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It Runs! It Drives! It Dunes!

Halo Ford Bronco Warthog Hoonigan Ford Twin Turbo Windsor V8
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Halo Fans rejoice because we’re not done covering the Hoonigan Warthog, and this time we’re going over its performance. The team brought the Microsoft commissioned Warthog to a dyno test where it was tuned. Unfortunately, the Halo Warthog had a few minor issues that needed to be resolved before taking it to the dunes to test it in the field. The Warthog is Ford-powered, making it the closest thing we will get to a Bronco Warthog, only; this video game tank made real is far more potent than anything Ford would have made us. It sounds exactly like what Halo fans dreamed of with over 1,000 horsepower, four-wheel steering, and twin turbos.

Dyno Testing

The Ford Small Block 351 Windsor V8 engine with an increased stroke of 438, combined with 428 cubic inch twin turbos was a recipe for numbers well over 1,000 horsepower. After bringing the Halo Warthog to Redline Tuning, the numbers were well under what they expected, with the first run hitting just over 700 horsepower, but with a tune, the power output was increased to 1,046 ponies. However, this number could be even higher now since, during the testing, the Hoonigan Warthog had an issue with heat soak in the intercoolers, which robbed a considerable amount of the horsepower from the dyno results.

The Warthog only had rear steering when taking the vehicle to the dyno testing in combination with the intercooler issue. Once it returned to the shop, the team used a triangulated brake to lock the rear steering in place so the Warthog would only have front-wheel steering.

Dune Shredding In The Hoonigan Halo Warthog

King of Hammers top 5 finisher Mike Johnson was asked to come out to the dunes for some test driving of the Hoonigan Warthog so the team could see how the vehicle performs in its natural habitat. Unfortunately, the Hoonigans didn’t lock the differentials and left it open, which resulted in the 1,046 horsepower monster spinning tires in the sand. They also didn’t have the four-wheel-drive on, and both likely hindered the vehicle’s performance. But it was hard to tell that the Warthog was struggling as it continued to fly over dunes with ease. During the testing, the wheel slippage caused the transmission to overheat.

The testing of the 1,046 horsepower Hoonigan Halo Warthog in the sand prompts the team to add a limited-slip differential to the rear of the vehicle, which will send torque to the wheel with the most traction. Hopefully, that’ll help improve the performance of the Warthog since 1,000 horsepower is proving to be too much for the vehicle to keep traction.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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