Lucy Block Will Race Up Pikes Peak in an Electric Buggy
Lucy Block announced Friday she will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb event in June behind the wheel of an all-electric single-seater buggy.
Lucy, the wife of the late Ken Block, will compete in the Unlimited class on her rookie Pikes Peak outing behind the wheel of a Sierra Echo EV, which uses a steel tube-frame chassis, two-way adjustable shocks with 12 inches of wheel travel, Wilwood four-piston calipers, and rally-inspired steering. There are three 18.6-kWh batteries powering the drive system, resulting in a maximum of 300 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque delivered to the rear wheels. Top speed is 120 mph, according to Sierra Cars.
“My biggest accomplishments have always been being a mother to my kids and a strong, supportive wife," Block said in a statement. "Being given the opportunity to drive to the summit for Ken at Pikes Peak is an honor. He gave so much to the action sports community. Driving Pikes Peak International Hill Climb gives us a way to carry Ken’s spirit forward and do something he was excited to do himself. We are eager to be able to use this opportunity to create awareness around 43 Institute, and celebrate my husband’s love for motorsports and innovation."
Sierra Cars has partnered with Lucy Block to offer seven "Block Edition" Echo EVs, which mirror the car Lucy is set to drive up the hill, for sale. A portion of each sale will go to the 43 Institute, a non-profit founded following Ken Block's death with the goal of funding careers for individuals who don't have the proper funding or support systems.
Lucy won't be the only Block participating in Pikes Peak this year. Her daughter, 16-year-old Lia Block, is set to drive the 1400-hp all-wheel-drive Hoonipigasus up Pikes Peak as part of an untimed demo run to pay tribute to her father, who died in a snowmobiling crash in January.
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