Drift away: Ken Block’s GT-powered Hoonitruck comes with plenty of spare parts
Rallycross driver and X Games veteran Ken Block recently parted ways with Ford and signed on to once again drive a Subaru. The move has prompted Block to sell some of his noteworthy Ford projects, many of which have been made famous in his physics-defying, tire-frying Gymkhana videos. The latest to go up for sale is his 1977 Ford F-150, the Hoonitruck, which was the star of Gymkhana 10 and Climbkhana Two. It’s being listed by LBI Limited with an asking price of $1,100,000.
The Hoonitruck, like its 1965 Mustang “Hoonicorn” predecessor, uses a race-bred Ford powerplant that drives all four wheels. While the Hoonicorn used a Roush-Yates NASCAR-spec V-8, the Hoonitruck uses an EcoBoost V-6 from the Ford GT. The V-6 was used in early Le Mans development and makes a potent rally engine as well, churning out more than 900 hp and 700 lb-ft of quick-revving torque. The listing also includes a spare engine, just in case.
The truck, built by the muscle car suspension gurus over at Detroit Speed, uses a modular construction that allows it to be disassembled in sections for repair or transport, a necessity for fitting the 79-inch-wide truck into 80-inch-wide trailers. However, the truck also appears to be capable of doing some towing of its own. Check out back and you’ll find a trailer hitch. And what’s that under the dash? Is that a trailer brake controller?
While there’s a video of the Hoonitruck doing a four-wheel burnout while hitched up to a trailer with the Hoonicorn loaded on board, we’re not sure how much weight that Sadev six-speed sequential transmission is rated to tow. It could probably handle a race trailer with a spare set of tires and some tools, though. Normally you’d be able to just toss that sort of stuff into the bed, but the Hoonitruck doesn’t have a bed floor. Instead, all of the rear suspension and fuel plumbing are exposed for quick service.
Inside the cab, it’s all business. The carbon-fiber dash features a digital gauge display flanked by an analog tachometer and speedometer that each feature the Hoonigan logo. Protruding from the tall center tunnel are the levers for the sequential gearshift and the rear brakes, a huge help when kicking the tail loose and drifting.
We assume that the front-biased weight balance and relatively long wheelbase make the Hoonitruck an absolute blast to drift, even if you’re not an expert. The next owner will get quite a lot of spare parts so that even if they’re not as skilled as Block at the fine steering, brake, and throttle inputs needed to keep the Hoonitruck on its intended path, there will be bits and pieces ready to get the truck on the mend and back on the tarmac.