Two identical XP1K cars were built by Holtz/Walker/Kroyer so if one was damaged, filming could continue.
One of the key features of the vehicle is a hand/cutting brake, which allows the car to brake loose and rotate tighter.
The highly tuned 1010cc Kroyer Racing Engine package runs on late model VP race fuel.
The 15-inch Wild Peak A/T Falken Tires were custom grooved and set up by the Falken Tire Team for maximum grip.
The combination of the MCX-USA Turbo and the Kroyer Racing Engine package creates 190 horsepower to the wheels; utilizing 13 pounds of boost, making the XP1K cars some of the most powerful UTVs in history.
One of the benefits of the differentials is the ability to switch between 2WD and 4WD on the fly.
The Walker Evans Racing shocks are the same shocks that come stock on the RZR XP1000, with some slight internal modifications.
The XP1K cars are capable of speeds in excess of 90 mph.
Shooting took place at Eagle Mountain, during the hottest heat wave in 30 years. Temperatures soared to 127 degrees. On the final day of filming it actually rained in the morning.
Mad Media utilized four fully outfit RED Epic and Scarlet cameras in a myriad of configurations, including; handheld, on tripods, on jibs, dollies, on a Pursuit Systems camera car, from a Raven Helicopters R44, and the Copter Kids’ RC aircraft.
At times, it was so hot that cameras had to be fitted with custom dry ice packs to keep them from shutting down. Nearly 10 lbs of dry ice was used over the first 3 days of filming alone.
45 GoPro Hero 3’s were used. Six were destroyed beyond recognition.
RJ Anderson jumped his vehicle 126 times without breaking a single part.
RJ’s helmet is an Impact Air Vapor safety helmet, custom painted by Troy Lee Designs.
RJ’s suit is a custom one-off by Oakley and his harnesses are manufactured by Mastercraft Safety.
The terrain varied radically from sand, silt, rock, concrete, iron pellets, scrap metal, wood, and pavement.
The hill decent totaled 440ft at an angle of 45 degrees. RJ hit it a total of four times.
The mineshaft RJ jumped was over 80 feet deep. RJ hit it eight times in a row, perfectly.
The entire crew stayed on site in abandoned houses that hadn’t been used since the mine closed in 1981.
The XP1K crew of forty worked from 5am to 8pm daily, for five long days of shooting, and drank over 600 cups of coffee courtesy of the Oceanside Black Rock Coffee Bar.
The crew consumed over 5,000 bottles of water, and 60 bottles of Pedialyte during the shoot.
Although the crew fought against heat stroke, multiple crewmembers succumbed to minor heat exhaustion and needed to take fluids intravenously.
Tunnel Launch: RJ launches from within a metal tunnel that measured over 300 feet deep. On exit he jumped over 40 feet in the air before landing
Bank Jump: A motocross style tail whip over a 8 foot dirt bank.
Wooden Whoops: A brutal 80-yard section of stacked decaying telephone poles with a jump at the end.
Mine Shaft: A sketchy 45-foot gap over a pit that measure more than 80 feet deep.
Rally Roads: A series of fast uphill graded gravel rally roads that lead up to the peak of the mountain.
Concrete Gate Drift: A massive concrete structure that RJ threaded precisely – putting the rear right tire a mere six inches from the cement post.
Hill Bomb: An enormous 440ft loose gravel descent at an angle of 45 degrees. RJ hit it a total of four times.
Square Tunnel: A massive quarter-mile underground tunnel that was full of marble sized chunks of iron.
Archway Triple: A series of MX-style jumps laid out between massive concrete pillars originally used to load iron onto train cars.
Step-Up: A thirty-foot gap with an elevated landing that was built at the end of the Archway Triple.
Pool Gap-Jump: Another sketchy gap jump RJ sailed across to launch into the concrete Pool Session.
Pool Session: A series of high-speed drifts and tight donuts executed through a minefield of broken cement and twisted metal carnage.
Mogul Monolith: A gigantic post-apocalyptic cement structure that featured forty, staggered, mogul-style whoops designed to push the XP1K suspension to the absolute limit.
Cyclones: RJ’s own idea of showcasing the AWD action of the Polaris RZR vehicle. Look closely. All four tires are pulling as he rotates seven times in a row before pulling away towards the Basement Bomb.
Basement Bomb: Originally conceived as just a connecting shot – a small jump was built to allow RJ to hit a leftover hanging light fixture. The flying shrapnel ended up being one of the coolest “accidents” caught on camera.
Saucer Drift: This was incredibly dangerous and more complicated than could be captured on film. RJ executes a 360-degree turn on across the face and lip of a massive upended circular concrete rock crusher. There was no room for error.
Concrete Step-up, Step-down: A motocross-style series of gap jumps at high speed that RJ made look easy.
World Record Jump: After tying the former world record of 105 feet on several attempts, our crew carved out a massive dirt roll-in to allow RJ to reach speeds close to 75mph. On his next attempt he jumped 129.75 feet – setting a new world record for “Longest UTV Jump”.