It'll be the first professional rallycross championship of its kind.
Red Bull Global Rallycross has teamed up with leading utility vehicle manufacturer Polaris for a new racing series that will begin next year.
Forming part of the Red Bull GRC bill alongside the regular Supercars and Lites championships, the UTV championship will be the first professional rallycross championship of its kind anywhere in the world.
The vehicle used in the one-make championship will be the Polaris RZR as part of a multi-year agreement between Minnesota-based Polaris Industries and Red Bull GRC. The concept was trialed at the 2017 season finale with a pair of RZRs lapping the course at the Port of LA during the race weekend (below).
'Polaris is the ideal partner for us to work with as we develop this new entry-point class for young drivers to enter the sport of rallycross,' said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. 'It is a high-performance, dynamic brand that will bring more racing excitement to our fans, and will further expand our unique presence in the world of racing.'
Red Bull GRC has been a pioneer of modern rallycross since its founding in 2011. It was not only the first fully international rallycross championship, but the first to incorporate Lites and electric classes, with the latter slated to debut in 2019. Polaris meanwhile builds a host of off-road vehicles and motorcycles for both commercial and military use and enjoys annual sales in excess of £3 billion.
'This partnership brings together two thrill-seeking brands synonymous with blazing their own trails,' said Matt Boone, marketing manager for the Polaris RZR and General models. 'The side-by-side competition is the perfect opportunity to showcase a vehicle that is built for power and precision, and will add a new adrenaline-pumping experience for Red Bull GRC fans.'