(Photo courtesy Vincent Knakal // UTVUnderground.com)
This year’s point-to-point Baja 1000 was 1,275 miles of brutal terrain testing both machine and driver. Polaris RZR went into the race as the defending champion, and the Scrambler XP 1000 made a maiden voyage with Team UXC racing at the helm.
Nineteen side-by-sides, including 13 RZRs, started the race and eight side-by-sides, six being RZRs, managed to finish. First-time Baja 1000 driver of record, Johnny Angal of UTV Inc., and his drivers Brian Bush, Branden Sims and Justin Quinn, in their No. 1919 RZR XP 4 1000 won the grueling race. Jagged X in the No. 1932 with drivers Matt Parks, Brandon Schueler and Craig Scanlon took second.
Photo courtesy Rusty Baptist @ UTVUnderground.com
Polaris factory facers were out in force at the Bluewater Desert Challenge this past weekend. The race, different than the other Best in the Desert Races, was two days of three 25-mile laps, with results based on times from both days.
Thirty-two Side-by-Sides took the line with the Pro Class having the majority of entrants. Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler in the No. 1919 RZR XP 1000 started in front and never looked back, taking first place the first day. The top five were all RZRs with Lone Star Racing’s Branden Sims finishing second, Coastal/Holz Racing’s Scott Kiger in third, Cognito’s Justin Lambert in fourth and Jagged X’s Craig Scanlon in fifth.
Spanning 534 miles, Vegas to Reno is known as the largest off-road race in the U.S. This year, 40 side-by-sides lined up to tackle the desert between the two cities.
On the ATV side, Team UXC/Driven Powersports/Polaris Factory Racing would line up their Scrambler XP 1000 as the only 4×4 to tackle the race.
Polaris has donated a customized pink RZR XP 1000 to the American Cancer Society as part of its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
“Too many of us have been affected by cancer, whether through a personal battle or an afflicted neighbor, co-worker or family member,” says Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The American Cancer Society works tirelessly toward the eradication of this dreaded disease, and we hope that, through this donation, we can help them raise the funds needed to continue this noble fight.”
PRP Seats has introduced a new Door Bag with Knee Pad for the stock doors on the Polaris RZR XP 1000.
PRP says the bags are easy to install – just remove and replace the stock Torx head screws. Bags offer a convenient place to store items like a cell phone or a water bottle, and thick foam pad is designed to protect the rider’s knees from hitting against the doors.
PRP has come out swinging in 2014 with a handful of new products for the Polaris RZR and Arctic Cat Wildcat.Removable RZR Doors
PRP’s New RZR Doors feature a wider opening for getting to your gas cap easier, lower top edge for a more comfortable arm rest and the door itself is removable from the frame for those times you’re pulling into your trailer or toy hauler and are tight on space. These durable, steel frame doors fit all years of the 800 and 900 two-seat RZR models. The doors retail for $580 in standard black powdercoat. Optional vinyl covering is available for an additional $80.
Driven Racing Oil was displaying its wares at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla. While Driven does make engine oil, gear oil, transmission fluid, coolant system additive, wax and cleaner for ATVs and Side-by-Sides, that’s not what attracted us to the Driven booth.
Perhaps the nicest looking RZR XP 1000 we’ve seen yet drew us in like a magnet. The RZR was only slightly modified with a roof, light bar, tire rack and extra storage, but combined with a slick “Driven” graphics package it is a beauty.
“This is the fastest we’ve ever brought a RZR product to consumers,” says Jason DiFuccia, marketing manager for RZR. “We are extremely excited to be part of DuneFest and show off the new king of sport side-by-sides.”
BRP may have been the first to break the 100-horsepower barrier with the Can-Am Maverick 1000, but it looks like Polaris will take it a step further with the not-yet-announced 2014 RZR XP 1000.
Polaris has released no information about the new RZR XP 1000 – it was the United States Environmental Protection Agency who let that cat out of the bag and Polaris is none too pleased about it. The EPA released its 2014 test results earlier this month, which showed that Polaris had submitted a 999cc RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP 4 1000 for testing. Power output was listed at 80 kilowatts, which translates to a whopping 107 horsepower. The EPA has since deleted the information (likely at Polaris’ request), but you can see it here (check out lines 134 and 135 in particular).
For those who don’t want to download the file, we’ve captured the pertinent info in this screenshot (expandable when you click on it).