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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - July 2012

Posted in News on July 1, 2012
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Mickey Thompson Returns to Short-Course

After an incredible year in 2011, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has returned to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) as a 2012 series sponsor. Through this program, Mickey Thompson will provide the legendary Baja tires and track-side support to racers, and will continue to work collaboratively with teams in the Super-Lite, Pro-Lite Unlimited and Pro-Buggy Unlimited classes to test and prove their off-road tire products. The company also plans to introduce the advanced Baja Pro tire developed for the Pro 2 and Pro 4 Unlimited racing classes planned for introduction at the season opener.

For more information about this exciting off-road racing series, please visit

Fuel Fix for Ethanol

With Ethanol blends now making their way into almost 90 percent of all fuel sold in the U.S. (according to the Renewable Fuels Association), Briggs & Stratton has come up with a new fuel treatment to inhibit the potentially damaging effects of ethanol in two-cycle and four-cycle engines. The company’s new Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer is especially beneficial on seldom-used engines running ethanol (lawnmowers, hobby vehicles, etc) that can suffer more easily than daily-driven rides. To find the fuel treatment, check out

General Offers a Cash Contingency Award for LOORRS

General Tire has been named a contingency sponsor for the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series beginning in 2012. General Tire will be the only tire manufacturer offering a cash contingency award for the regional series who will host races in California and Arizona. General Tire’s support of the series is in an effort to help foster up-and-coming talent in off-road short course racing.

The cash award will be available to the following classes; Pro Open (2/4/Lite), Mini Open (1450/Trophylite), Full Stock Trucks, Pro Buggy, 1600 Desert Buggy, Lite Buggy Class 9, Open V-8 Trucks, Ultra 4, Mini Stock Trucks, Limited Buggy, Desert Buggy, Beehive 1450 Classic (June/September/November only). Teams wanting to participate should visit and click on “Racer Contingency Program” for more information.

Bosch Reaches 75-Millionth Common-rail Mark

Following the 75th anniversary of Bosch’s introduction of diesel systems in passenger cars, Bosch recently celebrated the production of its 75 millionth common-rail system. This technology, first used in cars 14 years ago, marked the start of a new image for diesel. In 1997, the share of diesel passenger cars sold in Western Europe was 22 percent, while today every second newly registered passenger car is a diesel.

“Automobile diesel engines were previously seen as economical and robust, but noisy. The modern common-rail diesel is just as efficient and durable, but it is also quiet, powerful, and eco-friendly. Common-rail high-pressure injection, in conjunction with turbocharging, has revolutionized the diesel engine,” said Ross Sandercock, Bosch’s director of product management.

As efficient as today’s automotive diesels are, continuous improvements by Bosch will make diesel engines even more efficient in the future. For instance, by 2015 diesel-powered compact cars are set to consume as much as 30 percent less fuel than they do currently.

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