NASCAR, as you probably know, runs most of their races on large, elliptical speedways. But for a few weekends a year, they run road courses, as well. It requires a completely different skillset from the drivers, and makes for some eyes-peeled interesting racing. Look at something like mud drag racing, whose contestants are put together very differently than your garden variety top fuel cars. What about Global Rallycross? Pavement, dirt, and jumps mix up the standard short-form road course racing.
Thinking on such things cannot be healthy for fevered minds like ours. Nevertheless, we came up with our own ideas for what we could do if we put two different motorsports in the same race.
Motocross + Moto GP = Flying GP
Moto GP is an incredibly difficult and dangerous sport, but it’s a little too…horizontal. What if those euro-accented jockeys had to take to the skies? Flying GP would probably be run on dual-sport, enduro-type bikes at first. Most would be held at any oval track speedway agreeing to build a temporary motocross course in the green. Bikes must be able to handle the obstacles, but can be as powerful as conventional sport bikes.
Advancements: Hybridized dirt bike/sport bike, hybridized soft-hard safety armor.
Tandem Drifting + Sports Car Racing = Endurance Drift
They call it drift racing, but there’s not much racing involved with tandem drifting. It’s a very cool event, but it’s judged, rather than scored for time. What if you incorporated drifting into a long-format race? Held at road courses, Endurance Drift would be a traditional endurance sports car race of the 6-12 hour variety, but with certain sections of the track where racers could pair up with teammates and be judged on the quality of their drift through that corner. They would be awarded a certain number of seconds off their overall time for a good drift. Racers who chose not to drift at all would be penalized seconds.
Advancements: Durable tire tech, durable or disposable quick-change bumpers and body work, wingman strategy in pit stops and racing.
Formula Offroad + Autocross = Perpendicularcross
The Icelandic madness that is Formula Offroad involves racing 800 hp, tube-frame “Jeeps” straight up the sides of cliffs. The sport hasn’t been around long, but it’s already grown immensely popular to those wacky Scandinavians. Right now they only make it up the hill about a third of the time, on average, but they’re bound to get better. When the challenge needs tipping, we suggest nailing cones in the cliffsides to make a sort of anti-grav autocross course. We’d also put in a water crossing section. Because it’s awesome.
Advancements: Improvements in braking, extra challenge, prolonged performances.
Drag Race + Drag Race = Double Drag Race
They say it’s boring and it doesn’t take any skill. They’d be wrong on both counts. Drag racing does take a great deal of skill, but most of it is in the engineering department. What say we give those engineers a bit more of a challenge? A “two lap” drag race. Picture four lanes of straight strip. Racers start in the outside lanes, race to the end of a half mile, then turn around and race back in the inside lanes. For added strategy, racers only get one shot of nitrous per race.
Advancements: Lightweight front wheels, better brakes/parachutes, more than peddle-mashing.
Moto GP + Quad Mudding + Snowcross = Saddle Triathlon
Perhaps it’s because we’ve been watching the Olympics, but we find multi-stage sports fascinating. A runner who can also ride a bike and swim (or in the case of the heptathlon, jump over things short, high, and long and throw a freaking javelin or shot put) strikes us as someone well-rounded and balanced, someone who would be slowed by too much weight, but also must have upper body strength. That’s what we’re looking for handlebar jockeys. Start with a large stint on a sport bike, then switch to a 4WD ATV tracking through some serious mud bogs, and finish with a trek up a mountain on a high-speed snowmobile. It makes for some great location shots, and drivers would have to train and choose their equipment accordingly.
Advancements: Rider physical training, course planning, cross-sport technique application, relatively low cost.
Now admit it: while you were reading this, you were thinking of your own insane motorsport mashups. We want to hear about them. Post them below or we’ll have them extracted from your brains.