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Off Road Podcast 390 – The Wildest Off-Road Races You’ve Never Heard Of

This episode of the Off-Road Podcast is Sponsored by WARN, Medical Gear Outfitters, and Colby Valve.

Tonight, Aaron is one-fifth of the way there, Coy ate so much meat, Jeremy buys some meat, & Ben jumps ship

Welcome to the off-road podcast. A podcast about everything off-road. We cover the news, review products, and interview people in the off-road industry.  Your hosts tonight are Aaron, and Jeremy, and my name is Ben.  Welcome to the show.

Jeremy – packed for a trip

Aaron – Still no tires but did swap the single 37 for a 35.  I lost my gas stove in a boating accident.  School started back up. Not going snow camping.

Ben – nothing has been accomplished

COY- almost won a gun.

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News brought to you by Colby Valve

  • From Five-Door Suzuki Jimny Revealed As More Practical Mini Off-Roader
    • 5 doors
    • 13.8 inches Longer then the current gen because more doors
    • Jimny’s off-road figures embarrass much bigger rock climbers, with approach, departure, and breakover angles pegged at 36, 50, and 24 degrees, respectively, despite ground clearance of only 8.3 inches.
    • Same engine as 3dr 1.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder producing 101 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque
    • part-time four-wheel-drive system with a dual-range transfer case via either a five-speed manual gearbox or an antiquated four-speed auto
    • And we start aren’t getting it here in the states
  • And From It’s Called the Desert Beaver
    • Designed to be driven on low-speed roads as a low speed vehicle (LSV)
    • 2 versions
      • Road legal (LSV)
        • Limited to 25 MPH
        • Max payload of 700-800lbs
      • Off Road (ORV)
        • Limited to 34 MPH
        • Max payload 2,425lbs
      • The 2 versions can not be swapped by “flipping a switch”
    • 15kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack in the TeeMak limits it to a range of around 65 to 70 miles
    • Only has a level 1 charging (110v)
      • Level 2 available in the future
    • RWD only 
    • The roughly 2-hp maximum (10 hp nominally) motor is mounted directly to the live axle
    • 18” clearance

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From Jalopnik  These are the Wildest Off-Road Races You’ve Never Heard Of

  • The California 300
    • Takes place after Mint 400
    • Run by same people
    • Same machines
    • 3 high speed laps over desert
    • 70 miles long
    • Utv & unlimited trucks
    • 2nd year of race
  • The South African Cross Country Series
    • Not single event more of a series set in South Africa
    • Some of its part of the south african rally raid championship
    • Mostly mid-sized trucks ranges and hilux are super popular
  • The HARDI Australia 24 Hour Trial
    • Dual sport bikes
    • Only half finish normally
    • Been active since 1924 in South Australia
    • Happens in the middle of winter
    • Can down to 0 degrees fahrenheit with freezing rain at times 
  • The Rally Jameel
    • Arabian Desert
    • Fairly new
    • women-only navigation rally in Saudi Arabia ironically where women aren’t allowed to get licenses
  • The Trophée Andros, or Andros Trophy
    • French ice racing series
    • Started the 1990s
    • rally cars on ice
    • 2019 it became e-Trophée Andros
  • The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
    • rally raid that’s part of the FIA and FIM World Rally-Raid Championship
    • Happens after Dakar
    • Lots of same racers from Dakar rally
  • Alacan 5000
    • If you’ve listened to any past episodes you will have heard us talk about both summer and winter versions with Andy and Mercedes if not feel we suggest you check them out
  • The GP Ice Race
    • Zell am See, Austria, 
    • Going for almost 50 years. 
    • It’s set on a frozen lake in the Austrian Alp
    • close ties to the Porsche family
    • Lots of famous racers have raced in it
  • Coupe de France Camion Cross, or Truck Cross French Cup
    • Not a single race but a series
    • It Short course races
    • Cab over trucks that drift corner
  • The Nitro Rallycross
    • Started 2018
    • Lots of famous us racers Tanner Foust, Travis Pastrana and the late Ken Block
    • Bracket tourney with heat laps
    • Full contact is common
    • New EV class
    • High bank turns jumps and dirt drifting
  • The Breslau Rally
    • oldest amateur off-road rally in Europe
    • Unimogs and more!
    • Magpul made a movie about it
  •  Africa ECO Race
    •  started in 2009 after Dakar moved to South America
    • rally raid event set throughout North and West Africa that features motorcycles
  • Extreme E
    • No spectators stream based to reduce impact
    • Each Extreme E team will also be limited to eight people, which consist of two drivers (one male, one female), one engineer and five mechanics.
    • Racing all over the world
    • Started 2021

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