Jetman races a Jaguar XJR – watch to see who wins

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  • Martin Brundle drives new 2016 model year Jaguar XJR in 1.75-mile live car race against ‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy in the Dubai desert
  • Head-to-head race demonstrates the benefits of lightweight construction on agility, performance and control in the air and on the road
  • Sandy conditions offer a clear demonstration of the benefits of the Jaguar XJ’s new All Surface Progress Control (ASPC)
  • Brundle, Rossy compare technology within their two machines
Dubai: Jetman Dubai pilot Yves Rossy took on his first ever live race when he went head-to-head against a Jaguar XJR driven by former Formula One star Martin Brundle in a unique contest deep in the Dubai desert.
Brundle, who drove in F1 alongside Michael Schumacher and is now a commentator, had the new all-aluminium 550PS, 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 Jaguar XJR at his disposal while Rossy was strapped to his 2m-wide fixed wing, powered by four Jet-Cat superchargers.
The race took place on a closed private road and in the skies above it, and was captured in a three-minute short film.
Brundle said: “This was the most unique race I have ever taken part in. I have never seen anything like the Jetman wing, full of technology and innovation, and Yves is an extremely brave man. It turns out he is also a very fierce competitor!
“The Jaguar XJR gave him some stiff competition. The smooth, effortless drive was exceptional and it also handled superbly when I had to avoid sand that had blown onto the road. But as for who won – you’ll just have to watch the film…”
Brundle was helped off the line by the XJ’s innovative All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), a high-tech system that automatically limits traction loss on the rear-wheel drive car at low speeds on slippery surfaces, maximising grip in tough conditions. He was able to reach a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) before crossing the finish line.
After five seconds of free-fall following his jump from the Jetman launch helicopter, Rossy was able to level off and power through the sky above the car, reaching a top speed of 195mph before he flew over the line.
Rossy said: “Racing a former Formula One driver was exciting as we were very close in performance. Racing in a straight line may sound simple but it is not easy and this was the first genuine test for my equipment and my flying technique in competition.
“Just like the Jaguar, we use light yet strong materials in our wing to optimise performance, and superchargers to power me along. But while it is the technology and the aerodynamics that make the XJR perform the way it does, with me it is my body movements under the jetwing strapped on my back that make me fly the way I do.”
Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, XJ said: “The new Jaguar XJ reaffirms its status as the most dynamic, distinctive luxury saloon. Its all-aluminium construction gives it a low weight but high strength base and technology like the electric power-assisted steering and All-Surface Progress Control, really does help the driver get the most out of the car.
“In fact, the XJ has a suite of advanced driver assistance systems available including adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, reverse traffic detection, closing vehicle sensing,
360° surround camera system and semi-automated bay- and parallel parking. But just like Yves and his jetwing, the driver can still enjoy getting the most out of the car.”
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Petrolicious wins Jalopnik film fest award

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Los Angeles, CA — The Jalopnik Film Festival is pleased to announce the audience award winner of this year’s short film competition: “Building Your Dream Ferrari is a Beautiful Thing” by Petrolicious. The film was one of 11 finalists that was selected by an elite panel of judges that included comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla, L.A. Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson, filmmaker Jeff Zwart and TV personality Spike Feresten.

Petrolicious is a site dedicated to producing written and video editorial about classic cars. According to a piece published by the Los Angeles Times earlier this year , Afshin Behnia and his wife, Kika Vigo-Behnia (the site’s creative director) have posted more than 120 original videos on YouTube and acquired a quarter-of-a-million subscribers since posting their first video in 2013.

“There’s a reason why this is the second year in a row a Petrolicious video was featured at the festival, and it’s that they’ve elevated the short car feature in such a way that they’ve set the standard for everyone else,” said Jalopnik Editor-in-Chief Matt Hardigree. “The Petrolicious style of video is so popular that it even inspired a parody film that was also a jury selection.”

“Building Your Dream Ferrari is a Beautiful Thing” is currently available to watch on the Petrolicious YouTube channel.

Sponsored by Mazda, the 2015 edition of the Jalopnik Film Festival kicked off on Friday, September 25th at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA with an exclusive Ride & Drive experience, followed by a screening of “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” a Q&A with director Adam Carolla and an after-party. The following day, Saturday, September 26th, consisted of a full day of screenings at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The program included classic films such as the original “Mad Max” and “Ronin,” as well as documentaries like “Being Evel,” “Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans” and “Havana Motor Club,” which have been making their rounds on the festival circuit.

The Jalopnik Film Festival takes its name from one of the most popular automative enthusiast blogs on the web, which averages over nine million global uniques and is part of the Gawker Media Group family.

Pro 4 off-road downhill slalom truck race on snow back at Sunday River in 2015

Bryce Menzies in action during the finals at Red Bull Frozen Rush at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, USA on 10 January, 2014.

Bryce Menzies in action during the finals at Red Bull Frozen Rush at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, USA on 10 January, 2014.

BY GERRY MILES

It’s the four letter word you either hate or love: Snow.

Living in New England, we all know what a struggle it can be to drive in it, manage a straight path on the roadways and arrive safely over the river and through the woods at grandmother’s house.

The Red Bull “frozen rush” takes winter driving to an extreme extreme. These drivers race their fired up pickup trucks DOWN HILL. On snow. On purpose. For show. And, of course, some pay dough.

The folks at Sunday River in Maine will again host 900-horsepower off-road Pro 4 trucks for the second year in a row on January 8-9, 2015.

It’s hard to imagine slalom racing in pickup trucks down a mountain, over jumps, gates and slopes like the folks on TV on skis. It boggles the mind but the picture at the top of this post shows what they can do. To see what it looks like, click on the video link here.

In 2014, Sunday River Ski Resort, just a few short hours north of Boston, played host to eight of the country’s best professional off-road truck racers, who ventured far from their usual dirt, sand and gravel tracks to tackle unprecedented terrain, including icy berms, snow-covered jumps and steep slopes.  In the end it was motorsports legend Ricky Johnson who was crowned champion in the first ever off-road truck race on snow.  He now looks to defend his title against this year’s stacked roster of industry greats and hungry newcomers.

“Winning the title last year was amazing, especially after going head to head with the best in the business.  It could have been anyone’s day, but I’m glad it was mine,” said the recent Motorsports Hall of Famer. “This year won’t be any easier.  Everyone wants that title now and like I said to Johnny (Greaves) last year… My a** is here, come kick it.”

Returning to compete this year alongside Johnson is Bryce Menzies, Todd LeDuc, Johnny Greaves, Scott Douglas, Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder. New to the wearies of winter weather racing will be decorated freestyle motocross rider turned off-road champion, Brian Deegan and young up-and-comer RJ Anderson.  Both are standout warriors in the 2-wheel drive off-road class and are stepping up to Pro 4 truck for a shot at the Red Bull Frozen Rush title.

The competition airs on NBC as part of the year-long Red Bull Signature Series, the most progressive action sports event property in the world.

Red Bull Frozen Rush created a new chapter in the history book of off-road racing in 2014, and this winter, it will return to push the progression of the sport even further. For more information, including the schedule for an additional Fan Day on-site, please visit www.redbull.com/frozenrush.