Australian gets X Games chance in LA

The Hyundai Veloster that Robbie Maddison will drive

The Hyundai Veloster that Robbie Maddison will drive

Australian freestyle motocross rider Robbie Maddison will compete on four wheels at the X Games in Los Angeles later this month.

Maddison will drive a Rhys Millen Motorsport prepared all-wheel drive Hyundai Veloster in the rallycross component of the multi-sport event.

Best known for his world record-breaking feats on two wheels, Maddison is equally adept on four – winning the ‘Red Bull Race-Off’ at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in March.

The specially built Hyundai Veloster that Maddison will drive is the second of three vehicles built by RMR for the US-based Global Rallycross Championship.

“We transformed the Veloster’s lightweight, rigid architecture into a rally car with an engine producing 500 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque,” said team owner Rhys Millen.

The car features a fully stripped, seam-welded and caged body shell, with carbon/Kevlar body panels enabling the weight to drop to just over 1200kg.

Hankook has supplied special racing tyres, which are fitted in a 245/40R18 size to custom 18-in HRE wheels.

A rallycross race consists of five rally-style vehicles, all starting at once, racing on a mixed circuit of tarmac and gravel.

Unusually, the X Games circuit will use several streets in downtown Los Angeles, part of which will be covered in dirt and feature a 20 metre gap jump.

All vehicles must also complete a ‘Joker’ lap – where they take a detour over the jump – at some point during the race, throwing an unpredictable element into the mix.

Maddison says he is aiming to win.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity RMR is giving me at X Games this year,” he said.

“Coming off my win in the Red Bull race-off against David Coulthard at the Melbourne round of the F1, my plan is to give the rally everything I have once I get behind the wheel of the Hyundai Veloster.

“I’m confident I can be a top contender and I’m itching to get behind the wheel.”

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