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As the years tick by traditional sports are being “reinvent” with a touch of excitement and a bit of a twist. In the early 90’s, we took boxing, or any other brutal “smash your face” sport, added in a cage (we think you know where this is going), spiced it up with a gladiator theme and voilà, we now have one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Mixed Martial Arts. The same can be said for the love child of Gymnastics and Powerlifting, Cross Fit.

Then we have T20 cricket that showcases and focuses on explosive, aggressive, high-scoring quick games compared to it’s more traditional and tactical older uncles, one day or test match cricket. These aren’t all completely new sports. They are mere combinations of traditional sports with a bit of added excitement.

Then we have T20 cricket that showcases and focuses on explosive, aggressive, high-scoring quick games compared to it’s more traditional and tactical older uncles, one day or test match cricket. These aren’t all completely new sports. They are mere combinations of traditional sports with a bit of added excitement.

So, what about motorsport?  Well, we have F1, very technical, very precise and a sport that can often produce so much excitement in 2 hours of racing, it will leave entire families in teary puddles of joy, including grandma, or in such a state of devastation that entire countries shut down. Most of the time though, there is 1 manufacturer that finds a sneaky loophole somewhere in the thesis of amended rules from the previous season and they somehow dominate the entire season. Much like this 2014 F1 season.

Clinically-technical F1
Clinically-technical F1

That brings us to the, in our opinion, the more skilful, less technical World of Rally. This seems to be a motorsport only watched by people from Iceland, Finland or France as they produce some of the most dominating drivers. Enter Sébastien Loeb, arguably the world’s most successful motorsport driver EVER! Like F1, these rally drivers know the “route” they have to take, but unlike F1, rally routes are ever changing as they are almost completely on gravel, so as one car drives along the surface, the dirt shifts, therefore your track is forever changing. How much change could 1 car make to a gravel, snow or even tarmac surface, maybe not that much. How much could 20 cars do, quite a bit actually. The World Rally cars might have permanent 4 wheel drive, but other than that, they don’t have many other driver aides, meaning that it is pretty much all based around drivers skill. The less exciting part about World Rally though is that it is constantly a race against the clock.

The great Sébastien Loeb taking on gravel, snow, dirt, tarmac and air
The great Sébastien Loeb taking on gravel, snow, dirt, tarmac and air

Then, we have what the American’s call racing. NASCAR, no drivers aides, just big engines, hardly any restrictions and mostly left turns. Who has the biggest balls to make a move stick around a corner while averaging 180 mph, well that guy either ends up on the podium or in a wall. High excitement, but seriously 500 million laps, that seems a bit excessive.

Bit of a tight squeeze
Bit of a tight squeeze

So that brings us to our burning question. Is there a motorsport for today’s ever growing ADHD generation that brings the performance of F1, drivers skill of World Rally and a few crazy nuts and bolts moves from NASCAR? Yes. Lads and petrol-heads, I bring you a sport that most of today’s current crème de la crème drivers grew up on honing their car control skills in. World Rally Cross, or World RX. No this is not a Cross Fit alternative about lifting and pulling cars, it is full contact, adrenaline filled, all out racing brawl across a combination of tarmac and dirt where the only real tactic and strategy is to cross the finish line first.

Could Rally Cross be the MMA/Cross Fit answer to traditional motorsport? Well good thing for you, we are going to take a closer look into this sport, the history, drivers and cars in the following week. After that, we will leave you to make up your own mind on whether this is just another 1 year fad that will turbo whistle off into the sunset, or is World Rally Cross here to stay?

This juicy clip will get your toes itching, if it doesn’t, check your pulse!

Published by Marko Mandusic

It is pretty obvious that I like cars, wait, LOVE cars, but apart from that, I like to run too. I have a funny feeling that these two interests are somehow related. A bit like coffee and waking up, which are my next two favourite things!

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