From the lights of the Las Vegas strip to the high desert of Reno, Nevada, this year’s General Tire Vegas to Reno challenged some of the best drivers the off road racing industry has to offer. Five hundred and fifty miles across the Mojave Desert at temperatures reaching upwards of 108 degrees gave everyone a run for their money. The longest off road race in the United States, Vegas to Reno claims its fair share of casualties.
San Marcos, CA – Congratulations to all participants in this year’s 2013 Tecate Score Baja 500 and a special thank you to Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened. Notably one of the toughest off-road races in the world, this year’s Baja 500 was an invigorating new format that stirred up the race right from the start.
New course sections, new series owner and new rules made for an especially exciting race. The 500 course was very technical, compared to recent years, which meant most race teams had no choice but to turn on their lights and drive through the night.
Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened earned a total of 19 podium finishes in 16 classes.
SAN MARCOS, CA – Baja Designs (BD) has always engineered and manufactured LED lighting systems with replaceable lenses and optics. Amazingly enough, almost all other LED bars are silicone sealed and not serviceable. If a BD lens is scratched or scored, you don’t replace the entire light as you do with most imported products, nor do you need to send it back to the manufacturer as you would with other popular LED lights.
BD’s uService™ technology allows you to simply unscrew BD’s water and dust proof lens and seal to replace the damaged optics or lens. On top of that, the same uService™ technology means you can also change the optics of your light. When you consider that BD also includes a limited lifetime warranty on all their lights, uService™ offers the ultimate in purchase protection.
The Scientists of Lighting are proud to announce that RPM OFFROAD has chosen to become members of Baja Designs Team Enlightened. Their drivers and co-drivers will be valuable race lighting analysts for Baja Designs and BD looks forward to collaborating with their long list of winning racers.
RPM OFFROAD Team Manager had this to say; “Over the last few years we bought a lot of offroad vehicles and raced in almost every major class. As a result, we have had the opportunity to test numerous lighting packages and we have noticed a distinct competitive advantage while running Baja Designs lights. Not only are their lights insanely bright and durable but the lighting knowledge and race experience of head engineer Alan Roach is invaluable when it comes to helping us aim lights as well as choose setups and patterns specific to each vehicle.”
San Marcos, CA – Baja Designs OnX LED Lights shine the way for Vildosola Racing to claim the overall victory at the 45th SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 race. The dominant win, finishing over 15 minutes ahead of the next racer, also marked Baja Designs as the only lighting manufacturer to win the grueling race with only LED lights shining the way – no HID lights.
Baja Designs’ ability to make their proprietary American-Made LED lighting technology shine further and brighter convinced the Vildosola Racing team to test and ultimately choose BD lights for their Trophy Truck. Vildosola Racing team joins other Baja champions like McMillin Racing, Menzies Motorsports, and JCR Honda in choosing BD Lights for their racing efforts.
Adrian, MI (November, 2012) – VWerks, an off road parts manufacturer and specialty vehicle builder, debuted at the 2012 SEMA Show a new vehicle program, the Ram Baja KTS Series. Designed to merge high speed desert racing technology with jaw-dropping looks and daily-driver comfort, this exclusive new truck challenges the Ford Raptor for high-speed supremacy. Available in two different stages, the Ram KTS series was designed to cross any terrain at full throttle while the Ram Baja is aimed for truck enthusiasts who want the KTS’s menacing looks and stance, but don’t need long-travel race ready suspension.
“The Ford Raptor has been very successful and there hasn’t been a new, easily accessible Ram counterpart,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs. “Whether you want an actual high speed desert racer, or an aggressive looking truck to drive you to and from work, VWerks has an option for you.”
San Marcos, CA – Baja Designs introduces the ultimate lighting set-up for Jeep JK owners. The ultra-bright combination of a 50″ Stealth LED light bar, and two 3″ Squadron LED lights designed to replace the Jeep JK OEM Fog Lights, boasts a combined 24,700 lumens of lighting which outperform five performance HID lights at a fraction of the weight.
The low profile (only 1.5″ tall) Stealth LED light bar and the 3″ Squadron LED’s have proven to be exceptional in the most treacherous environments, with thanks to rugged aluminum housings, hardcoated polycarbonate lenses, and blinding CREE LED technology with phenomenal LED life expectancy. Each 50″ Stealth is equipped with spot and driving optics for an optimum range of night viewing, while the 3″ Squadron JK Kit (7200 lumens total) provides a far superior bolt-on replacement to the stock OEM fog lights.
San Marcos, CA – The Squadron Adventure Bike kit takes lighting the road & trail to a new level, as it allows for two ultra-bright Baja Designs Squadron 3″ x 3″ LED lights to be properly mounted onto the crash bars of any adventure bike.
Boasting a total 7,200 lumens, the Adventure Bike kit exceeds traditional HID light output while staying lightweight (only 12 oz. ea.) and drawing only 44 watts each. The Squadron uses active Thermal Management, a Single Layer Solid Core Copper Circuit Board and an aircraft grade aluminum housing that maintains LED temperature within the optimum operating limits. Hard coated polycarbonate lenses and waterproof to 3 meters, help make this Squadron Adventure Bike kit the last set you’ll ever buy!
“..These lights make riding at night on quiet back-roads and lonely fire-roads a complete blast. Comparing the OEM headlight to these lights is like comparing a candle to daylight. They tuck out of the way nicely and are not damaged by dropping the bike.” – Product Review on BajaDesigns.com
San Marcos, CA – The Baja Designs Squadron KTM LED Light Kit provides the latest in LED lighting technology while utilizing the factory headlight shell on the latest 2008-2012, and 2005-2007 KTMs. The Squadron LED Kit is designed specifically for aggressive night-time riding by combining amazing distance projection, wide peripheral spread and a smooth light pattern.
The Squadron light utilizes four CREE XML LEDs – the brightest, most efficient LEDs on the market with a blinding 3600 lumens. Not only is the Squadron the brightest LED light on the market, but it only draws 3.6 amps. If you’re looking for the ultimate lighting in the factory shell for your late model KTM, the Baja Designs Squadron is the answer!
Lincoln Electric recently announced they will be participating in the Open Pit Program put together by Ruffstuff Specialties/FOA Suspension to support racers and spectators alike for the King Of The Hammers (KOH) series of events happening in early February in Johnson Valley, CA.
Mickey Holmes, Lincoln Electric’s Manager of Sports Marketing stated: We have been looking long and hard at Off Road events and we think this is the right time to commit! We could not have a better partner than Ruffstuff Specialties and FOA Suspension with their experience at providing this type of service. The Welding and Plasma Cutting equipment we are providing will be the best on the lakebed and racers and spectators alike will also have 9 days to test new equipment in one of the most desolate environments on earth!
Lincoln Electric will be joining an experienced cadre of Rock Crawling/Desert Racing companies already involved such as Solid Axle, Jrat Offroad, Torq Axle, Power Tank, Rugged Radios, Baja Designs, Team Tube, Giant Motorsports, and Branik Motorsports in the Open Pit.
Ruffstuff Owner Dan Fredrickson stated, “With the addition of Lincoln Electric we can provide the type of on the spot service we need at the main and remote pits, large, truck mounted welders that can perform a repair you can be certain of its integrity. He went on to say that this is a unique motorsport, the majority of Rock Crawlers build their own vehicles and are welders themselves and with 230 racers and 20,000 spectators in Johnson Valley for the week it is the place to be if you are a welding manufacturer. Where else could you find 15,000+ welders in one place, not at a NASCAR race!”
All services are Free in the Open Pit Format Developed by Dan and Chris(FOA) and cover everything from shock tuning to major welding repairs. They also have the resources to repair just about anything else that might break or need adjustment. They will be available 24/7 for 9 days starting Thursday the 2nd. There are no restrictions to this service, anyone that asks will be assisted.