We’ve seen all kinds of (usually performance) cars being put to the test, trying to score points in unofficial lap times on different circuits around the world, but what about a vehicle designed almost exclusively to transport your family and your cargo hitting a rally stage in the forest?
Enter Team O’Neil Rally School and their special projects director Wyatt Knox, who has improvised a route through the woods and uses it to test various cars, like that old Kia Sedona, which is battered and en route to the broken. .
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The 2005 minivan is nothing to write home about. It has different tires on all four corners, makes all kinds of funny noises, no longer has power steering, the automatic gearbox is very limited, and the dashboard looks like a Christmas tree. It’s also front-wheel drive and packs a V6 that won’t break any speed records.
Obviously he’s in bad shape, and no one tries to deny it, but despite all the drawbacks, can he really get by in the hands of a professional pilot, with left foot brakes, jumps and a lot of oversteer? Spoiler alert: For us the whole race looks very exciting, considering the Sedona is positioned as far away from a rally-worthy car as possible. In fact, now would be a good time to wrap up and let Knox tell you about it – after all, he’s the one who made an old-fashioned old van cool.