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Lia Block to drive Ken Block’s Hoonipigasus at Pikes Peak

Lia Block will drive her father’s Porsche 911 “Hoonipigasus” on the 2023 Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb (PPIHC) this June.

Ken Block was killed in a snowmobile crash in January, after which his household confirmed plans to proceed racing. The Pikes Peak plans had been introduced Thursday on Instagram. The put up mentioned Lia Block will likely be making a “tribute run” that won’t be timed.

The Hoonipigasus is certainly one of Ken Block’s craziest builds. Designed particularly for Pikes Peak, it is mid-engined, all-wheel-drive, and has a claimed 1,400 hp. The identify references each sponsor Mobil 1’s Pegasus mascot, and the Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig” race automobile, which was additionally the inspiration for the automobile’s livery.

On the time of its first Pikes Peak outing in 2022, Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division additionally mentioned the Hoonipgasus had a specifically designed transmission tunnel geared toward reducing the middle of gravity, GPS-actuated height-adjustable suspension that used telemetry from the earlier yr’s race, and a 2,204-pound curb weight. A large rear wing compensates for the skinny air at Pikes Peak, the place racers begin at 9,300 ft above sea degree and climb to 14,155 ft over about 12 miles.

Ken Block's Hoonipigasus Porsche 911

Ken Block’s Hoonipigasus Porsche 911

Ken Block drove the Hoonipigasus within the unrestricted Pikes Peak Open (PPO) class in 2022, gunning for an total win. An engine failure prevented him from qualifying, nevertheless.

Lia Block, who’s 16 yr previous, has some racing expertise, competing in a number of occasions in latest months honoring her father. She completed ninth in March’s American Rally Affiliation (ARA) 100 Acre Wooden Rally, which her father received seven instances. Her mom Lucy additionally competed, however was not labeled among the many finishers. The duo plan plan to enter the remaining ARA rounds.

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