Ken Block’s 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered Corvette drag car

Ken Block has been taking on all comers in his “Hoonicorn” 1965 Ford Mustang for a YouTube series called “Hoonicorn vs the World.” This time, however, Block wasn’t behind the wheel.

Ken Block's 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

Ken Block’s 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

For the first installment of the series’ second season, Block handed driving duties off to his 14-year-old daughter Lia. She lined up against NHRA Top Fuel driver Alex Laughlin and his Speed Society C6 Corvette-bodied Radial vs the World (RVW) car for a best-of-three drag racing challenge.

Ken Block's 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

Ken Block’s 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

If you’re not familiar, the Hoonicorn is an all-wheel-drive beast powered by a NASCAR-derived Ford V-8. When it first appeared in Block’s “Gymkhana 7” video, it was making 845 hp. Later upgrades brought output up to 1,400 hp, which Block actually said was frightening. That sounds like a lot of car for anyone to handle, let alone a teenager.

Ken Block's 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

Ken Block’s 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

The Corvette packs a 526-cubic-inch supercharged Hemi V-8 that can produce up to 4,000 hp in its most aggressive tune. Both the supercharger and transmission are covered with ballistic blankets in case they fly apart at speed.

While the Corvette might seem to have a major advantage in power, the race was run on an unprepared surface. So Laughlin had the car detuned to 1,800 hp, according to Speed Society. Even then, because the racing surface was covered in dust, debris, and imperfections, he struggled for traction.

Ken Block's 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

Ken Block’s 14-year-old daughter raced the Hoonicorn against a Hemi-powered RVW Corvette drag car

After an ambiguous result to the first 500-foot race, Laughlin requested traction compound and another 500-foot run. That strategy paid off, as he took the win despite burning rubber the entire way down the track. However, the final race was run to 1,000 feet, and the Hoonicorn beat the Corvette by three car lengths. Watch the full video to see the action unfold.

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2024 BMW M5, Noble M500, De Tomaso P72: This Week’s Top Photos

Niche British supercar marque Noble revealed a prototype for a new supercar that replaces its previous M600. The new supercar is called the M500, and it skips its predecessor’s V-8 in favor of a V-6.

De Tomaso P72

De Tomaso P72

Another supercar in the headlines this week was De Tomaso’s P72. The revived Italian marque revealed that it has teamed up with Germany’s Capricorn Group to develop a new carbon tub for the P72. Capricorn Group will also help De Tomaso build the P72 at a new facility under construction at the Nürburgring.

Jannarelly Design-1

Jannarelly Design-1

Jannarelly this week announced that it has teamed up with Italy’s Manifattura Automobili Torino for production of its Design-1 sports car, as well as future models. One of those future models will be a restomod project described as a GT coupe.

2025 BMW M5 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2025 BMW M5 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

BMW was spotted testing a prototype for its redesigned M5. The new super sedan is confirmed with a hybrid powertrain, but there are also rumors of an electric powertrain being offered as an alternative.

2023 BMW M2 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 BMW M2 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

BMW was also spotted testing a prototype for a redesigned M2, and it was wearing the least camouflage gear yet. We should see the redesigned M2 debut shortly with a detuned version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 borrowed from the M3 and M4.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 55

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 55

One of the cars we tested this week was the redesigned 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL. Development of the new SL was handled by the AMG performance skunkworks, and it definitely shows in the car’s improved dynamic performance.

Toyota GR GT3 concept

Toyota GR GT3 concept

Toyota unveiled a wild race car concept that most likely previews a new customer racing program. While it’s not based on any production Toyota, we wouldn’t be surprised if it is a precursor to Lexus’ planned electric supercar, given the similar proportions between the two designs.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

Toyota also showed off a new luxury grade for its redesigned 2022 Tundra, called Capstone. The new grade includes many of the full-size pickup’s available features as standard, as well as some unique items.

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2024 Ford Mustang spy shots: Redesigned pony car spotted for first time

A prototype for the seventh-generation Ford Mustang, the S650, has been spotted for the first time.

Previously thought to be arriving in late 2022 as a 2023 model, the car is now expected to arrive midway through 2023, which means we’ll likely see it arrive as a 2024 model. Blame supply shortages and other pandemic-related disruptions for the delay.

Although the prototype is heavily camouflaged, we can see that the general styling will be an evolution of the current S550 generation’s themes. The profile, the shape of the grille, and vertical taillight elements are all common to the current car. One visible difference is the squinty look of the headlight elements, which points to a sleeker, more modern design up front.

2024 Ford Mustang spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2024 Ford Mustang spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The similarities between the two Mustang generations back up rumors that the redesigned Mustang will be based on the current car’s bespoke D2C platform, as opposed to a version of the modular CD6 platform that debuted in the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs.

Ford in 2018 announced its future lineup would migrate to five highly modular platforms, meaning there’d be no room for bespoke platforms like the D2C, though now it seems that Ford will wait until the eighth-generation Mustang, the S650’s successor, to finally drop the D2C platform and possibly adopt electric power for the muscle car. That transition will likely happen later this decade.

Mustang fans can look forward to some electrification with the upcoming redesign, however. The long-awaited hybrid option that was originally promised to be introduced around 2020 is expected to be introduced on the redesigned Mustang. It’s expected to utilize the current 5.0-liter V-8, in combination with one or possibly more electric motors.

2024 Ford Mustang spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2024 Ford Mustang spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

There are rumors that there could be an electric motor at each axle to form an all-wheel-drive system. There’s also expected to be enough battery capacity for a small electric range. Hopefully weight isn’t an issue because the current Mustang GT with a manual transmission already weighs a hefty 3,743 pounds.

The current 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 should remain as the entry-level powertrain option.

The Mustang’s redesign can’t come soon enough as U.S. sales dropped to 52,414 units in 2021, which was down 14.2% on the previous year and the lowest level in the nameplate’s history. However, that was also partially due to disruptions and some buyers likely switching to the Mustang Mach-E.

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