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The Beetle in question is a 1970 model.

It'll run with a stock air-cooled 1600 engine.

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Ford will return to the Baja 1000 with the 2017 Raptor.

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Aside from safety equipment and lights, this Raptor is pretty much stock.

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The Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck we saw at SEMA finished first in its class on its race debut in the SCORE Baja 1000. It was the only entry in its class.

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Weekly Recap For 11.6.15

Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal gets a new wrinkle, US regulators hit Takata Corporation with a substantial fine, and we head to Las Vegas for a preview of tuner paradise at the 2015 SEMA show.

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The Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck is competing in the Baja 1000 this year, and its styling points toward the look of production model for 2016.

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Will Biofuel Let Boise State Prove Efficiency Can Win Races?

Green speed Research, a non-profit team from Idaho, is prepping a biodiesel trophy truck for this year's Baja 1000 that could have a major fuel economy advantage over its competitors.

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Ford took the next-generation 2017 F-150 SVT Raptor to its natural habitat – the desert – where it was put through its paces over 1,000 grueling miles.

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Our Hosts Compete In The Baja 1000, King Of The Hammers, And Jessi Takes On The Rallye Aicha Des Gazelles

The List hosts Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntyre have competed in some extreme off-road racing throughout the series, including the Baja 1000, King of the Hammers, and the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Here's a look back at some of our favorite moments competing off-road.

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Jay Leno takes a step outside of his cavernous garage for this latest video for a jaunt into the desert to get a little dirty. He meets up with off-road racing legend Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart, who has multiple Baja 500 and 1000 wins in his motorsports career, to play with a Toyota Tundra in the sand.

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Toyota marks the 35th anniversary of its Toyota Racing Development performance arm this year, and the division is celebrating at this year's SEMA Show with a quartet of tuned off-roaders based on on the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra that look more than ready to go just about anywhere.

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Baja 1000 racer Adrian Cenni put on a show at the pre-race "contingency" in Ensenada, Mexico, performing what is claimed to be the first 360-degree barrel roll in front of a live audience - he isn't called "The Wildman" for nothing. But the claim isn't true, as Rob Dyrdek did a barrel roll in a Chevrolet Sonic, and a few others have completed the difficult stunt over the years. Perhaps this is the first 360-degree barrel roll in a truck...

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The first electric vehicle ever to compete in National Off Road Racing Association's (NORRA) General Tire Mexican 1000 completed five of the race's nine stages while averaging a faster speed that its team expected earlier this month, Plug In Cars says.

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Whatdya expect, a Nissan Leaf? Nope, the National Off Road Racing Association's (NORRA) General Tire Mexican 1000 off-road rally, which starts this weekend, will feature its first-ever all-electric vehicle, and judging by what we see above, it certainly looks the part.

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The year 1963 was a pretty good one for things on wheels – Lamborghini was born that year, as was the Porsche 911, and we'll give a shout out to the all-American Apollo GT even though it only lasted four years. This summer, Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Baja 500 and Baja 1,000 desert races with an exhibit called Braving Baja: 1,000 Miles to Glory.

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The State of the Union is tonight at 9PM EST, and we've already spoken with the President, who assures us he'll be done talking in plenty of time to catch the second episode of The List on Speed at 10:30PM EST/PST.

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We see tribute vehicles come and go. Most of the lot are slaves to every last detail of the original, offering little more than a few engine upgrades to the mix. Then there are beasts like the one above. Built as an homage to Parnelli Jones' 1971 "Big Oly" Ford Bronco Baja 1,000 bruiser, this machine uses a modern trophy truck chassis wrapped in larger-than life fiberglass first-generation Bronco body. With 723 horsepower on tap, the truck is fully capable of bashing the desert into submission.

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Last time Roadkill took a trip it inolved a $1,500 budget, a 1972 Pontiac Catalina and a trip from El Paso to Los Angeles. This time their adventures point northward to Alaska, and their chariot will be a clone of the 1968 Ford Ranchero that Hot Rod used to take a class win in the first Baja 1000. It is, naturally, called "Viva Raunchero."

Racing is racing. Whether it's pounding the quarter mile into submission or kicking it sideways around a circle track, going fender to fender or against the clock is the same kind of rush no matter the flavor. As you well know, some of the biggest names in hot rodding tried their hand at what would eventually become the Baja 1000 in the '60s. Parnelli Jones, Don Prudhomme, Jim Garner and Steve McQueen all headed to the sands of Mexico to bash around in massive muscle cars between 1967 and 1972.

The List

Jessi and Patrick spent the first part of this episode getting acclimated to Mexico while learning what was in store for them behind the wheel of a desert racer in the Baja 1000. In order to officially check this off The List, however, they had to actually race in this grueling and dangerous contest of endurance that shows no mercy for greenhorns.