Ken Block Unleashes F-150-based ‘Hoonitruck’
Badass all-wheel-drive race truck is headed to SEMA to hype new Hoonigan video series.
Hoonigan Racing‘s Ken Block and Toyo Tires have teamed up on a badass custom Gymkhana vehicle build dubbed the “Hoonitruck.”
The unique ride was created partially out of Block’s general love for trucks (he has daily-driven a Ford Raptor since 2010) and as a tribute to his late father, who had the exact same base truck back in the day.
Based on a 1977 Ford F-150, Block’s Hoonitruck is powered by a custom-tuned Ford Performance V6 EcoBoost engine lifted directly out of the Ford Racing Ford GT Le Mans development program. Making 914hp at 7,400rpm and 702 ft-lbs at 6,450 rpm, the engine is a snarling, billet-aluminum menace.
The power is routed to all four wheels via a Sadev 6-speed all wheel-drive gearbox (similar to the one used in Block’s “Hoonicorn”). Chassis, bodywork and fabrication was all handled by Detroit Speed, with the overall design and styling of the project dictated by Block and his team at Hoonigan.
Additionally, the Hoonitruck features some direct tie-ins to current Ford F-150 products, including hand-shaped aluminum bodywork (identical to the military-grade aluminum that Ford uses currently), Ford Pass remote start integration, and even a functional backup camera/tow hitch setup.
“This project has been in the works for about two years,” says 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.”
The Hoonitruck will be on display at the Toyo Tires booth #62122 at SEMA in Las Vegas. It will also be shown in more detail during Block’s upcoming Amazon Prime Video series, The Gymkhana Files, where there will be some behind-the-scenes action of the fabrication process, testing, and ultimately filming in Gymkhana Ten. Block’s Gymkhana Ten kicks off on Dec. 7 on Amazon Prime Video, followed by a release on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel on Dec. 17.
• 1977 Ford F-150
• 3.5 liter Ford Performance/Roush Yates EcoBoost V6
• 914 horsepower, 702 lb-ft of torque
• Chassis design, engineering and bodywork by Detroit Speed Engineering
• Hand-hammered military-grade aluminum bodywork
• Styling by Block and his team at Hoonigan
• Custom 20-inch fifteen52 Turbomac HD wheels
• Toyo Tires Proxes ST III