It’s no secret that I do get to visit some awesome places, none more impressive than the HQ of Hoonigan Racing Division in Utah, US of A. On my last trip over I took ten to run around the shop and grab some shots before heading back to Salt Lake for my flight..
All the cars you’ll recognise, if you’re a die-hard and eagle eyed petrolhead. This straight away put on some immense pressure, as they’ve been shot by the absolute best automotive photographers of our generation, as well as appearing in the best internet videos ever. Then there is me, armed with a camera, feeling sick and not in the most creative mindspace , limited on time and still feeling like I’m figuring out my ISO from my F-stop.
From the outside, the Hoonigan Racing Division HQ is like any other industrial unit in the park – small signs out front indicate that inside lies more than a motor or machine shop. Once you step through the unassuming front doors, the inside is awash with colour, cool artwork, trophies, car parts and personalised modular offices built from containers and then not forgetting some of the coolest cars on the planet sit out back – could this one shop be my motoring Mecca?!
One of my favourite all time cars in the shop though is the Ford Raptor Trax F150 – it’s so wide with the extended front and rear wings, the trax give it some additional height, from it’s already lifted presence thanks to the insane package by King Shocks. The back is caged, with rear facing Recaro seats for those lucky enough to hitch a ride up a mountain to find those untouched pow playgrounds.
The Raptor Trax was parked next to a new build, the Bronco. You can see the absolute size difference between them.
Recently Ken Block and the Hoonigans have released it’s Cossi World Tour – a fresh Ford Escort Cossi will be attending some of the best rallies in the World as well as Gymkhana GRiD in Poland – hence the reason for my stop by the shop. Now you’d have seen the renders, but each time the team here seem to have the Midas touch of reinvention and come totally out of the left field
Some other cars in the shop included the old RX car. While it didn’t set the best results in the ultra competitive field, it looks moody and tough as a race car and holds its own for attention grabbing, even when hard parked next to an RS200 and spare Cossi, that was used for art and livery development for the V1 HRD Cossi – this sadly died a fiery death – check the video here
Thanks to Forest Duplessis for letting me cruise around the shop and ignore all of the ‘no photography’ signs.