One look at the ‘Hoonipigasus’ and you already know it’s a Ken Block car

The livery pays homage to the Porsche 917/20 Pink Pig
by Vijay Pattni | May 21, 2022
The Hoonipigasus that Ken Block will run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
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Well, if you’re going to puncture traditional motorsport norms, might as well do it properly and with something that’ll likely puncture your shins, too, if you’re not careful.

Yup, Ken Block is back, and he’s done it again. Welcome to his brand-new race car, which he’s calling the ‘Hoonipigasus,’ sporting a color scheme that pays homage to the Porsche 917/20 Pink Pig.

It has been built to fulfill Block’s long-held desire to take overall victory at Pikes Peak—a literally lofty ambition, what with the race set around racing up a mountain. Indeed, Block’s first dalliance with said mountain was in 2005 with something kicking out 200hp.

The Hoonipigasus that Ken Block will run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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He’s returned with quite a bit more. Built in collaboration between Block, Hoonigan, and BBi Autosport and a decade in the making, Hoonipigasus is a complete one-off that takes a vintage Porsche and modifies it so far beyond its base, vintage Porsche aficionados should probably look away. Believe it or not, this leviathan began life as a humble four-cylinder 912 from 1966.

To that, Block’s team fitted a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, treated it to some light fettling and witchcraft, and crammed it into the middle with 1,400hp. Block is no stranger to 1,400hp builds based on vintage machinery, of course, but this really is quite fruity.

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There are seemingly mile-long diffusers on either end of that mid-engined volcano, along with a rear-wing that probably doubles up as an electricity pylon when not delivering elephantine levels of downforce. Everywhere you look, the car just gets more and more insane.

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We’re told the all-wheel-drive Porsche features a transmission tunnel that runs from shoulder height down to the front axle for a lower center of gravity. The suspension is “GPS height-adjusted based on previous years’ telemetry,” and the whole package weighs just 1,000kg.

The Hoonipigasus that Ken Block will run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the big reasons as to why I’m a rally driver,” Block said. “The list of drivers who have raced and won this hill climb includes many of my heroes: Walter Röhrl, Ari Vatanen, Michele Mouton, Sebastien Loeb, and Rod Millen to name a few.

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“I’ve always wanted the chance to race Pikes Peak at the top level and compete for an overall win, and with our team and BBi Autosport creating this amazing Porsche, we’ve got a good shot.”

BBi founder Betim Berisha is confident, too: “It doesn’t get any more mental from a tech, power, aero, and visual standpoint. We are building the world’s nastiest 911.”

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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