2.2 liters, 12,000 rpm, and 700 hp. Sounds like a great SEMA build to us.
Over the years, the Hoonigan team has built a number of ridiculous builds, including a Hellcat-swapped Rolls-Royce and a 1,000-horsepower Camaro. For this year's mega build, the base vehicle is something you may not expect, but then again, so is the engine that powers it.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) gave the Hoonigan team a Honda Ridgeline pickup to play with, and then sent them a 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from an IndyCar. This motor revs to 12,000 rpm and, in this application, will produce around 700 hp, so this is sure to be an epic build. But it's also sure to have its challenges.
As the above teaser image shows, Hoonigan's plans for "The Indy Truck" are extreme. The racing engine wouldn't fit in the engine bay of the Ridgeline, so this pickup is set to be chopped up radically with the new engine to take the place once occupied by rear seats. There's going to be wild aero, a shrieking engine note, and a lot of metal tubing. As the video reveals, the clutch on this racing engine is "made to handle a 1,600-pound car," so while we can expect a roll cage to add to the Ridgeline's weight, the pickup is going to be gutted in every other way.
What else do we know? Well, a one-off carbon fiber and fiberglass body will be produced by Advanced Fiberglass Concepts, with this aiming to incorporate major styling cues from a modern Indy car while still retaining the Ridgeline's roots. Touring car racing will also play a role in influencing styling. Rotiform will supply custom-made 20-inch LTN forged wheels, while an X-Trac transmission will be another highlight alongside Recaro seats.
The entire build will be documented over an eight-episode series on YouTube, with the final product to be revealed at the 2022 SEMA show, which will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 1-4.