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The best cars for the desert

Driving Through the desert

Our planet is amazing, it has beauty everywhere, the stunning landscapes provided by mother nature are simply and absolutely awesome, we have all kind of climates, many forms of life both animal and plants, they come in all styles, nature has something for each one of us.

 

There are many places in Earth that worth more than one visit, and one of the most exotic ones is the mysterious desert, land of legends, the desert is a land where few precipitation occurs, it is a place with few vegetation, a very high temperature during the day and cold during night, it is an hostile environment with sand everywhere, life is hard in the desert, but it have a kind of beauty that mesmerize people since ancient times.

 

Driving in the desert, the best cars

 

Drive in the desert is not easy, it is very different from drive in the city, you need an appropriated car that can resist the hard conditions of the environment and all that sand, here are some of the best cars for driving in the desert:

 

1- 2008-2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is the number one option for many people, this car has proved its quality through the past decades,  the latest model, the Land Cruiser 200, is a 5.7-liter V8-packing 381 hp channeled to an 8-speed automatic, this vehicle is able to support the weight of auxiliary fuel tanks, it has four-wheel drive system that operates all the time and has a Torsen center differential to put the torque where it’s needed.

 

2- 1998-2016 Volvo XC 70 (Cross Country), it has a good reputation, even if it is not specially recommended for deep sand, it has durability and traction.

 

3- 1949-1979 VW Beetle, its engines are fuel efficient and easy to work on, this vehicle has an excellent off-road ability and has been successfully used in desert landscapes.

 

4- 1998-2016 Subaru Forester, is very powerful and reliable, it offers exceptional traction in slippery conditions, and power and strength too, the 2.5i models come with a six-speed manual transmissions standard and an all-wheel drive system with a viscous coupling locking center differential that can split torque equally front to rear.

 

5- 1992-2006 Hummer H1, this car is impractical for use as street vehicle, but if you’re looking for an excellent car for the desert, this is a good option, it has a great performance in hot and sandy environment, its drivetrains is sucked up into the chassis, providing around 16 inches of ground clearance.

 

6- 2004-2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, they are highly recommended for a desert adventure, it had larger axles, locking differentials, a disconnectable front swaybar and a transfer case with ultra-low gearing.

 

With these awesome vehicles you will arrive to your desert destination safe, you may need a carpet cleaning service after that, but they will take you wherever you want to go.

The top 5 fastest cars in the world

The fastest Cars

Since the first car appeared, mankind has been amazed by how fast they can go from a start to a destination compared to walking or cycling, off course with the evolution of technology, thousands of designers and engineers have brought us incredible outcomes. Now cars are of the fastest assets one can acquire, there are from formulas to NASCAR and those luxury performance vehicles for eccentric millionaires. Want to find out about the last group of cars? Then keep reading our top 5 of the fastest cars in the world.

Our countdown starts with the Bugatti Chiron. As a synonym of luxury and quality, the Bugatti Chiron counts with a W16 engine of 1.3 liters that gives it a power of 1500 horsepower. Its value goes around 2 million Euros. Among its cons there lies the short life cycle of 5 years which means that there will only be five hundred Chiron out there and around a hundred will be made yearly starting in 2016, so you’re running out of time if you want yours. This incredible machine reaches solid 261mph that lets it reach a spot in our top five.

Now, in our fourth place we can find one of the special editions of the Chiron’s predecessor. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport makes its appearance with its outstanding 1200 horsepower and a Quad Turbo W16 Engine. It counts with the incredible signature that every Bugatti has but with a special color scheme that delights everyone who dares to see it. It costs more than a million Euros and its top speed is around 268mph, so the most demanding customers will be pleased.

Moving on in our top and Bugatti behind, we find the Hennessey Venom GT in the third place. Only 29 of this model were built and it broke the world speed record back in 2014 with an outstanding 270mph mark. This performance was achieved thanks to the incredible Bi Turbo V8 and 7.0 liter engine and their incredible 1244 horsepower. A curious thing in this car is that it weighs 1244kg so there is a 1:1 ratio when it comes to horsepower and kilos. The last model was sold for 1.4 million dollars.

The second place is given to the Koenigsegg Agera RS, a beast that broke the speed record with an incredible 278mph mark. Its engine is a V8 Bi Turbo 5.0liter one that gives the car the modest amount of 1155 horsepower. The Agera’s price goes around 1.2 million dollars. Koenigsegg is already working on a successor that takes the throne of the fastest car from the following model.

Now, the fastest car of them all is the Hennessey Venom F5. There are just 24 masterpieces with this name in the world and they cost around 1.6 million dollars each. It counts with 1600 horsepower that can reach 301mph even faster than a Formula 1 car and being the first car breaking the bar of the 300mph. This car is a synonym of outstanding performance.

 

The best cars for extreme environments

cars for extreme environments

Sometimes, your own car is the best partner for any kind of adventure, but rather than driving through paved roads to reach a destination, the road itself can be the adventure and might be far from pavement. Driving through snow, sand, mud and other environments is not for every driver and nor every vehicle either, but there are many models out there that can provide you the best experience on doing it. Do you want to know which ones are they? Then, keep reading and be amazed by the best cars made for extreme environments.

Let’s start with mud and dust where one of the best performances is made by the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. It was developed to move aside from comfy SUVs and concentrate on rough roads that can be tolerated thanks to an air suspension that elevates the vehicle around 2.6 inches from its original position. This SUV comes with an armored underside that resists whatever it tries to damage it and some hooks that can help this beast get any other lesser vehicle get out from a jam. It counts with a four wheel drive to surpass every obstacle and a comfy interior to remind you you’re in a Jeep.

Now let’s talk about a humble yet colossal vehicle, the Honda Ridgeline. Its V6 engine gives it a great power while running almost 25 miles per gallon while carrying all its capacity. The rear gate is friendly with what must be carried as it can be put down or opened from a side. It counts with a truck bed that holds a great amount of space for package or even to be used as a sleeping station (Honda might include a tent to complete the transformation). Also, the Ridgeline has the appearance of a SUV with a pick up trunk that makes it elegant for city-like environments.

Next, we find a beast designed for pavement that behaves so well in harsh conditions that couldn’t be left out. The Nissan Pathfinder counts with a continuous variable transmission that lets you adapt the car to almost every environment. It can do well on sandy paths as it has descent control and an Around View Monitor that lets the driver spot boulders and obstacles that could harm the wheels and avoid them. It has a great towing capacity, so it could help some other vehicles when in trouble.

Last, but not least, Kia Sportage SX Turbo AWD proves to be worthy as it has a glue like grip even on environments with a foot of snow on the road. It’s perfect for winter as its interiors are made to keep you warm and its storage capacity suits well with winter equipment and it has a fuel economy that will keep EPA happy as it runs almost 27 miles per gallon. Its default version doesn’t come with ice-proof tires, but the rest is just magic.

Looking for an off road adventure? Now you know the best machines to have them.