Watch a 950-HP Trophy Truck Race Ken Block's Twin-Turbo Hoonicorn Mustang
Two Fords enter, only one leaves the victor.
Hoonicorn vs. the World, a video series on Hoonigan's YouTube channel, pretty much brings the Forza Horizon video game to real life by straight-line drag racing the infamous Hoonicorn v2 1965 Ford Mustang—driven by Ken Block, of course—against various supercars and sports cars. Of particular interest to us truck people, though, is the Hoonicorn vs. Trophy Truck matchup. We all knew Bryce Menzies' desert whale didn't stand a chance on a paved street against the nimble Hoonicorn, but we couldn't resist the urge to watch the trending video. Frankly, we're all suckers for copious tire smoke, gratuitous burnouts, and launches so violent the front wheels lift.
The Hoonicorn and Trophy Truck are visually polar opposites—the sprightly 1,400-hp twin-turbocharged Hoonicorn is a lightweight car at 2,998 pounds, weighing less than half of Bryce Menzies' portly 6,850-pound, 950-hp #7 Ford Raptor Trophy Truck. The off-road truck has 30 inches of wheel travel (thanks to 4.5-inch diameter Fox bypass shocks) and 40-inch Toyo tires, which means the itty Hoonicorn drifter on its 315/35/R18 Toyo Proxes R888R rolling attire would make for a mere speedbump, a minor hindrance, or something the truck's driver might miss completely and accidentally back over.
But opposites attract, right? Both performance vehicles have V-8s under the hood, send power to all four wheels, and sport a six-speed transmission—a sequential for the Hoonicorn and paddle-shift setup for the Trophy Truck.
The dynamic duo went at it for three rounds of drag racing, each time trying various things to get Menzies' Trophy Truck more competitive with the Hoonicorn. The bottom line remained the same: With its disastrous power-to-weight ratio, the Trophy Truck was not made to drag race, and that's okay. It was made to conquer the desert, and it did just that by securing a third-place finish at the recent 2020 SCORE Baja 1000, the race series from which the Trophy Truck name originates.
While the friendly competition confirmed that a premier unlimited desert romper could not keep up with the more powerful and lighter Hoonicorn, it didn't stop Menzies' truck from pulling a slight wheelie and spinning its tires off the line as it accelerated down the straightaway. Menzies celebrated his truck's straight-line defeat by throwing down some tire-roasting pavement donuts, too.
Watch the video here: