There is no greater joy in life than the Butt Cam used in motorcycle racing. MotoGP sticks a camera on the back of the bike, pointed right at a rider’s derriere. This isn’t just my Tina Belcher-esque fascination with butts, though. It’s the one up-close view of how riders move to achieve truly ridiculous speeds on…
Nissan’s North American motorsport efforts in 2016 were marked by a renewed focus on production cars: vehicles like the GT-R that they could point to and say, “We sell that!” Problem is, Nissan’s factory effort in Pirelli World Challenge, called Always Evolving, will be losing their factory support for 2017, according…
We live in the last great age of human driving. The goal around here, most of the time, is to make sure it’s captured as artfully as possible.
You’ve probably seen the driverless race car that’s set to compete in a new series called “Roborace.” Come later this year, teams will do battle on city streets and purpose-built racetracks in what is being dubbed the “battle of algorithms.” The consensus among race fans remains that this is an awful idea. But I’m not…
Rod Hall is one of the founding fathers of off-road racing in Baja, Mexico. Over 40 years ago he made his first peninsula run before GPS, cell towers or decent safety equipment. And the mensch isn’t slowing down: next week he’s doing his 50th 1,000 mile Baja race in a truck he pulled out of a museum.
The Trophy Lite we rented to race the 2015 Baja 1000 left it all on the course. Literally. If you think that looks harsh, you should read what it felt like to ride in the thing. [Image via the author]
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Some years just don’t go as expected, in good ways and bad. But thankfully for professional racing drivers, each year brings with it a points reset and a new chance at the championship title—or to finish higher than 30th. Either way.
Dakar Rally season is upon us, baby. That means even more montages from teams with tons of money and vehicles. That pretty much means Red Bull. We just saw an awesome clip of their whole crew, but fans of the big rigs might like this spotlight on the Kamaz racing trucks even more.
America was built on speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed. (Other countries do it too, we’ve heard.) But sometimes the speed brings us some truly unexpected moments. To say that it was hard to narrow this list down to a top 30 was an understatement. However, that’s just what we’ve done: here are the 30 craziest, least…
The Baja 1000 course is full of surprises, and even a careful prerun of the course can’t prepare you for every bump on the way. But if you do see a jump, you’ve got to commit and fly far or slow down enough to roll over it gently. Half-assing gets you a face full of dirt.
[Young Andrew Combe attempts to hoist aloft a trophy as big as he is after winning the Pedal Car Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace in 1967. Photo Credit: Getty Images]
It’s almost like there are certain mistakes you can’t help but make in the first time you get out on a race track.
The 2015 Baja 1000 ran from Ensenada to about halfway down the Mexican peninsula and back again. The first real turn of the race was this drop into the wash in the middle of town, where this poor guy couldn’t quite make it off-road before crashing.
In October 2016, women from all over the world will drive SUVs, pickup trucks and crossovers across the southwest in a ten-day off-road navigation challenge called the Rebelle Rally. Ready to watch the glass ceiling get smashed with sand tires?
The upcoming 1,500 horsepower, $2.5 million Bugatti Chiron is named after one of Bugatti’s greatest racing drivers, a guy who possibly lost his best job racing there by banging his boss’ wife.
Is it a good idea to hop on a Barbie Jeep and race down a rocky hill? No, it’s not!
The Zarooq SandRacer kind of looks like a Local Motors Rally Fighter made of Legos. Both cars are conceptually similar; hand-made off-road desert coupes. But the Dubai-based crew is promising something even sweeter; a spec racing series.
Race cars come and go, but some are destined for the history books from their first shakedown. These ten are the best of the best of 2015, as chosen by Jalopnik readers.
The Baja 1000: hardcore off-road vehicles racing each other, fighting a fiercely hostile landscape. Jumps, powerslides, awesomeness. Also hours of being jostled around a steel cage and pissing into a bag taped to your leg. Wish us luck!