The Ultimate Power Move: Formula Offroad Water Skimming Is Brilliant!


The Ultimate Power Move: Formula Offroad Water Skimming Is Brilliant!

A simple lesson: deep water plus a four-cycle engine equals bad time and lots of money lost. It’s called hydrolocking and it’s calling card is a bent connecting rod or other major catastrophic damage. It’s why you see tall intake tubes on vehicles like the Camel Trophy Land Rovers and HMMWVs in the Navy and Marine Corps: you never, ever want water inside of the cylinders. Water doesn’t compress. Water will mess your engine up seven ways from Sunday. Understood? Good.

Now, will one of you enlightened types find the group of off-roaders from Iceland and remind them of how that all works? Because it appears that not only do they ignore that rule and flaunt what their off-road buggies can do at home, they are now in the United States showing off how they can make a Jeep-shaped contraption fly over the surface of the water like a flat rock chucked hard enough. We understand that it’s cool to see a wheeled vehicle make a sincere mockery of physics and live to drive another day, but what happens when gravity wins and the tires break through the surface tension and into the sloshing medium of the swamp that they are ripping across like hooligans. Who would ever look at this seriously risky behavior and consider it fun?

…oh, right.


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