The Dakar may currently be the toughest off-road competition on the planet, but there is one obstacle you’ll never find on the route the cars drive on every year – snow.
Which begs the question; who’s the fastest off-roader in icy conditions. It’s a question that’s been left unanswered, until now.
The first ever Red Bull Frozen rush took place over the weekend, but don’t worry too much if you haven’t heard about it. The event was very small this year, but it set to grow leaps and bounds after the amount of press coverage it’s received so far.
The inaugural event saw eight drivers compete at the Maine Sunday River ski resort. Along the way the drivers had to face ski slopes, figure of eights on ice and massive ski jumps. The cars they used are even more impressive. They’re called Pro 4 trucks and they have 670kW at their disposal. For added traction, these trucks use BF Goodrich studded tyres.
The drivers drove head-to-head, two at a time, until only one driver was left standing. At the end only Ricky Johnson, a famous motorcycle racer in the US, was the only one left standing. He described the drive as a mix between driving a boat and a sand buggy.
Below is a behind-the-scenes footage of the event, as well as the highlights of the races.