“Defense forces around the world are seeking Polaris Defense Military vehicles to take advantage of our ability to make modifications to our commercial off-the-shelf technology (COTS), insert customer requirements and quickly deliver an end product that meets their needs,” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “It is our goal to match the warfighter’s mission requirements with our best value product.”
Mad Media, and UTVUnderground.com launched an extraordinary viral video on August 8th dubbed “XP1K”, that features off-road champion and factory Polaris off-road racer RJ Anderson behind the wheel of a custom built, 190 horsepower, 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 UTV.
The video is a non-stop blitz of off-road action, jaw dropping close calls, and precision driving – and features a climactic world distance record-breaking ending. It is this record – the longest UTV jump in history, (129’ 9”) that continues to push the popularity of the video, which has taken the automotive industry by storm. XP1K has racked up nearly 700,000 views in two weeks, and has been featured on Jalopnik, Top Gear, Drift.com, Complex, BBC, Car and Driver, Autoblog, Offroad.com, Supercross.com, and Powersports Business, to great acclaim.
MEDINA, Minn., – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, has expanded its purpose-built commercial vehicle line, Polaris® BRUTUS™ to include the BRUTUS base model with cab, heat and air conditioning, which is now available for order through authorized BRUTUS dealers in North America.
In March 2013, Polaris introduced the three-model BRUTUS lineup as the first side-by-side utility vehicle in the market to deliver front-end power take-off (PTO) capability. The new BRUTUS model enhances the level of comfort, versatility and productivity by integrating key offerings from the BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HDPTO models.
August 5th, 2013 San Diego, CA – Mad Media and UTVUnderground.com launched a new video today called “XP1K,” which features off-road racer RJ Anderson in the new Polaris RZR 1000. Directed by The Martelli Brothers, best known for directing the first three Gymkhana films, XP1K features off-road champion and factory Polaris Pro UTV racer RJ Anderson behind the wheel of a custom-built, 190-horsepower, 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 UTV. The video is a non-stop blitz of off-road action, jaw dropping close calls, and precision driving – and features a climactic world record-breaking ending!
The XP1K project was announced a week ago in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 off-road vehicle by Polaris Industries at their annual dealer show. The official XP1K trailer was released on XP1K.com shortly after, followed by a teaser clip that was hosted by project partner Falken Tire. Both clips highlight the unique nature of the project, and feature arresting images of both the XP1K vehicle and the unforgiving, destructive backdrop that served as the location for filming.
San Diego, CA – The Martelli Brothers and their production team Mad Media – known internationally for their work producing and directing the first three Gymkhana videos…have done it again. Their new viral video campaign with UTVUnderground.com – dubbed “XP1K”, begins today with the worldwide launch of the films trailer, and continues with the full video release Monday, August 5th on XP1K.com. The project is being timed with the release of the ground breaking 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 off-road vehicle by Polaris Industries, which made it’s public debut this week at the Polaris dealer show in Washington D.C.
For the production of XP1K, Mad Media and UTVUnderground.com teamed up, and tapped off-road race champion and factory Polaris Pro UTV racer RJ Anderson to pilot their custom built 2014 Polaris RZR XP1K vehicles. The result is a seven and a half minute blitz of off-road action, jaw dropping stunts, and dynamic precision driving by RJ – laid against the unforgiving, post-apocalyptic backdrop of an abandoned iron mine near Desert Center, CA.
Minneapolis – After placing off the podium at The John Penton, William Yokley was back on top in his Polaris / Coastal / CST / National Guard / Yoshimura / Yokley Racing RZR XP 900 taking the win at The Mountaineer, in Masontown, West Virginia. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger, steered his RZR XP 900 to a third place finish. RZRs finished in the top three spots in the XC1 Modified class.
Yokley and Kiger both started well and tackled the rocky terrain by choosing good lines. Their fast, consistent laps gave them both podium finishes and put Yokley back on top in class points going into the summer break, with Kiger sitting in striking distance in third.
The next GNCC UTV Race is Powerline Park, in St. Clairsville, Ohio, on October 20.
Yokley Racing is sponsored by Polaris Industries, Coastal Racing, CST, Army National Guard, Yoshimura, Holz Racing Products, OMF, Walker Evans, Fluidyne, Beard Seats, Tireballs, SustainU and Big Country Powersports.
Minneapolis, May 28, 2013 – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the company is donating 10 military, off-road vehicles with a combination of Run-Flat and Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT), to enhance The Salvation Army’s ability to transport food, water and other critical supplies to survivors, in Moore, Okla. The units will be delivered from Polaris’ Osceola, Wis. plant, free of charge, thanks to a generous donation from Bay and Bay Transport and Overbye Trucking.
“With debris on the ground from thousands of destroyed homes, these vehicles will allow us to serve in places our mobile kitchens cannot,” said Lt. Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Northern Division Commander. “We thank Polaris for this incredible gift. These vehicles will allow us to serve more people in crisis.”
The donated units, a combination of military ATV, RANGER and RZR vehicles, are outfitted with either Run Flat tires or NPTs to prevent down time. Run-Flat tires resist the effects of deflation when punctured giving the operator the ability to continue to use the vehicle; and NPTs are built to never go flat and are virtually indestructible.
The 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris – will premiere on SPEED Channel, Saturday June 8th at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. This special two-hour primetime television show captures the most dynamic and thrilling off-road racing on the planet – at the most prestigious and challenging off-road race in America. This year, over 250 race teams battled the brutal four-hundred mile Mint 400 desert racecourse. The competition was fierce and full of drama, suspense, and back and forth clashes in all twenty classes of vehicles – from the fast growing Pro UTV Class, all the way up to the million dollar Unlimited Trophy Trucks. The overall lead changed seven times, and less than half of the competitors finished the destructive and punishing race.
2013 marks the sixth consecutive year that General Tire has returned as the title sponsor of the Mint 400, since helping resurrect the race in 2008. They are the official tire of the Best in the Desert Championship, and remain dedicated to supporting off-road racing. “We can’t thank General Tire enough for their support this year,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “This race is THE marquee event in American off-road racing. We are reaching millions and millions of race fans during The Mint race week – and our new 2-hour television format is going into 78 million homes on SPEED. With help from General Tire, we’ve built the most dynamic and entertaining off-road television show on the planet.”
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry, will be recognized as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend on Friday, Oct. 18, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Blackwell, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer inducted in 2000, will be honored alongside the class of 2013 as part of the AMA Legends Weekend, hosted by the American Motorcyclist Association, on Oct. 18-19, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino.
“Not only did Mark Blackwell rise to the top to become the 1971 American 500cc motocross champion, but he also raced internationally at a time when the Europeans dominated the sport,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. “His grit, a win in Switzerland, and a podium finish in Germany earned him fans worldwide.
Minneapolis, Minn. – Polaris Industries Inc (NYSE: PII) has joined General Tire and a host of dedicated sponsors in support of “The Great American Off-Road Race” – The 2013 General Tire Mint 400 Presented by Polaris. Polaris is a global sales leader in off-road vehicles, and its RZR® line is the leader in innovation in sport UTV design worldwide. Based in Medina, Minnesota, Polaris has been manufacturing vehicles for nearly 60 years and is the preferred UTV platform for desert off-road racing. There are more RZRs entered in The Mint 400 than any other manufacturer, and Polaris provides factory support for Jagged X Racing and Coastal Racing.
“We are thrilled to have Polaris as the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Mint 400,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “The UTV Class has exploded in growth over the past few years because they are affordable to campaign and virtually race-ready from the showroom floor. You can literally go buy a Polaris RZR from a dealer – and with a few modifications be out racing the next weekend! It’s really exciting to watch people get into these vehicles and then become die-hard off-road race fans!”