My most recent ride and drive was with BFGoodrich at the Red Bull Global Rally Cross and it might be the most fun I’ve ever had in a car. I wasn’t even driving.Every so often I open an email and when I see the words “Ride and Drive” it’s like the world ceases to exist and I dive headfirst into said email. Nothing is better than a ride and drive. Nothing. The email promised:
“Featuring a jump and dirt/asphalt track, the race promises to be a thrilling one as the drivers race, slide and muscle their 600 horsepower vehicles (some accelerating from 0 – 60 mph in under 2 seconds) around hairpin turns and obstacles.”
It was as thrilling as promised. There were hairpin turns, there was a jump (five times!), there was rapid acceleration (not 0-60 in 2 seconds but nothing like you or I can make a car do), there was drifting and there was the incredible smell, sound and feeling of being in a rally car. It’s not the easiest thing to explain ever but I’ll try.
Rally cars, like any race car, are stripped down to their lowest possible weight. This means you don’t have things like air vents or windows that open. Glass would be a hazard. What you do have is a heavy helmet and a fireproof suit. It is just as hot as you might imagine in there. Rally cars are not built for comfort, they are built to withstand the punishment of the track.
Jessica is modeling the latest in fireproof suits. Some of the features you may or may not know about are a complete lack of breathability and itchiness around the ankles. In does however keep you safe should your Rally car burst into flames. If you check @ptacars there’s a snippet of video from the passenger seat on the track. This weekend in Los Angeles is the final race in the Red Bull Rally. I warmed up the track for them. #mydayinla #redbullrally #redbullracing #thisismidlife #40plusstyle #40plus #lifestyle
And then this happened.
I was able to watch the race with a seasoned driver who explained to me the origin of the Rally style race. Then as we were watching he was showing me what moves people would be making and it was nothing less than thrilling.
The Red Bull GRC is a two-day event and each team is allotted a certain number of tires (two extra sets I believe). There’s a lot of strategy that goes into deciding where to put the new tires and which day to use them. Take a look at these photos and you’ll see how uneven and punishing the wear can be.