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Enter the Hoonitruck: Ken Block reveals Le Mans powered 1977 Ford F-150 skid machine

By Tom Fraser, 25 Oct 2018 News

Enter the Hoonitruck: Ken Block reveals Le Mans powered 1977 Ford F-150 skid machine

The Hoonigan team is back at it again with its latest tyre-slayer, a 1977 Ford F-150 with the 681kW engine of Ford’s GT Le Mans race car

HOONIGAN, an American group most commonly known for their hatred of fresh rubber, have revealed the hero car of the 10th edition of the iconic Gymkhana series.

Ken Block, leader of the Hoonigans, created the mind-blowing custom 1977 Ford F-150 pick-up as a tribute to his late father who taught him to drive in one when he was 15 years old.

Block is also a huge fan of trucks in general and daily drives an F-150 Raptor – which was fitted with tank tracks instead of wheels at one point to deal with Colorado’s frigid winters.

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This latest creation couldn’t be called a Hoonitruck without the requisite excessive horsepower number, so powering the 1977 F-150 is the 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 from Ford Performance’s GT Le Mans-winning race car.

Of course, the performance figures are bonkers and equate to 681kW at 7400rpm and 951Nm at 6450rpm.

Power is sent to all four corners using a Sadev six-speed gearbox, similar to that in Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang.

Hoonigan suggests the billet-aluminium engine snarls like nothing we’ve heard before in a Gymkhana video. Also, in case you didn’t notice, two turbos are protruding from the bonnet.

Under Block’s exacting specifications, the Detroit Speed workshop in North Carolina completed work on the chassis and fabricated the hand-shaped military-grade aluminium bodywork.

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“This project has been in the works for about two 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!”

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The truck even incorporates current Ford tech like a Ford Pass remote start system, functional reverse camera and a tow hitch setup.

The car will be on show at SEMA in Las Vegas from October 30 – November 2, before debuting on-film in GYMKHANA TEN which releases on December 17th on YouTube.