Ken Block's 1977 Ford F-150 Packs 914 EcoBoost Horsepower
If you are familiar with Ken Block, you are likely familiar with his action-packed Gymkhana videos, where he slides a high performance vehicle through impossible-looking maneuvers in a cloud of tire smoke. While Block has also succeeded as a racer car driver, his stunt-filled Gymkhana videos are what launched his fame and they continue to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Block is currently working on Gymkhana 10 and one of the vehicular subjects of this next chapter is the 1977 Ford F150 shown here. He picked a ’77 F-150 because his late father owned one and it was that truck on which Block learned to drive when he was 15 years old.
“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,” Block said. “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.”
Ken Block’s 1977 F-150 is named the Hoonitruck and it is clearly designed with inspiration from the Hoonicorn Mustang. They are both classic Ford performance vehicles with turbochargers sticking up out of the engine bay, slammed to the ground with similar paint schemes and trim. However, while the Hoonicorn Mustang and Hoonitruck F-150 look similar in their design, they are powered by two very different engines.
The Mustang packs a twin turbo NASCAR engine, but for the Hoonitruck, Block went with the racing version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. This is a variant of the engine used by the Ford GT race cars that have won major endurance races around the world, but Block’s team cranked the engine up for even more power.
To be exact, the Hoonitruck packs 914 horsepower and 702 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels by means of a Sadev six-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive transaxle system, similar to the one featured in the Mustang.
Really, I could go on about this truck for hours, but it is probably easier and more interesting to get all of the details in the official Hoonigan video below.