1977 Ford F-150 ‘Hooni­truck’ di­als ev­ery­thing up to 11

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - FRONT PAGE - James Gent

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.


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