Video: Holy heck, Ken Block drifted a 900bhp truck up a mountain

By topgear, 20 November 2019

A man has driven up a really long, high and winding road in China using a pick-up truck. Ordinarily, this is an experience already laced with danger and jeopardy.

This is no ordinary. Replace all the component parts of that first sentence with ‘Ken Block’, ‘Tianmen Mountain Road’, and ‘modified 900bhp Ford F-150 Hoonitruck’, add in lots of ‘sideways’, and you’re staring down the thick end of ‘oh god what was he thinking’.

He’s back. Ken Block has returned to keep the world’s tyre makers in good financial health – and automotive enthusiasts on the brink of a stroke – with his latest video, dubbed ‘Climbkhana Two’ (in the first Climbkhana, he casually drifted up Pikes Peak).

In this video, he deems it prudent to slide his way through 99 treacherous bends up ‘Heaven’s Gate’, using his modified 1977 Ford F-150 we first saw in Gymkhana Ten. It uses a V6 EcoBoost engine lifted straight out of Ford Racing’s GT Le Mans programme, producing 900bhp+ and 702lb ft of torque. Believe us, he uses every last ounce.

It’s four-wheel-drive, too, handled via a Sadev six-speeder and… oh what the heck, you don’t care about the specs, you just wanna watch Block go nuts in China.

No doubt Climbkhana Three will see Ken Block drift around the rings of Saturn in a restomodded Model T. Maybe.