SolidWorks computer-aided design (CAD) was implemented first and foremost by ASD to get an idea of where key parts needed to go and exactly how the packaging would work. Then ASD hired longtime friend and master fabricator Jason Burke of New Zealand to form the malleable sheet-metal molds for future carbon-fiber autoclaving. Gittin is adamant that you don’t find people who can do that type of metalwork anymore, and was actually sad to see the metal pieces used for the molds destroyed. “I’m a huge metal nerd, and unfortunately, during the mold-making process, a lot of those metal panels were trashed,” Gittin reminisces.
Instead of staffing a full-time carbon-fiber fabricator, they instead chose to outsource the work (again, secret sauce), but because of the secrecy of the project, every part was taken to the fabricator piece by piece, never as a whole, always leaving him without enough information even to guess what it was for.
Once they had the motor—the rippin’ 410-cubic-inch Roush Yates sprint-car engine—chosen for propulsion, they had to move the engine back far enough so the drivetrain could go right around it, with the diffs in front to propel both wheels. The engine produces a quite insane 845 horsepower and 720 lb.-ft. of torque, and it is essentially Gittin’s drift car motor as well; something that he's been running professionally since 2012. Mate that to the Kinsler ITBs and, well, the sound is quite spectacular.
This set up the next stage that makes the Hoonicorn RTR look so good and react so well: the pushrod suspension.
Though Block didn’t have any particular suspension setup in mind when it came to decision time (he left the engineering to RTR and ASD), team director Dauncy made sure options were left open: “I wanted the car to be used not just for Gymkhana Seven but in some form of competition in the future. We managed this with the excellent design on the suspension,” he admits. Block confirms, “It was a bit of a shot in the dark as far as how the setup would work with the car, with the V8, and how it would drive to do the things I wanted it to do.”