I’ll cut to the chase: RUBBISH! Seriously, take a look at the preview video below.
This isn’t rally so much as it is a touring car race with some predefined offs. There are a couple of spots where the car is sent off wide into the dirt, only to rejoin the circuit in short order. The vast majority of the racing is done on the standard tarmac circuit. I had very high hopes for the new rallycross exhibition races the RallyCar Series (formally Rally America) had planned for this late summer and fall, but if this circuit is any indication, it will fall well short of my expectations of close, door-to-door, racing with dirt and gravel flying everywhere. The “Super Rally” event at this year’s X-Games was a good event, even if the layout had some safety issues. The racing action was good, and the surface was appropriate for a rally car. What ever happened to real cars, real roads, real racing? I’m not going to completely discard these upcoming events based on just one video of one lap, but I have to say that I am very disappointed in the direction the events appear to be heading.