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Hoonigan’s Honda IndyTruck Is the Best Sort of Insanity

  • Shown at SEMA this week, this 2017 Honda Ridgeline donor truck began life as a test mule for the Honda Performance Development (HPD) team before the Hoonigan team got their hands on it.
  • The 2.2-liter engine is a twin-turbocharged V-6 built for a 2022 IndyCar and is capable of 700–900 horsepower at 12,000 rpm.
  • The IndyTruck uses 2021 Acura NSX hubs, suspension arms and carbon ceramic brakes along with a custom inboard suspension and subframe built in-house at Hoonigan.

One week after Ken Block and the team at Hoonigan released their Electrikhana video showing Block churning through tires on the Las Vegas strip, they’re back in Vegas, at the SEMA show, with something new. That something new is a heavily modified 2017 Honda Ridgeline truck with a 2022 IndyCar engine swapped in. It’s an aluminum 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that, when revved to its 12,000 rpm redline, makes 700 to 900 horsepower according to the Hoonigan team.

hoonigan honda indy truck

Jack Fitzgerald|Car and Driver

Hoonigan joined forces with Honda Performance Development for the truck, with the stated goal of building a truck that could tackle anything from local road courses to hills. The body for the truck is a completely custom, one-off design built from carbon fiber and fiberglass. If it weren’t for that massive front splitter, the IndyTruck could almost pass for a normal Ridgeline. A closer look makes it clear how bonkers this building is. Its engine is open to the elements, nestled under a tall tri-level rear wing, complete with side blades that house the truck’s taillights. How very different, in summary, from the Ridgeline you saw driving to the grocery store yesterday.

hoonigan honda indy truck

Jack Fitzgerald|Car and Driver

The prized jewel of the project is of course the engine. Mounted in a mid-engine orientation, the twin-turbocharged V-6 fills the space previously occupied by the truck bed. The open-air placement would make it easier to hear the engine hum from its glorious song, and our only complaint is that we didn’t get a chance to hear this thing rev.

hoonigan honda indy truck

Jack Fitzgerald|Car and Driver

The interior of the truck was completely stripped out and a custom dash was added. Hoonigan replaced the standard Ridgeline seats with a pair of carbon Recaro racing seats with Willans harnesses attached to the roll cage. The truck wears a set of 20-inch Rotiform LTN forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber.

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