‘Hoonitruck’ Sets Record Without Moving a Single Foot!

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Hoonitruck 1977 Ford F-150

Powered by one of the EcoBoost V6s used in developing the GT, custom 1977 F-150 features world’s largest 3D-printed metal part.

Not too long ago, hooning icon Ken Block dropped his latest installment of the beloved Gymkhana series, starring his newest ride, a 1977 Ford F-150 dubbed ‘Hoonitruck.’ Powered by an EcoBoost V6 used in the development of the current Ford GT, the Hoonitruck lives up to its name with over 900 tire-smoking horses.

As if that’s not big enough, the Hoonitruck, with the help of Ford Performance, is a literal record holder: it holds the world’s largest metal part ever to be printed from a 3D printer.

Hoonitruck 3D-printed Intake

Mounted atop the EcoBoost V6 is an aluminum air intake designed to send the air it captures from the twin turbos into the cylinders. The beast of an intake was a collaborative effort between engineers in the U.S. and Europe, who then sent their findings and plans to RWTH Aachen Digital Additive Production Institute in Aachen, Germany, who then printed the final result.

“We are fortunate to have access to incredible technology, but this was one project that pushed us – and our computing power – to the absolute limit,” said Ford of Europe engineer Raphael Koch. “The manifold has a complex web‑like structure that couldn’t be made using traditional manufacturing methods. We ended up dissolving the support systems in acid.”

The manifold took tons of computing power and five days to print, resulting in a part that weighs just over 13 pounds. As Block himself says, “Ford did an exceptional job… You could not have made it any other way.”

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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