If “the fastest-ever car to drive the Glamis Sand Dunes” doesn’t mean anything to you, we’ll break it down: This 1600 horsepower two-seat death-sled simply cannot stop flying.

Glamis is just a big patch of sand in Southern California. Except, you’re allowed to drive on it. And by “drive” I mean do pretty much whatever you want with whatever vehicles you can dream up.

That makes it a Mecca for crusty, tattooed rednecks with a need for speed and money to turn into noise. My people.

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When TheRidersChannel (TRC) went down to check out an event called“Horsepower Wars” on New Years Day, they caught Racer Engineering’s unreasonably quick sand rail in action. The company builds off-road racing vehicles for Baja and other places people like to see if they can survive driving way too fast.

TRC says the twin-turbo small block Chevy mounted behind the passengers on this thing is barfing out 1,600 horsepower. That’s more than a Bugatti Veyron! Such a comparison doesn’t make any kind of sense, but still. The truck I raced the 2015 Baja 1000 in had 200 horsepower; a pathetic fraction of this sand rail’s output. And all this thing does is play around in the sandbox!

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With nothing to propel but a few fat tires, a chromoly cage and an aluminum body you can see just what kind of craziness that much energy can get you into.

And yes, that’s off-road racing legend BJ Baldwin you’re seeing at about 02:30 in, later calling it “the fastest thing he’s ever experienced.”

Apparently this rig is now for sale at $170,000. Lots of money for a toy, but then again it’s the best bargain on wheels if you’re all about that dollars-to-horsepower ratio!

Images/Video via The Riders Channel


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