Thursday, August 15, 2013

The man without fear

Released this week, “XP1K” is the latest cinematic effort from California’s Martelli Brothers, Matt and Joshua, who gained fame directing Ken Block’s dazzling “Gymkhana” series of precision-driving films.

The man without fear

The new film, shot at Eagle Mountain, an abandoned iron mine east of Palm Springs, California, delivers 10 breathless minutes of razor’s-edge off-roading, with nothing more than engine roar and tire rumble as its soundtrack.
2014 Polaris RZR XP1000

After building a sprawling, skatepark-style daredevil course, the Martellis tapped professional off-roader RJ Anderson to drive a “highly modified” version of the two-seat 2014 RZR XP1000 off-road vehicle from US-based Polaris Industries. To the uninitiated, the RZR XP1000 arrives in a growing field of utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs, which are larger than motorcycle-like ATVs but nimbler than Jeep-like off-roaders. Think of the RZR as something of a post-apocalyptic Lotus Elise: feather light, impossibly nimble, supremely tail-happy.
The standard version, which in the US starts at a cool $19,999, makes use of a 107hp 1-litre two-cylinder engine and an on-demand all-wheel-drive system that powers the rear wheels until slippage is detected, when it will automatically engage the front wheels for additional traction. The vehicle pictured here achieves its aerial heroics with 190hp – more than ample for its 1,379lbs. Straight from the dealer showroom, the RZR XP1000 is not street-legal, but aftermarket pieces to make it so – including windscreens, wing mirrors, indicator lamps and number-plate brackets – are plentiful.

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