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Written By Paul Holroyd

Ken Block and Hoonigan Racing Division today unveiled their next “Hoonicorn”: a one-of-a-kind, mid-engine, 1400hp, Porsche SVRSR, dubbed the “Hoonipigasus” built by Pikes Peak winning Porsche experts, BBi Autosport in partnership with Mobil 1. Hoonipigasus was built with the sole purpose of going fastest overall at the most iconic and legendary hill climb in the world, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo. Block and Hoonigan teamed up with internationally acclaimed street artist Trouble Andrew (aka Guccighost, real name: Trevor Andrew) to launch an all-NEW and special livery on this masterpiece, along with a new and different livery on Block’s current rally car, a Hyundai i20 WRC.

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In addition, Mobil 1 was announced as the official motor oil of the vehicle and will be providing support for fuels and lubricants, working with Mobil 1’s team of Formula 1 engineers. As part of the official partnership, the Mobil 1 high-flying Pegasus trademark will be featured on the Hoonipigasus, which pays homage to the brand’s icon in its name.

This is not Block’s first pass up Pikes Peak. While Block has raced here in a lower-class Group N rally car, and piloted his 1,400hp, twin-turbo, methanol-fueled 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 in 2017 as part of the “Climbkhana: Pikes Peak” film, this will be his first real go at the upper level of racing in the hill climb.

For 2022, however, Block, Hoonigan and BBi Autosport have built a machine to propel the Head Hoonigan in Charge (H.H.I.C.) to attempt overall victory, creating the first-ever mid-engine, AWD, twin-turbo vintage Porsche 911. Hoonipigasus was specifically built to suit Block’s driving style and features a transmission tunnel, known as the “Chorizo Tunnel,” that goes from shoulder height down to the front axle, resulting in a lower center of gravity. Weighing just 1,000kg, the machine features GPS height-adjusted suspension based on previous year’s telemetry. BBi has accumulated 8 podiums with 5 class wins at the PPIHC.

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“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is why I’m a rally driver,” said Block, co-founder of Hoonigan. “The list of drivers who have raced and won this hill climb includes many of my heroes: Walter Rohrl, Ari Vatanen, Michèle Mouton, Sébastien Loeb and Rod Millen to name a few. I’ve always wanted the chance to race Pikes Peak and compete for an overall win. With our team and BBi Autosport creating this amazing Porsche, we’ve got a good shot at that win, and with Trevor’s wild livery, inspired by one of the most famous Porsches in history, we’ll be hard to miss. I’m stoked to be a part of this iconic race and totally up for the challenge to add my name to those that have gone the fastest overall in the most technically challenging hill climb on the planet.”

Hoonpigasus’ creation was a decade in the making, beginning with BBi Autosport’s desire to build the ultimate vintage Porsche racecar. BBi’s most recent success at Pikes Peak was in 2021, when the team entered three cars in three different classes, taking home two class wins and one podium finish, a first in Pikes Peak history. But, in 2022, BBi Autosport is going all-in to take first overall with Block behind the wheel.

“The Hoonipigasus is an absolute dream-come-true type of build,” said the founder of BBi Autosport, Betim Berisha. “It doesn’t get any more mental from a tech, power, aero, and visual standpoint. The original vision of the car came from a longtime friend of mine, Joe Scarbo of Scarbo Performance, nearly a decade ago. We then teamed up with our most talented engineers and designers, threw the book out, and took an unconventional path. We are building the world’s nastiest 911.”

Hoonigan is known for some of the most unique liveries in all of motorsports, and Hoonipigasus doesn’t disappoint, thanks to a collaboration between Block and former Olympic snowboarder, singer and internationally acclaimed street artist Trouble (Trevor) Andrew, a.k.a. Guccighost. The livery pays homage to one of the most iconic racing Porsches in history, the Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig” that raced only once in that paint scheme but has been a crowd favorite ever since. Block, Hoonigan and Andrew have embarked upon a year-long partnership, which will include a Guccighost-inspired livery on all of Block’s race cars in 2022, including his current rally car, a Hyundai i20 WRC.

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“When Ken and the team at Hoonigan called, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to team up to create something unique and memorable,” said Andrew. “Reimagining iconic imagery and taking it in new, creative directions drives me, and in many ways my design parallels what Hoonigan and BBi have done with the car. This collaboration allows me to combine two things I love, art and competition, and for me, there’s no better partner for that journey than Ken Block.”

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an invitation-only automobile hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado. This year’s event, scheduled for Sunday, June 26, will mark the 100thRunning of the PPIHC, which features a 12.42-mile course with 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet, rising to the finish line at 14,115 feet above sea level.

About Hoonigan

Hoonigan is much more than a brand. It’s an automotive subculture, fueled on the shared passion of going fast and breaking things… then rebuilding them better than before. The company’s signature brand of vehicular savagery is on full display across their network of YouTube channels, serving daily content to a subscription base numbering in the millions. In addition to daily videos and social media content, Hoonigan has long been the production and marketing outfit behind Ken Block’s award-winning series of viral videos such as Gymkhana, Climbkhana, and Terrakhana. At the heart of it all, however, is a wide-ranging apparel collection that (along with an authentically automotive obsessed cast of characters) represents the brand’s core ethos: Having fun with cars.

About Ken Block

Ken Block ’s rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year that season in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has also won 25+ national level rallies around the globe, scored points in the WRC, and accumulated five X Games medals… including winning silver on three wheels at X Games in LA in 2012 (behind 9-time WRC champ Sébastien Loeb). In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport of rally within the United States. His keen branding and marketing acumen, combined with his talents and skills behind the wheel, have also allowed Block to achieve global fame as a rally driver through his wildly successful Gymkhana series of videos – a franchise which has garnered over 600 million views on YouTube alone. Adding Climbkhana and Terrakhana to the franchises of videos in recent years, Block’s media properties continue to bring in new fans.

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What is the Hoonipigasus based on? ›

Designed by artist Trouble Andrew, a.k.a. Guccighostas as an homage to the legendary 1971 Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig”, Hoonipigasus was created with one goal in mind – to be the fastest overall at the most iconic and legendary hill climb in the world.

Did Lia block race Pikes Peak? ›

So in four days, Block went from complete newbie status in the Hoonipigasus and at Pikes Peak to making a televised tribute run up the 12.4-mile stage. Keep that in mind when you watch her pass from the bottom to the top, featured at the end of the video.

What happened to the Hoonipigasus? ›

The Drive: What exactly went wrong with the engine, and do you know the cause of the malfunction? Ken Block: We had a cylinder basically go. It had to do with the valves and then the cylinder wall got damaged. You can ask Betim who has [laughs] more knowledge of engines and what happened.

How much HP does the Hoonipigasus have? ›

With a 1,400 HP engine and enough torque to reverse the spin of the Earth, however, the only challenge will be the long runs at the top of the mountain where the car might be aerodynamically limited.

Why is it called Hoonipigasus? ›

What's with the weird Hoonipigasus name, you ask? Well, it combines three words: Hoonigan, pig, and Pegasus. I know, the "pig" part is a bit confusing, but it's related to the pink livery and it's a tribute to an iconic race car from Porsche's past.

What engine is in the Hoonipigasus? ›

Speaking of race cars, the bonkers one-off machine dubbed "Hoonipigasus" is dressed to impress in a special livery harkening back to the 1971 Porsche 917/20 "Pink Pig." At the heart of the wild creation is a twin-turbo, flat-six 4.0-liter engine producing a colossal 1,400 horsepower.

Did Pike ever climb Pikes Peak? ›

It's an amusing and well-known fact that the massive mountain we currently refer to as Pikes Peak was never actually summitted by her namesake, one Zebulon Pike. Zeb Pike was one heck of an explorer for the United States in the early 1800s, canvassing the south and southwest under the orders of General James Wilkinson.

How fast do cars race up Pikes Peak? ›

The race is certainly not for the faint of heart: Drivers can reach speeds of more than 140 miles per hour as they climb 4,725 feet up to 14,115 feet, negotiating 156 turns, some along steep cliffs with no guard rails.

Who was the first white man to climb Pikes Peak? ›

Pike never actually climbed to the top of Pikes Peak. James Edmund is known as the first white explorer to succeed, and the name "James Peak" began to gain traction soon after.

What is Ken Block's daughter doing now? ›

Williams has announced that 17-year-old American driver Lia Block will be boarding the team on the 2024 Formula 1 Academy grid as she joins the Driver Academy Programme. She is the daughter of late motorsport legend Ken Block, who passed away in a snowmobile accident earlier this year.

How is Ken Block so rich? ›

Block's business journey began at the backflipping start line of action sports brand DC Shoes in 1993. Eleven years after its start, Block and his partner sold it for an incredible $87 million, putting Block's wealth into a high-speed chase.

Did Ken Block race Pikes Peak? ›

Ken made his rookie run on Pikes Peak in 2005 racing in the Rally Group N class alongside co-driver Alex Gelsomino. The duo finished 5th in class. Ken returned in 2022 for the 100th Running of the iconic hill climb presenting the Hoonipigasus, a BBi-built Porsche 911, 1400hp, twin turbo, all wheel drive beast.

What is the hoonitron based on? ›

The comments are the proof: The S1 Hoonitron inspires. Visually, it is modelled on the legendary Audi Sport quattro S1, while technically it combines the highlights of Audi's electric drivetrains from large-scale production and motorsport.

What kind of car is Ken Block's Porsche? ›

The Hoonipigasus is a 1400-hp Porsche 911 built to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb's Open class. The team at BBi Autosport relocated the Porsche's flat-six mill and added an all-wheel-drive system.

What engine is in Ken Block's Porsche? ›

Built by BBi Autosport and Hoonigan, the Hoonipigasus is based on a vintage , though exactly what year or model is unclear. It uses a twin-turbo 4.0-liter flat-6 engine putting out 1,400 horsepower, and instead of a rear-engine layout the Hoonipigasus is mid-engined.


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