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Watch Ken Block’s Climbkhana now: 1400bhp Vs 14000 ft


Climbkhana is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably the most famous road out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most well known hill climb in the world, Billed as America’s second oldest, continually running race (the Indianapolis 500 is first), it’s also one of the first places Block ever raced in his career.

“When I was young, I caught the The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on TV once or twice,” said Block. “Even as a kid I remember dreaming about racing there some day 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 1,400 horsepower – well, that truly is a dream come true!”

For Block, filming Climbkhana at Pikes Peak was a unique opportunity. While the road closes once a year for the Hill Climb, no one has ever been given the access to turn the landmark location into a playground. For production duties, Block once again brought his long-time friend and business partner at Hoonigan, Brian Scotto, to direct, but they also added a new face to the Hoonigan Media Machine formula: Eight-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion and Radical Media Director Jeff Zwart.

“I have raced at Pikes Peak for 16 years and through the years I thought I had seen everything, but to witness Ken’s skills on basically my home mountain and get to direct him at the same time, it was truly something amazing,” explains Jeff Zwart, Climbkhana’s co-director. “Nothing but respect for him and his whole team, both on the racing side and production side!”

To tackle the extreme elevation gains experienced along the way up Pikes Peak, Block knew that he needed more horsepower for his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR. So, Hoonicorn V2 was born. A 1,400 horsepower, twin-turbo, methanol-fueled machine that lights up its sticky Toyo R888R tires in every corner and properly updates the infamous build made famous in Gymkhana SEVEN, Wild in the Streets Los Angeles. Unfortunately, extreme engine builds and altitudes can prove challenging. Block and his crew experienced multiple production setbacks, having to go to the mountain on three separate occasions over 12 months due to both weather and development issues to be able to finish the film.

“This car is insane,” said Block. “I feel it genuinely wants to kill me! Before we added the twin turbos, it was the most fun car I’ve ever driven. Now it’s still quite fun to drive, but it melts tires ridiculously quick. To have this thing be such a beast and then take it to this very dangerous mountain, well, I thought I’d maybe finally taken on a project that might be too much for me to handle. This is the most powerful AWD-type car in the world to be driven this way, so I’m genuinely glad I didn’t die making this video!”

The film was produced by Hoonigan Media Machine and is presented by Toyo Tires, Ford and Pennzoil.

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Ringbrothers Go ‘Ballistic’ With A New Drop-Top Mustang

World famous custom car builder and high-quality billet parts manufacturer Ringbrothers unveiled its newest one-of-a-kind Mustang, the 1965 widebody convertible Mustang “Ballistic” in the Ringbrothers booth at the 2016 SEMA Show on November 2, 2016. “Ballistic” marked a first for Ringbrothers, as the builder has built many Mustangs, but this is the first widebody convertible to leave the Spring Green, Wisconsin shop. The Mustang unveil was also the first time Ringbrothers hosted a car reveal in its booth at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Mike and Jim Ring created the “Ballistic” Mustang for owner Greg Avra and kept the styling a little more low-key than some of their previous builds, but the convertible is still a typical Ringbrothers work of art. Under the hood, the Ring boys installed a 5.8 liter supercharged motor from a GT500 which is kept running smoothly by Royal Purple fluids. The engine is mated to a Bowler-built Tremec T-56 Magnum six-speed transmission with a Centerforce clutch, QA1 driveshaft and a Ford nine-inch style rear end built by John’s Industries. Exhaust is expelled through a fully custom stainless steel exhaust system with Flowmaster Mufflers.

Bringing the Ford-powered convertible to a stop are a set of Baer Brakes with six-piston calipers and rotors sized 15-inches in the front and 14-inches in the rear. “Ballistic” wears custom forged HRE Performance Wheels sized at 18×10.5 in the front and 19×12 in the back and shod in sticky Nitto INVO tires sized 295/35/18 up front and 325/30/19 out back.
The cabin of the Mustang is stylized with comfortable custom seats by Upholstery Unlimited. Custom gauges by Classic Instruments keep the driver informed and a Vintage Air system keeps the interior climate controlled when the top is up. The Mustang is also adorned inside and out with high-quality Ringbrothers billet parts, crafted in-house, including the shifter, shifter knob, brake handle cover, trunk hinges, hood hinges and turn indicator.
The exterior of the car is fitted with a Ringbrothers signature handcrafted widebody Mustang kit and carbon fiber body panels including the hood, deck lid, and bumpers. “Ballistic” is finished in a gorgeous custom BASF Glasurit paint color named “Blu By U.”

“There’s always a challenge working with a convertible, especially if you’re going to put a lot of power through it,” Mike Ring, co-founder of Ringbrothers said. “The body on an early Mustang is pretty flexible before you cut the roof off, so just imagine how floppy it is without. We went through and stiffened and tightened the whole thing up and we were really pleased with how it looks with the widebody kit on it. This is a seriously fun car and we’re sure Greg will love it and enjoy driving it.”


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1972 Ringbrothers Winnebago

Billed as “The World’s Fastest Winnebago,” the 1972 “Happy Camper” Winnebago Brave made its fi rst SEMA appearance last year. The 900 horsepower RV includes a tikki-themed lounge and a WWII Bomber-inspired, party-pimped interior – making this Ringbrothers-built Winnebago RV the perfect road-tripper. The Happy Camper started out as a 1972 Winnebago Brave the Ringbrothers purchased at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its original plaid upholstery and wood paneling was cool in a kind of retro way, looking more like a mobile log cabin than an RV. The bad news however lay underneath.
A long-serving and tired Dodge 318ci V8 was at the very end of its usefulness. The rest was even worse. So the original engine was removed and replaced by a Wegner Motorsports LS 408 supercharged V8, pushing out an absurd amount of horsepower.

The engine uses a Callies crank and Callies Ultra rods to withstand the boost from the Magnuson supercharger that feeds air and fuel through the ported LSA heads. To deal with the additional power effectively, the engine is mated to a General Motors 4L80 transmission on to a Dynotec driveshaft and a John’s Industries Dana 80 rear axle with 4.11:1 gears. With a claimed 0 to 50 mph in 3 seconds, the new supercharged engine defies notions of what the average camper was capable of from the 70s. After completely stripping the entire inside of the motorhome, the brothers began fabricating a complete custom interior – including Restoration Hardware bomber-style seats, a gauge cluster reminiscent of a WWII-era bomber and accompanying the tiki-themed bar, a pizza oven, popcorn machine, and an airplane propeller originally owned by the Ring brothers’ father. The exposed metal bits were covered in a minty green while a couple of custom neon lights adorn the cabin walls.

With hardwood covering most of the floor except the acrylic windows in the floor and engine housing – to show off the Flowmaster mufflers and 6.0L powerplant, respectively. The seats are from a 1970 Ford bus, disinfected and reupholstered. Ringbrothers pulled out its traditional craftsmanship skills for the accommodation at the rear, where passengers can try hide from the sheer ridiculous surge in speeds. The interior was then filled with everything you’d ever want on a road trip, including a few TVs. With the exterior sheet metal showing its age, several custom panels had to be fabricated up front, including new headlight surrounds and dimple-died trim that filled the gap between the body and the bumper. The brothers decided to keep exterior modifications to a bare minimum, opting not to restore or repaint the body – only sponsored decals were placed along the bottom panels of the RV. Mounted to the nose of the 900 hp beast, is a detachable vintage Honda minibike, a useful addition for campground excursions. The rear features a fold-out bar, expectantly equipped with martini shaped neon lighting and a swingout grill and cooler. Cross-country road trip anyone?