Big engines, unpredictable hills that could stay together or straight-up crumble beneath your tires, enough roll cage surrounding you that you’re comfortable saying “to hell with the consequences” and the knowledge that sooner or later, you might bounce down the hill in a very ungraceful form, covered in sand and done for the day. This isn’t rockbouncer racing, this is Formula Offroad, the insane series from Scandinavia that we’ve been watching for a couple of years now. These powerful, paddle-tired monsters can do a lot. They can be driven like a rally car, with all four wheels spinning in a drift. They can climb hills made of ash and dust, and they can skate across water with enough ground speed. It’s controlled violence with a flashy paint job, and it always makes for excellent footage. Busted Knuckle Video brings us this hill climb footage from Skien, Norway, where the course involved this loose hill. It might look easy enough, but only three rigs that attempted it made it to the top…the rest? Well…at least the landings looked soft enough.
What’s more interesting is what we’ve learned that some of the Formula Offroad racers are expected to compete at the October 1-2, 2016 Southern Rock Racing Series event at Bikini Bottoms Off Road Park in Tennessee. This will be the first time that Formula Offroad racers will be in the States, and Bikini Bottoms apparently has a hill ready that is close to what the racers are used to, composed of soft, loose materials. That could be interesting to see in person!