Ken Block unveils insane 1,043 kW AWD Porsche racecar
Designed specifically for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, BBi Autosport in conjunction with Hoonigan and Hoonigan Racing Division have created a bespoke Porsche SVRSR ‘Hoonipigasus’ model.
Unveiled by the man himself, Ken Block and the Hoonigan Racing Division, the ‘Hoonicorn’ comes after he sealed a deal with Audi in 2021 after 11 years of being with Ford. But here’s the thing, it is not an Audi but instead a Porsche he will be driving further proving that he is allowed to have absolute fun outside Audi’s parameters.
Speaking of the Hoonipigasus, it’s totally bonkers thanks to a twin-turbo flat-six 4.0-litre engine that gushes out 1,043 kW of power sent to both axles. It weighs only 1,000 kg and it has been specifically built to suit Block’s driving style while also featuring a transmission tunnel known as the ‘Chorizo tunnel’ for an enhanced centre of gravity.
It features a GPS height-adjusted suspension based on the previous year’s telemetry and according to the entities involved, they hope to add an overall victory to BBi’s 8 podiums with 5 class wins at the PPIHC.
“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the big reasons as to why I’m a rally driver,” said Block, co-founder of Hoonigan.
“a twin-turbo flat-six 4.0-litre engine that gushes out 1,043 kW”
“The list of drivers who have raced and won this hill climb includes many of my heroes: Walter Rohrl, Ari Vatanen, Michelle Mouton, Sebastien Loeb and Rod Millen to name a few. 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!”
The Porsche SVRSR wears a livery that pays homage to one of the most iconic racing Porches in history, the 917/20 ‘Pink Pig’ that raced only once in that shade scheme, thanks to a collaboration between Block and former Olympic snowboarder, musician, and internationally acclaimed street artist Trouble ‘Trevor’ Andrew, a.k.a. Guccighost.
Ken Block first raced up Pikes Peak in the lower-class Group N rally in 2005 at the helm of a 150 kW rally car and since then, the 54-year-old piloted his 1,043 kW twin-turbo methanol-fueled 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 in 2017 in the ‘Climbkhana: Pikes Peak film.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an invitation-only automobile hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado. It is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 26 and will mark the 100th running of the PPIHC, which features a 19.98 km course with 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet, rising to the finish line at 14,115 feet above sea level.