The 2018 Winter Olympics are upon us, and that got us thinking: if you had to do Winter Olympic sports in a car that’s on sale today, what would you choose?
(Yes, it was a slow day.)
Here’s what we came up with.
Bobsleigh - Morgan 3 Wheeler
Ski jumping - Tesla Model X
Giant slalom - Alpine A110
Cross-country skiing - Toyota Hilux AT35
Slopestyle snowboarding - SsangYong Rexton
Bobsleigh – Morgan 3-Wheeler
Do we need to explain this? Take the wheels off Morgan’s retro little zip-about and it’s basically a bobsleigh already. Although you might struggle to get a full four-man team into its two seats. And the motorbike engine on the front might damage the ice.
Ski jump – Tesla Model X
Tesla’s very fast electric SUV isn’t the lightest car to chuck off the end of a ski jump, but there’s method in our madness. The rear doors open in a “falcon wing” fashion, and we’re 95% sure that means it’ll fly. World distance record, here we come.
Giant slalom – Alpine A110
Need to get down a mountain very fast? You’ll need something light and agile, and they don’t come much better than Alpine’s revamped A110. Stick some studded tyres on it and we reckon you’ll be whipping through those gates faster than you can say Ted Ligety. (He’s the 2014 Olympic champion.)
Cross-country skiing – Toyota Hilux AT35
Toyota is one of the main sponsors of the 2018 Winter Olympics, so it’s only fair we should include one of its vehicles. The Hilux pick-up truck is a hardy beast in any form, but the AT35 version has been customised by renowned Icelandic vehicle-pimper-upper Arctic Trucks, with bigger, all-terrain wheels and a larger ground clearance. We reckon it could drive almost anywhere, so a few miles over some snow should be no problem.
Slopestyle snowboarding – Ssangyong Rexton
You’ll have to forgive our logic here, as we don’t actually think Ssangyong’s big SUV, the Rexton, would particularly excel at hitting jumps and grinds on a downhill snowboarding course. But, by golly, we’d like to see it try. Plus as the 2018 games are in Korea, we figure we should include a Korean brand.
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