Ken Block will race the twin-turbo AWD monster at Pikes Peak next month.
Ken Block left Ford after 11 years and signed an agreement with Audi in 2021. His latest bespoke car does not feature the legendary Four Rings, thus it appears he is allowed to “cheat” a little. He is, however, staying within the Volkswagen Group by driving a Porsche. It’s worth noting that this isn’t a Zuffenhausen model, but rather a one-of-a-kind vehicle with a mid-mounted engine reminiscent of the 911 RSR.
When it comes to race vehicles, the insane one-off “Hoonipigasus” is decked out in a distinctive livery that pays homage to the 1971 Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig.” A huge 1,400 horsepower twin-turbo flat-six 4.0-liter engine is at the heart of the insane invention. In a custom-built race car weighing under 1,000 kilos, all of the power is directed to both axles (2,204 pounds).
The one-of-a-kind racer was designed by BBi Autosport and features a height-adjustable suspension that employs GPS coordinates based on telemetry from last year’s Pikes Peak. On June 26, the Hoonipigasus will compete in The Race to the Clouds, with Ken Block driving the hardcore coupe to the peak of Pikes Peak in Colorado. The automobile will compete in the PPO (Pikes Peak Open) class in the 100th running of the PPIHC in 2022.
Ken Block will not be competing in his first Pikes Peak event this year, as he did it in 2005 with a Group N rally car with only 200 horsepower. Fast forward to 2017, you might remember seeing him in a 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 starring in the “Climbkhana: Pikes Peak” film. The car in question also happened to have a pair of turbos and 1,400 hp like the Hoonipigasus.
For those unfamiliar with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it’s a hugely challenging 12.42-mile course with no fewer than 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet. At the finish line, drivers are at a whopping 14,115 feet above sea level.