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.
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.