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.
The Focus RS RX has driven by Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud must be built to handle all kinds of abuse: jumps, dirt, getting hit on all sides during World Rallycross competition, and of course, Gymkhana videos. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how they made the car stronger, faster and more ridiculous.
I rarely think of a Volkswagen GTI as a dirt monster. It’s a car that always comes up in the context of tarmac shenanigans—track days, autocrosses, and general acts of on-road hooliganism. This assumption—fed by the low-profile tires and big, pretty wheels—is wrong. It’s downright amazing on dirt.
Global Rallycross driver, professional drifter and former Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust is already living the dream, but he managed to bring an even crazier fantasy to life. What if you had a steering wheel that let you hoon whatever you want? Behold: Gymkhana on bright yellow magic steroids.
Need some more motorsports coverage to binge on before the dreaded offseason begins? A live stream for the FIA World Rallycross Championship season finale in Argentina is free on YouTube thanks to the series, with the semifinals and final airing soon.
Everybody loves duct tape, even big-time professional race teams. Here’s a wounded-but-repaired Ford nose from Red Bull Global Rallycross’s season finale weekend in Los Angeles.
Finally, someone’s finally answering one of the critical questions we’ve had about electric vehicles: can we jump them repeatedly like maniacs without electrocuting ourselves in spectacular fashion?
Rallycross is chaos in race form. No body panel is sacred—including the ones on the top of the car. This year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross finale at the Port of Los Angeles featured a car straight-up landing on top of another car while locked in intense battle.
Well, this is certainly the most audacious, bodacious, extraordinary in top-tier motorsports so far this year. It’s also a good reminder that rallycross is incredible.
Last weekend at Gatebil, a huge motorsports gathering in Norway, X Games gold medal-winning rally car driver Liam Doran got into some serious trouble. People who attended the festival claim Doran—who has since been fired from his team—got into brawls, attacked cars, and generally acted like a shithead. Here’s video of…
I don’t think I had an appreciation for how much work goes into building a rallycross car from the ground-up until I saw this clip on Ken Block’s new Ford Focus RS RX. Every little individual component has to be assembled, and it’s fascinating to watch it all come together.
A racer’s picture of the Top Gear star-car track piqued our interest: what is the new series doing with “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car?” Well, it looks like they’re straight-up going for laughs. That and the reasonably-priced car’s replacement is better than I could have ever imagined.
Three-time British Touring Car Championship champion Matt Neal was doing something with the new BBC Top Gear track. Per one of his tweets, there may (may!) be a rallycross-style off-road section with a jump.
Rallycross is one of those fast-paced disciplines of motorsport that can take the viewer through about 11 emotions in a single turn, and this FIA World Rallycross Championship video is a great example of that—driver attempts a daring pass, spins sideways in front of the field and somehow saves it to take the lead.
You’re looking at one of the most seriously fast, capable, focused race cars on the planet. And it sounds, well, silly.
The result is not what you might expect.
It’s free to be an enthusiast, and cheap to be a rally enthusiast. I gave a brief overview before, but RallyCross is the least expensive way to get behind the wheel and channel your inner (insert your favorite rally driver here), and is well worth exploring on its own. I’ll be sharing advice from active RallyCrossers…
We’re used to seeing Ken Block enter whatever races he wants to because he’s Ken Block and he can, but for 2016, he’s trying something different: focusing on only one championship. He’s extending his partnership with Ford to tackle the World Rallycross season—and only the World Rallycross season.