The infamous unicorn car Eleanor, which Nicholas Cage boosted in Gone in 60 Seconds with his characteristic quirky ways, is a weak, tame vehicle in comparison to Ken Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang. Yep, I said it. Block violated the Mustang legacy with reckless abandon, hacking apart and fundamentally changing a classic example of the beloved pony car. Some are calling for his head on a platter, but most people are at least marveling at the twisted, sadistic product of his demented Muscle car-fueled dreams. With the Gymkhana series, Ken Block has shown us all some pretty crazy stuff. That’s why it’s fitting that for the seventh installment, the famous racer unveiled a Ford Mustang so extreme that it is almost too much to fully process. Take a look at the beauty below and let us know what you think.
To start off, the 1965 ‘Stang pushes out 845 horsepower from its 410 cubic inch Roush Yates V8 engine, which qualifies it as a fire-breathing dragon that eats Corvettes for breakfast. Then you factor in the severe bodywork that has been done to the car, like bulging fenders, custom roll-cage, door bars and both front and rear suspension mounts making it difficult to even recognize as a Mustang. Perhaps the most sacrilegious upgrade is the addition of a custom, 6-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel drive system. Who seriously alters a Mustang so it no longer sends all of that glorious power to the rear wheels? Oh, right, Ken Block does, and he’s laughing the entire time. The build was so extreme it took two long years to complete. The car looks scary, sounds scary, and pulls off some scary, sick moves during Gymkhana 7. The video takes place in Los Angeles, and no it doesn’t feature Block trying to navigate his way through rush hour traffic, although that could promise plenty of mayhem. Instead, a large swathe of the City of Angels was shut down by black and white squad cars, which surely log-jammed traffic and sent tempers flaring for quite a few of the residents.
However, It was all for a good cause, and if they have checked out the video they supported by sitting in a three-hour LA traffic jam, those people will likely feel the sacrifice was small in comparison. Things start off proper with a four-wheel burnout, thanks to the beast being tied down in a warehouse. Once Block breathes in enough tire smoke to vomit, he unleashes the Hoonicorn and away it speeds through the city streets. Of course Block drifts around turns, because that’s his style. The way he does it makes the Mustang almost go backwards, putting to shame the stunts that people marveled at in The Fast and the Furious 3 with all the drift cars. He does smoky figure eights around hot dog carts and piles of garbage, and even performs several donuts around the iconic Randy’s Donuts. Oh, the irony…Block thunders through other parts of Los Angeles like Chinatown, stretches of freeway, the river, and even the Sixth Street Viaduct.
The only thing missing was a semi-truck launching off one of the overpasses. The only proper way to end such a video is by squealing tires all the way up the canyon to the famous Hollywood sign, just as a reminder that Block has destroyed so many famous and previously respected movie chase scenes. Hollywood producers and directors take note, the man should be hired.Ben Conrad, who was the guy in charge of the previous three installments in the series, directed gymkhana 7. To say that Conrad knows how to wow us with some incredible visuals is a severe understatement. Check out the amazing video below of Ken Block tearing up the streets of LA in his fully modified 1965 Ford mustang.