Ken Block’s Gymkahana 10 is fast approaching and Hoonigan is preparing you for the drifty video with a new drift vehicle: the Hoonitruck.
Based (loosely) on a 1977 F-150, the Hoonitruck is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 making 917 hp, 702 lb-ft of torque that sends power to all four wheels.
“I grew up in a Ford family,” says Block, adding that he learned to drive in a ’77 F-150, so it only made sense to him to pick this one for his next Gymkhana-specific drift vehicle.
There are some challenged that come from that, he admits. More accustomed to racing in the diminutive Fiesta, the sheer size of the Hoonicorn makes it an interesting thing to drive. And having specifically chosen wheels and tires that are designed for trucks, it makes the weight of the Hoonitruck a new challenge to drive.
Fortunately, four wheel drifts won’t be too hard to start in truck. With that 900 hp coming from an engine developed in concert with Ford Performance, who 3D printed a intake.
And while this Detroit Speed Engineering-designed drift vehicle shares little in common with any ’77 Ford, it does at least share the aluminum used to make the body panels with Ford’s current F-150.
“This project has been in the works for about 2 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 compliments my Hoonicorn perfectly. It’s also crazy to be throwing something around that’s this size when doing Gymkhana-style 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 truck is being developed for Block’s biggest Gymkahana video ever, Gymkahana 10. The videos see Block drifting around in purpose built playgrounds around the world. You’ll be able to watch the video on YouTube on December 17.