Watch: Raw tire-obliterating test footage of Ken Block’s Hoonitruck
We’re assuming, like pretty much everyone else in the Driving.ca office, Ken Block fans have been waiting with barely bated breath for test footage of the Hoonitruck in action ahead of its Gymkhana 10 debut in just under a week’s time.
TheHoonigans certainly haven’t disappointed, posting just under three minutes of pure, undiluted automotive anger.
The video shows the 914-hp Ecoboost V6-engined maniac mercilessly yet deftly attempting to destroy its tires on a makeshift drift pad. There’s no commentary – why would you need any? – and the footage bounces back and forth between agog onlookers and Block himself working furiously away at the wheel and hydraulic handbrake.
As well as giving us an idea how infuriatingly talented Mr. Block is whilst effectively driving blind, it’s oddly therapeutic to watch all-wheel drive burnouts in slow-mo and on repeat.
Just a reminder that at the base of the smoking brute lies a 1977 Ford F-150, a choice that pays tribute to Ken’s father, who owned such a model whilst the future drift king was younger. Power, and 702 lb-ft of torque are sent to all four wheels via a six-speed Sadev gearbox, both of which, interestingly, have been carried over from Block’s old Mustang.
Check out more details about The Hoonitruck, and as a preview to the December 7 premiere, you might also want to check out these 10 secrets about the Gymkhana series.