Lia Block to electrify Extreme E racing
Lia Block, daughter of the late, great Hoonigan Ken, is to follow her father into the world of electric tire shredding. The teenage racer will join Carl Cox Motorsport for the rest of the 2023 Extreme E season.
Block has already proved her skills in karting, Nitrocross, and rally racing where she is currently in sixth place in the overall standings. She recently joined her mother Lucy in a tribute to Ken by running Pikes Peak in the Hoonipigasus, but will now switch to battery power as she takes on the challenge of Extreme E.
Block Snr had already embraced electricity, building the Audi S1 Hoonitron, and he was also the first driver to put the Odyssey 21 off-road racer used in Extreme E to the test in 2020’s Dakar Rally.
Lia, who is still just 16 years-old, has made a big impression on motorsports through her talent, not just her name. “You can only be impressed with Lia’s determination and skill behind the wheel, and be excited by her natural ability and potential,” said Alon Shulman, Team Principal at Carl Cox Motorsport. “We’re delighted that she has joined the team and are looking forward to welcoming her to the Carl Cox Motorsport paddock.”
She will join a star-studded field when she takes to the dirt in Sardinia for the Island X Prix on July 8-9. Teaming up with Timo Scheider, she will face stiff competition against drivers such as Mattias Ekstrom, and Tanner Foust in the fast-paced off-road series.
“It is going to be my first race outside of the USA, and up against so many big names in the sport, but I am looking forward to the challenge and keen to get started,” she said.