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Ken Block, the seriously talented driving magician, has had a torrid time of things in the recent Rally de Espana, getting a puncture on the event’s final day. But do you think he cared? Nope. Not when he’s coming home to this at SEMA 2014.
SEMA’s usually a source for crazy, out-of-this-world customs, but we think this sleek motor has stolen our hearts.
It’s a 1965 Ford Mustang notchback featuring a monster 6.71-litre Roush Yates V8 good for 845-horsepower, driving a “one-off Sadev all-wheel drive system”.
Built by Block, Hoonigan and RTR — Vaughn Gittin Jrâ€™s automotive tuning brand — it’s about as ludicrous as custom cars get, and ludicrous it most assuredly must be. Hoonigan notes that styling cues were taken from the current breed of WRC cars, DTM cars and even toy cars from Block’s childhood.
Block plans to use the behemoth in his upcoming Gymkana SEVEN video, which should be quite a hoot.
But quoting the internal spec sheet is only half the fun. Just have a look at the strangely gorgeous specimen in the gallery below.
Block Ford Mustang Gymkana 2
That intimidating bonnet stack feeds the 6.7-litre V8 engine. 845-horsepower seems plenty.
Block Ford Mustang Gymkana 3
It's a strange kind of gorgeous, isn't it?
Block Ford Mustang Gymkana 1
The car remains low even though there's an all-wheel drive system employed. It allows Block to thrash the car around tight corners more easily.
Block Ford Mustang Gymkana 4
Probably the largest rear diffuser you'll ever spy on a pony car.
Block Ford Mustang Gymkana 5
Intimidating? You bet.
Block Ford Mustang Gymkana Feature