"Hoonipigasus" Reveal in L.A.
For a truly insane automotive masterpiece, think pink!
Legendary rally driver Ken Block and Hoonigan Racing Division unveiled the "Hoonipigasus" - designed specifically for the 2022 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.
By Reed Berry
Mon, May 23, 2022 08:29 PM PST
All images by LACar contributor Reed Berry
Paying homage to the famous 1971 Porsche 917/20 "Pink Pig," legendary rally driver Ken Block and Hoonigan Racing Division have unveiled the "Hoonipigasus," an awesome looking one-of-a-kind mid-engine 1,400-horspower Porsche SVRSR, designed specifically for the 2022 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.
This impressive build is a collab between Block, Pikes Peak winning Porsche experts, BBi Autosport, and internationally acclaimed street artist "Trouble Andrew" (Trevor Andrew, aka GucciGhost). Andrew not only launched a special livery on the Hoonipigasus, but a new, eye-catching livery on Block's current rally car, a Hyundai i20 WRC. Both vehicles are on display at tonight's reveal.
"The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the big reasons as to why I'm a rally driver," said Block, who hopes to add his name to the list of those that have gone the fastest overall in what is considered to be the most technically challenging hill climb in the world.
The hill climb to the summit of Pike's Peak features a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet. The finish line is 14,115 feet above sea level. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an invitation-only event, scheduled for Sunday June 26, 2022. This year's event will mark the 100th running of the PPIHC.
Block should have a good shot at a win, given the unique, unconventional build of the car. Hoonigan and BBi have created the first ever mid-engine, all-wheel drive, 4.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six vintage Porsche 911 featuring a transmission tunnel that results in a lower center of gravity. The car also features GPS height adjusted suspension based on the previous year's telemetry. The Hoonipigasus was built specifically to suit Block's driving style.
Mobil 1 is the official motor oil of the vehicle and will be providing engineering and technology support for fuels and lubricants. The Mobil high-flying Pegasus trademark is prominently featured on the Hoonipigasus, commemorating the brand's legacy as one of the winningest motor oil brands in America.
Technology and power have come together to propel Ken Block, the "Head Hoonigan in Charge," to what just might be an impressive Pikes Peak victory this summer.
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Known professionally as "The Traffic Guy," Reed Berry has been a driver safety educator for over 30 years. Reed has conducted traffic school classes and suspended license workshops throughout California, and has served as keynote speaker at safety conferences and corporate events across America. He has appeared on radio and television programs both in the U.S. and internationally to discuss safety-related issues. A contributor to LA Car since 2003, Reed Berry is a member of Motor Press Guild, the Los Angeles Press Club and SAG-AFTRA.