Final yr, Ken Block deliberate to contest the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb within the Hoonipigasus, the Porsche 911-based, 1,400-horsepower mad machine Block requested BBi Autosport to construct particularly for a Pikes Peak run. Engine troubles prevented him from competing in 2022. This yr, in honor of her late father, Lia Block will run the Hoonipigasus up the mountain on an indication run. A Hoonigan assertion defined “it’s going to take a considerable quantity of coaching to pilot a race automotive of that caliber up one of many world’s most intimidating hill climb races – one thing she goals to perform sooner or later,” therefore the demo standing. She’ll have her mom’s firm in Colorado, although, Lucy Block introduced as a correct racing entry within the top-tier Limitless Class.
Lucy competes within the American Rally Affiliation Nationwide championship in a Ford Fiesta Rally3, and can drive a Sierra Echo EV in anger to the 14,115 summit. Sierra Vehicles makes hardcore, single-seater, partially-enclosed UTVs known as the 700, RX3, and Alpha. The RX3 confirmed up in Forza Horizon 5 and within the real-life document books when it set the 2WD benchmark time up New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington in 2021. The corporate currently debuted a battery-electric model known as the Echo, Lucy’s chosen experience. An 18.6-kWh battery pack powers an electrical motor from Utah-based Hypercraft that makes 300 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, getting the 1,350-pound UTV to a prime pace of 120 miles per hour. The mundane terminal velocity is not a serious handicap on a hill climb, whereas the truth that the electrical powertrain will not hand over any of its urge at altitude is a serious plus. The Echo additionally comes with a hydraulic handbook handbrake to assist Lucy preserve momentum and tight radii via corners.
Lucy stated, “Driving Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb offers us a technique to carry Ken’s spirit ahead and do one thing he was excited to do himself. We’re keen to have the ability to use this chance to create consciousness round 43 Institute, and have fun my husband’s love for motorsports and innovation.” Her automotive wears a particular livery impressed by Block’s Ford Escort Cosworth V2 from 2020, that includes Ken Block’s trademark race quantity 43 and Lucy’s Pikes Peak entry variety of 430. Sierra goes to make seven Echo Block Version automobiles just like the one Lucy’s driving, every of them autographed by the Block household, as a technique to elevate $43,000 for the household’s 43 Institute.
Pikes Peak occurs Sunday, June 25, beginning at 7:30 a.m. mountain time.