Ken Block's Hoonicorn V2 is 1,400 hp of American awesomeness

Those turbochargers are each larger than a child's head.

Andrew Krok Reviews Editor / Cars
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When it comes to adding horsepower, it's a smart move to pile on more than you need, just in case. In the case of Ken Block, piling on more horsepower means shoving 1,400 hp into an all-wheel drive chassis with a vintage Mustang body. Say hello to the Hoonicorn V2.

The original Hoonicorn had just ("just") 845 horsepower, but that wasn't enough. "We got approval for a new video concept using the Hoonicorn, but I needed more power for what I needed it to do," Block said in a post on Hoonigan. His engineering wizards took that request to heart, returning a 1,400-horsepower, methanol-fed living nightmare -- draped in the Stars and Stripes, no less.

Block claims it's the "most frightening" vehicle he's ever driven, and I wouldn't doubt that. The driver is used to engaging in all sorts of ridiculous antics, but having wheelspin this readily available, with those two turbochargers spitting fire from some very short exhaust pipes, is about as visceral an experience as possible in a car.

An engine this powerful, no matter the size, needs to stay cool, or else it will quickly explode. To that end, the Hoonicorn V2 uses methanol as its fuel source, which helps keep the motor cool during operation.

Block didn't say what he needed all this power for, but suffice it to say, if 845 horsepower wasn't enough already, he must have something legitimately insane up his sleeve. I, for one, welcome our tire-slaying overlord. If only every car had 1,400 horsepower and flamethrowers jutting out the hood.

Hoonicorn V2 is American exceptionalism in car form

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