Hoonicorn Mustang Slays Tires While an F-450 Drags it Backwards
Tug-o-War between a 1,400-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Mustang and an F-450 ends with a monster smoke show.
The Hoonicorn Mustang is easily one of Ken Block’s coolest custom machines, with a twin turbocharged NASCAR engine and a high performance all-wheel-drive system sending around 1,400 horsepower to all four tires. The Hoonicorn is one of the world’s most extreme Ford Mustangs while also being one of Block’s best options when it comes to putting on a smoky show, serving as the star of Gymkhana 7, Gymkhana 10 and a special video showing the rally legend slipping and sliding his way up the Pikes Peak Hill Climb course.
Recently, Block and his production team had the Hoonicorn, a modified Ford F-450 pickup, an empty parking lot and time to kill, so they came up with an interesting idea. They were going to hold a tug-o-war between the Super Duty and the 1,400-horsepower, all-wheel-drive classic Mustang.
Rejuvenation of the Channel
The video begins with Ken Block explaining that he is working to rejuvenate the YouTube channel that shares his name with the help of his team. He plans to do so by sharing footage that the team previously hadn’t aired, from racing footage to snowboarding fun to lost videos showing general automotive shenanigans.
This video falls into the final category, with Block sharing some tire slaying action featuring the Hoonicorn Mustang that the team shot during some downtime. This footage may not have fit into a Gymkhana video, but it makes for the kind of short clip that we all love to watch.
Townuts with the Hoonicorn
The fun part of this video begins with Ken Block and his crew discussing how to make some cool video content. They have a big, open parking lot in a secluded area, a modified Ford F-450 dually and the Hoonicorn Mustang, so with two vehicles and lots of space, they decide to have a tug-o-war. They are well-aware from the beginning that the Hoonicorn simply won’t get the traction needed to pull an F-450 backwards, so they decide that they will just have the Super Duty pull the Mustang around with all four tires spinning.
Then they decide that the driver of the F-450 will start making tight turns while dragging the Hoonicorn backwards, flinging the classic pony car wide and creating what the team calls Townuts. After some careful planning, they run a tow strap from the back of the truck to the back of the twin turbo, NASCAR-powered pony car and the fun begins.
Tire Smoking Fun
At first, the Hoonicorn smokes the tires a bunch while slowly pulling the Ford F-450 with the truck in neutral, but when the Super Duty is in gear, the Mustang is simply no match. The truck quickly gets traction, pulling the car backwards with the tires smoking.
After a few failed attempts at a tug-o-war, the driver of the F-450 begins driving around the parking lot with the Hoonicorn in tow. As the car is dragged backwards, Block keeps the wheels spinning hard, creating a massive cloud of smoke and allowing the car to slide wide behind the truck, like a water skier behind a boat.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy.