Darcy Foster • Ken Block is at it again.
Dubbed ‘Climbkhana Two’, the latest 'khana' video sees the rally and drift ace take on the 99-turn, 11km Tianmen Mountain road in China.
Ken’s ascent to ‘Heaven’s Gate’ (the literal Mandarin translation of ‘Tianmen’) required serious planning, but luckily he had one of the newest tools in his automotive arsenal for the job; the Hoonitruck.
Built by Detroit Speed Inc to Hoonigans exact specification, the Hoonitruck continues Block's recent design philosophy of turning classic vehicles into fire-breathing monsters, starting by the ‘Hoonicorn’ and continued with ‘The Cossie’ (below).
The Hoonitruck’s power comes from a twin-turbo V6 closely related to the Ford GT’s motor.
Thanks in part to a 3D-printed intake manifold from Ford Performance, the Hoonitruck produces 681kW and around 950Nm of torque.
Drive is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission, complete with a hydraulic handbrake to make those Scandi flicks a tad easier.
With its stance measured over two metres wide, the Hoonitruck uses a heavily-modified 1977 Ford F-150 body underpinned by a modular, custom-fabricated chassis.
This means that it's easier for mechanics to interchange significant portions of the vehicle – with projects/technical lead manager of Detroit Speed Inc, Chris Porter, stating replacing the tail section of the truck could take as little as "30 to 45 minutes".
Fifteen52 supplied custom wheels specifically for the Hoonitruck with 315/35 20 rubber from Toyo Tyres, and stopping force comes from six-piston Wilwood brake calipers with 14-inch (35.5cm) rotors.
As the Gymkhana video series has spread, Block has looked to take it abroad – including to Australia.
But unfortunately, the shoot was ultimately cancelled after stringent regulations were imposed on what the film crew could and couldn’t do.
"The higher we went up the tree, we got to a certain point where that person said, 'okay well, I'm allowing Hoonigan on my streets, okay if you only go the speed limit'," Block told CarAdvice.
Block and his team encountered similar reception from the government in Detroit when scouting locations for Gymkhana 3.
On a more positive note, he's promised more videos in the future with an electric-powered ‘Hoonicar’ on the way.