Ken Block’s Hooni­truck

914bhp Hooni­truck will be the star of KB’s most am­bi­tious tyre mas­sacre to date: Gymkhana Ten

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Ladies and gen­tle­men, boys and girls, we give you The Hooni­truck. It’s Ken Block’s lat­est com­pany car, one that will play the lead role in the up­com­ing tenth in­stal­ment of Ken Block’s iconic Gymkhana se­ries, hand­ily dubbed, um, Gymkhana Ten.

Want­ing to push the al­ready well-pushed en­ve­lope a bit fur­ther, Ken de­cided to skip the Ral­ly­cross cars and de­mented methanol-chug­ging 1,400bhp Hoon­i­corns of the past and ex­plore a dif­fer­ent av­enue for the big one-oh: a pickup truck. An old pickup truck. But not any old pickup truck.

Ken se­lected a 1977 Ford F-150 as a drifty tribute to his late fa­ther. Back when Ken was a wee nip­per (no doubt try­ing to go side­ways in his baby stroller) his dad had the same era of truck. One in which Ken later learned to drive and hone his hooning skills when his dad’s back was turned. As you can see, this is a far from stock Seven­ties pickup. It’s pow­ered by a cus­tom-tuned, tur­bocharged, Ford Per­for­mance V6 EcoBoost en­gine lifted di­rectly out of Ford Rac­ing’s GT Le Mans de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme. Power? Yep, it’s got it. Nearly four dig­its of the stuff (914bhp at 7,400rpm) and 702 ft lb of torque at 6,450rpm. We’re told it sounds like noth­ing you’ve ever heard in a Gymkhana video be­fore. So, ear de­fend­ers at the ready. All that shove is sent to all four wheels via a Sadev 6spd ’box sim­i­lar to the whip-crack one used in Block’s Hoon­i­corn.

En­trusted with build­ing such a beast is the Detroit Speed shop based out of Mooresville, NC. They tweaked the chas­sis, body­work and fab­ri­ca­tion while the over­all de­sign and styling of the pro­ject was dic­tated by Block and his harem of petrol­heads at Hooni­gan HQ.

“This pro­ject has been in the works for about two years,” said Block. “I’m be­yond pleased with how it turned out; it’s sim­ply one of the most badass and unique ve­hi­cles I’ve seen in a long time and I think it com­ple­ments my Hoon­i­corn per­fectly. It’s also crazy to be throw­ing some­thing around that’s this size when do­ing Gymkhanastyle driv­ing. But it looks ab­so­lutely wild on cam­era, and that was our goal from the start. I can’t wait for the fans to be able to see it in ac­tion – I think they’re gonna love it!”

The re­lease of Gymkhana Ten will be a bit dif­fer­ent from all the oth­ers, and not just be­cause it will fea­ture five dif­fer­ent cars, all 4WD Fords – two of which are new to Block, while the Hooni­truck is all-new from the ground up. In­stead of go­ing straight to YouTube, it’ll be re­leased on Ama­zon Prime on 7 De­cem­ber. But if you don’t have a sub­scrip­tion, don’t worry. It’ll later be on Hooni­gan’s YouTube chan­nel on 17 De­cem­ber. A chance to give the techies at YouTube time to ice down the servers.

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