Although the vehicle sliding through the image above looks something like a cartoonified World Rally Championship Ford Focus, it is actually an ATV – the Yamaha YZF 450 Raptor, at right – turned into a miniature rally car. The transformation comes courtesy of Formula Cross, a company that wants to create an entry series into motorsports or weekend-warrioring that's more open, and kinder on the body, than karting. From what we can tell, the brains behind the machine is none other than RMR.

The resulting YFC 450 has equipment like a tubular chassis and "build it" roll cage, a racing steering wheel, and 12 inches of wheel travel with an adjustable sway bar and a wider track. The Formula Cross site announces its creation is coming this fall, so there's not a lot of information to really figure out exactly how they've completed the metamorphosis or how much it will cost. The whole thing is said to weigh 495 pounds wet; there's an asterisk after that, though, and back to that lack of info, we have no idea what the numerous asterisks on the equipment and specs lists represent.

We can say without any asterisks that we're intrigued. There's a video below to watch the Formula Cross in dirty action.

FormulaCross The ATV Revolution Coming This Fall 2012 from FormulaCross on Vimeo.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      In the immortal words of Philip J. Fry... SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Yamaha ATV pictured is a YFZ 450, not a YZF 450 which is their pro class motocross bike. Furthermore, there is no "Raptor" at the end of the name, as Yamaha builds another quad called the Raptor 700. Sorry for the correction but I'm a car guy and an ATV racer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, please correct this. YFZ 450, no Raptor.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a blast. If they could reinforce the sides to keep the plastic from flapping it would look even better doing the drifts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I built a buggy from an ATV a few years ago. Basically widened it 10" down the center and mounted a 150cc dirt bike motor off to one side. Top speed was only about 40mph but it was fun as hell.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a blast. Stuff a small block Chevy V8 or V6 in there, or a turbocharged ecotec 4 cylinder....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I once put car tires on my 14" ATV rims hoping to do something akin to autocross (COG was too high with rider on top) Looks like they reassembled the ATV so that the COG is low enough. Bravo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      DO WANT!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's pretty cool, but not completely new. There are all kinds of go-carts and buggies out there. What makes it unique is the body and a small, one seat chassis powered by something more substantial than a tiny 150cc go-cart engine. The body looks kind of shaky, though, and I doubt the aero is going to make any difference at this speed. With no windshield, it may be tempting to just remove the body. Here are some alternative buggies already available:
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one of the coolest things I have seen in a long long time. Looks like so much fun and hopefully I can't imagine it costs a lot of money. 495 lbs fully loaded? Wow. Must be awesome to drive. Build one of these to 200whp and call it a day. Cool!
      • 3 Years Ago
      As Danny stated, you have the model number and name so wrong. Is it too hard to do 5 minutes of research before blindly and ignorantly writing an article? Where do you find these"writers"? And as somebody else said, this reminds me of the Honda Odysey/Pilot. There are also mini stadium trucks like this that have been out for years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      so sick!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I need to get one of these for my cabin in Colorado. How much will they cost?
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