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Ken Block Climbs Pikes Peak in 1965 Ford Mustang, Names it Climbkhana - Video

To tackle the extreme elevation along the way up Pikes Peak, Block needed more horsepower for his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR. So, Hoonicorn V2 was born.

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Updated:September 26, 2017, 12:26 PM IST
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Ken Block Climbs Pikes Peak in 1965 Ford Mustang, Names it Climbkhana - Video
Ken Block drives his Ford Mustang over the Pikes Peak. (Image: Toyo Tyres)
Ken Block, the YouTube superstar known for his impressive Gymkhana series is back with the Climbkhana, in association with Toyo Tyrer. The all new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most well-known hill climb in the world, billed as America’s second oldest, continually running race (the Indianapolis 500 is first), it’s also one of the first places Block ever raced in his career.


“When I was young, I caught the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on TV once or twice,” said Block. “Even as a kid I remember dreaming about racing there some day because it looked so epic. Eventually I did, back in 2005, but it was in a Group N rally car which didn’t have much power up in that high and thin air. So, to drive it like I get to drive in my Gymkhana videos - and do it in the Hoonicorn with 1,400 horsepower - well, that truly is a dream come true!"

For Block, filming Climbkhana at Pikes Peak was a unique opportunity. While the road closes once a year for the Hill Climb, no one has ever been given the access to turn the landmark location into a playground. For production duties, Block once again brought his long-time friend and business partner at Hoonigan, Brian Scotto, to direct, but they also added a new face to the Hoonigan Media Machine formula: Eight-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion and Radical Media Director Jeff Zwart.

Ken Block, Hoonigan, Pikes Peak, Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang with Toyo Tyres. (Image: Toyo Tyres)

To tackle the extreme elevation gains experienced along the way up Pikes Peak, Block knew that he needed more horsepower for his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR. So, Hoonicorn V2 was born. “This car is insane,” said Block. “I feel it genuinely wants to kill me!”

Unfortunately, extreme engine builds and altitudes can prove challenging. Block and his crew experienced multiple production setbacks, having to go to the mountain on three separate occasions over 12 months due to both weather and development issues to be able to finish the film.

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