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Meet Ken Block’s 1,400 hp mid-engine Porsche 911 Pikes Peak Car

Meet Ken Block's 1,400 hp mid-engine Porsche 911 Pikes Peak Car

Renowned race car driver Ken Block and the Skunk Works at Hoonigan unveiled his latest creation in Los Angeles on Monday: a purpose-built, 1,400-horsepower Porsche 911 dubbed “Hoonipigasus.” The extremely pink Porsche will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in June 2022 with Block as the pilot. Along with Huntington Beach-based tuning and motorsport gear BBi Autosport, Hoonigan and Block will compete in Colorado’s famed mountain race in the hyper-competitive, open class with other purpose-built contenders.

This year’s PPIHC is the 100th edition of the event and Block’s first time racing in its premium class. Street artist Trevor Andrew, aka “Guccighost”, designed the bright and wild livery for the special event. Even if the high wing doesn’t stand out at the June race – many of the participants use extreme aerodynamics to push the thin mountain air – the pink livery certainly will.

“At first I was like, ‘Hey, let’s call it the Hoonipig,’ it’s like the Hoonicorn, but it’s a Porsche, so we’ll call it the pig,” said Brian Scotto, Hoonigan co-founder. The race car that debuted Monday night channels the legendary Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig” who took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971.

“Then we started talking to our friends at Mobil One. If you know a lot about racing and Porsches, you know that the (Mobil One) Pegasus really lives well next to a 911. That’s when that relationship started to come together, and it’s true it all grew into the ‘Hoonipigasus’,” said Scotto.

Hoonigan and BBi Autosport said they wanted to build an overall winner at Pikes Peak, and the spec sheet shows it.

“Mid-engine, 1,400 horsepower, four-wheel drive, in a car under 2,400 pounds generating nearly 5,000 pounds of downforce. I don’t know what else we could do to give Ken a weapon to go up and have a good time with,” said Betim Berisha, founder of BBi Autosport. The car’s massive power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six mated to a modified Sadev sequential six-speed transmission and features GPS-activated, height-adjustable suspension under the wheel arches.

The latter is especially impressive: BBi took GPS-integrated data collected from last year’s event during their campaign and incorporated it into the suspension tuning of the Hoonipigasus. Depending on where the car is on the track, the system can make automatic adjustments to maximize overall grip.

The challenge ahead is especially daunting. With a length of 12.42 miles and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet (ending at 14,115 feet above sea level), PPIHC is one of the most demanding motorsports events in the world. Aerodynamics, horsepower, grip and suspension tuning are critical to success and require some huge specs to be competitive.

That may be the appeal of racers like Block. PPIHC is one of the few remaining internationally acclaimed motorsports events where almost anyone can show up with their own version of a high-altitude storming beast on the mountain road, potentially giving big-money racers a run for their money. It’s also one of the most dangerous motorsports events in the world, making legends of those who try the tricky, fast turns of the track.

It will be cool to see how the 2022 episode of this prestigious, world-renowned event goes for Hoonigan and BBi Autosport. We also hope to learn more about Hoonipigasus’ powerful motor and trick suspension in the coming weeks. Although, maybe it’s best to leave that until after the event, as they compete in an open, nearly free-for-all class where there is no shortage of race-winning imaginations among the participants.