Climbing Cars

Can a jeep climb vertically up a cliff, say a sheer surface? A video showed one climbing up a cliff in Utah, though there are some viewers who believed it to be fake.

To perform this trick, you need considerable stunt knowledge. As it was performed in rainy conditions, reportedly this makes the job harder. It needs to be a 4×4 in order to maintain the required grip.

It’s so much easier at a smaller scale, hence the number of remote-control toys performing this type of stunt. When you scale things up you increase the numbers, but the gravity part of the equation doesn’t change.

Aerodynamics

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Intuition says that rugged looking vehicles are best for a cross country adventure but aerodynamics are still vital to whichever car you choose to negotiate a mountain road. Weight, size and power all play a part. When it comes to climbing mountains, a sedan is too close to the ground for rocky areas, despite their smallness. Ironically, a compact, like the Mini Cooper, is useful as it is the right size to handle country roads and also an extensive trunk space for any mountain gear. Maybe it’s not going to dig you out of quick sand, but for the average logging road it should perform well.

How about SUVs or crossovers? Yes, they can get you up there but as with any mountain traverse it helps if you have some experience. Remember that driving on rocks and fields is much harder than driving on a road. And many SUV’s are intended to look like a mountain vehicle but suited only for the city.

Here are further cars suitable for a mountain drive – Mahindra Scorpio and Vitara Brezza.

The Mahindra has a brilliant red shade and is built for negotiating the toughest of rocky roads in all but the worst weather.

Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza has a similar scarlet colour and has enough suspension to deal with the bumps in the road as you edge towards the mountain’s peak.

Uphill Racing

Just outside Nice is the beautiful town of La Turbie, site of the first uphill race in the world, also known as speed hill climbing. The sport fell slowly out of favor in France but eventually it was revived in the 1980s. There have also been races in Austria (Gaisberg) and the UK (Harewood) and various locations in the US. There have been races as far afield as Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

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Some races use racing cars while others use a kit car to race. There are smaller races out there which use everyday cars with some of them undergoing modification. The modification may be a roll cage or a rollover protection system which will protect the driver should the vehicle overturn. Sometimes cars are protected with the ability to prevent a rollover, such as anti-lock brakes and traction control, the kind of safety system you might need when negotiating a hill, but this goes against the spirit of hilltop driving.

The smaller races are in speed-trial format with competitors having two attempts to tackle the hill.

If you wish to explore the early days of hilltop driving, including pictures of the racers themselves you can do worse than browse specialist racing magazines like, Uphill Racers. Even the UK’s Stirling Moss, linked more to Formula One racing, has taken part in the hilltop driving culture. So, hilltop drivers are in good company.

What’s News: 2021 Bronco

Finally some news we can sink out teeth into! This week has been on fire in the car industry.

Now Ford unveils their 2021 Bronco. This is bigger news than a normal unveiling because the ever popular Bronco hasn’t been around since… 1997

Naturally their are a few hiccups along the way. It seems that a tire option available on your new Bronco is the Goodyear Wrangler. As Wrangler happens to also be the name of the Bronco’s competition, Jeep Wrangler, it’s not a great thing to have labeled on the side of your new Bronco.

This one falls short of a true controversy in our book though. There is an easy answer–turn the tires around? That honestly seems to be what they’re doing.

Here’s a few nice pictures and videos to amuse you.

Crossovers

It all seems to be about initials. SUV is a Sports Utility Vehicle while a CUV is a Crossover Utility Vehicle. Sometimes crossovers are sold as SUVs but don’t be fooled; the off-road handling of crossovers is not as good; most do not have four wheeled drive. If you require a car that can handle itself but isn’t over-substantial, a CUV is good route to go down.

The idea of both SUVs and Crossovers is to have a better level of comfort and interior than a simple passenger car, they are also better at handling fuel. One of the problems with the CUV is that they might be tricky if you have a large family, in which case you might wish to look at the normal SUV or something like a sedan. It’s always a good idea for a family to see how well they might fit in a car before you buy it.

Where did Crossover car start?

The origins could well be in the 1970s and 1980s with cars such as the Matro Racho and AMC Eagle. These were not traditional off-road vehicles but they had something in common with them. The Matra is interesting for the materials it was made from; polyester and fibreglass, not the first things you think of when building a car, something like steel would surely be more useful? As with later cars they were sold as off-roaders, despite lacking the 4×4 capability. 

The AMC Eagle is an even weirder vehicle. If you had an off-road vehicle, a genuine one in this case with four-wheel drive, why would you design it as a passenger car? The brown color the vehicle came in might not have helped sales, though we are looking at through our twenty first century eyes. It was in production between 1980 and 1988 with body types such as the 2 door coupé (a coupé is a passenger car with a sloping roofline at the back), a 2 door convertible, a 4 door saloon and several others. The basic setup is a Concord body with a four-wheel drive. In 1988, Chrysler took over AMC but only for one year, it just wasn’t worth their while continuing.

Sales

Because CUV’s are not as useful as traditional SUVs you might have thought they wouldn’t sell as well, but they are user friendly, simply lacking the offroad component. So, in these days of city life plenty of people are happy to have the look of an off-road vehicle without the expense of really having the functionality – which explains why 50% of all “SUV type cars” sold in 2005 were CUV and the number has been increasing over the past 15 years.

Outside the US what makes a CUV seems even less defined. Is the Audi Q7 a CUV? Some people might think it’s too substantial. What about the VW Touareg? Its handling is more like a sports car. Or maybe, just maybe, the designs of a car cannot always fit in one category.

Best of the Web: New Ford Bronco

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Pic of Concept Vehicle above may not match the prototype.

The new Ford Bronco is going to have at least two things the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t: Full-time mirrors.

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Ford dealers who were shown the upcoming SUV at a private event in February told Automotive News that it features removable doors like the Wrangler, but instead of attaching the side mirrors to them, Ford put them on the windshield frame so that they stay in place when the doors aren’t fitted.

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5 Times You Need a Truck Rental

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A “truck rental” can mean many things from needing an extended cab to pick up a couch you scored on Craigslist to a massive moving truck to get into your dream home across state lines. If you’ve ever been a truck owner yourself, you know to steer clear of calls from friends when you’ve caught wind that they’re moving—when space and power on wheels are necessary, everyone wants access to a truck.

Unfortunately for many, truck ownership just isn’t feasible. They don’t offer the best gas mileage for a daily commuter, they can take up way too much space for an urban dweller, and they’re not going to fit into those compact spots for those who are regulars at the mall.

However, when you need a truck, you need one that’s up for the job.

  1. When You’re Moving

Whether you want to move your entire one-bedroom condo in a big moving truck or simply take the big pieces of furniture in a king cab, a truck is a must when moving. Renting a truck and loading it as well as driving it yourself can save you a lot of money. However, also keep these moving tips in mind:

  • Pack room by room as early as possible
  • Load an emergency bin last complete with favorite tools, checkbooks, and other daily necessities
  • Consider hiring professionals to at least load the truck, then drive it yourself
  • Make sure your property is insured while en route
  1. When You Bought Furniture

Consider this: The delivery fee for a single couch could be up to $100. If you buy more furniture, you might get charged per piece. It can easily cost 25 percent of that to rent a spacious truck for the entire day. The benefits of truck rental over delivery include:

  • No being stuck at home to make the “delivery window”
  • You don’t have to add tipping into the mix
  • You can take care of a number of other tasks that require a truck the same day
  • Your furniture shopping isn’t dictated by delivery fees
  1. When You’re Going on a Weekend Warrior Adventure

You have the jet skis, the inflated tubes or the snowmobiles—but now what? It doesn’t make sense to buy a truck if you only head into the great outdoors with all your gear a few times per year. Renting a truck for the weekend gives you all the space you need for great outdoor activities like:

  • Hunting and fishing
  • ATVing or snowmobiling
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Camping and overnight hiking

Plus, trucks can access dirt roads and rough terrain better than any commuter car. You’ll simply be in better hands behind the wheel of a truck.

  1. When You’re Headed to a Roundup

If you’ve never been to a “roundup” before—a rodeo that’s reached festival level—you’re missing out. They happen around the country and feature rodeo finals, BBQ competitions and a raucous good time. Everyone embraces their inner cowboy or cowgirl, and it’s the perfect opportunity to slip into your Wranglers, boots and a ten-gallon hat.

However, everything comes crashing down if you pull up in a Prius. Renting a truck completes the adventure, and you can finally decide which side of the fence you fall on—Ford or Chevy.

  1. When Garage Saleing or Antiquing

These are true treasure hunts and you’re never sure what you might discover—which is exactly why you need a truck. What happens if you stumble across the perfect antique secretary you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know until you saw it?

To make the most of a Saturday hitting the sales, get a truck rental just in case. It frees you up to score the deal of a lifetime.

 

Winter Roads and Ice Roads

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Most of the time when we’re talking about winter weather and roads we’re talking about getting rid of it’s effects on the road to improve safety. However, there is a type of road which is built over snow or a similar substance called a winter road due to their reliance on seasonal climate. A special type of winter road is called ice road and this is what the majority of this article is in reference to.

If you live in a temperate region you may live your whole life without seeing an ice road. It is a road built over a frozen lake or even a bay of the ocean, though the word “road” may be pushing it somewhat.

Ice roads can be permanent or temporary–some only exist between late Fall and early Spring. Even when they are melted the lack of vegetation in a specific part of the water shows where the road used to be.

But why use an ice road when you can wait until the thaw occurs? As with many other things it comes down to expense. It’s cheaper to transport things by truck than by air freight. The other concern is that for some items, carrying by air is impractical. But the basic reason is the old adage, “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” If you can drive straight across a lake instead of taking a twisty road around it and a mountain you save a lot of time and fuel.

Making an Ice Road

In order to keep the road as traversable as it can be this routes are often snow plowed. Most people consider ice to be level, but not all types of water being frozen provide a level surface–snowplowing helps make it level.

To create a road takes more than plowing a couple lanes. Often you need to thicken the ice by drilling holes at intervals. The water from these holes floods out and in turn thickens the ice.

The vehicles on the ice road tend to be big trucks, though smaller pickups are also used. The speed limit for ice road is about 25 mph to help prevent the truck from falling through the ice.

Because you can’t just drive out onto most lakes you need some bizarre engineering. One way is a ramp made of slush. It doesn’t sound like a good solution, but it seems to work.

History of Ice Roads

Perhaps the most famous ice road in history is the 900-day siege of Leningrad. In June of 1941, the German and Finnish Army attacked and ultimately blockaded the city where many munitions were manufactured for the Red Army. The attempt to starve out the army and inhabitants failed in large part to allies driving supplies across Lake Ladoga at night. The Nazi Army simply didn’t think anyone was crazy enough to do it so they didn’t waste bombs breaking up the ice.

The ice roads in Canada have a long history going back to the 1930s. These weren’t used by trucks though but by caterpillar sleds. A number of them can be traced back to Al Hamilton of Grimshaw Transport, which still exists. Their main business is to transport fish from the topmost parts of Canada to the USA and beyond. These roads have since been improved by other trucking companies.

5 Surprising Things About Your Golf Cart (UTV)

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You know that golf cars are great little machines to drive you and your golfing buddies around the course. You also might think of them as moving refreshment stands, bringing you icy beverages and your favorite treats. Some of the posher ones might even hold your clubs or provide a radio—but it’s time to get that stock image of golf cars out of your head. They can, and do, provide so much more than a simple means around 18 holes.

Here are a few things that some golf cars feature that may surprise you. Golf may be a traditional game for ladies and gentlemen, but that doesn’t mean golf cars have to stick to the course. However, when they do, why not indulge in something more than what’s expected?golf-229395_1920

  1. Ergo Seats

You know the importance of ergonomics at work and at home—but what about at play? Ergonomic features in your golf car can make your ride even more pleasurable, whether your car is for a day on the links or regularly takes retirement community guests around the grounds. Developed via ergonomic software, seats are taller and larger to encourage proper posture. Consider the Signature Edition 4-passenger for a comfortable, ergo-friendly ride.

  1. Intelligent Drive Systems

When your golf car is used more for turf work than leisure activities, you might be facing some rocky (or snowy, or sandy) terrain. The IntelliTach 4-wheel drive system, available on the Carryall 295, 295 SE and 295 with IntelliTach, keeps you and your employees safe. This feature senses the outdoor terrain and adjusts accordingly. It’s the easiest 4×4 to use, taking the wonder and work out of navigating tricky driving conditions so your drivers can focus on the project at hand.

  1. Spacious Seating at High Speeds

You’ve probably seen those old school golf cars hauling around guests at airports and apartments at bumbling speeds. However, you don’t have to sacrifice efficiency for space when you choose a model like the TransPorter 6. It offers six seats, including the fold-down backseat, but can travel up to 17 mph. That’s about as safe of a break-neck speed that’s available, and it’ll get your guests where they’re going—whether it’s to the pool or the next flight.

  1. An Ant of a Machine

Just like ants, some golf cars provide exceptional power even for their relatively small size. For example, the Carryall 295 with IntelliTach can lift up to 500 pounds with zero counterweight and travels up to 25 mph. And the hauling and loading? It can take care of 1,200 pounds and boasts 12-inches of ground clearance. It’s an insane workhorse, which means your workload is drastically lightened.

  1. Why There Are 18 Holes…

golf-cart-3117094_1920As any avid golfer knows, there are 18 holes on a course because there are 18 shots in a fifth of whisky. While you may not be imbibing at every hole, it’s still important that the hospitality golf cars on your property are equipped with plenty of goodies. Something like the Café Express Deluxe can carry 150 12-ounce bottles, has a water drain system for easy cleanup and three separate compartments. It’s a mini food truck designed for the course.

There’s the perfect golf car for everyone, with features designed to simplify your life. Sometimes sticking to the basics makes sense. But in the case of golf cars, why settle?

 

Movies Starring UTVs!

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When you have a UTV, you see it everywhere—and that’s just how you like it! Many UTV riders seek out films and videos that feature their model or one very similar. It’s exciting to see your machine in action, complete with an all-star cast and killer score.

Crusty Demons of Dirt” (all films in the series) is the raw cult classic that kick-started the moto-x freestyle movement. In November of 1999, it got the Product of the Decade award from Dirt Rider Magazine and is a beloved classic by any and all motorbike lovers.

This film whisks you away on an African safari where the biggest dunes in the world are tackled. Featuring Bubba, Seth Enslow, and crew, it’s part Discovery Channel and part sheer craziness.

The “Terrafirma” series, especially 2 and 4, shows spectacular riding that’s perfectly edited with a soundtrack that’s nearly required on any off-trail expedition.

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“Redline 4 Life” showcases some of the most outlandish stunts that have ever been done on dirt bikes and UTVs, but a big “Don’t try this at home!” warning can’t be repeated enough.

Starring Roles

Check out The ATV Movie: “Revolutionary” to see the top riders in the world showing off their skills. Some are the underdogs of the motorsports world, coming from premier ATV practice tracks. Others show what they can do in their own backyards. Freestyle teams from around the globe are highlighted with crazy riding, unbelievable stunts, and reveal in the commentary and interviews what drives them to make their world all about UTVs.

“Butter” is another option (no, not the Jennifer Garner flick). This one is from G3 Productions and delivers the best riding in one sweet package. It follows the lives of the best UTV stunt masters in the world all in HD quality. The Guetter brothers are behind this production, traveling to awesome vistas around the US. It’s a new glimpse into the world of off-roading.

Producer Derek Guetter says, “They are going to blow people’s minds with the best riders and incredible stunning locations!”

It features big jumps, gorgeous dunes, and tracks that are sheer perfection.

Vicarious Goodness

Some things you definitely don’t want to experience for yourself, like the majority of what’s featured in the “Best of Huevos,” DVD. From Wes Miller and H Bomb Films comes some of the best UTV footage on the planet. Specializing in crashes, this DVD is the production of 12 years of labor. The Huevos series is one of the most beloved of extreme riders, but definitely serves as a warning of what not to do on your own UTV!

Just like boxers love boxing movies and singers love a good musical, UTV riders need and deserve their own homage videos. If you’re a rider, take care of your rig, and let these films take care of your craving for adventure when staying inside is on the itinerary.

What Can Your UTV Outrun?

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How fast can your UTV go? It depends on the make and model, of course, but the Polaris RZR can top out at 70 mph! Not all UTVs are built for speed—some are built to be hauling machines. Assuming the average top speed of a UTV is 50 mph, that still gives you plenty of get up and go. In fact, these UTVs can outrun many things, including some vintage rides! Even better, a maintained UTV is built to sustain high speeds for long stretches. The same can’t be said of a tired old 1965 Mustang that’s barely highway legal anymore.opel-87087_1920

While you should never try to run from the police, it’s actually a fairly common attempt in a UTV. There are scores of reports every year of riders trying to take on the fuzz by giving them a run for their money. They’re always caught, but a fast driver in a faster UTV will certainly give police a challenge. Plus, UTVs can go where police cars can’t, such as across fields and down narrow trails.

Faster than a Speeding Coyote!

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Lions run up to 49.7 MPH

If it’s ever necessary, you might want to know which animals your UTV can outrun! For starters, the coyote maxes out at 42.9 mph and the brown bear at a measly 21.7 mph (although it certainly feels a lot faster if you’re fleeing from them on foot!). A greyhound doesn’t even break the 40 mph mark, a horse can get to 54.7 mph (so some UTVs can outrun them), and a lion reaches 49.7 mph, ensuring you can barely squeak by this predator.

Few land animals can outrace a UTV, but of course the cheetah is one of them at 74.6 mph. A pronghorn can reach 60.9 mph, although it won’t be chasing your rig down the trails. For hunters who take their UTVs on expeditions, this is critical knowledge. It’s illegal to give chase in a UTV, but if you’re hunting in dangerous territories, knowing your UTV can whisk you away to safety gives you extra peace of mind.

Highway Runs

UTVs are not allowed on most highways, even though many can easily maintain minimum speeds. Still, it’s for the safety of everyone on the road. UTVs can be tough to spot, but there are some stretches of highways around the US where your machine is allowed. In these instances, you’ll easily be able to keep pace with almost any other car on the road. Just make sure you check the local laws first.

If you want a speed machine built for thrills, and with security for spills, get the experts on your side today. Get all the upgrades you need for a lightning fast, safe ride.