ASPEN, Colo. – Professional Athlete Shaun White has accomplished much in his storied career in action sports – he’s a two-time Olympic Gold medal winner, the most decorated athlete in Winter X Games history with 15 medals, a four-time medal winner at Summer X Games and a nine-time ESPY award winner. Now Shaun White will work to upgrade his driving abilities with the help of his newest partner, BFGoodrich Tires. The multi-year “Upgrade to BFGoodrich” campaign featuring Shaun White kicks off at ESPN Winter X Games 15 in Aspen, Colo.

“I’m looking forward to a great partnership with BFGoodrich Tires,” said Shaun White. “I’ve always been fascinated with cars and I’m excited to work with the BFGoodrich team on my performance driving.”

Ever had one of those gnarly trail rides that you just wish your friends could have seen? Ever hugged the side of a cliff where one miscue with your handlebars rubbing the cliff can send you off a mountain? Well, these guys certainly found the”big boys” trail, and they mounted a camera to the lead bike rider to show the trail. It’s pretty hairy, and for motorsports fans, it’s definitely worth a look.

There are quite a few unique vehicles at the SEMA every year, and we came across quite a few off-road vehicles during the 2010 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Whether it was for snow, sand, dirt or mud, there was a little bit of everything related to off-road at this year’s show. Check out some of our other coverage of the event in the Off-Road.com Blog or here.

Here are some unique off-road vehicles we saw at the show.

Zero South PHE-PTV


The Zero South Plug-In Hybrid Electric Polar Traverse Vehicle (PHE-PTV) is one of the more unique vehicles we’ve seen over the years. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-50 mph in 9.5 seconds on land with a peak speed of 72 mph (it tops out at 40 mph with tracks on snow), powered by a 200-horsepower electric-drive motor and a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. It is designed to travel in hard-core snowy conditions and offers 20 inches of ground clearance with Mattracks and 16 inches with tires.

If you were to meet Kid KJ – or Kaid Olsen-Weston, as his parents call him – his shy demeanor wouldn’t make you think he was the world’s youngest monster truck driver.

But the 7-year-old Kid KJ followed his father Tod Weston’s footsteps and started participating in motorsports at a young age. We spoke with Kaid and his father at the 2010 SEMA show, where they had his truck on display at Tod’s booth for Uncle Tod Motorsports. He owns and rides dirt bikes and ATVs, but since he was 6 years old he has also raced monster trucks – again, following in his father’s footsteps after Tod purchased the Gunslinger monster truck and now races under the name Black Knight.

For those who have missed Ken Block’s videos in the past, just scroll down a ways to check him taking  Gymkhana to a new level. The video is shot just south of Paris, France, in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry, at a 1.58-mile oval track that was built in 1924. It features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Block for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until he attempted the maneuvers during filming.

Here’s a look at a really wild off-road vehicle that looks like something out of the Jetsons. The DVT Shredder, or Dual-Tracked Vehicle, is a unique off-road vehicle that is a blend of a number of vehicles. It’s part Segway, part skateboard, part Jet Ski, and it’s something the company says could have great value as a cutting-edge military unit (see the video below).

With a peak top speed of 30 mph, the vehicle features a traditional skateboard deck-like platform with traditional skateboard trucks, but it is powered by an engine that runs two tank-threads that allow the vehicle to cover terrains ranging from snow, sand and dirt trails.

According to a recent post on Jalopnik, the Air Force’s latest recruiting tool is a Cadillac Escalade-bodied monster truck designed to look like an A10-C Thunderbolt Warthog. Yes, this thing is for real, and yes, it comes complete with a t-shirt-shooting Gatling gun that you can see in action in the image below.

This just in from the “crazy off-road vehicles you never knew you wanted” department, we came across this eBay listing for a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle body with rear-suicide doors. Yep, this Caddi – which features a Dodge front engine, hood and grille – is listed for sale on eBay as we speak. The starting price is $3,500, though there is the option to make an offer. What is this beast worth to you?

Just about the time you think you’ve seen it all, here comes something down the pike that rattles your cage and pops your eyeballs wide open. Most of us tend to agree that one of the worst motorcycles ever made was the Suzuki TM 400 Cyclone. It had plenty of power, that’s for sure, but the power that it did have came on like a light switch and there was no telling exactly when the hit would come. Sometimes it came on at 3000 RPM, and other times it was 3500 RPM, and it all contributed to you taking strange trips down the dirt.

For an example of why original Jeeps were so invaluable to the military, look no further than the footage below. The video shows Canadian army soldiers drive up during a parade, hop out, pull apart the Jeep and put it back together and drive off – all under four minutes.