Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Takes On An AWD ProCharged LS-Powered Cutlass

Ken Block’s twin-turbo, methanal drinking, all-wheel-drive Mustang known as the Hoonicorn, is a purpose-built tire slaying machine. And while it might have started life out as a Gymkhana-style build, this lightweight machine is also a straight-line rocketship, as seen in the first season of the Hoonigan Youtube show, Hoonicorn Vs. The World, which was inspired by the Forza video game. After seeing the Hoonicorn battling it out with high-end exotics on the game, the Hoonigan team decided to make a real-life event pairing up Block’s 1965 Mustang with some of the fastest cars in the world. 

Season two of Hoonigan’s Hoonicorn Vs. The World is back, and there have been some exciting matchups from a 4,000 horsepower Corvette drag car to elite supercars. Another fascinating match that recently went down was between the Hoonicorn and Brian King’s home-built all-wheel-drive (AWD) Cutlass powered by a ProCharged LS engine.

On paper, King’s street-legal Cutlass does not match the Hoonigan built race car well. The Hoonicorn has the clear advantage with 550 extra horsepower, better sequentially shifted transmission with two more gears, an 800-pound weight break, wider tires, and methanol fuel. And while this matchup looks one-sided, we’re here to tell you that King’s Cutlass, even though it was definitely the underdog, did not disappoint. 

Round 1

Lia Block, Ken Block’s 14-year-old daughter, lined the Hoonicorn up with the Cutlass for a 1,000 FT head-to-head race for the first race. A 1,000 foot is more than a 1/8-mile (660 feet) and less than a 1/4-mile (1320 feet) for those unfamiliar with drag racing. As the two vehicles launched, it was a close race at first, then the Hoonicorn, with all of the advantages, pulled hard, beating King’s Street-legal car by a considerable margin. 

Round 2

For Round 2, the crew decided to do a 500-foot race with King’s car getting the move. As the Cutlass left, it immediately started pulling the Hoonicorn as problems hit for the Hoonigan team as its prized Mustang broke. This breakage gave the win to King and tied the score one to one. 

Round 3

With the Hoonicorn repaired, the two lined back up for a third and final time. This race would be a heads-up race meaning both drivers would leave on the arm drop, unlike round 2. While both cars left hard, in the end, the Hoonicorn was the clear victor with two car lengths separating the unlikely pair. 

We asked King what this event was like, and he said, “This was a dream come true for me to get to race such an iconic car. It was a riot!” And even though the Cutlass held its own in this race, King has plans to build a more race-inspired car that would be more competitive. But for that, we will have to wait and see what he comes up with.

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A gearhead for life, Brian is obsessed with all things fast. Banging gears, turning wrenches, and praying while spraying are just a few of his favorite things.
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