,000-foot race. With a two-car advantage and the hit, the result isn't much different. Even with a three-car leg-up, the MR2 simply can't put its power down effectively enough to secure a win.
Of course, were the roles reversed and we could see the Hoonicorn play on a prepped surface alongside the drag cars that it has beat so far this season, it would likely lose almost every race it entered. Then again, we don't think it would be too difficult to convert the Hoonicorn to a proper drag car to see if it can really hold its own. Some smaller brakes, some serious rubber, and a large chute should be all it really needs to compete, but maybe that's what season three will hold if the series remains popular enough. Either way, there's no doubt that the Hoonicorn is blisteringly quick, and that's part of why seeing it lose every so often is so enjoyable.