Ken Block’s 1977 Ford F-150 “Hoonitruck”
More Photos: http://www.thehemi.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=12840For almost a year to the day, we’ve known that Gymkhana 10 was going to be huge. Five locations, five new vehicles, more epic stunts, and one new build. Today, The Hoonigans dropped the reveal video for Ken’s newest toy, a 1977 Ford F-150 dubbed the “Hoonitruck”. It is the new star of Gymkhana 10, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
Ken was inspired to the build this truck because he grew up in his father’s 1977 Ford F-150. He learned how to drive in it, did his first burnout, and raced dirt bikes out of the back. It was that emotional connection that prompted him to create the now immortal legend that is the “Hoonitruck”. “I’ve always wanted one of the trucks of that generation,” said Ken. Sound familiar?
The folks at Detroit Speed came on board to take charge of the build, turning an old work truck into a nimble, thoroughbred, all-wheel-drive, tire-slaying machine. The frame was designed and built entirely from scratch with serviceability being a focal point. This was an important lesson learned from the Hoonicorn Mustang because that car wasn’t the easiest to work on. Also, their use of off-the-shelf parts like spindles, sway bars, and control arms proved that their products can take the ultimate beating.
Ford Performance took on the task of powering the truck in a way we didn’t see coming. Initially our minds defaulted to a boosted Coyote, or something of the like that could take the abuse of Ken’s right foot. Instead, the engine is a 3.9L, 914hp, twin-turbo, EcoBoost V6. As if being a prototype engine from the Ford GT Le Mans racecar wasn’t interesting enough, the intake manifold was designed and 3D printed by Ford Performance.
The truck’s shape and styling are incredibly unique and very reminiscent of the Hoonicorn. “It’s such an unusual shape,” says Ken “If you park the Fiesta next to it, it would look tiny.” In the video you can see fellow Hoonigan Brian Scotto, who is 6’8”, stand in front of the truck with his arms spread apart and the truck is still wider.
The release of the video differs this year compared to previous. On November 16, the Gymkhana Files debuts on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a behind the scenes, eight-part series that takes the audience behind the camera and shows what it takes to make these videos happen.
Then on December 7, if you’re an Amazon Prime customer, you’ll get the first dibs on seeing Gymkhana 10 before it goes to YouTube on December 17.
I know, it's not a HEMI, but it's damn cool, though!