Snow sports seem to reach you at the core of your soul. Watching the snow melt is a very hard thing, knowing that you will be waiting six months or more for the snow to fall again and you can bust out the snow machine or strap your feet into your skis or board. For some people that is just too long and they have figured out a way to get their fix using the complete opposite of snow, sand.
Using a specially modified board, professional snowboarder, Wojtek “Gniazdo” Pawlusiak, went out to the massive sand dunes in United Arab Emirates and had a hardcore session. Now it may not be as good as a fresh pow day, but could definitely rival a late spring crusty day when it comes to the fun factor. Especially since you get to ride in shorts!
Now it definitely helps when you have a tow vehicle that also competes in one of the most long and brutal off-road races in the world, even if it is a Mini. But really the only thing “Mini” is the body, otherwise it may as well be a mini trophy truck, pun slightly intended. It has to be considering the race it competes in is the Dakar Rally that spans two weeks and more than 5,000 miles across some of the harshest terrain in South America.
Under the hood of this X-Raid Dakar Mini is a 3.0L twin turbo inline six diesel made by BMW that has been tuned out to 307hp and most importantly over 500lb-ft of torque. Top speed is said to be around 130mph, but with that diesel it’s not designed for running flat out. That torque is going to pull you up and over any hill, rock, or rut that you put in front of it.
Red Bull brought Kuba Przygonski who is a driver for the ORLEN team to pilot the Mini while Pawlusiak was towed behind on his board. I am not sure what would be more fun, being behind the wheel or getting towed on the board. Especially on those dunes. They are said to be some of the highest and steepest in the world. One there towards the end looked like Pawlusiak was hauling ass big time. Wrecking probably wouldn’t hurt to bad, but you would definitely be pulling sand out of every crevice for the coming weeks.