Watch Ken Block Rip London Streets In The Hoonicorn Mustang

When Chinook helicopters deliver containers to the harbor docks, you must be wondering what’s hidden inside. And when the door of the haul container is fastened with big chains, you really start to worry. It looks like a scene from the movie Jurassic Park. Were prehistoric man-eating dinosaurs drugged inside? Or had King Kong raised his ugly head again.

The door of the container suddenly opens, and we can see a crazy creature inside. That’s the opening scene of the YouTube video on the Top Gear UK channel.


Ken Block Sightseeing Tour in London

Through wisps of white smoke, and the unmistakable soundtrack of his V8, Ken Block and the insane ‘Hoonicorn’ wade through Mustangs appear. A low-slung black drift-mobile takes off through a shipyard, and glides onto the streets of London. We get a ringside seat as Block drives a custom Ford at breakneck speed along a road that normally has a 30 mph speed limit, and is jammed with traffic. Not sure if Block’s Hoonicorn charges London congestion.

Block drives like an angry hooligan, as he pushes the Mustang to its limit through the narrow city streets, before stopping to pick up Matt Le Blanc. The first thing Matt asks is “Do I need to wear a helmet?”, to which Ken pushes the gas pedal harder, and fills the howling rally car with white exhaust smoke, and replies, “I suggest.”

As they visit some of the world’s most famous sightseeing spots, Ken throws out tons of donuts, power slides, and crazy twists of the handbrake. They passed St Pauls Cathedral, flew over Tower Bridge, and burned a lot of rubber on Canary Wharf. The V8’s growl reached deafening tones as they made their way through the built streets of the financial district.

The onboard camera catches Ken in action. Watching him work the Mustang’s 6-speed transmission is epic. All you see is his right hand constantly stabbing the gear lever in high rally style. While Le Blanc tried to keep his cool, crack jokes, pretend to read a London travel guide.

As they took a secret route below road level, Ken opened up a highly customized Ford, flames erupting from the front splitter as it connected to the asphalt at high speed.

The aggressive-looking black Mustang looked like an escaped convict, desperately trying to evade the law. With its massive wheel arches, oversized front and rear spoilers, and a stripped-down dark appearance, you could almost imagine it being an addition to Michael Jackson’s.Bad‘ videos.

After watching Block’s driving skills, and the insane stunts in his repertoire, they reach the Mall. From there they get a police motorbike escort to Buckingham Palace, where Ken turns up the volume of the V8 in a humorous attempt to get the Queen’s attention. The entire film was shot brilliantly, and when Ken returned Hoonicorn back to Chinook at the end, it left us wanting more.

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The Unexpected Consequences Of Ken Block Ripping London

The BBC asked for special permission to make the film, and they got the green light to close a small section of the road at a strictly defined time. Blocks are fully briefed on each target action location. And, in fact, he must comply with the legal speed limit of 30 mph on the route to the designated area.

One of the sites where they released the Hoonicorn was Whitehall, home to the famous Cenotaph memorial. This century-old statue is a sacred tribute to the fallen war heroes of WW1 and WW2. Ken did his job, and rummaged through the streets with donuts and 180s, putting rubber marks all over the place, in a film sequence that cost the BBC about $150,000.

What they didn’t plan was the outburst of anger that followed. Senior British military figures and politicians felt that everything was disrespectful to the British Armed Forces. The result was a media frenzy, and Ken Block’s name made UK headlines for all the wrong reasons.

In response, Top Gear’s lead presenter, Chris Evans, had to release this statement; “On behalf of the Top Gear team and Matt, I would like to apologize unconditionally for what these images seem to depict. I can fully understand all this anger. Retrospectively, it would be unwise to be near the Cenotaph.”

The BBC eventually cut footage of the Cenotaph from the show. And, even to this day, it was never aired. But leaked cell phone videos are available online, which reveal Block’s controversial antics near the infamous War Memorial.

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The Hoonicorn Mustang, And Where It Is Today

The Hoonicorn project started in 2013. Ford wanted to demonstrate their ability to create something really special, one that would have everyone talking, and boy, did they succeed. They took a 1965 Mustang, and loaded it with a twin-turbocharged Roush-Yates 6.7 liter engine. Initially they sent 845 horsepower to each wheel, but soon they increased it to 1400 hp.

To keep weight down, they used carbon fiber for the body panels, and designed a custom-built lightweight tube frame chassis. Ford and the Hoonigan team use a special suspension system from ASD Motorsports, which can easily be used in any custom race car.

As a result of all this hard work, the Hoonicorn is able to run at speeds that most supercars can only dream of. It can sprint to sixty mph in 1.8 seconds, and hit an astonishing 255 mph.

Ken has brought celebrity Mustangs around the world, performing stunts and winning challenges in most major cities, with him Gymkhana television documentaries.

Today, he is no longer partnered with Ford, they split in 2021. As a result, he must return the Hoonicorn to its rightful owner; wade through. As for what the Mustang Hoonicorn was doing today, its whereabouts are not known for certain. But we hope Ford doesn’t keep this legendary creature for too long!

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