The final time Scout Motors backed a crew in a race, E.T. the Further Terrestrial was the most important film of the 12 months and the late, nice Olivia Newton-John was encouraging everybody, “Let’s get bodily.” That was 1982, when Sherman Balch and James Acker driving a Tremendous Scout II received their class within the race 1982 Pernod-SCORE Worldwide Baja 1000. Worldwide Harvester had stopped producing Scouts two years earlier, actually, however hung in to assist Balch and Acker win the Baja 250, Baja 500, Mint 400, and Parker 400 in 1982 as effectively. For the forty first anniversary of that win and as a sign of intent, the brand new Scout Motors returns to Baja with a classic ancestor. Volkswagen’s all-electric off-road model is backing restoration store Something Scout and its 1976 Terra pickup dubbed the Race Terra on this 12 months’s NORRA Mexican 1000.
No, the Race Terra is not electrical. That sq. snout hides a four-cylinder ICE. Scout Motors CEO Scott Keogh mentioned, “Off-road racing serves as a proving floor for American automotive die-hards. The Baja peninsula, specifically, is the non secular dwelling for prime efficiency off-road racing. As we construct Scout Motors, it’s solely becoming we begin in Baja in classically confirmed vans to seize the essence of Scout. From there, the NORRA Mexican 1000 is an opportunity for us to attract inspiration from Scout racing heritage and learn to greatest inject future merchandise with off-road DNA and rugged functionality.”
Sean Barber, proprietor of Something Scout and majordomo of the Something Scout Classic Racing Group, mentioned, “We began constructing the Race Terra in late 2022 and shortly circled a classic fashion dirt-trouncing machine. The concept was to maintain it easy, preserve it robust, and preserve it Scout.” leading to a contest rig that is been “tastefully restored to respect the automobile’s unique ingenuity.” In 1982, all of the ingenuity a Terra wanted was a 3.2-liter Worldwide Harvester four-cylinder. Mentioned to be in inventory kind, that engine made 86 horsepower again within the day. As an alternative of the three-speed synchromesh handbook transmission and 4.09 gears, the Race Terra suits a close-ratio four-speed handbook shifting by 4.56 gears. Different upgrades embody Dana 44 axles, a contemporary Baja suspension, and 33-inch Basic Grabber X3 tires.
Electrical Scouts will not begin down traces till 2025. You may take a look at the vibe they’re going to be going for when the Mexican 1000 begins April 30 in Ensenada, concluding Might 4 in San Jose del Cabo. Preserve your eye on the Legends Period 4×4 class, the place the Race Terra will cube with entries like a 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer and a 1972 Ford Bronco.