You would think that an off-road pick-up truck would make a rubbish racing car. But you’d think wrong.
This is the New Zealand-based Ssangyong Actyon Sport Ute Racing Series. And it’s awesome.
As the name suggests, it’s a one-make series for the Ssangyong Actyon double-cab ‘ute’. As many as 30 cars take part, all of them identical. Power comes from a Mercedes-sourced, 2.3-litre petrol engine, connected to a five-speed gearbox and rear-wheel-drive.
They probably don’t have much more than 175bhp and weigh the thick end of two tonnes. Fast they are not, but with proper racing suspension, no weight over the back and a limited slip differential, they are drift monsters.
The racing is always close, the cars often running two or three abrest, usually sideways. And, if this footage is anything to go by, crashes are frequent. Ssangyong’s spares business must do a roaring trade.
Fortunately, the cars aren’t that expensive to buy in the first place. Ready-to-race, they only cost the equivalent of £20,000 or so. Everyone from seasoned racers to complete beginners take part.
Now we just need to persuade Ssangyong UK to start its own version of the series over here (the Actyon is badged Korando in the UK).
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