Hoonicorn vs. The World returns, and this time, Ken Block‘s 1,400 horsepower 1965 Hoonicorn Ford Mustang is pitted against a 4,000 horsepower National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) C6 Corvette. Those who look at the numbers or have mechanical backgrounds could guess which vehicle would win simply by analyzing the numbers. 4,000 is a significantly larger amount of ponies under the hood than 1,400. Yet, not all is as it seems.
Hoonicorn And NHRA C6 Corvette Specs
To put it obviously, the NHRA Corvette is built for drag racing with its 3-speed Lenco transmission paired to a massive 526 cubic-inch Hemi V8 (not a GM Small Block? How dare they!) with a screw blower style supercharger. The entire vehicle weighs 2,800 pounds, but with all that power going directly to the back wheels, it’s essential to have the correct pavement set up to ensure the tires can grip. NHRA racer Alex Laughlin is behind the wheel of the beast of a Corvette and will surely give his competition a run for their money.
The 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR features a 6-speed paddle-shift SADEV transmission paired to a twin-turbo V8, and weighs almost 200 pounds more than the Corvette at 2,998 lbs. Making more with less, the Hoonicorn’s 1,400 hp is sent to all four wheels of the car, which should give it superior grip and traction off the line.
Ken Block’s daughter Lia Block is just 14 years old and will be Alex Laughlin’s competition for the episode. However, she has been behind the wheel of several race cars and has been instructed by some of the world’s best drivers, including NHRA champion Leah Stewart (née Pritchett) so it’ll undoubtedly be an exciting competition to behold.
We certainly recommend that you take a look at the video below to see the results of the race, but with the first pass-through to warm up the tires, it’s undoubtedly clear that Leia Block is a helluva driver with a promising motorsport future ahead of her. In fact, it looks like she might be the official Hoonicorn driver for the second season of Hoonicorn vs. The World.