Put away the Ford Fiesta… for the past two years Ken Block has been working on an all-custom, AWD 1965 Ford Mustang notchback for Gymkhana SEVEN and it has just been released to the public at SEMA 2014.
More About Ken’s Hoonicorn
Built at ASD Motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the course of two years, the car is based upon a 1965 Ford Mustang notchback—the iconic pony car, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The car was heavily modified by RTR and ASD Motorsports to feature a 410 cubic inch Roush Yates V8, with 845 hp, mated to a one-off Sadev all-wheel drive system. The styling for the build harnesses a mix of influences and inspirations that include the current crop of WRC cars, DTM cars and even toy cars from Block’s youth. These elements were harnessed through a collaborative effort between Block and RTR—since RTR is known for their Mustang expertise—and incorporated into the build.
“I’m stoked to be able to publicly unveil this car for the first time at SEMA in the Ford booth,” said Block. “This is a project that I’ve been working on for two years, so to see it fully come to fruition and be able to drive it for Gymkhana SEVEN was absolutely amazing. I also knew that working with Vaughn [Gittin Jr.] and his RTR team was the right choice for this project since Mustang’s are their world, but they really went above and beyond on this car. The attention to detail with the fabrication and bodywork blows my mind. This is hands-down the best Gymkhana car I’ve had yet.”
To see Block’s Gymkhana SEVEN Mustang in person, swing by the Ford booth on the SEMA show floor, the car will be on display to the public for the entirety of the show.
Hoonicorn RTR Specifications:
- MOTOR: Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8, 845 hp/720 lb.ft with ITBs
- TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sadev SC90-24 all-wheel drive transmission with a hydraulic handbrake system
- SUSPENSION: Custom ASD Motorsports-designed geometry and components
- BODY: 1965 widebody Ford Mustang designed by RTR, Ken Block and Hoonigan, ASD Motorsports full tubular chassis, ASD Motorsports custom roll-cage, door bars and front/rear suspension mounts, RTR carbon fiber body panels
- WHEELS: fifteen52 three-piece R40, 18” x10.5”
- TIRES: Pirelli Trofeo R, 295/30/18, custom Ken Block compound
Hoonigan Racing Division
A skate session at Helsinki Airport with Arto Saari? HEL yes! Over a two day period, seven skaters from around the globe got the opportunity to session some amazing setups in the Helsinki Airport. Arto and crew captured some amazing imagery. Congrats to everyone involved for such a unique project!
Match Made in HEL
Tomorrow in China (this evening in the USA) will be the start of the 2014 World Wingsuit League Grand Prix. If you live outside of Asia you will be able to watch the event live streamed on worldwingsuitleague.com starting at 11:30PM EST.
Held in the Hunan province, near the town of Zhangjiajie, 26 wingsuit pilots will race down the famed Tianmen Mountain, in a brand new format, to determine who is the fastest wingsuit BASE jumper on earth (or at least, of those invited to the event). It’s the largest racing event in our sport and it’s nice to see the WWL progressing they way wingsuit BASE can be brought to the spectators beyond GoPro videos posted on YouTube. Check out the Countdown to WWL episodes below to learn more about this exciting event!
Episode 1: What Makes a Wingsuit Fly?
Episode 2: Who is the Fastest Wingsuit BASE Jumper?
Episode 3: How do You Know Where to Jump?
Episode 4: How do You Train for Wingsuit Racing?
Episode 5: How do You Select the Wingsuit Pilots?
Episode 6: The Dangers in Wingsuit Flying?
Episode 7: Fast Flying Wingsuit Pilots
Be sure to check out more of the World Wingsuit League across the interwebs:
Japan has long been one of the top 3 locations on our snowboard bucket list and part one of Adidas Snowboarding’s Nomad series shows exactly why!
Nomad 1 of 3: Japan
Nomad 2 of 3: En Route
Nomad 3 of 3: TransSiberia
Who’s ready for some shredding?! This will help hold you over and get your creative juices flowing for the season to come. Scotty’s rail-to-rail transfers in this video are ridiculous!
The thing I love so much about board sports is that each individual can truly show their personality through the style they incorporate into their riding. Here’s a rad short-film featuring Sergio Yuppie and his ridiculous head slides! Make sure to check Sergio out on Instagram and Twitter (@sergioyuppie for both).
Last year our friend Matt put together a great fundraiser for Grand County Search and Rescue (Utah) using the annual Turkey Boogie as a platform. The jumpers and sponsors raised nearly $4k, that’s 2% of GCSAR’s annual budget. It was a great way for BASE jumpers to give back to the non-profit that is there to help us (and all outdoor enthusiasts) in times of emergency.
This year everyone is looking to raise even more. Negative4 Productions and Luke Hively have put together a great 8 minute short film, full of BASE porn set to the sounds of Nit Grit. All proceeds from the video go straight to GCSAR, so go purchase the digital download of the film and a few tracks from Nit Grit for only $1.99!
I started editing about 18 years ago on an Avid and have pretty much stuck to the workflow of those old tools, even now in Final Cut Pro I have my keyboard mapped to the old Avid commands. Yes, I have evolved in my personal style, efficiency and dialed in the most important aspects of editing (which is storytelling, timing and pacing – not “cool filter effects”) but I’ve recently felt my old-age in editing and that I need to get acquainted with the new tools that have been coming out.
Once the GoPro 3 Black Edition was released I immediately began shooting everything in it’s 2K setting. This gave me the opportunity to have nice screen grabs for the internets as well as having a bit of room to zoom and crop the framing when editing in 1080 HD. Until recently I would keep the zooms static, but I wanted to play around and see what I could create animating the zooms and positioning.
These two ambitions made for a fun personal project and have helped get me out of my stale corporate-blah editing rut. Yes, I still need to edit the corporate-blah to pay the bills, but I am once again having fun and am motivated to create cool shit when I have the free time.
This is my first video edited completely in Adobe Premiere and using Adobe SpeedGrade for the color grading. The camera moves and blurs are all animated in post, I know it isn’t ideal, but you can’t argue with the quality of footage being captured from a camera with such a small form-factor. There are a few harsh moves that I should have spent more time smoothing out but it was limited for this personal project and overall I am happy with the edit and the workflow using Premiere. My two favorite things about Premiere were how well it handled the 2K GoPro footage without the need of converting to ProRes and its Title tool that blows away FCP 7’s. It’s always best to shoot at a high frame rate when wanting smooth slow motion, but when you can’t, Twixtor will do the job decently. I like the more cinematic look I was able to achieve using these new tools and I think it is a nice effect to use sparingly in our future video edits.
During my time BASE jumping in Italy and Switzerland late last summer, I met one rad Venezuelan named Carlos. He’s a super supportive friend and amazing flyer. Check out his adventures: