Generally defined, off-road racing allows various types of modified vehicles such as trucks, cars, and buggies to compete in races held in off-road environments. In Australia, these types of races are held under the guidelines that have been set forth by CAMS, or the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
The tracks and courses that are typically used for these races are twisted and narrow, often lined by trees and on a farmland-type terrain. Some of the track types include mountain and river crossing, and also incorporate obstacles such as mad man jumps.
Off-road racing is considered to be adrenaline-filled and exciting at the same time, and there is always an increased number of individuals looking to take part in this growing sport.
The vehicles used in this type of racing are among of the of the best engineered in Australian Motor Sport. Many of them incorporate the following factors in order to help them navigate all of the different terrains that they will find themselves traveling over:
*Long and complex travel suspension systems
There also exists many competition classes with vehicles that range from purpose-built buggies, which contain engines up to 6000cc all the way up to 4WD vehicles that have been completely modified. Aside from single-seater vehicles, every vehicles contains a team of a driver and a navigator. Since off-road racing possesses an endurance factor, each specific course is essentially a test of each driver’s skill and mechanical preparation.
Off-road racing offers all sorts of exciting things, ranging from introductory events for beginning drivers to state-level competitions for more advanced drivers. Furthermore, the sport also provides a wonderful atmosphere and sense of community, which enables you to meet all sorts of new friends who also love this sport as much as you do.
Here is a list of the many different off-road racing classes:
- Pro Buggy (buggies with engines that do not exceed 6000cc)
- Prolite Buggy (naturally aspirated buggies up to 3500cc)
- Super 1650 Buggy (buggies with engines that are between 1330cc and 1650cc)
- Sportsman Buggy (buggies with engines that do not exceed 1330cc)
- Superlite (UTV) (utility terrain vehicles)
- Performance 2WS (a modified 2WD vehicle with an engine that does not exceed either 6000cc petrol or 7200cc diesel)
- Extreme 2WD (A highly modified 2WD vehicle with an engine that does not exceed either 6000cc petrol or 7200cc diesel)
- Production 4WD (A production 4WD vehicle with an engine that does not exceed either 6000cc petrol or 7200cc diesel)
- Extreme 4WD (A highly modified 4WD vehicle with an engine that does not exceed either 6000cc petrol or 7200cc diesel)
Authoritative Link: http://www.cams.com.au/