Ken Block and the Hoonigan team have to up the ante with every new installment of their viral Gymkhana drift video series. For the soon-arriving Gymkhana 10, Block and crew built something completely absurd—a drift truck. More specifically, a 1977 Ford F-150 with a 914-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Meet the "Hoonitruck."
This F-150 isn't really an F-150. Like Block's crazy 1965 Mustang drift machine, the Hoonicorn, it's a custom tube-frame chassis with some old body panels on top. We, of course, don't mind because this thing looks rad.
It's got a custom all-wheel drive system, and the engine is supposedly derived from that of the Ford GT. In a video presenting the truck, Block says the engine even has a bespoke, 3D-printed intake manifold designed by Ford Performance. It looks incredible popping out through the hood flanked by two turbochargers. The wheels are custom made by Fifteen52 and feature real beadlocks, "not bro-locks," as Hoonigan creative director Brian Scotto says. Those wheels are wrapped, naturally, with Toyo Tires—one of Block's big sponsors
The Hoonitruck was built in collaboration with , and the whole thing took two years from idea to reality. Sitting low and wide, it looks just about perfect, and like nothing else that's been used in a Gymkhana video before. Block was inspired to build a 1977 F-150 specifically because that's what he learned to drive in. "I'm pretty sure I did my first burnout in that truck," he said.
Driving it presents a new challenge for Block, because it's much bigger and heavier than what he typically slides around. "It drives exceptionally," he said, "but the feeling of the size is very foreign."
You'll be able to see this truck in action when Gymkhana 10 hits YouTube on December 17th, and it'll be featured in an upcoming Amazon Prime Video series, The Gymkhana Files, which premieres November 16th.
Update 12/3/18: The YouTube channel uploaded a three-minute video of a smoke-filled sideways test session with Block and the Hoonitruck sans front bodywork. It's an interesting peak at what's going on underneath all that Monster energy branding, and an opportunity to hear that Ford GT-sourced engine at full tilt.