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At this point, we've all seen videos depicting the insanity of Middle Eastern sand dune climbs. The clips that make their way to the Western world often include some sort of terrifying nose-over-tail tumble from the top, but this latest clip gives us a glimpse at exactly what sort of machine is required to run up a massive pile of sand at high speeds. Expect turbos. Lots and lots of massive turbos. This particular competition features three classes: V6 Manual, V6 Automatic and V8, and as you'd expect with any high-horsepower event, there's as much mechanical failure as actual success.

The video below features an extensive pit walk with plenty of lingering shots inside some of the most ludicrous engine bays we've ever laid eyes upon. The actual racing gets going around the five-minute mark, and we can't help bet feel there's more than a passing resemblance between this sport and a good old-fashioned tractor pull. Check it out below.





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      fishnutts11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hahaha that's so crazy. Wow. I'd like the see them go on a flat surface. See how they changeover from an incline.
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's hilarious. Now I've got "turbo envy".
      Mercennarius
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan Patrol FTW! People have turbocharged those to make as much as 2000HP!
        The Jeepist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercennarius
        Problem is, they fit turbochargers of buses, then don't bother to change the transmission/clutch, that's why 2 Nissans just stopped, the engine didn't blow up.
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m not even into offroading but that intial screencap is pure awesome.
      LeadHead
      • 1 Year Ago
      A ton of these failures seem to be purely from atrocious engine management tuning and poor gear ratio choices. Nearly all the ones that were popping, blowing fire, bouncing off the rev limiter and just generally sounding very coarse and rough running blew up. Then you look at the one at ~7:20, no flames or popping, no revlimiter, no drama and made it a full pull without issue. But hey, who has the time for proper engine tuning when you have enough cash to just throw a new engine in it every time?
        lasertekk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LeadHead
        A case of too much money (not caring if it self destructs) and too much time on their hands.
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lasertekk
          And as I posted below, they are not all $6k hack jobs. Obviously living in Qatar doesn't make you an expert on everything going on over there.
      LeadHead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst commenting system in the entire world.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't recall an air filter anywhere in the video.
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      I so wish we could buy a patrol in the USA.
        Oscar Zamora
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ron
        You can now. It's the QX56.
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ron
        You can, at least the new ones seeing that the patrol is now the Infitini QX. Of course you are probably wishing for an older model with a TB48
      Devin Baker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me or did some of those sound like 2jz's?
      The Jeepist
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know how Americans have rednecks, or 'muricans? These are UAE's rednecks.
        Bo Mayid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Jeepist
        Actually no, most countries in the arab gulf do this
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      The outlandish turbo kit designs sort of ruin it for me. They don't even try to get anything under the hood, because who cares if they roll it tear the whole thing off. They'll just buy 10 more with their oil dollars.
        Bo Mayid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Do you know how much the car itself without the engine cost's ? 2 grand; engine itself, 2 grand; turbo, probably took it from a bus engine from scrap yards, so about 1 grand. custom intercooler and tuning cost doesn't go above 1 grand. So in total it's about 6 grand.
          montegod7ss
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bo Mayid
          You CLEARLY don't know what you are talking about. Some of these cars run $60k Proline racing engines in them. These are not backyard hack jobs, they are just built to look that way. Did you not notice the big screw blown engine at 8:00? That is probably at least a $50k engine at minimum. This sport is enjoyed by guys like Emirati Khalid Al Balooshi from Al-Anabi, and I know he personally had a 560ci billet V6 built at over $100k just to do this.
      James Scott
      • 1 Year Ago
      Blow an engine? No problem! There's sand everywhere to absorb it.
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