Driving a Mini Cooper S brings up different conversations depending on where I am. Around the mechanics at work, it’s all questions about reliability. To which I get to explain the joy that of owning basically a high mileage BMW, but with none of the badge or prestige. You can see the commiserating nods over oil…
Since Red Bull Global Rallycross went down in a smoldering heap, Americans have been deprived from experiencing top class racing on a mixture of dirt and tarmac. Fortunately with the announcement of Americas Rallycross and the FIA’s World Rallycross making their way to Circuit of The Americas in Austin this year, fans…
Americas Rallycross is North America’s next big shot at bringing delightful vehicular chaos in race form to the masses. The series’ first-ever North American round is this weekend at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas, and the course is going to be a blast.
Dirt-happy racers love to use the phrase “press on regardless,” but the inaugural Americas Rallycross event whipped out an epic display of that mantra in practice thanks to Timo Scheider. Scheider’s hood flopped up and blocked most of his windshield during most of one race, but did that stop him? Nah.
Austin, who is surprisingly from Texas, has a BMW that he wants to sell and use the proceeds for something that he can transform into a machine that’s part daily driver and part rally-racer. This is a goal we can all support, so what car should he buy?
Unpaid bills. Allegations of abusive treatment. Explosive text messages. Car companies leaving for a competing series. Once, Red Bull Global Rallycross seemed like a bright spot in the racing world: action-packed events popular with young fans where Subarus, Volkswagens and more flew across dirt and asphalt courses.…
Johan Kristoffersson won the final at World RX of Catalunya-Barcelona this past weekend, and congratulations to him, though we’re not here to talk about the racing. No, we’re here to discuss this unfortunate gent.
Americans don’t get much love in the way of top-level rally racing, and the FIA is making a big move to get those fans more interested. Yes, there has been the Red Bull Global Rallycross for a number of years, and despite its massive growth and sponsorship, the FIA recognizes it has an opportunity to take this form of…
A new “Americas Rallycross” is launching this season and taking some of the main teams from Red Bull Global Rallycross, which has been the top rallycross series in the U.S. since its first 2011 season. But, uh, about this new “Americas” series—the start of its season is in Britain.
Anyone can pick up an old beater Subaru to go rallycrossing. Resurrecting an old muscle car from a goat pen, however, makes you an instant legend. Here’s one of the greatest rallycross builds we’ve ever seen, and not because it’s particularly good at rallycrossing: Dylan Gondyke’s 1969 Mercury Cougar named “Eileen.”
“Traksi kross” appears to be something like a glorified version of what we call rallycross here in the United States, with any and all kinds of vehicles—from giant trucks to tiny hatchbacks—running a dirt course through some farm property. Every racing event should look more like this than not.
Ever since I first saw Porsche 944s and 924s on stage rallies, I have needed to take my 944 in the dirt. It is a manual. It has rear-wheel-drive. It has been stripped out and caged. I should find a new under-engine shield for the Porsche and rip sweet dirt tails. Let me show you why: this looks like a blast.
The Pacific Northwest is home to Dirtfish Rally School, the hub for rallycross (and to some extent, rally) in America. There are a few interesting reasons why.
I usually do rallycross in a white Subaru Legacy Turbo wagon. We nicknamed it the “Space Shuttle” after I sent it over some huge jumps. One of my friends got hit in it and still owes it a non-holey door, but whatever, it runs. At last month’s event, it faked me out. It started right up with a fresh battery—until it…
It took Porsche the better part of a decade to complete the inimitable 959: twin-turbo, all-wheel drive and unbelievably fast. But the company had been beaten to the punch, by a lone Finnish man with a very yellow 911, 4WD and as quick as an F1 car.
Trying to keep anything on your dashboard during a rowdy, bumpy rallycross run is all but impossible. When you’re trying to keep your ducks all in a row on top of your dashboard, I can’t help but to laugh. This is brilliant.
As a person who likes cars and often does not like spending money, racing simulators are the relatively affordable gift that keeps on giving. You can wreck cars without paying to fix them, don’t have to go further than your computer to race, and, soon enough, will be able to jump a virtual rallycross car.
We’re big fans of telling you to autocross everything, but that same piece of (good!) advice should apply to autocross’s dirtier, more laid-back cousin: rallycross. Rallycross absolutely everything. Especially if it’s classic metal.
Racing will make you hungry, but it’s definitely better to wait until you’re out of the car to assemble your lunch.