If you want, you can call unusual drift - a type of motorsport, now well known to Russians. After all, it is akin to figure skating: judges evaluate not so much speed as “technique and artistry”. You can even Formula 1: like pure speed is appreciated, but for some reason it is constrained by restrictions on fuel consumption.
But we are now interested in something less familiar. It is advisable to "complete blade head." And it’s not part of the fair program, like the American Pig-N Ford Race (racing on the Fords Model T with a mandatory pig in the carriage), but rather serious and massive competitions. The most successful in creating all sorts of crazy races, as you know, the Americans. But other nations made a significant contribution.
Racing on lawn mowers is gradually conquering the planet: championships of different countries and even the world championship are held. They invented these competitions not in America, as is commonly believed, but in England, in the early 1970s. The British Lawnmower Racing Association has written the first rules that have become basic for everyone.
Lawn mowers are tormented at various distances, often short, but the top is considered to be grueling 12 hour rides on the dirt surface. The technique is divided into four classes, depending on the type of machine and the power of the motors. In England, a dozen major competitions are held annually, including the stage of the World Cup. In 2002, President of the Association of Gardening Equipment Manufacturers Bill Harley fiercely criticized this sport for high injuries. But the huge army of enthusiasts did not thaw.
In Russia, lawn mower races have not yet received recognition.
Here the injuries are even greater, but this is not a concern for manufacturers of pedal cars. It is said that the fun was born in the valley of the American Arkansas River. Simple and affordable, it is gaining popularity in other parts of the world, foreign “pilots” come to the annual race.
The point is to go down the mountain by car (and not on parts of your body), ahead of rivals. Initially, only Jeep vehicles were allowed to start, then mixed offsets appeared. Drivers put on a helmet. Those who wish can strengthen the suspension and steering, but it seems that there is little sense in this. The track must be unpaved. Who knows if this idea will even grow to the status of the World Cup?
He was born in California in its modern form in 1948, where the first track was built for double quarter-mile races. But similar races had fun before, in the 1920s, on dried salt lakes in the USA and on deserted night roads in England.
Now it is known almost everywhere, and in Russia it was legalized in 2002, when the national drag racing federation appeared.
The drag is now not struck by the very idea of furious acceleration over a short distance (part of the races generally takes place on a track длиной miles long, that is 201 meters), but … how to say it … engineering mess. Modified serial sports cars and hot births - okay. Special cars with V8 engines sharpened with nitrous oxide and brake parachutes are good. But buses and truck tractors ?!
Having held the first race of the same name in 1987, the Australians did not suspect where this would lead. Today, the “World Solar Challenge” runs through odd years and collects an innovative thought pool from around the world. The last convocation took 42 crews from technical universities and companies eager to create an efficient vehicle that runs on solar energy. The task is to optimize aerodynamics, minimize mass and friction losses.
The route did not change: all the same 3022 km from Darwin to Adelaide, across the continent from north to south. Since 2015, an average speed record of 91.75 km / h, shown by the Dutch team, has been held (in 1987 the first record was set - 67 km / h).
In 2019, the Russian model is expected to start for the first time from the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University: the area of solar panels is 4 m², weight is less than 150 kg, the estimated maximum speed is 150 km / h. From a press release: "… in Russia this type of transport will be popular in regions with a large number of sunny days." Maybe. But in what century?
The race is on public roads, and the cars of the participants do not meet the basic safety requirements. From this it is clear that solar cars are a thing in themselves, their mass use as a full-fledged vehicle is still very far away.
As a sport originated in the United States in the late 1920s, replacing horse pulling (horses pulled barn doors). Now these are the “who will leave next” rides on specially prepared wheeled tractors with a trailer. The trailer is a platform with a metal plate dragging along the ground - the total mass can reach 75 tons. Coating - soil, in bad weather - dirt. In different classes, different loads are prescribed for tractors.
The level of preparation of technology is amazing. The rules allow the installation of any engines (including ship, tank and helicopter) in any quantity. An engineering breakthrough occurred in the 1970s, when two motors were attached to one cardan. Today, the most popular scheme is four engines (and a record set in 1988 m is seven). On advanced models, the power reaches 10, 000 hp.
In the world 22 associations of tractor races are registered. Championships are held in the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Europe. In Russia, this sport is in its infancy: a certain tractor-pulling committee exists, but has not carried out major events.
English lemon is not only “lemon”, but also “car with defects”, “pimped car”. A parody of the famous "24 hours of Le Mans" was born in California in 2006. Since then, it has been held annually, gathering up to 200 crews and turning into a multi-stage series. Similar competitions have appeared in Australia and New Zealand.
This is a 24-hour ring race on cars whose proven market value does not exceed 500 US dollars (or 999 Australian dollars). The spending limit does not apply to consumables, that is, tires, brake system elements, fuel, and mandatory safety equipment: frame, seats with racing belts, HANS systems (support for the pilot’s head) and fire fighting.
From a safety point of view, all regulations are met. But outwardly and in content, almost all cars are merely sobbed. And this is the beauty! The system of fines for violations during the fight is well thought out. The driver can be punished by dressing in lingerie, eating a stale sandwich or writing a love message. In doing this, he loses time, but the race is on.
Marsh buggy racing was born where there are many swamps, namely in the state of Florida, USA. The first official competition was held in 1949. Since then, the idea has spread throughout the world, but Florida Sports Park still accepts swamp races three times a year - on the Mile O'Mud track (1.4 km lap) ) This is not very fast, but very spectacular thanks to the many splashes. The cars of the two main classes have narrow and high wheels with "bicycle" tires.
In Russia, swamps occupy 108 million hectares, but almost all are not suitable for racing. Still, we need a special track with a fairly hard bottom. Although, in essence, any coast of something is suitable in general, which many people use.
Rides on the dried-up salt lakes in Utah began almost as soon as they came up with auto racing. Lake Bonneville, the largest and flattest, eventually became a racing mecca. It is here that set world speed records on land. And they hold several events annually. The largest is the “Speed Week” festival, where custom and hot births rule the ball.
Everyone who wants to try to break some Bonneville record is going to the festival. Cars are divided into seven categories (including vintage ones, until 1938), within the categories there is a division according to engine displacement, fuel, type of drive, and the presence of a turbine. More than a hundred different offsets! That is why the number of starting teams is huge.
Last year, by the way, the Russian team Fine Custom Mechanics excelled at the Week, setting three speed records on a Ural Puncher CR motorcycle (base frame and engine made in 1978 m) - in the “retro 650 cubes” class.
The name of the discipline is dictated by the configuration of the track - this is a compact figure eight: the track crosses itself. The bridge option is not particularly popular, viewers prefer it when cars run the risk of colliding. Of course, there are rules that oblige you to skip the "interference on the right, " but they often do not work, because two to three dozen cars usually participate in a race. They are very different - often inexpensive stock cars. The track can be dirt or asphalt.
The history of such races began in the late 1940s in Indianapolis, where the G8 racetrack still operates, where the largest international race takes place. Figure 8 Racing is the most developed competition in the USA and Canada, with options ranging from short sprints to a three-hour endurance race.
Since 2002, tractor races have been held near Rostov-on-Don annually under the auspices of the Bizon company, a seller of agricultural machinery.Related Materials Race of stars "At the wheel" is more interesting than Le Mans!
The models MTZ 80, MTZ 82, Belarus 826, -892, -920, -952 and their modifications are allowed to participate. Special training is required (for safety). The volume of the engine is limited (maximum 5 liters), but there are no restrictions on the degree of forcing. You can be smart with the suspension and transmission. It is forbidden to interfere with brakes and a steering. Pilots are professional tractor drivers.