Jason Scherer-KOH-Ultra4-9-27-13DANVILLE, CA – Jason Scherer would like to cap off the season with a solid race at the 2013 Ultra4 Nitto Tires National Finals in Congress, Arizona this weekend.  “This has been an interesting season to say the least; we have won poles, won events and then plagued with transmission failures.  We have lead a lot of laps and had the speed to win, but part failures have taken us out before the checker flag,” said Jason Scherer, driver of the Rubicon Express #76 car.  “We won the National race last year in Texas and feel we may have found the solution to our car troubles just in time to come to Arizona and compete strong this weekend.” Then Jason adds, “After this race I can’t wait to get up to the Rubicon Trail in my 2014 JK and test out the new Rubicon Express suspension and Smittybilt products that are being installed at 4Wheel Parts while we are at the race!”

This will be the last race for the PSC Motorsports Ultra4 car driven by Jason Scherer.  “The last two years have been a great partnership with Tom Allen and PSC Motorsports, however it has been decided to sell the car at the end of the 2013 season,” said Scherer.  “Myself, Rage 4th and Team Awesome are in the process of starting a build for next season.  We have been pushing the envelope of technology and I see where a few changes can make the new car 20% faster and 50% more reliable than the last car.  The PSC car never lacked in speed, we lacked in consistency.”

Healy-Ultra4-Off-Road-8-22-13Hot Springs, AR: The 4WD Hardware ULTRA4 Eastern Regional Series came to a finale last weekend  at the RCV ULTRA4Race at Superlift ORV Park in Hot Springs AR. 2010 King of the Hammers winner, Loren Healy started the race in the pole position after qualifying first on Friday and never looked back. Healy had not planned on racing in Arkansas, however, after experiencing DNFs in Indiana and Utah, he made the decision to make the trek to Arkansas.

ATX Wheels and Nitto Tire team driver, Healy decided to run the race in his newly re-acquired three-year old straight axle ULTRA4 car and opted to leave his independent front suspension (IFS) ULTRA4 car at home. He had this to say about the car choice, “After Indiana we knew that our big IFS desert car was far from the ideal choice for woods racing on the east coast.” The strategic decision to swap cars proved a wise move for Healy. The course in Arkansas was tight, technical and tree-lined with little room for passing, so qualifying at the front of the pack meant he never saw another vehicle until lap 3 when he began lapping slower vehicles.

Twin Peaks, CA: The 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series Championship began with the 2012 Griffin King of The Hammers and ended with the 2012 Ultra4 American Rocksports Championship last weekend in Tooele, Utah.  More than 50 drivers from 20 states competed for a chance to be named the 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series Champion. Ultimately, Ultra4 veteran and short course champion, Brad Lovell, would claim the title.

The 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series Championship consisted of three races. Each race was meant to highlight the unique characteristics and strengths of Ultra4 cars. The three races for this year’s series were: 2012 Griffin King of The Hammers, which emphasized high speed desert racing, endurance and rock crawling, Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno; a 500+ mile race through the Nevada desert that tested both cars and drivers endurance, and The American Rocksports Challenge which combined short course racing and rock crawling with multiple cars competing simultaneously in a series of heat races.

Off-road racing is a gear-stripping, brake-grinding, suspension-squashing sport. Jim Lambert, president of Lambert Motorsports, knows this all too well. Last year he went through five transmissions on his Ultra4 racing rig, and he plowed into a tree on a forested New England racetrack, destroying the front end of his chassis.

The wear, tear and outright damage that an off-road vehicle sustains over the course of a rough-and-tumble season makes for long weekends and late nights in the shop repairing, reinforcing and re-engineering off-road vehicle components. Lambert had been doing this all by hand, cutting out paper templates in CAD, tracing them onto metal sheets, and hand-cutting each piece. The process was time-consuming and the outcome was often imprecise.

But 16 months ago, when Lambert began building a new Ultra 4 racing rig, he pulled the trigger on purchasing a Torchmate 2X2 machine, one of the most compact and affordable CNC fabricating machines on the market.

Today, he can’t figure out what took him so long.