Ford’s F-Series was upgraded for the 1977 model year to offer new engines for improved fuel economy and performance. That’s also the same year Ford trucks came to be known as “Built Ford Tough.” But the reason a 1977 Ford F-150 was chosen as the basis for driver Ken Block’s “Hoonitruck” from the recently released “Gymkhana 10” film, is more personal.
Block’s late father had the exact same base truck back when Block learned how to drive as a teen and later used when racing dirt bikes. Block was looking to recapture the feeling of the 1970s Ford trucks, but the truck he used for his first burnouts was a lot different than the one in the elaborate stunts of the latest Gymkhana film.
The base truck was given a healthy dose of modernization, borrowing some modern day Ford features. The team behind the Hoonitruck swapped its original engine for a custom-tuned Ford Performance 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine developed by the Ford GT Le Mans program. It gives the truck more than 900 horsepower and more than 700 lb.-ft. of toque.
The truck was further modernized by the use of hand-shaped aluminum bodywork identical to the military-grade aluminum Ford currently uses on F-Series trucks. It also features FordPass integration and even a functional backup camera/tow hitch setup.
In addition to repurposing existing Ford parts, the Hoonitruck features the largest 3D metal-printed part for a working vehicle in automotive history. An intricate aluminum intake manifold – the result of a global effort by Ford engineers – supplies air from the twin turbochargers to the engine's cylinders.
The Hoonitruck was also upgraded to all-wheel drive and given a six-speed transmission. Click here to see it in action.
TBT: 1977 Ford F-150
Revisit the 1977 Ford F-150, the basis for Ken Block's Hoonitruck featured in "Gymkhana 10."