It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Ken Block!

Ken Block is the G.O.A.T when it comes to drifting. Give this man any vehicle with four wheels, an engine, a transmission, and a steering wheel and he’ll drift it; in this case, six wheels. It doesn’t matter how big or small the vehicle is. For some reason, Ken Block thought drifting an F-450 dually would be fun. It sounds absurd and laughable, but he managed to drift an 8,000-pound truck like it was some customized hatch.

Is There Any Vehicle This Man Can’t Drift?

Ken Block Drifts An 8,000-Pound Ford F-450 Dually Because Of Course He Can
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Ken brings his Ford F-450 to the Utah Motorsports Campus’ huge playground. A trailer, with his Escort on top of it, is attached to the truck and the plan is to do a twin burnout of sorts. The idea had to be scrapped because the Escort’s axle shaft snapped. So, the plan changes to drifting the F-450. He makes it look so simple.

Mind you, this truck weighs over 8,000 pounds with the most bizarre dimensions and layout to be able to drift it like this.

The Ford F-450 comes packed with a 6.7-liter, Powerstroke V-8 Turbodiesel engine that makes 475 horses and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. This is a previous iteration, so it churns out the same amount of horses, but 935 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. At the beginning of the video, Ken talks about building a customized handbrake for the truck, but he does it without that in this attempt. In theory, it may seem easy to drift a truck given the amount of torque it makes at even at low speeds and rpm; however, Block says it tricky. Still, he managed to make it glide butter on bread.

Ken Block Drifts An 8,000-Pound Ford F-450 Dually Because Of Course He Can
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Engine 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8
Configuration 90-degree diesel V8, single turbocharger, in-block cams and overhead valves
Block/head material Compacted graphite iron block, aluminum heads
Displacement 6.7 liters (406 cubic inches)
Bore x stroke 3.9 inches x 4.25 inches
Compression ratio 15.8:1
Valvetrain Pushrod and rocker arms, four valves per cylinder
SAE horsepower 475 @ 2,800 rpm
SAE torque 1,050 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm
Transmission TorqShift®heavy-duty 10-speed automatic

Conclusion

Ken Block Drifts An 8,000-Pound Ford F-450 Dually Because Of Course He Can
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Just a few weeks after we saw his daughter smoke some donuts, daddy Block decided to do something fun, too. Seeing a monstrosity sliding around like this is fun and we hope to see more such antics in the future. We’ll miss seeing Ken behind the wheel in the next installment of the Gymkhana series, but Travis Pastrana won’t disappoint us. Let’s wait and watch where we get to see Ken Block the next time.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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