Blame it on our Rust Belt sensibilities, but we can't think of anything cooler than rally cars racing full-bore around a steel mill. The video after the jump is about as heavy metal as it gets, and the gritty action is coming to your television in a new Speed TV series called Battle Cross. The steel mill pilot shown here – airs on November 17 at 10 pm Eastern. That's this Thursday, kids, so set your DVR now, or ask your parents for permission to stay up late.

This first episode features 2011 Rally America Champion David Higgins driving against Subaru Rally Team USA teammate Dave Mirra. The competition is a two-round affair, the first a standard fastest-time-wins, autocross-style challenge, while the second is a judged "freestyle session." Think: figure skating – but with sequins and feathers replaced by popping wastegates and two-foot wings.

A whole host of other names are attached to the series. Rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and Stacy Keibler, she of WWE and girlfriend of George Clooney fame, will co-host the show. Drifting star Samuel Hubinette and rally driver Stephan Verdier will serve as judges. Battle Cross is produced by The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen, so if nothing else, we can at least expect it to look great.

If you miss the premiere, Battle Cross will be rebroadcast on Nov. 18 at 1:00 am EST and 10:00 am EST, and Nov. 20 at 2:30 pm EST. Click through the jump to see the trailer.


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      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm still wondering why three-pedal hatchbacks haven't caught on in America.
        Turbo 4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Thats what i drive and i wouldnt have it any other way.
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Most American's can't appreciate a good sleeper. In America, it is only important that your car looks fast.
        Shane Gardner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        I don't get why it seems like a huge tragedy to some that they haven't.
          fivesix7eight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shane Gardner
          Because hatch's and wagon's are infinitely more practical, capable, and utilitarian than CUV's and SUV's. They're more fuel efficient, economical, and 100 times better looking than a bloated and rollover prone CUV/SUV... Should I keep going?
      Mario
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ken Block started it, now everyone is following. How they can see in all that dust?
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mario
        Ken Block started Gymkhana? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymkhana_(motorsport) ... Damn kids.
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      My question is: Are they using their GRC cars, or are these their Rally America cars? One has 650hp, the other has the stock 305hp.
        Steve White
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        The GRC cars aren't running 650 BHP, more like 550 - 600 (the regulations behind them are roughly equivalent to the ERC supercar specification). The Rally America cars do run a "stock" 305 BHP, but are outputting out WAY more torque than the factory car. Looking at the video those cars look like Open Class rally cars to me. The GRC cars have a rear mounted radiator set up and there is no sign of that on either of those cars in the video.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Zak
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet! I'll be at the Olympus Rally this year - staying at the family's beach house in Westport, WA, right in the middle of it. I didn't even know about this series until I saw it on my XBOX after the 2011 race was over. It's great to see this series get the exposure it deserves. I'm getting kind of sick of Indycar and I gave up on Nascar when Richard Petty quit.