Halo Infinite is one of the most anticipated games of 2021 so as you might imagine, the hype train for it is starting to build speed.
To help give the game a boost (as if it needed it) Microsoft has teamed up with the new Ryan Reynolds film Free Guy for a bit of cross-promotion.
In case you haven’t seen the trailer, Free Guy is a movie about a video game NPC named “Guy”, (played by Reynolds) in an open-world Grand Theft Auto-style game. Guy eventually figures out that he has freedom beyond his pre-programed life, which begins to break the game and wackiness ensues.
Kind of reminds us of a PG-13 version of Wreck-It-Ralph; Especially considering that there will be a few cross-over references with real video game franchises.
That brings us to the reason why you clicked on the headline. During the recent world premiere event for Free Guy, a massive, working, life-sized Halo Warthog pulled up to the red carpet.
How did it get there? Well, it turns out that about a year ago 20th Century Studios and Microsoft reached out to none other than the Hoonigans to build a Halo Warthog as part of the film’s promotion.
The Hoonigan crew took on the challenge and retreated to their secret facility Area 69 (yes, it’s really called that) and built a functional, driving Halo Warthog from scratch.
The Warthog is equipped with a 1,000 horsepower twin-turbo Ford V8 which is similar to the engine used in Ken Block’s “Hoonicorn V2”.
There is obviously a ton more to this monster beyond it’s engine but we’ll all find out more details in September when a series of build videos debuts on the Hoonigan YouTube channel.
For now, you can check out some images of the Halo Warthog from the Free Guy world premiere event and a quick clip from the Hoonigan Instagram page.
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Fun fact: this isn’t the first time a life-sized Halo Warthog has been built. Back in 2019 a highly detailed Warthog was built as part of the Hollywood Dream Machines exhibit at the Petersen Museum. That Warthog was created by converting a military-spec Hummer and built by the Aria Group.
Would you drive the Halo Warthog that Hoonigan built? Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.