Many Halo fans were excited about the prospect of the Ford Bronco Warthog simply because of the name. But it’s been confirmed this week that the Bronco Warthog is now the Bronco Raptor, or has been the entire time. Nevertheless, we still can see a Ford-powered Warthog; it’s just not going to be coming off of a Ford assembly line. The Hoonigans put together a 1,000 horsepower off-road capable Warthog that was pretty much wholly hand-built for 343 industries as Halo Infinite inches ever closer to release. And it has a twin-turbo Ford V8, and not the one you’d expect, either.
The build starts with a Kevin Carrol Red Dot Engineering four-wheel hydraulic steering rock crawler chassis that is then cut down and rebuilt—making it longer and wider to better fit the Warthog architecture.
Under The Hood
Once the chassis was in place, the team focused on putting together what would power the Warthog—starting with a Ford Small Block 351 Windsor V8 engine with an increased stroke to 438 boosting the power output of the engine. They then added 428 cubic inch twin turbos. All of that is connected to a Gearstar Supermatic 80 transmission with Pro-Billet Torque Converters and an Atlas 2 Speed Transfer Case. Put together. It gives the Warthog 1,000 horsepower and the ability to reach speeds over 100 MPH.
The intercooler system had to be custom-built. With the limited space available after installing the engine, the piping had to be custom fabricated as well to function correctly and remain aesthetically pleasing. This Warthog has four-wheel steering and the ability to switch between Front Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive, and All Wheel Drive.
Tank Stopping Power
Brakes are essential, especially when you’re barreling a Warthog over 100 MPH or sending it into the air. So Hoonigans went with DTC60 Fox Motorsport Brake Pads, which creates twice the friction of standard performance pads and can withstand temperatures above 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. Supposedly, they’re able to stop a tank, and since that’s essentially what a Halo Warthog is, it’s a perfect choice.
Altogether the Hoonigan Warthog is a beautiful and exciting build with an exhilarating amount of power to boot. It sounds as beastly as one would expect. Unfortunately, there isn’t a minigun mounted to the back. Otherwise, it’s probably the closest we will ever get to a fully functioning Halo Warthog. Or a Ford Bronco Warthog, for that matter.