Ken Block Introduces His Hoonicorn RTR 1965 Mustang and Proves That He’s Nuts

Wow. Stand back. This is what happens when you let a nutcase like Ken Block do whatever he wants to a classic Mustang. The Gymkhana SEVEN video project car is from the mind of race legend Ken Block and is the world’s first performance-oriented, all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang Notchback. Appropriately, he’s named it the Hoonicorn RTR.

Really. Nothing in the above paragraph was made up. You can see it for yourself at SEMA.

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To say this car is “heavily modified” would be the understatement of the year. I think the headlights are original (except for the tape, of course). It’s possible that the pony on the grille is also original. There may be a stray bolt or wire here and there that came from the original ‘Stang as well.

So here’s what this is. It started life as a 1965 Ford Mustang Notchback and probably had a fun time of it for a while as someone’s cruiser. Maybe in baby blue or pearl white or something. Then Block got it. He took it to ASD Motorsports in North Carolina. He apparently had an open budget.

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They shoved an 845 horsepower Roush Yates V8 in it, stripped off almost every part and body panel and remade it, added a gigantic fin to the back (notch, smotch), put HUGE 18×10.5-inch wheels on it and clad those in Pirelli Trofeo R monsters, added a few details like a six-speed, all-wheel drive transmission from Sadev, and put in a hydraulic handbrake system. You know, cause they could. A roll cage magically appeared and overnight, elves threw on a big scoop and intercooler. I think that’s their skull and crossbones on the back.

Wow. Just wow. 

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An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.
Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.