DRIVE Does Some Blind Rallying: Video
Bring extra wipersby Jonathan Lopez, on
Motorsports are fun. This country has lots of options to choose from, including the straight-line acceleration fest that is drag racing, technical handling tests in autocross, and high-speed apex hunting in road racing. Rally racing is another option, but finding the right level of cost and accessibility can be hard for anyone without sponsorship money from a major energy drink company. Luckily, there’s rallycross, where wheel-to-wheel thrills meet dirt and counter steer, all for a relatively affordable cost. Drive recently gave it a shot in its latest episode of “My Life As A Rallyist,” and long story short, things get a little… blind.
There are a few things I really like about this video. First, it’s about rallying, the most incredible sport ever conceived by man. Secondly, it features an old school Impreza wagon tearing it up in the dirty stuff, complete with snowboard buckles to hold the front bumper in place. Finally, it shines a light on the incredible grassroots awesomeness of rallycross, which, in my opinion, deserves a whole lot more interest amongst enthusiasts vying for an adrenaline rush.
As you probably expect, most of the cars featured in the video are Subarus, but there are some interesting standouts, such as a beat-up looking Ford Ranger, and a very quick crosskart. The protagonist lines up against similar non-turbo Subies, and quickly finds himself in a battle towards the front. Unfortunately, a splash of mud makes it impossible for the driver to spot where’s he going. And that’s where things get really interesting.
Clocking in at seven-and-a-half minutes, this video is definitely worth a watch for anyone interested in testing their skills on the muddy battlefields of rallycross.