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Ken Block teases Pikes Peak tyre-shredding video

By Cameron Kirby, 20 Oct 2016 News

The master of destroying tyres teases new video at the world’s most famous hillclimb

Ken Block teases Pikes Peak tyre-shredding video

KEN Block, you just gotta love him. There is no one else out there at the moment that is producing as much tyre-frying, entertaining automotive videos just for the fun of it.

Fresh from dropping the ninth instalment of his popular Gymkhana series – which very nearly could have been filmed in Sydney – ‘ole Blocky has teased his next video.

Pikes -Peak -climbkhana -Ken -BlockInstead of the traditional urban playground, the Head Hoonigan is set to dominate Pikes Peak.

Yes, that Pikes Peak. The almost 20-kilometre, 156-turn, 1438-metre ascent which is the most difficult and daunting hillclimb in the world.

Pikes -Peak -climbkhana -Ken -Block -drifting -up -mountainNot just any vehicle would suffice for what has been dubbed ‘Climbkhana’, so Block has created something special.

Enter v2.0 of his four-wheel-drive Hoonicorn Mustang RTR. The old Hoonicorn’s 6.7-litre atmo V8 now has a pair of turbos sticking through the bonnet. Running on methanol, and tuned to 21psi, Hoonicorn v2.0 produces a 1044kW. Yes, you read that right. 1044kW. According to Block, that is a conservative estimate. Enough to transform rubber into tyre smoke at an incredible speed.

Ken -Block -inside -drift -carIn the sneak peek we see Block driving in his traditionally exuberant fashion, sliding the car with smoke pouring from all four wheels. The addition of methanol and twin-turbos has also resulted in flames shooting from the bonnet.

You can put us down as excited for the full video.

Ken -Block -Mustang -RTR-BonnetIn the meantime, sit back and enjoy what is inarguably the greatest piece of film ever recorded at Pikes Peak, the timeless ‘Climb Dance’.

The nearly five-minute piece from 1988 features rally legend Ari Vatanen absolutely monstering the climb in a Peugeot 405 T16 Turbo.

Mr Block will have difficulty topping this.