One of the most anticipated annual automotive events is just days away. We already know that some of the biggest names in the industry will be unveiling new rides at the show. In addition, some rare pearls will also be auctioned. Nonetheless, the machine to watch is a 1983 Subaru GL Family Huckster.
Ken Block is a name everyone associates with outrageous stunts aboard various vehicles. His Gymkhana series saw the Hoonigan himself take different designs to extremes. After 14 years of demonstrating impressive driving skills, the team revisits the Japanese marque with the 1983 Subaru GL Family Huckster.
However, fans will no longer see the man behind the wheel. Instead, Travis Pastrana, American professional motorsport competitor and X Games gold medalist, takes over. The donor vehicle here is a 1983 Subaru GL Wagon. Performance-wise, the stock 1.8-liter flat-four is only good for about 73 hp.
Since this is a Hoonigan platform we’re talking about, the stock powertrain was quickly phased out. The 1983 Subaru GL Family Huckster now runs on a tuned boxer four with a six-speed sequential transmission. While details aren’t available at the time of this writing, the team says output is around 862 horsepower.
To handle all the extreme forces it will regularly face, the car is equipped with a heavy-duty suspension system. They also wrap the tubular spaceframe chassis with custom carbon fiber bodywork. “The Family Huckster is without a doubt my favorite vehicle to drive. I can’t wait to show the world at Goodwood and later this year at the next Gymkhana,” says Pastrana.
Image courtesy of Hoonigan