Rallycross: Auto-X in the dirt?

I was thinking  about rallycross events, if any in my area…

SCCA RallyCross in a Subaru

So, what’s rallycross?  From what I’ve researched for US-based competition of this sort, this paragraph sums it up best:   

A rallycross is an event generally held on an unpaved, flat surface, wherein the course generally consists of straight sections and connecting turns and corners.  Accent in course design is also placed on the general avoidance of obstacles such as trees, exposures, deep ditches, etc.  (DUH!) 


And as per the SCCA:


RallyCross is the most widespread and readily accessible form of extreme dirt motorsport in the Sports Car Club of America, and the perfect place to see if you have what it takes to powerslide your way to victory. Imagine a scaled down version of a rally stage laid out on a non-paved plot of land where the course is delineated by traffic cones instead of trees or rocks. 

Want to understand more?  I say pictures are always better than words.  Here’s a video – you’ll want to wait past the first 26 seconds of “artsy” intro – just click the play arrow: 

Personally, I don’t think I’d like to subject my daily driver to these conditions.  But different strokes for different folks, I guess.  So far, I’ve been talking about the amateur level of this sport.  Here’s an awesome image of Saab Racing Swede extraordinaire, Per Eklund, in his element:

Per in the air!

Here’s more Saab rally race car specific data:

A typical leading ERC series car, Per Eklund’s Saab 9-3 Turbo 16 4×4 technical specifications are a 2 litre turbocharged 4 cylinder 16 valve engine with a 45 mm turbo restrictor rated at +550 bhp (410 kW) and 800 N·m (590 ft·lbf) of torque, four wheel drive with programmable active differentials and six-speed gearbox, 1,200 kg (2,600 lb) (current FIA regulations) and will do the 0–100 km/h (about 0–62 mph) sprint in less than 2.5 seconds, thereby faster than a Formula One racer!

Now that’s racing!  And this guy is 62 years old!  What a way to be inspired to keep going & being Racing Ready!


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