Ken Block 2022 will race the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on a purpose-built Porsche 911 called the “Honeypigasas”.
The latest Hunigan car, manufactured by BBi Autosport, is a mid-engine, all-wheel drive and 1,400 hp capacity, according to a press release from the Hunigan Racing division in the block. It also has a specially designed transmission tunnel that extends from shoulder height to the front axle, which helps reduce the center of gravity, Hunigan claims.
A huge rear wing helps compensate for the thin winds of Pike’s Peak, where racers start 9,300 feet above sea level and rise 14,115 feet. Despite its Porsin name, the car weighs approximately 2,204 pounds. It also has GPS-adjusted height-adjustable suspension that uses telemetry from previous year’s races.
As the name implies, it is a reference to the Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig” that raced in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. After viewing the car’s carved bodywork (results of wind-tunnel tests to improve aerodynamics), the race team gave it a pig-inspired lever, complete with markings for various cuts of real pork. Hunipigassus gets his own version of that one-off lever.
The 911 Pike will race in the Peak Open (PPO) class, with some safety restrictions. Block and BBi Autosport will be gunning for an overall win. The latter has already won eight podiums and five class wins at Pikes Peak.
Block previously ran the Pike’s Peak course at his “Honeycorn” Ford Mustang for the 2017 “Climbkhana: Pike’s Peak” video. He entered PPIHC in 2005 in a Group N rally vehicle.
Honeypigasas Porsche 911 in Ken Block
Since the end of its exclusive partnership with Ford in 2021, Hunipigasas has been one of several projects in the block.
The block is tied to Audi, a cousin of the Porsche Volkswagen Group. The partnership focuses on electric vehicles and has already created an all-electric tribute to the Audi Quattro S1 that once dominated the Pikes Peak. Dubbed the Audi S1 E-Tron Quattro Hoonitron, the car will be featured in the block’s upcoming “Electric House” video.