You're surely familiar with the Hoonicorn. This heavily-modified 1965 Ford Mustang has been campaigned by Ken Block across a number of different Hoonigan video series, including the recent Hoonicorn vs The World. As the second season of the show kicks off, the team have finally found a car capable of putting the 1400-hp pony car in its place: Mac Brosnan's R35 Nissan GT-R, known as Kimbo.
Brosnan's Nissan might not look as visually insane as the Hoonicorn, but this AWD sports car has been transformed into a serious drag racing machine. Built for racing on the street, the name is a nod to the street fighting antics of famed Bahamian mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice. In fact, Kimbo's best 1/4 mile pass of 6.97 seconds at 206 mph makes this the fastest and quickest GT-R on Earth. In order to reach those heights, Brosnan worked alongside the team at The Shop Houston during the build. The engine retains the stock VR38 block, though the engine now displaces 4.1-liters. A Mad Sweden billet intake manifold helps with breathing, while twin Precision 68mm turbochargers provide boost. Total output is around 2000 hp, which is sent to all four wheels via the factory dual-clutch gearbox. Crucially for this test, the GT-R is also rocking a set of giant Hoosier slicks at both ends. While all of this might seem like too much for the 1400 hp Hoonicorn, the GT-R is over 500 pounds heavier than the Ford.
Now that Ken Bl0ck has signed with Audi, his daughter Lia has taken over piloting the Hoonicorn in this series. Lia might only be 14, but the young racer has gotten a ton of experience in her father's machines over the past few months. Plus, as the team notes, her smaller frame gives the Hoonicorn an added weight loss bonus.
Block and Brosnan ran three passes through the 1000-foot mark, though not from a straight dig. The first pass saw the two cars attempt a traditional drag race, but the GT-R left the line way too earlier for a proper race to take place. By the end of the strip the Nissan put four car lengths on the Mustang, necessitating some adjustments to the format.
Lia and the Hoonicorn were given a one-car lead and the hit going into the second pass. The Mustang struggles to hook up at the launch, leaving massive plumes of smoke in its wake. The GT-R isn’t fazed by the visual obstacle, and mercilessly claws its way back to the Mustang. By the end of the 1000 foot pass, Block is barely a bumpers-length ahead of the Nissan. The Hoonicorn has proven over the past few years that it is almost untouchable, but Kimbo has brought the goods.
The third pass eliminated the hit for the Hoonicorn, opting instead to let both cars go at the hand drop. That said, Lia was still given a cars length on the GT-R on the start line. That didn’t end up playing much of a factor, as the Hoonicorn spat out its driveshaft shortly after the launch. So much for that undefeated record.
And so with that the Hoonicorn has officially met its match, having been beaten by Kimbo the GT-R. While neither competitor was particularly thrilled that the race ended in a DNF, Block took solace in the fact that the event didn’t count as a proper loss in her mind. Brosnan was quick to note that the two cars could easily be brought together for a rematch in the future. That’s something that I know we’d all like to see happen.
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