We Visit the Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries! Or, the Idiot’s Guide on How Not To Go Off-roading!


Hellwig brought out some cool vehicles to the event. One of which was this off-road camper. A quick unlock and a touch of electric jacks, and the camper can be instantly removed for really hardcore off-roading!

Here is the Hellwig on-course support and broken vehicle recovery truck. It’s equipped with everything to get a broken vehicle unstuck and back in the action.

Hellwig also brought out this nice Ford Bronco to get around the desert course with. Compact and light, it gets in and out of places where a larger vehicle cant fit. Gotta love the use of the leaf blower to clean up the dust that gets all over the place.


Jeff brought out our new, soon to be released, Project Toyota 4-Runner. Powered by a V8 engine and 4×4 drivetrain, we were pretty impressed how well this vehicle did around the desert in totally stock form.


Soon night fell and the party really got started with tailgating, BBQ’s and thousands of people cruising around the desert in modded off-road vehicles. Many equipped with bright off-road lights and colored LED’s so you can see them coming. This lit up the desert like a surreal light show, like Burning Man for off-roaders!


Of course, we had to get in on the action, so we jumped into Project Tundra and followed a bunch of lit-up trucks out into the night. We had no idea where we were going or what we were doing, but heck, we just followed the crowd.


Soon the trail we were on started to transition from the flat desert floor to harder to transverse and more rugged terrain, populated with more serious looking rigs like this Jeep. Our strategy was to only follow behind stock looking trucks figuring if they got stuck, we could back out before we got stuck!


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