Another extreme creation to add to his awesome collection.
You can't be a gearhead with internet access and not know Ken Block. For many of us, the early Gymkhana videos were our initiation into the world of hoonery and drifting, and we've eagerly followed Ken in his transition from his old Subaru Impreza WRX STI to a Ford Escort through this insane series of videos. We've also seen some pretty crazy creations from Ken and the Hoonigan team, like his insane 845-horsepower, all-wheel-drive 1965 Hoonicorn RTR Mustang.
In recent years, the stunt driver and autocross competitor has had a serious affiliation with both Ford and insane builds. So it might not be surprising to read that Ken Block has just purchased himself a Supra powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine from an old Ford F-150 Raptor, developing circa 550 horsepower. Considering the controversy surrounding the Supra and its BMW underpinnings, engine swaps might not be too frowned upon. Except this isn't a regular Supra. In fact, this Supra isn't even Japanese, nor is it a Toyota.
Block's latest purchase is actually a custom-built Hoonigan-branded boat from Supra Boats, a Maryville-based boat manufacturer founded in 1981. The YouTube video from Ken Block is a walk around tour highlighting some of his new Supra's most interesting features.
While the engine is an obvious highlight, the rig is pretty damn cool. The body is particularly camera-friendly, set up for full onboard GoPro integration, among other things.
The video isn't all boat and no car, though, as towing the Supra in is a matching Ford F-150 Raptor - one of many Fords that Block owns. The F-150 Raptor is one of the current generation Raptors, the Baja-beating off-road pickup truck powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine shared with the Ford GT supercar.
But in this case, it's had some work done and develops around the same amount of power as the boat, which explains why it can light up the rear tires so easily.
If you're interested in either the truck or the boat, you can watch the video in which Block talks about both. Fortunately, we're all spared the sacrilege of seeing a Supra ruined (or improved, depending on your perspective) with a supercharged Ford F-150 V8 under the hood.