Ken Block has raced just about everywhere you can take a high-powered all-wheel-drive car. He's even run the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb once, all the way back in 2005 in a Group N rally car. But he's never fought for the overall title, the single most prestigious win in American point-to-point racing. He intends to change that this year, and, being Ken Block, he intends to do it in a car built for the occasion.
This is the Hoonipigasus, the dream creation of Hoonigan Racing Division and BBi Autosports. Like the other cars BBi has raced at Pikes Peak in the past, it's a Porsche. Unlike those modified modern cars, however, this one is a ground-up creation resembling a vintage 911. It's in the style of an early 911, yes, but it's a mid-engine AWD car boasting some 1400 horsepower from a 4.0-liter flat-six. If all of that is somehow underwhelming, it also weighs just 2200 pounds.
Hoonipigasus gets some of its wordplay from the livery. Street artist "Trouble" Trevor Andrew designed the scheme, a tribute to the 1971 917/20 known as the Pink Pig. The rest comes from a partnership with Mobil 1, which lends oil expertise and a Pegasus logo in its traditional place on the side of a vintage Porsche body.
Last year, the overall win at Pikes Peak went to a Wolf GB08 prototype by a margin of over 30 seconds on a shortened course. Block will also be chasing the all-time course record, 7:57.148 in the all-electric Volkswagen ID. R, but that run was so quick that it may be safe for another year.
The 2022 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held on June 26. Block and the Hoonipigasus will be among the favorites for the overall win.
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