Ken Block will be racing in 2022 on Pikes Peak International Hill (PPIHC) on a specially built Porsche 911 called the “Hoonipigasus”.
Built BBi Autosport, the last Hoonigan car with a medium engine, all-wheel drive and a capacity of 1400 liters. It also has a specially designed transmission tunnel that goes from shoulder height to the front axle, which helps lower the center of gravity, Hoonigan claims.
The massive rear wing helps compensate for the sparse air at Pike Peak, where riders start at 9,300 feet above sea level and rise to 14,115 feet. Despite the pig name, the car weighs quite a thin 2204 pounds. It also has a height-adjustable suspension using GPS, which uses telemetry from the previous race.
As for the title, it’s a reference to Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig” who participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. Seeing the rich body of the car (the result of tests in the wind tunnel to improve aerodynamics), the racing team gave him a livery in the style of pigs with marks for various cuts of meat on real pigs. Hoonipigasus gets his own version of this one-time livery.
The 911 will compete in the Pikes Peak Open (PPO) class, which includes several restrictions in addition to safety restrictions. Block and Bbi Autosport will strive for a common victory. The latter already has eight podiums and five wins in the class at Pike Peak.
Previously, Block took the Pike Peak course on his 2017 Hoonicorn Ford Mustang “Klimbhana: Peaks Peaks” video. He also joined PPIHC in 2005 on a Group N rally car.
Hoonipigasus Porsche 911 Ken Block
Hoonipigasus is one of several projects that Block has launched since then termination of its exclusive partnership with Ford in 2021. He was clearing a garage space, selling part of his Rally cars Blue Oval.
Block is also linked to the Volkswagen Group’s cousin from Porsche Audi. That partnership focus on electric vehicles, and has already released an all-electric tribute to the Audi Quattro S1, which once dominated Pike Peak. Duplicated Audi S1 E-Tron Quattro Hoonitronthis car will appear in the future video of the Block “Electric”.