When the 2011 Summer X-Games got under way in Los Angeles last month, the media had a chance to explore the technology behind rally car racing. The sport uses public and private courses with road-legal cars.
The stripped-down Subarus used by the Dirtfish Rally School are former rally racing cars used by instructors to teach novices the basics of rally driving.
Caption byJohn Lewinski
/ Photo by Dirtfish Rally School/Subaru/B.F. Goodrich
These specially designed B.F. Goodrich rally racing tires are made of rubber compounds that are especially sticky to the touch. They can be custom grooved by the racing teams for preferred traction.
The interior of a rally car is contained in a reinforced roll cage and dominated by specialized racing controls like a sequential sports shifter and a reinforced hand brake for power slide turns. The seats and steering wheel of David Higgins' Subaru STI are fitted specifically to his body.
For about $7,900, you can purchase the RTR tuning kit for the 2011 Ford Mustang. Inspired by drift racing champion and Mustang enthusiast Vaughn Gittin Jr., the package includes racing-tuned suspension and Ford racing mufflers.