SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in reintroducing the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM Act). The bipartisan bill (S.203), introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), protects Americans’ right to modify street cars and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles and industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.

The RPM Act is cosponsored by 14 members of the U.S. Senate. The bill ensures that transforming motor vehicles into racecars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.  

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Leandro Torres and co-driver Lourival Roldan have become the very first Dakar SSV class winners, taking the 2017 title in their factory Xtreme Plus Polaris RZR1000XT machine by 4 hours and 42 minutes.

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The 2017 Dakar Rally saw Peugeot Sport and BFGoodrich monopolize the podium at the two-week event’s finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, January 14. It was the ideal result, the brand’s 13th overall victory at Dakar, to mark the off-road tire brand’s return to the world’s most famous cross-country rally after a four-year absence.

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TRD, the Toyota Racing Development division for the company, just unveiled the details on the vehicles it will have on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

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Tanner Foust is an accomplished rallycross and Formula Drift driver that, as of late, has been spending a fair bit of time in the seat of a Polaris RZR. Tanner Foust Quantum Drift is just a small peak into the life of one of the busiest men in motorsports.

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GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 20, 2016
― BFGoodrich Tires ― the official tire of The Dakar Rally ― culminates its year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of its first radial all-terrain tire, which revolutionized the light-truck and off-road industry, with the brand’s return to the 2017 Dakar Rally.

After months of race tire development and testing, BFGoodrich engineers and race teams are making final preparations and staging their vehicles in South America for the 8786 kilometer (5460 mile), 12-stage race.  The 39th Dakar Rally begins on Jan. 2, 2017. The race promises to be among the toughest on competitors and vehicles as it weaves through changing terrain and altitude across Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.

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Earlier this week, Mini unveiled the new Mini John Cooper Works Rally, and just yesterday the first photos were released showing off the livery for the Mini that Bryce Menzies will race in the 2017 Dakar Rally.

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On the heels of a successful launch of the inaugural Rebelle Rally Presented By Hoehn Adventures, the 2017 edition will return to California and Nevada Oct. 12-22, 2017. Registration officially opens on November 15th with 60 coveted team spots up for grabs.

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CYPRESS, CA
–Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires) will continue the tradition of big displays and big vehicle debuts during the 2016 SEMA Show, November 1 – 4 in Las Vegas, NV. At the entrance to the South Hall, show attendees will be greeted by a Ken Block-themed display.  Inside the South Hall, the Toyo Tires booth has moved onto the main aisle and will include one-off supercars in addition to the brand’s most popular products.  Attendees can also enjoy never-before-seen vehicles and take a load off in the Toyo Tires Treadpass which is located between the Central and South Hall.

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After seven days of intense competition with only a map and compass as navigation tools, Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss finished with the highest points winning the inaugural Rebelle Rally in the BFGoodrich Tires Jeep JK built by Impulse Offroad. This was the third event of the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge where Kaleigh Hotchkiss was selected for the navigation seat out of 91 original entrants. The Rebelle Rally event went through 2 states, 12 counties, 2 National Parks, 5 BLM agencies and 4 legendary OHV areas.   Historically, 36 vehicles started and finished with 72 women from 19 states and 4 countries traversing 1200 plus miles across the beautiful western desert, majority being in the dirt and some asphalt transit sections.