FROM DRIFT TO GYMKHANA
Asked how ASD — cemented in the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) drift scene — handled engineering the allwheel-drive (AWD) Hoonicorn, Ian replies, “To be honest, the AWD didn’t make a damn difference. It’s got an extra diff and driveshaft, and has some different suspension geometry, but it was no problem — it’s just past experience. Essentially, it was sort of harking back to race experience we’ve had with frontwheel drive (FWD) race cars. We were just amalgamating most of the series of concepts between a FWD race car and an RWD race car, to create AWD geometry from the balance between that. That’s the power of experience and some computer design elements.” Prior to paint and final assembly, Ken flew in and the Hoonicorn was fired up for an initial shakedown run. “We didn’t have to change anything. The balance was right out of the box, as crazy as that sounds — we didn’t even have to change the shock valving. Ken told us, ‘It does more than I thought it would do, it’s better than I thought it would be, there’s nothing to change’. Basically, all went according to plan,” Ian said.