UTVUnderground.com http://www.utvunderground.com Number One in UTV & SXS News and Information Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:55:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mahindra Roxor, A NEW Kind of UTV Is Coming…. http://www.utvunderground.com/mahindra-roxor-a-new-kind-of-utv-is-coming-56015.html http://www.utvunderground.com/mahindra-roxor-a-new-kind-of-utv-is-coming-56015.html#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:45:03 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=56015

Another new UTV is on the way! Stay tuned to UTVUnderground.com for the release!

Mahindra ROXOR Off-Road

Who is Mahindra??

Mahindra & Mahindra, brands its products as “Mahindra”, produces SUVssaloon cars, pickups, commercial vehicles, and two wheeled motorcycles and tractors. It owns assembly plants in IndiaMainland China (PRC),[13] the United Kingdom,[14] and has three assembly plants in the United States. Mahindra maintains business relations with foreign companies like Renault SAFrance.[15]

M&M has a global presence[16] and its products are exported to several countries.[17] Its global subsidiaries include Mahindra Europe S.r.l. based in Italy,[18] Mahindra USA Inc., Mahindra South Africa[19] and Mahindra (China) Tractor Co. Ltd.[20][21]

Mahindra began assembling the Jeep CJ3 in 1954, and light commercial vehicles in 1965. In 1979 the licensed assembly of Peugeot diesel four-cylinder engines and transmissions began, and in 1982 a tie-up with Kia Motors to build their four-speed KMT90 transmission and transfer case was announced.[22] Mahindra’s MM range was a mainstay of the lineup and was eventually also offered with a 1.8-liter Isuzu petrol engine in addition to International and Peugeot diesels.[23] Mahindra started making passenger vehicles firstly with the Logan in April 2007 under the Mahindra Renault joint venture.[24] M&M made its maiden entry into the heavy trucks segment with the Mahindra Truck and Bus Division, the joint venture with International Truck, USA.[25]

Mahindra produces a wide range of vehicles, including MUVs, LCVs and three-wheelers. It manufactures over 20 models of cars, including larger, multi-utility vehicles like the Scorpio and the Bolero. It formerly had a joint venture with Ford called Ford India Private Limited to build passenger cars.

At the 2008 Delhi Auto Show, Mahindra executives said the company was pursuing an aggressive product expansion program that would see the launch of several new platforms and vehicles over the next three years, including an entry-level SUV designed to seat five passengers and powered by a small, turbocharged Diesel engine.[26] True to their word, Mahindra & Mahindra launched the Mahindra Xylo in January 2009, selling over 15,000 units in its first six months.[27]

Also in early 2008, Mahindra commenced its first overseas CKD operations with the launch of the Mahindra Scorpio in Egypt,[28] in partnership with the Bavarian Auto Group. This was soon followed by assembly facilities in Brazil. Vehicles assembled at the plant in Bramont, Manaus, include Scorpio Pik Ups in single and double cab pick-up body styles as well as SUVs.[29]

Mahindra planned to sell the Diesel SUVs and pickup trucks starting in late 2010 in North America[30] through an independent distributor, Global Vehicles USA, based in Alpharetta, Georgia.[31] Mahindra announced it would import pickup trucks from India in knockdown kit (CKD) form to circumvent the Chicken tax.[32] CKDs are complete vehicles that were assembled in the United States from kits of parts shipped in crates.[32] On 18 October 2010, however, it was reported that Mahindra had indefinitely delayed the launch of vehicles into the North American market, citing legal issues between it and Global Vehicles after Mahindra retracted its contract with Global Vehicles earlier in 2010, due to a decision to sell the vehicles directly to consumers instead of through Global Vehicles.[33] However, a November 2010 report quoted John Perez, the CEO of Global Vehicles USA, as estimating that he expected Mahindra’s small Diesel pickups to go on sale in the United States by spring 2011, although legal complications remained, and Perez, while hopeful, admitted that arbitration could take more than a year.[34] Later reports suggested that the delays may be due to Mahindra scrapping the original model of the truck and replacing it with an upgraded one before selling them to Americans.[35] In June 2012, a mass tort lawsuit was filed against Mahindra by its American dealers, alleging the company of conspiracy and fraud.[36]

Mahindra & Mahindra has a controlling stake in Mahindra REVA Electric Vehicles. In 2011, it also gained a controlling stake in South Korea’s SsangYong Motor Company.

Mahindra launched its relatively heavily publicised SUV, XUV500, code named as W201 in September 2011. The new SUV by Mahindra was designed in-house and it was developed on the first global SUV platform that could be used for developing more SUVs. In India, the new Mahindra XUV 500 came in a price range between 1,140,000–1,500,000. The company was expected to launch three products in 2015 (two SUVs and pme CV) and an XUV 500 hybrid. Mahindra’s two wheeler segment launched a new scooter in the first quarter of 2015.[37] Besides India, the company also targeted Europe, Africa, Australia and Latin America for this model.[38] Mahindra President Mr. Pawan Goenka stated that the company planned to launch six new models in the year.[39] The company launched the CNG version of its mini truck Maxximo on 29 June 2012.[40] A new version of the Verito in Diesel and petrol options was launched by the company on 26 July 2012 to compete with Maruti’s Dzire and Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s Etios.[41]

On 30 July 2015, Mahindra released sketches of a new compact SUV called the TUV300 slated to be launched on 10 September 2015.[42] The TUV300 design took cues from a battle tank and used a downsized version of the mHawk engine found on the XUV500, Scorpio and some models of the Xylo. This new engine was dubbed the mHawk80.[43]

Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA), the company’s U.S. subsidiary, opened a car manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan on 20 November 2017. The plant employs 250 people, and is the first automotive production facility to open in Detroit in 25 years.[44]Mahindra has also entered an app based intra-city cargo platform known as SMARTSHIFT. SmartShift is a first-of-its-kind load exchange platform for Small Commercial Vehicles. It enable’s businessmen who wish to transport cargo & transporters to find each other. The platform enables contact, negotiation & sealing the deal between the two parties at just the click of a button!

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BREAKDOWN: UTVUnderground Garage “THROWBACK” Polaris RZR XP4 1000 http://www.utvunderground.com/breakdown-utvunderground-garage-throwback-polaris-rzr-xp4-1000-55969.html http://www.utvunderground.com/breakdown-utvunderground-garage-throwback-polaris-rzr-xp4-1000-55969.html#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:12:38 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55969

BREAKDOWN: UTVUnderground Garage “THROWBACK” Polaris RZR XP4 1000

When 4 Wheel Parts & The UTVUnderground Garage team up on a build you know we go all out! The Throwback started at as a 2016 Polaris RZR XP4 1000 and was modified to become the ultimate dual sport UTV!

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SPECIFICATIONS

Vehicle 2016 Polaris RZR XP4 1000
Cage SDR Motorsports XPR-4 Fastback Shorty Cage with Roof SDR710606-P
Doors SDR Motorsports Hi-Bred Bolt-in Doors | 4 Seat – Front 1 SDR710605-F
SDR Motorsports Hi-Bred Bolt-in Doors | 4 Seat – Rear 1 SDR710605-R
Front Bumper SDR Motorsports Duner Front Bumper 1 SDR710503
Suspension SDR Motorsports +3 Hybrid Suspension Kit 1 SDR730500
Axles RCV Performance Included in SDR Hybrid Kit
Shocks Walker Evans Racing OEM Shocks
Rear Sway Bar Nelson & Nelson Rear Sway Bar Kit 1 NRP69940B
Exhaust HMF Racing Dual Full Exhaust – Brushed Finish 1 HMF035556606071
Tuner HMF Racing Gen 3/3.5 Optimzer 1 HMF639552360001
Tires Front EFX Sand Slinger Front 2 W/PSS-29-11-14
Tires Rear EFX Sand Slinger Rear 2 W/PSS-29-14-14
Wheels Front MSA 14×7 M21 Lok Bead Lock Wheels 2 W/PM21-04756
Wheels Rear MSA 14×10 M21 Lok Bead Lock Wheels 2 W/PM21-04056
Seats – Front PRP Seats GT S.E. Black and Orange Front Bucket 2 PRPA58-207
Seats – Rear PRP Seats GT S.E. Black and Orange Rear Bench 1 PRPA60-207
Harnesses PRP Seats Black 5.3 Harness 4 PRPSB5.3
Communications PCI Race Radios Ultimate 4 Radio and Intercom with Headsets 1 PRR1128
PCI Race Radios RZR “In Box” Mounting Bracket 1 PRR1427
PCI Race Radios Headset Hanger 2 PRR2450
Steering Wheel Assualt Industries Red Tomahawk Steering Wheel w/Quick Release 1 ASI100005SW1103K
Audio SSV Works Glove Box Subwoofer with Kick Panel and Cage Mount Pods 1 SSVRZR1K-5
Whip Gorilla 4′ LED Xtreme Whip with Wireless Remote 2 G/WLEDREM1004
Flags 4 Wheel Parts 4 Wheel Parts Logo Flag 2 G/WLED-REPFL-4WP
Lighting – Bumper Rigid Industries SR-Series Single Row 20 Deg. Flood LED Light – Amber 1 RIG910122
Lighting – Roof Rigid Industries SR-Series Single Row Spot/Flood Combo LED Light 1 RIG93031
Lighting – “A” Pillar Rigid Industries D-SS Flood Lights 1 RIG26211
Assault Industries A Pillar Light Bracket 2 ASI101005MC1221
Lighting – “B” Pillar Rigid Industries D-Series Dually 20 Degree Flood LED Light 1 RIG20211
Assault Industries B Pillar Light Bracket 2 ASI101005MC1521
Lighting – Rock Lights Rigid Industries 6 Piece Rock Light Kit (Amber) 1 RIG40029
Lighting – Dome Lights Rigid Industries Black A-Series LED Light – High Strength Cool White – Pair 1 RIG48209
Mirror – Side Assault Industries B2 Bomber Side Mirror Set 1 ASI101005SM05212
Fire Extinguisher Assault Industries Quick Release Fire Extinguisher 1 ASI101005FE01212
Shifter Assault Industries Hellfire Shifter 1 ASI101005SH0101
Grill Assault Industries Front Grill 1 ASI201005FG0107
Graphic Design Mad Media
Car Design UTVUnderground
Wraps ProLine  ProLineWraps.com
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Polaris RZR® RS1 to Feature Exclusively in New Red Bull GRC Class http://www.utvunderground.com/55965-55965.html http://www.utvunderground.com/55965-55965.html#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:04:06 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55965

Polaris RZR® RS1 to Feature Exclusively in New Red Bull GRC Class
New, single-seat side-by-side model to make rallycross debut May 19 in Louisville

Los Angeles, CA (February 1, 2017) – On the heels of yesterday’s official unveiling of the new Polaris RZR® RS1, Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to announce that the new model will be the exclusive vehicle used in the series’ new side-by-side class, Polaris GRC. The RZR RS1 will see its first rallycross competition on Saturday, May 19 in the 2018 season opener, taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

“Since we first announced the addition of a Polaris-exclusive class for the 2018 Red Bull GRC season, fans have been eagerly awaiting the news of which side-by-side model would compete,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “The RZR RS1 will be an exceptional addition to our grid and will provide an action-packed experience for our fans all season long.”

“Red Bull GRC is the perfect platform for the most agile RZR ever,” said Matt Boone, RZR and GENERAL® Marketing Director. “The all-new vehicle is race inspired and built for the best drivers in the world! We cannot wait for those drivers to put the single-seat side-by-side to the test.”

RZR RS1 delivers power and precision for a driver-focused off-road experience unlike any other. Featuring the power and suspension of the RZR XP® 1000’s with an upgraded drivetrain, the RZR RS1 harnesses this extreme performance in a precision-balanced chassis for unmatched agility. The single seat puts you in the optimal center-of-mass driving position for the ultimate drivers experience.

The Polaris GRC class will implement similar safety requirements and race format to the existing GRC categories. As a result, Polaris GRC competitors will see more track time than other side-by-side series. Competitors interested in racing in the new Polaris GRC category can contact info@redbullglobalrallycross.com.

Tickets are on sale now for selected events at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Stay tuned to RedBullGlobalRallycross.com and social media @GRCseries for more information.

More information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories can be found at www.Polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Red Bull Global Rallycross
Created to produce the most exciting action in all of motorsport, Red Bull Global Rallycross combines the best elements of stage rally, off-road and circuit racing in a fan-friendly environment. International superstars battle wheel-to-wheel over dirt, gravel, and the series’ signature 70-foot jump. For more information visit http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com.

About Polaris 
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2016 sales of $4.5 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.

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HUGE February Sale at 4 Wheel Parts / UTVUnderground Garage http://www.utvunderground.com/huge-february-sale-at-4-wheel-parts-utvunderground-garage-55960.html http://www.utvunderground.com/huge-february-sale-at-4-wheel-parts-utvunderground-garage-55960.html#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:18:38 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55960

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Yamaha YXZ1000R Claims Three of Top Ten Positions at King of the Hammers http://www.utvunderground.com/yamaha-yxz1000r-claims-three-of-top-ten-positions-at-king-of-the-hammers-55950.html http://www.utvunderground.com/yamaha-yxz1000r-claims-three-of-top-ten-positions-at-king-of-the-hammers-55950.html#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:24:46 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55950

Yamaha YXZ1000R Claims Three of Top Ten Positions at King of the Hammers
CJ Greaves Earns $5,000 bLU cRU Bonus as Top Finishing YXZ1000R

Kennesaw, Ga. – February 13, 2018 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces Yamaha factory-supported and bLU cRU racer CJ Greaves, along with his father, veteran off-road racer Johnny Greaves, and Kyle Anderson were among the few competitors who completed the grueling King of the Hammers (KOH) UTV Race on Wednesday, piloting Yamaha’s pure sport YXZ1000R side-by-side (SxS) before time expired. As the top finishing YXZ1000R driver with a solid 5th overall, CJ Greaves was awarded $5,000 for the Yamaha bLU cRU racing bonus.

The KOH UTV race, held annually in Johnson Valley, California, is known to be among the toughest one-day off-road races in the world, this year with only 12 UTV racers finishing out of the starting 115. It is the largest off-road racing event in North America in terms of both competitors and spectators, combining intense desert racing and daunting rock crawling.

“The sheer attrition alone witnessed at King of the Hammers is a true testament to Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road performance – of the eight Yamahas in a field of 115 UTV entries, the YXZs still made up a quarter of those who actually finished,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha’s off-road racing coordinator. “Furthermore, qualifying first and second, successfully completing the course, and securing the bLU cRU bonus – all in their first year at KOH – is evidence of the Greaves’ incredible talent as drivers, as well as the YXZ’s versatility, capability, and durability when pitted against the toughest terrain in racing.”

Although this was the first year the Wisconsin natives raced KOH, both CJ and Johnny Greaves are veteran off-road racers known for their short-course dominance in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Series in the Pro 2 and Pro 4 truck classes. CJ is also the defending champion of the TORC Series Pro Stock UTV class, entering his second year as a Yamaha factory-supported racer aboard his Monster Energy Mutant Super Soda / Maxxis / Greaves Motorsports YXZ1000R.

Rounding out the top-ten, Kyle Anderson and his Weller Racing YXZ1000R finished a respectful 9th-place overall. In addition to Anderson and the GYTR turbo-equipped Greaves duo, this year’s UTV race featured an equally impressive lineup of veteran off-road racers piloting the Yamaha YXZ1000R, including last year’s top-finishing KOH YXZ1000R racer, Jason Weller, and Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Racing Champion, Dustin Nelson.

The Yamaha YXZ1000R is the world’s only pure-sport SxS, providing unmatched direct-connection between driver and machine. Powered by an industry-first three-cylinder 998cc engine and five-speed manual transmission, the versatile YXZ1000R offers superior off-road capability, comfort and confidence in even the most difficult of terrain, including open desert, woods, and advanced rock crawling environments.

Every Yamaha SxS is proudly built at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.

View additional details on the YXZ1000R models, along with Yamaha’s full lineup on www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

Follow Yamaha at www.facebook.com/YamahaMotorUSA, www.twitter.com/YamahaMotorUSA, and www.instagram.com/YamahaMotorUSA. #Yamaha #ProvenOffRoad #REALizeYourAdventure #AssembledinUSA #YXZ1000R #GYTR #KOH2018 #bLUcRU

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATVs and Side-By-Side Vehicles, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in California since 1960, YMUS also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information about Yamaha, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

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The Textron Wildcat XX Is Coming… http://www.utvunderground.com/the-textron-wildcat-xx-is-coming-55529.html http://www.utvunderground.com/the-textron-wildcat-xx-is-coming-55529.html#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:00:35 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55529

The Textron Wildcat XX Is Coming…

UTVUnderground.com spent a few days with Textron Off-Road last week leading into the King Of The Hammers event testing the all-new Wildcat XX. While mum is the word on all the deets, what we can tell you is on February 25th the “CAT” will be out of the bag and we will be able to fill you in on everything you have been waiting to know about this long anticipated machine.

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We want to say thank you to Textron for having us out to test drive the all-new machine and we are thrilled to share with you all of the ins and outs of this awesome new vehicle!

Stay tuned….

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NEW Polaris RZR RS1 Race Video Series http://www.utvunderground.com/new-polaris-rzr-rs1-race-video-series-55940.html http://www.utvunderground.com/new-polaris-rzr-rs1-race-video-series-55940.html#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:21:36 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55940

NEW Polaris RZR RS1 Race Video Series
Polaris Introduces NEW Video Series Using Stacked Team to Highlight All-New Machine

When you claim your new machine was designed by drivers, for drivers, then you better get some drivers to show what the new machine is capable of! UTVUnderground’s Joey D., traveled alongside 20 of the top Polaris RZR team drivers & partners to Elk River, MN to formally be introduced to the all-new 2018 Polaris RZR RS1 single seat machine. Not only did the group get to be the first to see the then unreleased RZR, they were lined up head to head to compete for the first time behind the wheel of the extremely quick and agile vehicle.

Polaris called upon Mad Media & UTVUnderground to capture the epic racing and produce numerous videos to highlight the competition. Beginning on February 12th, Polaris will begin releasing these videos to bring fans and those interested in the new RS1 through the videos to engage them in the exciting, high flying competition.

WIN A FREE POLARIS RZR RS1!! CLICK HERE

You can follow the series via the @PolarisRZR pages on Instagram & Facebook, or you can visit their You Tube Channel now and watch the full series in its entirety!

Click Here To Watch Full Series

You can learn more about the all-new 2018 Polaris RZR RS1 by CLICKING HERE

 

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2018 King Of The Hammers – Recap & Extended UTV Photo Gallery http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-king-of-the-hammers-recap-extended-utv-photo-gallery-55535.html http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-king-of-the-hammers-recap-extended-utv-photo-gallery-55535.html#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:00:01 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55535

2018 King Of The Hammers – Recap & Extended UTV Photo Gallery

The 2018 Ultra 4 Racing King Of The Hammers has come and gone. Over 118 UTVs representing 28 states would line up to take on this years Can-Am UTV KOH Presented by HCR Racing race but only 12 would finish. A testament to the harshness of the course and proof that those who find a way to finish, or better yet win, are certainly some of the best racers on the planet.

The top story line from the event certainly surrounds the crowning of a new King in Mitch Guthrie Jr.. His father, 6-time King Of The Hammers winner would finish in 3rd becoming the second father & son podium finish in a row following up Shannon & Wayland Campbells 1 & 2 finish in 2017.

Branden Sims would capture his third 2nd place finish and while we have all had a laugh crowning him Queen Of The Hammers, let it be known, Sims is one hell of a rock racer. Sims time will come but his finish should not overshadow the fact that he has played brides maid now three times which is a feat in itself and one that has garnered him a tremendous amount of respect within the class and around the industry.

Off road photography.

Polaris, Can-Am, and Yamaha all stacked the deck this year. Clearly Polaris still dominates the field in terms of car count but the Can-Am Maverick X3 is not far behind with more Can-Am’s competing in 2018 than ever before. Yamaha also came out swinging with a healthy field of racers competing in their YXZ 1000 R platform.

All three OEM’s had some of their best factory drivers piloting their latest offerings with Can-Am fielding a fleet of vehicles driven by Casey, Cody & John Currie, 2017 SCORE Champion Marc Burnett, 2017 BITD Champion Phil Blurton, Casey Scherer and more.

Yamaha also came out swinging bringing back factory pilots Jason Weller & Dustin Nelson and for the first time brining short course racing champions Johnny & CJ Greaves to come play in the rocks. Both Johnny and CJ would take top qualifying honors and CJ would lead much of the race. Team Yamaha put up an honorable fight once again proving yet again that their beltless platform is a worthy rock racer.

Polaris once again fielded the deepest factory racer lineup with 6-time KOH race winner Mitch Guthrie leading the charge. Both Shannon Campbell & Blake Van De Loo who have also won the UTV KOH race once were also lined back up but behind the three kings competing was a field of hungry and worth Polaris racers all primed for their first crowning. Mitch Guthrie Jr. who had won multiple races as navigator for his legendary father was set to take on his second KOH as driver of his own machine. After qualifying 5th he knew he was right where he wanted to be to challenge for a win in 2018. He not only challenged for the win, he dominated the race by taking home the 2018 crown by a massive 40 + minute time gap.

Branden Sims, another of Team RZRs premier athletes and a former BITD & UTV World Champion would complete his third 2nd place finish this year playing second fiddle once again. However, Sims put down a valiant effort that will not be overlooked as he heads back to Hammers in 2019. Other factory Polaris drivers & notables were Wayland & Bailey Campbell, Sara Price, Jesse Johnson, Loren Healey, John Duckworth, Jami Pellegrino, The Gomez Brothers, Erik Miller and many, many more. To say the least, Team RZR was stacked with talent and once again gave the OEM a clean podium sweep leaving the other OEMs to go back to the drawing board and sharpen those pencils as to how they can knock off the giant in 2019.

While we all tend to overshadow the importance of the factory battle, and even the factory’s themselves seem to suppress their public comments of how much they want to defeat one another, its obvious by the money spent and the representatives in attendance that they are all dead set on beating one another. Dollars are being poured into factory support by all three of the major OEMs and while Textron has a minimal showing, their attendance and timing of their new Wildcat XX launch signifies that they too will be back to play in a more legit fashion in the future. For now Polaris remains supreme while Can-Am & Yamaha clearly are building efforts to dethrone them. But they will have to wait yet another year.

Off road photography.

We want to extend a huge congrats to all of the competitors. Simply lining up to take on an event like King Of The Hammers deserves credit and props and so for that our hats are off to all of you. To those 12 who finished in the allowed time, WELL DONE! You all should be celebrated and deserve to be commended for your amazing efforts. And to the top 3, Guthrie Jr., Sims, and Guthrie Sr., what can we say other than you all are the best of the best once again and deserve to stand tall on top of that KOH podium.

On behalf of UTVUnderground.com we want to extend a huge thank you to Ultra 4 Racing for putting on yet again another industry best event. The work put into this event does not go unnoticed by those of us who attend events all over the world. The staff is a pleasure to work with, especially Emily Miller and her media staff who make our jobs of chasing the race and covering the event so much easier. We also want to thank all of the teams, racers and fans running around Johnson Valley representing UTVUnderground.com. It never gets old spotting our logos, t-shirts, hats and decals being represented and for that we can’t tell you how much you are appreciated!

Lastly, to our amazing photographers, Jason, Ernesto, Harlan and Daniel, & Mad Media crew, thank you for all of your hard work!

Until next year….

UTV King Of The Hammers Race Winners

2018- Mitch Guthrie Jr.
2017- Shannon Campbell
2016- Blake Van De Loo
2015- Mitch Guthrie Sr.
2014- Mitch Guthrie Sr.
2013- Mitch Guthrie Sr.
2012- Mitch Guthrie Sr.
2011- Brandon Schueler
2010- Mitch Guthrie Sr.
2009- Mitch Guthrie Sr.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2018 KING OF THE HAMMERS STORY W/ RESULTS

Photos by Jason Zindroski // UTVUnderground.com

Photos by Ernesto Araiza // UTVUnderground.com

Photos by Daniel Schenkelberg // UTVUnderground.com

Photos by Harlen Foley // UTVUnderground.com

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Assault Army Grenade Shift Knob http://www.utvunderground.com/assault-army-grenade-shift-knob-55517.html http://www.utvunderground.com/assault-army-grenade-shift-knob-55517.html#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:31:37 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55517

Assault Army Grenade Shift Knob

Garden Grove, CA – Assault Industries introduces the new Assault Army Grenade Shift Knob for Polaris RZR & Polaris Ranger.

Assault Industries has re-released the Assault Army Grenade shift knob for Polaris RZR and Polaris Ranger. The Shift knob is CNC machined from a solid block of 6061 T6 Billet Aluminum until it resembles a grenade, it is then hard anodized black and finished with a laser engraved Assault Industries logo for a sleek tactical look.

The Assault Army Grenade Shift Knob provides a palm filling positive grip and weighed to make shifting smoother. A single retainer screw holds the knob in place. The shift knob is available now and retails for $64.99.

To learn more about this great product or to place an order, visit www.assaultind.com, call (714) 799-6711 or email sales@assaultutv.com.

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BRP Introduces new XPS 10W-50 oil for high performance off road engines http://www.utvunderground.com/brp-introduces-new-xps-10w-50-oil-for-high-performance-off-road-engines-55509.html http://www.utvunderground.com/brp-introduces-new-xps-10w-50-oil-for-high-performance-off-road-engines-55509.html#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:07:54 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55509

BRP Introduces new XPS 10W-50 oil for high performance off road engines

BRP is introducing a new XPS oil to meet the demands of high-performance off-road engines, including turbo and supercharged engines. XPS 4T 10W-50 is formulated specifically for the higher stress these engines experience, especially when used in warm temperature climates.

XPS 4T 10W-50 is blended using the highest quality synthetic base stocks and unique additives designed for off road use where extremes of moisture, heat, dust, dirt and abuse are much more common.

XPS 4T 10W-50 goes far beyond what conventional oils would to protect smaller capacity recreational engines. Conventional oils are designed for high mileage, steady rpm everyday driving, they don’t have the same kinds of corrosion and shear protection needed in recreational products with smaller oil capacities. In the off road world engines are subjected to higher RPM, constantly changing speeds and large variance in weather and terrain conditions, which is where this oil excels.

XPS 4T 10W-50 has undergone rigorous testing in worst case scenarios to prove itself and this year will be used by many Can-Am off-road racers including 2017 TORC Pro MOD UTV champion Kyle Chaney and 2017 BITD UTV Pro Production Turbo champion Phil Blurton.

XPS 4T 10W-50 will be available in April 2018

Additional product benefits:

– Shear stability from a powersports-optimized viscosity modifier to ensure oil maintains viscosity, especially in sumps shared with a transmission
– High performing detergency vs. benchmark oil testing – noted most at high operating temps/higher cylinder head temperatures
– JASO MA2
– Reinforced with antioxidants that keep oil fresh – beneficial for recreational vehicles that are not driven daily and operate in extremes

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Casey Sims Comes Out Hot at WORCS Round One http://www.utvunderground.com/casey-sims-comes-out-hot-at-worcs-round-one-55497.html http://www.utvunderground.com/casey-sims-comes-out-hot-at-worcs-round-one-55497.html#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 20:56:46 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55497

Casey Sims Comes Out Hot at WORCS Round One

February 4, 2018- Las Vegas, NV- The 2018 WORCS season is off to an awesome start! The weekend started off a little rocky, but I have the best team and amazing support! After tons of prep on my car in the weeks prior, everything seemed to be good to go. I was already in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel on Friday, and my team had planned to leave that night to meet me there. When they went to load my car, they discovered that I had a blown head gasket. It was too late to try to get parts, so they’d have to wait until the early morning to leave. After many phone calls and creative planning, they were able to get all the parts we needed along the way to Vegas and we fixed my car in the pits on Saturday afternoon. I got to walk the track with the other racers that evening, and I was able to get a good feel for what lines I thought would be best. I was ready to go for the race on Sunday afternoon!

I was up and out at the pits early on Sunday morning. My car was ready to go and so was I even though I was a little nervous. The track was tight so they were starting us two-by-two and we’d be racing the clock. I knew I wanted to be in the first row of my class, so I went to the start line over an hour early and lined up first for the SXS Youth 800 class. We’d also be racing with the SXS Production Turbo 1000 class and the SXS Women’s 1000 class. There were 22 cars in all racing at the same time, and 6 of those cars were in my class. As the turbos took off, they were moving us along and starting each row quickly. Before I knew it I was at the front of the line and the green flag dropped. I took off and was able to get ahead of my competitor by turn one. I settled in and got a good feel for the track on the first lap. The laps were going quick and I was doing them in just under 2 minutes.

This course was extremely technical and had a dirt and an asphalt section outside, and logs, tires, and an over/under tunnel/jump inside the arena. I was able to get myself into a groove, and for a while, I didn’t have anyone around me which allowed me to keep on the gas and not get hung up in traffic. As I was navigating through the course, I even passed a few 1000’s along the way! I loved this course and drove as hard and fast as I could the entire 30 minute race. I was stoked to cross the finish line in 1st place in my class! I also clocked the fastest lap in the 800 class at 1:55 and I placed 7th overall in all classes!

I’ll be racing a double header this weekend at the Quad X & UTV Racing Series round 1 and the DIRT Series round 1 at Glen Helen Raceway. This will be my first race in my RZR XP1000 and I am super excited!

Thanks so much to all of these amazing companies and people that support my program: Got Sand Performance, Addict Racing Engines, Demon Powersports, Method Race Wheels, GBC Motorsports, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, Baja Designs, Gates G-Force, RT Pro, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Elka Suspension, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co, HOK9, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, UTV Underground, and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to WORCS for putting on the event and Harlen Foley for the awesome pictures! You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

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Assault Industries Whip Mount for Polaris RZR http://www.utvunderground.com/assault-industries-whip-mount-for-polaris-rzr-55523.html http://www.utvunderground.com/assault-industries-whip-mount-for-polaris-rzr-55523.html#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:32:05 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55523

Assault Industries Whip Mount for Polaris RZR

Garden Grove, CA – Assault Industries introduces a new whip mount for Polaris RZR

Assault Industries, a leader in ultra-high quality, American made UTV/SXS products introduces a new whip flag mount for Polaris RZR XP 1000 Series UTV’s. This lightweight, low-profile solution installs securely to the rear cage mounts in the bed of the vehicle using the OEM cage bolts for a clean look.

The mount hardware is made from 3 welded laser cut high grade steel pieces that are then powder coated with a semi-gloss black finish. The Assault Industries whip mount is designed to accept popular mount bases from Buggy Whip Inc. and Whip Tech LED.

The whip mount is available now with a suggested retail price of $29.99 or 2 for $49.99.

To learn more about this great product or to place an order, visit www.assaultind.com, call (714) 799-6711 or email sales@assaultutv.com.

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2018 King Of The Hammers – A King Is Crowned… http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-king-of-the-hammer-a-king-is-crowned-55373.html http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-king-of-the-hammer-a-king-is-crowned-55373.html#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:51:16 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55373

2018 King Of The Hammers – A King Is Crowned…
Words & Photos by: Jason Zindroski // UTVUnderground.com

The UTV class shows no signs of slowing down with a record 118 UTV’s entered in the 2018 Can-Am KOH UTV Race Presented by HCR Racing. Racing started today with two at a time leaving the line every 30 seconds so the excitement and adrenaline was pumping from the get go as racers tried to battle for positions out in the desert on the first lap before heading back out for the rock sections where track position is key.



The father and son team of CJ and Johnny Greaves qualified first and second earlier in the week, and the two KOH rookies led a packed field going into the desert loop for the first lap. The UTV race is broken down into two laps with the first being out in the desert for 63 miles. After the go down Resolution and Back Door right before the main pit they head back out for 70 more miles with a large portion being out in the rocks.



CJ held his lead all through lap one with his dad close behind followed by Casey Currie, Mitch Guthrie Jr., Robert Vanbeekum and Brandon Sims all within striking distance. With the desert section out of the way it was time to hit the rocks and see where everyone stacked up. As each rock crawl obstacle came up CJ showed that he could hang as he kept his lead through the first four land marks, but a costly mistake going down Sledgehammer caused him to tip on his side.



That small mistake is all Mitch Guthrie Jr. needed as he slipped by and moved into the lead. Son of Mitch Guthrie Sr, a six-time winner of this race, Guthrie Jr. is no rookie. In most of his fathers wins Guthrie Jr. was riding shotgun so he’s very familiar with the course. Once he took over the lead Guthrie Jr. never looked back increasing his lead through head rock section. By the time he came around on his last lap and crossed the finish line he had almost a 25 minute lead over second place finisher Branden Sims.


Sims would miss a check point on course as did CJ Greaves so both were given a 15 minute penalty. That didn’t effect Sims finishing position but it did bump CJ down to fifth place. Guthrie Sr. then moved into third place rounding out the podium followed by Casey Currie.

The 2018 race also showed an increase in finishers as 12 UTV’s finished officially with three more finishing the course after the time limit.

Taking Points
Mitch Guthrie Jr. #9, 1st Place: “I don’t know what to say, it’s been a long road getting here riding with my dad a lot and we had a few wins but I really wanted to do it by myself. I was nervous going in. It’s my first time really getting in the rocks. We made it through, and it was a clean race.”

Branden Sims #913, 2nd Place: “We qualified 19th so not the best place to start, but we got out in the desert and were catching people. The desert is where I’m from. I run Best of Desert and SCORE, and I feel like I can make up time there and keep the car together. I didn’t have a chance to run all the rock trails beforehand, but I dropped Backdoor pretty nicely then I fought back and forth with the Curries an the Greaves. We got to the Outer Limits and Spooner and that was pretty surprising. I wasn’t expecting there to be that many waterfalls and cliffs. Once we got through there it was the desert section and home. I think I went back and forth with Casey Currie, four or five times. We swapped positons a lot on those limited width trails.”

Mitch Guthrie Sr. #6, 3rd Place: “This race is so special because I’ve been coming up here forever doing these rocks and four-wheeling, and it feels like home. It doesn’t get any better having my son enjoy an event that’s so important to me. It’s unbelievable (that he won), and I knew he had it in him. He’s so fast. I have no words, I’m speechless.”

C.J. Greaves #33 (age 22), 5th Place: “It came down to being rookies. We made a couple of big mistakes like when we rolled on sledge. Then we took a bad line. My dad and I spent a half hour trying to help each other. We were on rocks bigger than the rocks we rolled over. We are just happy to be out here. And hopefully we can do it again. We didn’t pre-run all of it. It takes a lot of knowledge and the rocks are crazy. I don’t even want to see the bottom of this car.”

Johnny Greaves #122: “The short course is 20 minutes, 110 percent all out. In this thing (Hammers), I had to talk myself out of being in race mode and to relax. It was tough for me. Every once in a while, I would see someone in my mirror and I’d want to take off and my co-driver would have to reign me in. It’s not a race against other competitors, it’s a race to bring the machine to the finish You can’t imagine what’s out there and what we did. I can’t believe this car finished to be honest.”

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS / FINISHING ORDER

1 MITCH GUTHRIE J 9 8:01:00 1:53:45 4:00:58 0:00:00 5:54:43
2 BRANDEN SIMS 913 8:04:30 1:50:10 4:31:48 0:15:00 6:36:58
3 MITCH GUTHRIE S 6 8:06:30 2:06:03 4:47:04 0:00:00 6:53:07
4 CASEY CURRIE 2 8:00:30 1:49:45 5:04:36 0:00:00 6:54:21
5 CJ GREAVES 33 8:00:00 1:47:08 4:55:56 0:15:00 6:58:04
6 MARC BURNETT 905 8:06:00 1:59:19 5:09:29 0:00:00 7:08:48
7 JOHNNY GREAVES 122 8:00:00 1:48:56 5:24:45 0:00:00 7:13:41
8 PHIL BLURTON 944 8:04:00 2:05:26 5:15:13 0:00:00 7:20:39
9 KYLE ANDERSON 1930 8:10:30 2:04:15 5:28:22 0:00:00 7:32:37
10 ROSS PILGREEN 111 8:07:00 2:02:20 5:42:58 0:03:00 7:48:18
11 JACOB VERSEY 4931 8:09:30 2:05:52 5:42:53 0:00:00 7:48:45
12 RICKY FARMER 4959 8:13:00 2:08:00 5:44:16 0:00:00 7:52:16
DNF LOREN HEALY 67 8:02:30 2:02:57 16:05:16 DNF OOT
DNF BAILEY CAMPBELL 35 8:05:30 2:31:42 16:15:38 DNF OOT
DNF CODY CURRIE 22 8:08:00 1:53:21 16:22:16 DNF OOT
DNF CASEY SCHERER 79 8:20:00 1:55:02 DNF DNF DNF
DNF CASEY PEOPLES 1128 8:11:00 1:56:35 DNF DNF DNF
DNF ROBERT VANBEEKUM1964 8:01:30 2:01:48 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JOHN CURRIE 202 8:03:00 2:03:28 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JEFF PALHEGYI 1931 8:14:00 2:03:47 DNF DNF DNF
DNF CODY NYGREN 1916 8:11:30 2:05:47 DNF DNF DNF
DNF DEAN BULLOCH 93 8:16:00 2:06:32 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JT WALTON 1970 8:05:00 2:10:40 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BAILEY COLE 4954 8:22:30 2:12:52 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BRENT ZIMMERMAN 31 8:14:00 2:13:24 DNF DNF DNF
DNF GARISON CALLAWAY1914 8:21:30 2:14:24 DNF DNF DNF
DNF KEVIN HART 773 8:06:30 2:14:52 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JOSH CHAPMAN 4907 8:27:00 2:17:06 DNF DNF DNF
DNF WAYLAND CAMPBELL3 8:10:00 2:18:56 DNF DNF DNF
DNF SARA PRICE 78 8:03:30 2:19:19 DNF DNF DNF
DNF LOGAN GOODALL 1950 8:26:00 2:19:43 DNF DNF DNF
DNF AARON WEDEKING 1808 8:14:30 2:20:19 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JASON ONEAL 101 8:17:00 2:22:21 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JOHN DUCKWORTH 1920 8:12:30 2:25:08 DNF DNF DNF
DNF SHANE REDLINE 4912 8:24:00 2:25:50 DNF DNF DNF
DNF GEORGE HEFFINGTON1973 8:21:00 2:26:05 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JAMES CANTRELL 502 8:11:00 2:28:10 DNF DNF DNF
DNF ERIK JOKINEN 901 8:26:00 2:29:56 DNF DNF DNF
DNF MICHAEL SAWYER 4905 8:15:00 2:30:20 DNF DNF DNF
DNF MATT CHAPMAN 52 8:16:00 2:30:27 DNF DNF DNF
DNF GREG UFFENS 1944 8:15:30 2:34:36 DNF DNF DNF
DNF KNOX GRIFFIN 278 8:03:00 2:34:57 DNF DNF DNF
DNF DUSTIN ROBBINS 311 8:09:30 2:36:00 DNF DNF DNF
DNF CONNOR FULTS 4906 8:12:00 2:37:20 DNF DNF DNF
DNF PAT OKEEFE 4923 8:19:30 2:39:52 DNF DNF DNF
DNF EVAN ENGELHARDT 1991 8:02:00 2:42:52 DNF DNF DNF
DNF TRAVIS ZOLLINGER220 8:12:00 2:43:21 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BILL BAIRD 5252 8:07:30 2:47:57 DNF DNF DNF
DNF AARON QUESADA 3124 8:10:00 2:49:42 DNF DNF DNF
DNF AARON HENRY 209 8:14:30 2:50:36 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JAMI PELLEGRINO 485 8:23:00 2:51:36 DNF DNF DNF
DNF SHANNON CAMPBELL5 8:01:30 2:57:56 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JEROD BIRZER 425 8:19:00 2:58:12 DNF DNF DNF
DNF ALAN CLARK 4975 8:04:30 2:58:44 DNF DNF DNF
DNF MATT MYRICK 2116 8:26:30 3:02:23 DNF DNF DNF
DNF PHIL CAGLIERO 21 8:03:30 3:02:32 DNF DNF DNF
DNF HUBERT ROWLAND 615 8:15:30 3:03:41 DNF DNF DNF
DNF CHRIS ARMSTRONG 706 8:15:00 3:06:42 DNF DNF DNF
DNF NATHAN OWEN 1776 8:28:00 3:08:45 DNF DNF DNF
DNF DREW SCHULTS 1932 8:19:30 3:09:16 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JUSTIN BARTH 2700 8:20:00 3:10:53 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JUSTIN COCHRAN 4972 8:25:30 3:11:24 DNF DNF DNF
DNF TOMAS LLAMAS 726 8:20:30 3:14:05 DNF DNF DNF
DNF CRAIG HONNOLL 1908 8:18:30 3:15:46 DNF DNF DNF
DNF MATTHEW WILSON 1903 8:09:00 3:17:53 DNF DNF DNF
DNF CHACE RODD 4970 8:22:00 3:19:26 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JOSHUA SMITH 1948 8:23:30 3:21:12 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JIM HENLE 411 8:17:30 3:21:26 DNF DNF DNF
DNF ROBERT FORREST SMITH965 8:18:00 3:21:31 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BLAKE VAN DE LOO1945 8:02:00 3:37:54 DNF DNF DNF
DNF JASON WELLER 1910 8:05:00 3:44:27 DNF DNF DNF
DNF SEAN STROUD 1028 8:00:30 3:45:41 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BEN COLLIER 713 8:25:30 3:46:03 DNF DNF DNF
DNF RYAN BERGAMINI 1933 8:24:00 3:46:04 DNF DNF DNF
DNF MARK MACDONALD 4910 8:24:30 3:46:39 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BRIAN FULKERSON 208 8:24:00 3:49:12 DNF DNF DNF
DNF MICHAEL LEE 211 8:23:00 3:53:31 DNF DNF DNF
DNF AUSTIN WEILAND 4927 8:04:00 4:00:22 DNF DNF DNF
DNF ERIK MILLER 921 8:05:30 4:05:25 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BILL HILLIARD 89 8:13:00 4:12:03 DNF DNF DNF
DNF TYSON SMITH 4944 8:18:30 4:18:36 DNF DNF DNF
DNF SCOTT MUCHOW 4916 8:07:30 4:20:26 DNF DNF DNF
DNF BRIAN CAPRARA 991 8:08:30 4:28:28 DNF DNF DNF
DNF CHRIS BARNETT 1961 8:07:00 4:48:22 DNF DNF DNF
DNF DARIAN GOMEZ 90 8:01:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF JESSE JOHNSON 1947 8:02:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF RON SCHAEFER 4911 8:06:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF DUSTIN NELSON 994 8:08:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF AUSTIN PENNINGTON259 8:08:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF SEAN HALUCH 1905 8:09:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF GEORGE LISENBERY1966 8:10:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF KIERAN COX 142 8:11:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF JP GOMEZ 82 8:12:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF WILL HARRIS 4903 8:13:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF RAUL GOMEZ 83 8:13:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF AARON CLARK 1002 8:16:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF COLE CLARK 24 8:16:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF DAVID MIZE 5585 8:17:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF PATRICK MURRAY 902 8:17:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF BRAYDON EDDY 4985 8:18:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF RANDY JELLEFF 4902 8:19:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF DAN WALLER 261 8:20:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF ROB FRYREAR 1999 8:21:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF MARCOS GOMEZ 86 8:21:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF BROC SMITH 1941 8:22:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF DANIEL MARKLEY 777 8:22:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF PAUL KROUT 4915 8:23:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF JEFFREY DONDA 4908 8:24:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF CHASE BRIDGMON 1975 8:25:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF TODD COOK 1110 8:26:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF TANNER STEPHENS 6851 8:27:00 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF RANDY SOUTHALL 4988 8:27:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNF LUIS GALLARDO 492 8:27:30 DNF DNF DNF DNF
DNS OCEAN RODD 4913 8:24:00 DNS DNF DNF DNS
DNS ROBBY GORDON 4977 8:25:00 DNS DNF DNF DNS

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Drive The Mint 400 Race Course During Race Week! http://www.utvunderground.com/drive-the-mint-400-race-course-during-race-week-55398.html http://www.utvunderground.com/drive-the-mint-400-race-course-during-race-week-55398.html#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:55:18 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55398 Drive The Mint 400 Race Course During Race Week!
Mint 400 adds enthusiast drive event at The Great American Off-Road Race

The Mint 400 announced today the addition of The Mint 400 Legends Rally event to their packed schedule of events during race week of the 2018 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400.  Now fans can drive The Mint 400 race course and get behind the wheel on one of the toughest race courses in off-road racing.  Participants will navigate by way of official Best in the Desert course markings to get a glimpse into what it’s like to race The Great American Off-Road Race.

The UTV-only event will take place on Wednesday, March 7th, beginning and ending in Jean, NV.  Participants can either bring their own UTV’s or rent a 2017-18 Polaris RZR for the day from Zero One Odysseys.  The 75-mile ride will be led by one of the legends of off-road racing to be announced and only 100 vehicles will be allowed to enter.  Entry includes chase support and merchandise package.

What: The Inaugural Mint 400 Legends Rally
Where: The Mint 400 Race Course
Cost: $500.00 per vehicle

*Racers, team members or crew members entered in the 2018 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 may not participate in The Legends Rally.*

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE LEGENDS RALLY

“Whether it’s UTVs, Jeeps, Raptors, or any other off-road vehicles, we want to incorporate driving events at The Mint 400 and use it as a time for all off-roaders to get together and have a good time.  Our goal with The Legends Rally is to expand on that and provide an experience for people to ride on the actual legendary Mint 400 race course that will be the battleground on race day,” commented Mint 400 CEO, Matt Martelli.

About The Legends Rally
The Legends Rally is an exciting new, approachable off-road event series in Baja, Mexico designed to preserve, celebrate and share the culture of off-roading and introduce new people to the culture in a fun, exciting and approachable way.  The Legends Rally is a culinary off-road experience that explores the stunning beauty of Baja, while enjoying gourmet food and drink prepared by local chefs and craft spirit experts from the region. Our events are led by various off-road legends including Larry Ragland, Walker Evans, Ivan Stewart and Larry Roeseler and each event will feature a different 150 to 200 mile loop starting at the famed Horsepower Ranch nestled in a quiet rural valley just outside Ensenada, Baja, CA.

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Beyond The Dirt – Mitch Guthrie Jr. (video) http://www.utvunderground.com/beyond-the-dirt-mitch-guthrie-jr-video-55382.html http://www.utvunderground.com/beyond-the-dirt-mitch-guthrie-jr-video-55382.html#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 22:22:15 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55382

Racing is only part of the story, when you go Beyond The Dirt, you learn more about the people and what it takes to be the best.

Follow Polaris RZR athlete, Mitch Guthrie Jr. as he prepares for one of the biggest off-road races in the world, the 2018 King Of The Hammers.

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2018 Nitto King of the Hammers Preview | Schedule | Details http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-nitto-king-of-the-hammers-preview-schedule-details-55376.html http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-nitto-king-of-the-hammers-preview-schedule-details-55376.html#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:08:09 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55376

One of the most popular off-road events of the year is back! The 2018 Nitto King Of The Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries is here and its time to get prepared! While many UTV racers are already on the lakebed, teams, companies and spectators alike are preperaring for the week of festivities inside and around “Hammer Town USA”! Below are some details to help you make you maximize your week and get prepared for all of the festivities!

With over 100 UTVs registered to take on this years Can-Am UTV King Of The Hammers Presented by HCR event, the UTV race is slated to be one of the hottest races of the year! Past KOH UTV winners Mitch Guthrie, Blake Van De Loo, and Shannon Campbell are on the list and ready to battle along with some other big name racers like Robby Gordon, Casey Currie, The Gomez Brothers, Loren Healy, CJ Greaves, Johnny Greaves, Bailey Campbell & Wayland Campbell. Other UTV notables to watch for are Mitch Guthrie Jr., Branden Sims, Phil Blurton, Marc Burnett, Jason Weller & Dean Bulloch.

UTVUnderground.com will hit the lake bed early in the week to partake in preparation alongside the competitors and will bring its industry leading coverage back to our fans here at UTVUnderground.com & our social channels. Mad Media will be on hand covering the event in video for us & Polaris RZR and look forward to releasing some amazing Polaris RZR sponsored coverage.

Both Can-Am & Polaris RZR will be on hand offering demo rides to the public while showcasing their latest offerings. Polaris RZR will highlight and give consumers their first chance at driving the all-new 2018 Polaris RZR RS1 center seat machine that was released on January 31st, 2018.

Stay tuned to UTVUnderground.com for the latest news & information and follow us on social media for up the minute coverage and updates!

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2018 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries
The 12th annual Nitto King of the Hammers returns as Hammertown opens Friday, February 2nd.

What started in 2007 as a bet between friends has exploded into one of the largest off-road races in the world. Held at California’s Johnson Valley OHV Area the week of February 2nd through 10th, over 50,000 people show up for the “Mad Max meets Burning Man” event known as King of the Hammers (KOH). What is considered the toughest one-day off-road race is the final event in a week packed full of racing a variety of vehicle types ranging from motorcycles to UTVs, stock, stock modified, and ULTRA4 vehicles (unlimited four-wheel drive). One common denominator rules at KOH: the drive to innovate, push the limits, and leave it all on the table as each racer strives to be King. The event answers back by celebrating each and every competitor, and giving a platform for all to shine whether a seasoned, well-funded team to the lone fabricator spending sleepless nights creating their rig on a shoestring budget, just like the crew that started it all a decade ago.

Attending KOH is a one-of-a-kind experience with a showcase of the newest off-road parts from a myriad of vendors, up close access to the pits, racing action on the famous Hammers trails, and the village vibe of Hammertown – the makeshift city built specifically for the week of racing. For those who can’t make the pilgrimage to Means Dry Lake, a substantial schedule of live webcasting and live chat allows fans from across the globe to keep up with all things KOH. In 2017, over 1.5 million people watched the action online.

Day-By-Day, Play-By-Play

February 3-4, 2018 – Schampa King of The Motos
Just as KOH mixes elements of rockcrawling and desert racing, King of the Motos (KOM) covers all the varied terrain present in Johnson Valley. Now in its seventh year, course designer and moto legend Jimmy Lewis keeps upping the ante for KOM to earn the reputation as the hardest enduro race in the country. Some past competitors have even moved down to the amateur race as a result. The entrants are just as varied as the terrain, hailing from all over the globe and focusing on motocross, trials, and enduro disciplines. A favorite part are the land rush starts, and the action is epic when the first one takes place under the blanket of darkness on Saturday night. It’s a memorable way to launch an unforgettable week.

Three race format:
Moto1- Saturday 20 +/- mile night race
Moto2- Sunday early morning Pro race with land rush start on technical 5-mile course
No GPS
Not scored for Amateurs
Moto3- Sunday late morning desert loop with 100 +/- miles for Amateurs and 150 +/- miles for Pros

Best combined score wins
Only riders can work on bikes (except for fueling in pits)

Past Winners-
2017- Colton Haaker
2016- Cody Webb
2015- Colton Haaker
2014- Cody Webb
2013- Cody Webb
2012- Graham Jarvis

Who To Watch-
Max Gerston- Finished second in 2017, EnduroCross rising star
Cody Webb- Three-time winner, finished seventh in 2017 after missing a checkpoint
Andrea Crane- Local to area with homefield advantage

Monday, January 5th – Holley EFI Shootout presented by KMC, King, and Action Sports Canopies
This event is arguably as entertaining to watch at KOH itself, and can take credit for why so many people show up early to Hammertown. On Monday night, rigs ranging from homebuilt rockcrawlers to southern rock bouncers from SRRS to compete for the fastest time up a huge vertical ledge. It’s KOH’s unique version of drag racing. Traditionally held at the Backdoor obstacle, the Shootout is moving closer to Hammertown for 2018 to accommodate more spectators. There are stadium lights and announcers with thousands of people lining each side of the course, cheering and heckling the drivers.

Format-
Fastest time wins
Top Ten earn a spot in KOH

Who To Watch-
Bobby Tanner- Past Shootout winner in “Screamin Blue” and patriarch of the Tanner clan, who are pioneers in rock bouncing
Mike Slawson- Brother of KOH winner Randy Slawson, and past KOM competitor who now has his own Bomber car
Ritchie Keith- Driver of “Plowboy”, Keith is a rock bouncing legend easily identified by his yellow and green John Deere paint schemes
Jesse Haines- Rockcrawling champion and accomplished fabricator, Haines will be competing in his recently completed buggy with 42-inch tires and rear steering


Tuesday, February 6th – Qualifying
Rather than determining starting order at random, a short course near Hammertown is used to put the fastest vehicles up front on race day. The course contains all of the elements of KOH, just in a bite-sized package. Live streaming of the biggest names takes place during the “Power Hour” at the end of the day, but the best seat in the house is right next to the qualifying course.

LCQ- There are a variety of ways to prequalify for KOH, including past performance at the event and sanctioned Ultra4 races throughout the season. These drivers qualify for starting position on race day, but there are others for whom the stakes are much higher. The Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) provides an opportunity for entry to the top 25% of the LCQ field. Sounds impossible? Both Loren Healy and Randy Slawson have won KOH in the past after earning their spot in the big show through the LCQ.

Who to watch on Tuesday-
Jason Scherer- Perennial fast qualifier not just at KOH, but nearly all Ultra4 events
John Currie- Past EMC winner from Currie Enterprises, moving up to the 4400 class
Rick Waterbury- 2016 Legends class champion debuting new 4400 car
Jordan Townsend- Moving up to 4400 from 4500 after taking the year off to put his wife through EMT school
Mike Bergman- Qualifying in a Can Am UTV, the rules allow it and he qualified this way last year.


Wednesday, February 7th- Can-Am KOH UTV Race presented by HCR
The average Ultra4 car uses 40-inch tires. The average UTV uses 29-inch tires, and they race on many of the same trails! Few finish each year, but that hasn’t stopped the UTV class from exploding in popularity. So much explosion that the word of the year for the UTV category at KOH is growth. Massive growth and a seriously competitive field. Mitch Guthrie, Sr. has dominated the UTV race nearly every year, and technically the most winning “King” at King of the Hammers, but more and more 4400 drivers are tossing their hat into the UTV ring.

Past Winners-
2017- Shannon Campbell
2016- Blake Van De Loo
2015- Mitch Guthrie
2014- Mitch Guthrie
2013- Mitch Guthrie
2012- Mitch Guthrie
2011- Brandon Schueler
2010- Mitch Guthrie
2009- Mitch Guthrie

Who To Watch-
Shannon/Wayland/Bailey Campbell- Last year the Campbells squashed any concerns about spreading themselves too thin by finishing 1-2 in both the UTV race and 4400 race.
Casey Scherer- Jason Scherer’s brother won races in 2017 in his Can Am, demonstrating that speed runs in the family.
Larry Gipson- Past 4400 racer who took a few years off to focus on family, but is coming back with his all-or-nothing mentality.
Ross Pilgreen- Portal axle UTV from Arkansas looks like a mini Ultra4 car.
Robby Gordon- Putting his own Textron UTV design to the ultimate test in Johnson Valley.
Casey Currie- Longtime short course racer will also compete in 4400.
Bailey Cole- Driving a Robby Gordon-prepped Textron UTV in addition to competing in EMC and 4400.
Bill Baird- Former 4400 driver dusts off his race suit to bring his wheels-up driving style to the UTV class.
Raul/JP/Darian/David Gomez- Two generations competing in UTV from Gomez Brothers Racing.
Dean Bullock- Former snowmobile racer and rockcrawler has been on the podium in the UTV race in the past and hopes to be on the top step this year.
Sara Price- The latest Hoonigan team driver had a rough go in 2017, but that has not deterred her from racing her UTV again this year.
Phil Blurton- More at home than the desert than the rocks, but he is no stranger to competition and has done his homework.

UTV ENTRY LIST

NAME Car Number Race Class Points
DREW SCHULTZ   1932 UTV 0
JOSH CHAPMAN   4907 UTV 0
AUSTIN WEILAND   4927 UTV 0
KNOX GRIFFIN   278 UTV 0
BRENT ZIMMERMAN   UTV 0
PHIL BLURTON   944 UTV 0
MARCOS GOMEZ   4486 UTV 0
ROSS PILGREEN   111 UTV 0
PERRY MAHANAY   2323 UTV 0
DAN WALLER   261 UTV 0
MARC BURNETT   UTV 0
DANIEL MARKLEY   777 UTV 0
JOHN DUCKWORTH   1920 UTV 0
SHANE REDLINE   4912 UTV 0
GEORGE LISENBERY   1966 UTV 0
ROBERT VANBEEKUM   64 UTV 0
RICKY FARMER   4959 UTV 0
MITCH GUTHRIE   6 UTV 0
BILL BAIRD   5252 UTV 0
WAYLAND CAMPBELL  3az UTV 0
SEAN HALUCH   1905 UTV 0
MATT MYRICK   2116 UTV 0
ALAN CLARK   UTV 0
BAILEY COLE   4854 UTV 0
JASON WELLER   1910 UTV 0
BRIAN FULKERSON   208 UTV 0
JP GOMEZ   4482 UTV 0
KEVIN HART   773 UTV 0
JIM HENLE   411 UTV 0
CODY CURRIE   UTV 0
JUSTIN BARTH   2700 UTV 0
CHRIS ARMSTRONG   706 UTV 0
SEAN STROUD 1  028 UTV 0
KIERAN COX   142 UTV 0
DAVID MIZE   5585 UTV 0
ERIK JOKINEN   901 UTV 0
JEFF PALHEGYI   1931 UTV 0
JEFFREY DONDA UTV 0
CASEY PEOPLES   1128 UTV 0
JACOB VERSEY   4931 UTV 0
DEAN BULLOCH   1909 UTV 0
BAILEY CAMPBELL   35 UTV 0
AARON HENRY   209 UTV 0
JT WALTON   1970 UTV 0
LUIS GALLARDO   492 UTV 0
BRANDEN SIMS   913 UTV 0
TRAVIS ZOLLINGER  220 UTV 0
MATT CHAPMAN   52 UTV 0
PAT OKEEFE   UTV 0
RYAN BERGAMINI   1933 UTV 0
PHIL CAGLIERO   21 UTV 0
LOREN HEALY   67 UTV 0
MICHAEL SAWYER   4905 UTV 0
JOHN CURRIE   22 UTV 0
JOHN NEIBOLD   1976 UTV 0
AARON CLARK   1009 UTV 0
WILL HARRIS   4903 UTV 0
ERIK MILLER   21 UTV 0
DREW SCHULTZ   1932 UTV 0
JOSH CHAPMAN   4907 UTV 0
CONNOR FULTS   4906 UTV 0
AARON WEDEKING   1808 UTV 0
KNOX GRIFFIN   278 UTV 0
ROSS PILGREEN   111 UTV 0
BEN COLLIER   UTV 0
CHRIS BARNETT   1961 UTV 0
DAN WALLER   261 UTV 0
CASEY SCHERER   79 UTV 0
SHANE REDLINE   4912 UTV 0
RICKY FARMER   4959 UTV 0
GREG UFFENS   1944 UTV 0
GEORGE LISENBERY  1966 UTV 0
AUSTIN PENNINGTON  259 UTV 0
BILL BAIRD   5252 UTV 0
ROBERT SMITH   965 UTV 0
BAILEY COLE   4854 UTV 0
MATT MYRICK   2116 UTV 0
GARISON CALLA..   1914 UTV 0
SEAN HALUCH   1905 UTV 0
NATHAN OWEN   1776 UTV 0
JAMES CANTRELL   502 UTV 0
CASEY CURRIE   2 UTV 0
ROBBY GORDON   4977 UTV 0
BRAYDON EDDY   4985 UTV 0
JOSHUA SMITH   1948 UTV 0
RANDY SOUTHALL   4988 UTV 0
KYLE ANDERSON  UTV 0
MARK MACDONALD   UTV 0
MICHAEL LEE   211 UTV 0
BLAKE VANDELOO   1945 UTV 0
DUSTIN NELSON   994 UTV 0
MITCH GUTHRIE JR  9 UTV 0
RANDY JELLEFF   UTV 0
BROC SMITH   1941 UTV 0
CJ GREAVES   33 UTV 0
RYAN BERGAMINI   1933 UTV 0
ROBERT F SMITH   965 UTV 0
DARIAN GOMEZ   90 UTV 0
JOHN NEIBOLD   1976 UTV 0
RAUL GOMEZ   4483 UTV 0
WILL HARRIS   4903 UTV 0
JOSHUA SMITH   1948 UTV 0
RON SCHAEFER   4911 UTV 0
JOSH CHAPMAN   4907 UTV 0
KYLE ANDERSON   UTV 0
TYSON SMITH   4944 UTV 0
BRENT ZIMMERMAN   UTV 0


Thursday, February 8th- Smittybilt Every Man Challenge (EMC)
The EMC contains three classes: the Rubicon Express Modified Class (4500), the Pro Comp Stock Class (4600), and the Legends Class (4800). Legends is one of the fastest growing classes at KOH (second only to UTVs), with close competition at every race. Each class has specific rules to ensure a level playing field, making the EMC a true drivers’ race. This year starting order will mingle 4500s and 4800s, putting the fastest cars at the front of the field.
4500- Factory appearing body, partial frame, mechanical steering, two shocks per corner, 37-inch DOT approved tires.
4600- Factory engine, stock frame, full body, single shock, 35-inch tall DOT approved tires.
4800- Front engine, two seat, solid axle, single shock, 37-inch DOT approved tires.

Past winners-
2017- Brad and Roger Lovell
2016- Brad and Roger Lovell
2015- Brandon Currie
2014- John Currie
2013- John Currie and Gerald Lee
2012- John Currie and Gerald Lee

Who to watch-
Brad Lovell- Rockcrawling and short course champion is the epitomy of the Legends class, running the same Ford Ranger buggy in Ultra4 for the past decade.
Jessi Combs- Host of The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die is racing in 4600 on Thursday and 4400 on Friday.
Vaughn Gittin Jr- Drift star got hooked on Ultra4 racing two years ago, last year he debuted an IFS Early Bronco that succumbed to new car blues, but is back this year with all the bugs worked out.
Matt Howell- Current 4500 class champion.
Bryan Crofts- Purchased Mitch Funk’s Willys buggy, has shown speed at 2017 events, first time driving in KOH.
John Grounds- Works for Poison Spyder Customs during the week, and tests their products on the lakebed, one to watch after his impressive first season.
Sean Rants- 2017 Sportsman of the year, epitomizes what Ultra4 racing is all about, always willing to lend a helping hand, has raced in every EMC since its inception.
Mad Mike Bedwell- Old Guys racing, finished 3rd in 4500 at KOH in 2017.
Cora Jokinen- Racing her Jeep in 4600, Cora co-founded Torq-Lockers with husband Eric.
Sarah Amaral- After navigating for her husband Mike for two years, now Sarah is behind the wheel.


Friday, February 9th- Nitto King of the Hammers Powered By Optima Batteries
Friday is the big show, when the unlimited class competitors battle to be named King. Your best bet at following the action is at Backdoor, Chocolate Thunder, or the new spectator area at Cougar Buttes. More interested in watching from the comfort of your camp chair? Hammertown will have a Jumbotron with live cameras and announcers calling all the action. Teams also pit in Hammertown and carve their way through the infield short course, bringing the action right to the fans.

Four racers have won KOH the past eight years, demonstrating that it takes a lot more than luck to be on the top step. Will one of them win again this year, or will a new King ascend to the throne?

Past winners-
2017- Shannon Campbell
2016- Erik Miller and Robert Ruggiero
2015- Randy Slawson and Michael Slawson
2014- Loren Healy and Casey Trujillo
2013- Randy Slawson and Michael Slawson
2012- Erik Miller and Robert Ruggiero
2011- Shannon Campbell
2010- Loren Healy and Rodney Woody
2009- Jason Scherer and Jason Berger
2008- Shannon Campbell
2007- JR Reynolds and Randy Slawson

Who To Watch-
Wayland Campbell- Came in second last year to his father, won the 2017 season championship.
Levi Shirley- Came in second in 2017 season points and finished third at KOH in 2016.
Josh Blyler- Finished 6th in 2017 in Miller Motorsports solid axle car.
Randy Slawson- Two-time KOH winner, and the harder the course the better Slawson traditionally has done.
Erik Miller- Debuting a new car that is an evolution of his previous KOH-winner solid axle cars.
Aaron Kaufman- Gas Monkey Garage star is building an Ultra4 to race in KOH.
Loren Healy- Racing a brand-new Jimmy’s 4×4 two-seat IFS car with LSX454 power.
Bailey Campbell- After finishing 5th in 2016 in a two seat, front engine, solid axle car, is now debuting an IFS car.
Brian Caprara- Debuting a new Campbell Enterprises IFS two seat buggy.
John Webb- Crowd favorite will have a new Fishmouth Fabworks IFS car, complete with his signature speakers blasting on race day.
Nick Nelson- Past ULTRA4 season champion is coming back with a new Jimmy’s 4×4 car.
Jordan Pelligrino- After racing in 4500 is moving up to take father’s place in GenRight 4400 car.
Shannon Campbell – Never count out three-time King whose experience, driving style, and absolute focus on winning makes him a formidable competitor.


2018 KOH Week Master Schedule

 

Friday February 2nd, 2018 – Opening Day

o    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Registration Open – Big Tent
o    9:00 AM Pre-Running Opens
o    9:00 AM Tech Opens at Factor 55 Tech Tent  All new 4400-4800 must tech by Tech close on Monday

Saturday February 3rd, 2018 – 4600 & UTV Qualifying – Schampa King of The Motos Part 1
o    Continue Registration (9-4) and Pre-Running
o   10:30 AM Qualifying Driver Meeting for Pro-Comp 4600/4900-UTV – Big Tent
o    11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 4600 & UTV Qualifying – Jeep Proving Grounds Short Course
o    4:00 PM Mandatory Schampa King of the Motos Riders Meeting – Big Tent
o    3:00 PM  KOM Spectator Maps at Schampa
o    6:00 PM Schampa King of the Motos Part 1

Sunday February 4th, 2018 – Schampa King of the Motos Parts 2 and 3 – KOH Kick Off Party
o   9:00 AM Schampa King of the Motos Part 2
o   10:30 AM Schampa King of The Motos Part 3
o   6:00 PM Currie Event Kickoff/Party @ Currie Booth
o   6:00 KOM Awards Ceremony – Jumbotron

Monday February 5th, 2018 – 4500 & 4800 Qualifying – Holley Efi Shootout Presented by KMC, King & Action Sports Canopies
o    Pre-Running Day
o    9:00 AM Mandatory 4500 & 4800 Drivers Meeting for Qualifying – Big Tent
o    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 4500 & 4800 Qualifying – Jeep Proving Grounds Short Course
o    12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Vendor Hours in Hammertown
o    4:30 PM 4400 Mandatory Drivers meeting for Qualifying – Big Tent
o    5:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting for Shootout – Big Tent
o    6:00 PM Holley Efi Shootout Presented by KMC, King & Action Sports Canopies

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 – 4400 Qualifying
o   12:00 – 6:00 PM UTV Tech and Contingency EMC may tech as well – Hammertown
o    12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Vendor Hours in Hammertown
o   3:45 PM Awards Ceremony for Shootout Participants before Power Hour
o    4:00 PM Axial R/C practice in Hammertown @ Axial Booth
o    5:00 PM Close of Qualifying
o    6:00 PM Mandatory drivers meeting for all KOH UTV racers
o    6:30 PM Axial R/C races in Hammertown @ Axial Booth

Wednesday February 7th, 2018 – Can-Am KOH UTV Race Presented by HCR
o    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Can-Am KOH UTV Race Presented by HCR
o    12:00 – 6:00 PM EMC Tech and Contingency – Hammertown
o    12:00 – 8:00 PM Vendor Hours in Hammertown
o    4:00 PM Axial R/C practice in Hammertown @ Axial Booth
o    6:00 PM KMC Belly Flop Contest at KMC Booth
o    6:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting for Smittybilt Every Man Challenge Race – Big Tent
o    6:30 PM Axial R/C races in Hammertown @ Axial Booth
o    8:00 PM King Shocks Party at King Shocks Booth

Thursday February 8th, 2018 – Smittybilt Every Man Challenge
o    8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Smittybilt Every Man Challenge Race
o   12:00 – 7:00 PM KOH Tech and Contingency in Hammertown
o    12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Vendor Hours in Hammertown
o    4:00 PM Axial R/C practice in Hammertown @ Axial Booth
o    6:00 PM Monster Energy Volunteer Dinner
o    6:30 PM Axial R/C races in Hammertown @ Axial Booth
o   7:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting for KOH – Big Tent
o   7:00 PM Rigid We Own the Night Poker Run – See Rigid Booth
o   8:00 PM Volunteer Staffing meeting

Friday February 9th, 2018 – Nitto King of The Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries
o    6:00 AM Driver Line Up 2018 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima
o    12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Vendor Hours in Hammertown
o    8:00 AM – 10:00 PM 2018 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries

Saturday February 10th, 2018 – Closing Ceremonies – Genright KOH Experience – Axial Altra 5K
o    9:00 AM Awards Ceremony UTV – KOH – EMC – Big Tent
o    10:30 AM KOH The Experience with Genright – Hammertown
o    11:00 AM Axial ALTRA 5K and Adventure R/C Crawl

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Chad Ragland | Race In Peace……
by Joey “Joey D” DiGiovanni – Photos via UTVUnderground.com / Mad Media

It has been a week since Chad W. Ragland’s passing. It has taken this many days for me to collect my thoughts and to find the strength to put this tribute together. And as I comb through the years of memories, sourcing all the awesome images for my story, I can’t help but want to reach for the phone and text or call my friend to laugh or reminisce. Unfortunately its not that simple anymore. So instead, I will speak to him through these words and will share with all of you the Chad Ragland I knew.

Chad Ragland was born on November 27th, 1970. The son of an off-road racing legend, Chad grew up idolizing his father and would later leave his own mark as a driving talent. Racing and driving anything with an engine was certainly Chad’s passion, I learned that from the day I met him. But once I got to know him I realized there was much more to who Chad was as man, a friend, a son, father, husband, business owner, and person in general. He was special, a true gentleman and as fun a guy you could ever be around. He was a gift from heaven.

The first time I met Chad…

I first met Chad on a shoot with Mad Media at Glen Helen Raceway sometime back in 2011. It was the first time I had ever attended a Mad Media shoot. I was simply the new guy with some cool golf carts that would lend some assistance for this commercial they were all working on together called “Carl Goes To Work”. For this shoot, Chad was a stand in driver for Carl Renezeder in a simulation where Carl took a new Ford Raptor off-road to get to work. I was so thrilled to be on a shoot with this talented group and as a lifelong off-road fanatic you better believe I was pretty stoked to be able to hang out with Chad Ragland. The details I remember from this shoot are pretty funny… well, not funny for everyone. Matt Martelli had borrowed this brand new Ford Raptor from Kelli Willmore and knowing Matt he probably told her something along the lines of “we will just be cruising”. Anyone who knows Matt knows there will be no cruising and anyone who knows Chad knows that whatever he is thrown the keys too will likely get pushed to its limits. It didn’t take more than a few big off-camber leaps at speed before the exhaust was flopping around like wet noodle. Chad and I crawled beneath this borrowed unit, had a laugh when we saw what was busted and went to work using some tie wire I had stashed in my truck. We patched her up. A bent frame later and Kelli got her truck back… Sorry Kelli…

That shoot led to a pretty special friendship between Chad and I. We had connected thanks to Martelli on numerous other jobs over those early years which usually involved me and my UTVs being used as camera cars to chase Chad around while he flogged other peoples equipment. Seeing his driving talents on display, and being able to watch him work was pretty inspiring. Chad was pro at what he did, but he was so casual in how he did it. He always had the sense of a guy who was just “winging it”, and it was cool.

I can’t remember when or how the conversation of him actually coming along with me on a trip in UTVs happened, but it would finally all come together in 2013. I had covered the Rally On The Rocks event in Moab, UT a few times and was looking for a way to mix it up. I proposed the idea to Mad Media and Polaris about brining along Chad Ragland, putting him in a RZR for the first time in Moab, and letting him tell the story of the event through his own eyes. He was a legit off-road racer in the Trophy Truck ranks just coming off his years as driver for the top notch T-Force & Baldwin Motorsports programs. I thought it would be cool for the off-road world to hear it from one of the respected top drivers about how cool UTVs were. They agreed and so did he, so off to Moab we went, piled in a truck together from So Cal to the slick rocks of Moab. 15 gas stations and $200 in road snacks later and we had arrived.

My plan worked to perfection that trip and Chad was awesome on camera just as I knew he would be. He fell in love not only with Moab but with the Polaris RZR platform. He went on and on during the trip about how cool it would be if we did this to them or did that and why do people do this when they could do that!? His wheels were turning and it soon became the catalyst to creating CageWRX. It wasn’t more than a few days later before Chad and Larry were over looking at my RZRs and shopping around for ideas and seeing how things were being done in the industry. I lined up a couple of deals through Polaris and before I knew it Chad & Larry were owners of their very own RZRs. I like to think that I was the reason Chad STEPPED UP from TT’s to UTVs… lol It was a really special time as I think back on it.

We had many discussions during this period, weekly and sometimes daily about the industry. He couldn’t get enough of the sport and its potential, and he was driving me crazy with all the technical questions and industry questions. He and his soon to be business partner Danny Gormican soon started talking and Chad contacted Matt and I about also being partners in this new roll cage company he wanted to start. He wanted to professionally build Weld-It-Yourself roll cages for Polaris RZRs and I thought he was nuts. I told him I was not interested in a cage-in-a-box business and that I thought it was a terrible idea. People don’t want to weld their own cages I tried to explain. I didn’t care how advanced the techniques were, it wasn’t going to work. He respectfully accepted my decline to his offer.

He and Danny would then go on to revolutionize the industry, change the way cages were built and sold and show me how little I actually knew about my own sport. He proved me wrong, BIG TIME, and I couldn’t have been more happy for him. I am so proud of what Chad, Danny and the CageWRX staff have gone on to do. Its a thriving business, and Chad was so proud of his products. Up until the day he passed he was thinking of new products and couldn’t wait to get back into the shop with his team and get to work. His work will live on forever with CageWRX and there will never be a time that I see one of their products and not think of him.

One day in late 2014 I was driving somewhere in my truck and my wheels began to turn. I had this brilliant idea that I wanted to go racing. I knew I didn’t have the time to go at it alone, nor did I want to do it alone. It took me all of about five seconds to decide I wanted to go racing with Chad & Larry Ragland. I knew that if I told Polaris that I could get Larry Ragland out of racing retirement to go racing in a RZR that they would be all about it, and they were. I called Chad and asked him if he wanted to go racing? He said NO. I wasn’t going to accept no, so I began to tell him all the stuff I would do to make it easy for him and explained all of my glorious plans that I had dreamed up between the moment the idea had popped in my head and the five seconds it took to call him. These were big and well thought out plans! Him being as crazy and as passionate as I was agreed and soon we were on our way to building a RZR race car. Well, Steve Smith was on his way to building a RZR race car, along with Danny, Larry, Chad, Reid Nordin and a few others. But it didn’t take long for us to assemble a small team and get that turd out into the desert.

Our Polaris RZR race machine…

We didn’t have the best luck racing that RZR, but we had fun. I’ll tell you, nothing will ever top the feeling of climbing into a race car that Chad had just climbed out of while Lightning Larry Ragland stabbed fuel and gassed us up! I mean, it doesn’t get any more cool than that for a fat guy from Escondido, CA who was simply known for his online banter and finger pointing while ranting about golf carts on camera! For that particular race I felt like one of the legends I was surrounded by, I was smack dab in the middle of a BITD race with the Ragland’s!! Check that baby off the bucket list!

Of course the racing itself was cool and all, but for me it was just about being able to race with Chad, Larry, Reid, and Steve, even if I only was able to do it one time, that was ok. It was about being a part of a team and wanting to win and fix stuff and figure things out and living out my own dream that to these guys was just something they did and had done for a really long time. I’m pretty sure Chad asked himself more than once “what the heck was I thinking” when agreeing to do this with me, but I like to think he really enjoyed being back out there racing with his Dad and friends. Matter of fact, I know he did.

Chad roosting me at Dune Fest…

There are so many stories running through my mind, like the time we forced him to do consumer ride-alongs in Oregon at Dune Fest. Like most drivers, he hated riding in the right seat. But he obliged and got in the passenger seat with beginner drivers in some high powered RZRs. He did ok for about two drivers, then one of them took them both for a ride down a dune rolling the machine over. Chad was done… lol.. He wanted no more of riding with people and he had us all convinced he had a severe concussion. That severe concussion lasted for about 10 minutes. He was back in the driver seat racing RJ Anderson and I through the dunes. Needless to say we never got him back in the passenger seat for anything after that and I am not sure I ever saw him ride with anyone ever again.

Chad would go on to doing many more trips with UTVUnderground and myself over the years. We hosted King Of The Hammers together which was super fun and something I will never forget, especially as we are smack dab in the middle of KOH week right now. Chad raced the UTVUnderground Polaris RZR at the Terracross Racing Series all over the United States and would prove that it was possible to roll over, flip and break everything on a Polaris RZR. We worked on numerous builds together and Chad participated in some great builds for others including Charity builds for Warfighter Made, the Diesel Brothers, Dax Shepard and most recently Jessy Nelson to name a few. I had no idea that our chance meeting in 2011 would reshape his career, and bring along a great friendship that would create so many wonderful memories that I will forever cherish.

Emily Miller told me something the other day that rang so true about Chad. He lived more inside of a minute then many people do in a lifetime. I am sure he had his days of relaxing and not doing anything, but I never saw that. When he called he was on, when we went somewhere together he was on, and when I was trying to relax, you better believe he was on! His wheels turned non stop and he loved life to the fullest. I remember how proud he was to become a father, something I related too as a father myself. Nothing is better than becoming a dad. I figured he would settle in, take some time to just be a dad and he did. But I can remember when Sawyer was an infant and Chad had him in his car seat sitting next to his RZR during one of our photo shoots. I knew right then that his boys were going into the family business…. lol I should also mention that this photo shoot was in a brewery, lol, Chad loved craft beer!

Chad sipping a beer while we photographed his then new Polaris RZR…

The week prior to Chad’s passing, I was working on the last build that we would ever do together. I had contacted Chad a few weeks back telling him of another glorious build I was going to do and how I really wanted to run a CageWRX cage for it. He lined it out as he always did. I had just got it back from powdercoat and I was installing the 1000th rivet to hold the springs into the dzues tabs. I remembered back to the first cage he and I had put together and we talked about the importance of a pneumatic rivet gun because my hands were killing me snapping off those damn rivets. At this point my hand crank Harbor Freight rivet gun was giving me fits and thats when I felt God tell me that I needed to call Chad and bust his balls a little bit.

This photo of Chad and his Stanley cracks me up…

I was so stoked he answered my call and I began to tell him how sore my hands and arms were from snapping off the millionth rivet on his damn cage. He told me “oh Joey, please tell me how bad your hands hurt!” I fired back, “hey bro, don’t mock my pain alright”. See, I knew he was hurting way more than I was, but I also knew how much he enjoyed just having “normal” conversation. We spent the next hour talking about everything under the sun. Our build, the industry, racing, weather, family…. we simply had a normal Joey & Chad conversation. We said our goodbyes and I told him I would talk to him later that week. That was the last time I would ever speak to my friend. And while it hurts that I didn’t get to tell him how much I loved him, respected him and appreciated him, I felt ok that we ended our last conversation with just a normal “talk to you later”. In my heart, and in his, we knew where we stood as friends.

Chad Ragland would cross the finish line of life on January 24th, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Lauren, his two beautiful sons, a legendary father and two very loving moms. He is also survived by an army of friends & family, and a sport and industry that he left his mark on. Chad Ragland will not be remember just for the things he did, but by the way that he did them. He loved the color orange, he rocked messy hair like only a rockstar could pull off, he drove like a maniac, and loved life harder than anyone I have ever known. Chad Ragland came to this earth a gift from Heaven, and on January 24th, God decided it was time to bring that gift back home.

This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Psalm 91: 2-4

That was the verse Chad texted to our friend Reid. Chad was right with God, he believed in His protection and because of that, we should all rest easy knowing that our friend will forever be watching over and waiting for us to join him…

Until we meet again, Godspeed Chad Ragland………


Services & Donations

For those who knew Chad, a service will be held on Tuesday February 6th, 2018 at 11:00am at the Grand Tradition in Fallbrook, CA –
220 Grand Tradition Way
Fallbrook, CA 92028 –
RSVP: Kelly Brogger – rallyforchad@gmail.com

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Leukemia @ Lymphoma Society – www.LLS.org
Ragland Family Fund – paypal.me/teamchad

Memory Book

With two little boys it is important that we all contribute to Chad’s memory in a way that they can grow up and know how great of a person Chad was. The family will be building out a Memory Book, full of stories, photos, and information that will document Chad’s amazing and fruitful life. The family would love for everyone who has something special to share to email their stories, photos, videos to rallyforchad@gmail.com. It will mean so much to Lauren and the boys to have these memories!


Enjoy other UTVUnderground stories & Videos involving Chad…. 

FEATURE VEHICLE: UTVUG / CAGEWRX RZR

BAJA: THE GREATEST ADVENTURE

OFF-ROADING IN BAJA (VIDEO)

CAGEWRX, CREATED OUT OF NECCESITY

Feature Product: IMPACT by MasterCraft Safety Fire Suit & Helmet

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: CAGEWRX

SHAKEDOWN: 2015 POLARIS RZR 900S

SHAKEDOWN: 2015 ACE 570

2014 TERRACROSS RD1&2 DEL MAR

2014 TERRACROSS RD1 SATURDAY

2014 RALLY ON THE ROCKS DAY 1&2

THE RAGLAND’S RZR PRE-RUNNERS

Chad Ragland Takes on the TerraCross Championship

Chad Ragland WikiPedia

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2018 Polaris RZR RS1 – The Most Agile RZR Ever Built http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-polaris-rzr-rs1-the-most-agile-rzr-ever-built-55292.html http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-polaris-rzr-rs1-the-most-agile-rzr-ever-built-55292.html#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:04:10 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55292

THE ALL-NEW, CENTER-COCKPIT RZR® RS1 IS HERE
Most Agile RZR Ever Built, Features 110 HP and Industry First Single-Seat SxS to Deliver the Unique Combination of Power Meeting Precision

MINNEAPOLIS (February 1, 2018) – Polaris is putting every open space and green-, desert- or mountain-trail on notice with the arrival of the world’s first single-seat RZR, the RZR RS1. The all-new RZR RS1 solo-cockpit format delivers a heightened sense of control and takes the hard-charging trail riding experience to another level, thanks to the perfect balance of power and precision.

The RZR RS1 is the ideal machine for a real driver’s driver looking to push beyond their limits, free from care or concern of a backseat driver. The single-seat center-of-mass position unlocks high-visibility sight-lines to oncoming terrain and provides increased balance and feel within the chassis. The race-inspired driver ergonomics and new steering position create extra room for active arm and leg movement. The RZR RS1 is also equipped with a new brake system, giving drivers the option of traditional single-foot action or rally-inspired two-foot performance.

“The thing that you notice, right away with the RZR RS1, is that it’s much more of a driver’s machine, and it really ties you more in the driving experience” said Tanner Foust, 3-time World Rally Cross Champion. “You have center-cockpit, you have the involvement in seeing the tires, and you have everything great about the fun of driving, taken up a notch. Personally, I think the RZR RS1 is about the gnarliest little wicked beast of a machine, that I have ever driven.”  

The ultra-nimble 64” width RZR RS1 features a 110-HP ProStar 1000 H.O. 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder, the RZR XP® 1000’s suspension, upgraded drivetrain and compact, 83-inch wheelbase. The new precision-balanced chassis features a rear-mounted, dual-fan radiator for maximum engine cooling and a new race-hardened drivetrain for durability and instantaneous power. The RZR RS1 also adopts the trailing-arm suspension of the RZR XP 1000, to absorb unrelenting obstacles for the smoothest possible driving experience as you scythe through the most twisting of trails.  

The RZR RS1 boasts 20 vehicle-specific accessories and comes in White Lightening and Black Pearl. The performance and power packed RZR RS1 starts at a price of just $13,999 and will be available in dealerships in February.

More information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories can be found at www.Polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

RZR® RS1 Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain

  • Cooling
  • Liquid
  • Cylinders Displacement
  • 999cc
  • Drive System Type
  • High Performance On-Demand True AWD/2WD
  • Engine Braking System (EBS)
  • Not Equipped
  • Engine Type
  • Tomahawk Engine
  • Fuel System/Battery
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Horsepower
  • 110 HP
  • Transmission/Final Drive
  • Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H

Dimensions

  • Bed Box Dimensions (L x W x H)
  • 22.5″ x 19.5″ x 4/1 (Front/Rear)” (57 x 50 x 10.4 / 3 cm (Front/Rear))
  • Dry Weight
  • 1340 lbs (609kg)
  • Front/Rear Rack or Box Capacity
  • N/A lb / 50 lb (N/A kg / 22.6 kg)
  • Fuel Capacity
  • 9.5 gal (35.9 L)
  • Ground Clearance
  • 13 in (33 cm)
  • Hitch Towing Rating
  • N/A
  • Hitch Type
  • Not Equipped
  • Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H)
  • 112″ x 64″ x 73.75″ (284.5 x 162.6 x 187.3 cm)
  • Payload Capacity
  • 300 lb (136.1kg)
  • Wheelbase
  • 83 in (211 cm)

Brakes

  • Front/Rear Brakes
  • 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front and Dual-Bore Rear Calipers
  • Parking Brake
  • Park In-Transmission

Specifications

  • Electronic Power Steering
  • Standard
  • Ingress / Egress
  • LH Door
  • Instrumentation
  • C4 Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tripmeter, Tachometer, Coolant Temperature, Volt Meter, Hour Meter, Service Indicator, Clock, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp Light, Seatbelt Reminder Light, Dc Outlet
  • Lighting
  • White LED Low/High & Red LED Tail / Brake Lights
  • Other Standard Features
  • N/A
  • Seat Type
  • Bolstered Bucket Seat with Seat Sliders

Tires / Wheels

  • Front Tires
  • 29 x 9-14; Maxxis Bighorn
  • Rear Tires
  • 29 x 11-14; Maxxis Bighorn
  • Wheels
  • Cast Aluminum

Suspension

  • Front Shocks
  • 2 in Walker Evans Needle with 16-Position Adjustable Clickers
  • Front Suspension
  • Dual A-Arm with Stabilizer Bar and 16 in (40.6 cm) Travel
  • Rear Shocks
  • 2.5 in Walker Evans Needle with 16-Position Adjustable Clickers
  • Rear Suspension
  • Trailing Arm with Stabilizer Bar and 18 in (45.7 cm) Travel

About Polaris 
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2016 sales of $4.5 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.


You may remember back in October seeing many of the Team RZR brand athletes and ambassadors sharing images on social media of being all together. Details were vague as to what we were all doing, and while I won’t fully give it away just yet just know there is some super cool and fun content coming surrounding the RS1 and this band of off-road misfits…. Stay tuned!

 

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Tanner Foust Ride Review – Polaris RZR RS1 http://www.utvunderground.com/tanner-foust-ride-review-polaris-rzr-rs1-55313.html http://www.utvunderground.com/tanner-foust-ride-review-polaris-rzr-rs1-55313.html#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:03:53 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55313

The ALL-NEW 2018 Polaris RZR RS1 single seat off-road vehicle is here! Tanner Foust gives his first ride impressions and more in this video!

To learn more about the all-new RS1 visit: http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-polaris-rzr…e-rzr-ever-built-55292.html

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Adult models – 16 and older. Be sure to get safety training. The vehicle displayed in this video is not intended for on-road use. Driver must be 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. Passenger must be 12 years old, and tall enough to use hand holds and plant feet firmly on floor. Always use cab nets, wear seatbelts, helmets, eye protection, and protective clothing. Do not operate on public roads. Avoid excessive speeds, sharp turns, and difficult terrain. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix! Never carry more than the appropriate amount of passengers. Follow all warnings/instructions in owners manuals and on product. UTVUnderground and their affiliates are not responsible for injuries that may occur from emulating or copying the riding, driving, or stunts performed in this video. Visit www.rohva.org for more information on safe operation off-road vehicles.

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NAVATLAS Adds Communications To Their List of Products http://www.utvunderground.com/navatlas-adds-communications-to-their-list-of-products-55280.html http://www.utvunderground.com/navatlas-adds-communications-to-their-list-of-products-55280.html#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:26:23 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55280

Santa Fe Springs, CA. Navatlas the leader in Powersports and Off-Road Multi-media and Audio products introduces a new line of Intercom and Headset bundles to complement their popular All-In-One Command Centers.  The Communication category is on fire and Navatlas wants to be the leader in the space. 

Like all NavAtlas products they manufacture the Intercom and Headset Bundles to meet the highest quality standards, the products undergo a rigorous testing regiment to withstand whatever the drive throws its way while meeting all IPX rating standards. 

The NavAtlas products are feature driven; the Intercom’s come in 2 sizes, they have Voice activation plus they feature High-Fidelity Audio reproduction from an extreme Headset.  The Navatlas Intercom’s come with a feature like no other manufacture offers, Front of unit Headset plugins for Driver and Passenger, this provides quick connect and disconnect of the Headsets for the intercom.  

The NavAtlas bundles are a plug and play solution providing everything’s in the bundle needed to take on next great adventure.  See Hear Experience the NavAtlas difference!

For more details Go to www.Navatlas.com or contact Patrick Brooks via email pbrooks@navatlas.net or 562/201-9299

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Dakar 2018: Polaris Xtreme Plus final result update http://www.utvunderground.com/dakar-2018-polaris-xtreme-plus-final-result-update-55269.html http://www.utvunderground.com/dakar-2018-polaris-xtreme-plus-final-result-update-55269.html#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:21:34 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=55269

Dakar 2018: Polaris Xtreme Plus final result update

After battling a variety of challenging landscapes and racing in extreme temperatures since the Dakar Rally began on Saturday 6 January, Polaris Xtreme Plus competitors finished the 2018 Rally in second, third and fourth place as the Rally reached its conclusion in Córdoba on Saturday 20 January.

With three Polaris RZRs finishing the iconic event, Polaris is the most successful manufacturer in this year’s Dakar Rally in the SXS category.

Patrice Garrouste (France) and his co-driver Steven Grenier (Switzerland) were the top placed Polaris finishers in second place overall in their Xtreme Plus specially prepared Polaris RZR XP Turbo. They were just 57m37s behind first place and were winners of five stages – stage four, six, 10, 11 and 13. They finished the iconic rally with a total time of 73 hours, 41m43s.

Third place finishers were Claude Fournier (France) and his co-driver Szymon Gospodarczyk (Poland) with a total time of 82 hours, 53m31s. Spanish competitors – and Dakar Rally rookies – José Luis Peña and Rafael Tornabell finished in fourth place with a time of 82 hours, 57m26s. He was top finishing ‘Rookie’, finishing 29th overall in the car and SXS category.

Team Director, Marco Piana, said: “We are happy with the result. It was a good balance for the Xtreme Plus Polaris Factory team. We had five total stage wins by Garrouste and one by Aliaga Anibal. What is exceptional is that in the first 30 cars overall classification we can find four SXS – Garrouste in 25th, Fournier in 28th and Peña 29th.

“The Dakar Rally requires technical ability, good machines and strong drivers and co-drivers – this was more important than pure speed. We are sure that the category will get stronger and stronger and grow even bigger in the future.

“For us it is a pleasure to help drivers achieve their dreams – Peña had a lot of emotion as it was his dream to finish a Dakar since he was a child. In the last stage, Fournier did a brilliant job of controlling the race and making no mistakes to maintain his position. He was the best performing Polaris driver with a non-Turbo machine, which is testament to his fantastic efforts.

“We want to say a big thank you to Polaris, Motul and CST tires that they tryst in Xtreme Plus and in SXS. In 2019, we will come back stronger and get the awards back that Xtreme Plus have won since 2012.”

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