'Climbkhana' combines the brutal Pikes Peak hillclimb with Block's drift-based brand of motorsport
Jimi Beckwith
25 September 2017

Ken Block has released 'Climbkhana'; the latest instalment in his drift-based 'Gymkhana' motorsport series. 

Using an updated version of his 'Hoonicorn' Ford Mustang, Block takes to the 156-turn, 12.42-mile hillclimb, performing his signature drifts as he traverses the 14,115-foot climb.

Block's methanol-fuelled Mustang now produces 1400bhp thanks to twin-turbocharging. It was 845bhp before the modifications. 

The stunt was performed under the supervision of eight-time Pikes Peak champion Jeff Zwart.

Block said: "Even as a kid, I remember dreaming about racing there someday 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! It was an underwhelming experience because of the horsepower issue, but I loved the road and mountain, and I had always wanted to go back and do it right.

"So, to drive it like I get to drive in my Gymkhana videos - and do it in the Hoonicorn with 1400bhp - well, that truly is a dream come true!"

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25 September 2017

What a load of childish nonsense.

25 September 2017

Flying Ford.....superb precision car control.... respect enough said

Val

27 September 2017
Everytime I hear Ken Block's name I cringe, waiting for the next installment of his particular brand of self-publicising baffoonery.

His motorsport career is hardly a success story (how many rally championshios of any description has he won?) and when you rank him against the truly great (and championship winning) rally drivers of the past 50 years, like Loeb, Ogier, Kankkunen, Makinen, Solberg, Rorhl, Vatanen, Blomquist et al, he's not even in the 'also ran' category.

No doubt he's got car control skills and is intimately aware of what his purpose-built car is capable of (which isn't so hard) but I sometimes wish he'd just take his 'Hoonicorn' and gallop off back into obscurity.

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