Real Or Fake feature

Remote control vehicles have come a long way from the days when the controller was connected to the vehicle by a wire. Nowadays they’ve become so realistic it can be hard to tell the difference between an off-road RC car and a real off-road vehicle. Here are a few awesome photos of very realistic off-road RC cars.  

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There are professionals and there are amateurs.  Then there is a class of people that have no business being where they are and we would put this guy in that category.  Maybe his paint job had something to do with it… but this is an example of how not to climb the Escalator on Hell’s Revenge in Moab, Utah.

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Turbos, turbos and more turbos. Lots of turbos mounted in all sorts of ways to six-cylinder engines are featured in this lengthy but worthwhile video of SUVs partaking in an organized off-road drag race filmed at the Emirates Motorplex in the United Arab Emirates.

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At the 50th anniversary of Easter Jeep Safari there are people from around the world converging on a town of 30,000 people. Traveling from afar has never been a shy point for Jeep enthusiasts, and to commemorate the 50th EJS in Moab, Utah, a group of friends organized The Epic Willys Adventure. The rules: no interstates, no GPS, no cell phones on the 2000-mile pilgrimage from Eau Claire, WI, to Moab, UT.

Bro-Dozer Supreme.

Bro-Dozer Supreme.

The SEMA Show covers more than 1.1 million square feet of space inside and outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Years ago the off-road market only occupied a small portion of the SEMA floor, but the last few years have seen a big surge.

Sonoma, CA – Bold. Complex. Solid structure with a smooth finish. These words aptly describe the style and personality of seven-time National Supercross and Motocross champion Ricky Johnson, and the same qualities are now captured in his signature red wine. To commemorate 25 years since the climax of RJ’s illustrious career, Highway 12 Winery is proud to release the latest of the MX wine series, the “Bad Boy Red.”

“It’s an honor and a lot of fun to have my racing career celebrated with my own wine,” said Ricky “Bad Boy” Johnson. “I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do and will celebrate along with friends and family this holiday season.”

The blend of 2009 Sonoma Valley varietals in Bad Boy Red was personally selected by RJ, who worked directly with Highway 12 Winery’s Paul Giusto to craft a blend that suits his taste and style.

“We are thrilled to have RJ as a part of our MX wine series,” stated Paul Giusto from Highway 12 Winery. “This release has been four-plus years in the making and it’s cool to see it come to life – the fans are loving it!”

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By the 80’s, American motocross racers had escaped the shadows of their European counterparts. In 1986, Ricky “Bad Boy” Johnson had emerged as the most dominant rider on the planet. With one championship already, he would go on to win six more Supercross, 250cc and 500cc classes. His bulldog determination and outspoken persona made him a fan favorite while his personal style provided another nickname: “Too Hip.”

This 2009 blend from the Sonoma Valley includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot showcasing the intensity that mirrors that of the Bad Boy. This full-bodied wine with hints of cedar and spice supported by jammy lushness and velvety tannins, was selected personally by RJ to celebrate 25 years since his rise to the top.

Only 400 bottles of this limited edition Sonoma Valley red will be released and is available exclusively online at www.nexternal.com/gos for $40/bottle. Order now to get your hands on a bottle of Bad Boy Red!

James Stewart, previous James “Bubba” Stewart, had been recovering from an injury he suffered back in January. With doctors telling him that it’s possible he might not be able to race again, he sought out some new career options.

If you watch the video, it’s clear his God-given talent is on a bike, but his artwork may have a shot.

Local Motors is trying to become the new generation of American automotive manufacturing by offering an “open source” platform to their vehicle design and development process. The company has built quite a large community on its website, with passionate designers from all over the world looking to build and design their own car. The Rally Fighter is Local Motors’ first creation, originally designed by Sangho Kim.

On display at the SEMA Show last month, Local Motors distributed these vehicles through “micro-factory” retailers, targeting a price point of under $50,000 with around 2,000 units produced yearly.

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.

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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.

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.