Author: Craig Perronne Photos: Brian Nevins
So why take a Pro 4 all the way to the East Coast and into some serious snow? The answer is simple: because you can. Half publicity stunt and half radical experiment, the Red Bull Frozen Rush pitted the 900 horsepower of Ricky Johnson’s four-wheel drive PRO 4X4 against the ski slopes of Mount Snow Vermont. The result? Once special one-off snow tires we screwed on, Johnson’s horsepower-happy steed was sheer awesomeness as the Red Bull racer hooked up better than expected and rocketed its way up the mountain. Could this be the start of a new short-course snow series? We can only hope! Of course Red Bull had a bevy of photographers on hand and once we saw their work, we knew we had to share it with you. Enjoy!
Ricky Johnson’s PRO 4X4 hits the ski slopes of Mount Snow in Vermont. PUTTING ON A SHOW:
A crowd gathered to watch RJ take on the course that featured plenty of turns and jumps. Most had never seen a short-course race truck before and had their minds promptly blown. DUMPED ON:
Ricky Johnson in the middle of a late-night snow storm that produced plenty of powder to plow through. SPIKEY:
Specially-made spiked BFGoodrich tires from Sweden provided traction. LATE-NIGHT SESSIONS:
Before heading to Vermont, RJ headed to Sierra at Tahoe in California to see if driving a PRO 4X4 on snow was even possible. PRIME CONDITIONS:
The hard packed snow in Vermont was ideal for traction.