THIS IS THE 914-HP WEAPON THAT WILL STAR IN GYMKHANA TEN
1977 Ford F-150 ‘Hoonitruck’ dials everything up to 11
Ken Block and the Hoonigans have revealed the 914-horsepower “Hoonitruck” that will star in the American drift sensation’s upcoming Gymkhana Ten.
Given that the hugely popular Gymkhana series has featured a 660-hp rally-spec Ford Focus RS RX, a 566-hp 2009 Subaru WRX, and the utterly bonkers 845-hp Mustang-based Hoonicorn across its 10-year life cycle, both Block and his Hoonigan team nevertheless pushed an already well stuffed envelope to the brink with, perhaps, the wildest creation yet.
At the base is a 1977 Ford F-150, one that incorporates not only Block’ s desire for a“different style” following the demented Hoonicorn and rally-style build soft he past, but also one that pays tribute to Block’s late father.
“Grew up in a Ford truck. My dad, when I was a young teenager, had a ’77 F -150, so I learned to drive in it,” he explains. “I drove myself to the dirt-bike track, raced out the back of it, and (I’m) pretty sure I did my first burn out in that truck !”
Power, all 914 hp of it, comes from a heavily tuned 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, essentially the same unit that took Ford’s second-generation GT to class victory in 2016. The power reaches its peak at 7,400 rpm, while 702 pound-feet of torque is delivered at 6,450rpm.
The colossal grunt is sent screaming to all four wheels via a“rally-bred” AW D configuration and a Sadev six-speed transmission similar to the gear box used in the Hoonicorn.
Built out of the Detroit Speed shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, the Hoonitruck sits on bespoke Fifteen52 alloys clad with 315/35 R20 Toyo Tires, while the bodywork itself is crafted from hand-shaped aluminum. Its official unveil was set for the 2018 SEMA show, in Las Vegas.
Gymkhana Ten is scheduled to air December 7 on Amazon Prime and the You Tube video is set to be uploaded December 17.