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The world’s most difficult motor races

To most people, scorching desert or blisteringly cold tundra are not somewhere to spend a Saturday afternoon. To others, however, the most inhospitable climates the world has to offer can only mean one thing – the chance for adventure! Since time began humanity has been seeking out deliriously dangerous journeys, and it seems that the more hostile the terrain, the more would-be explorers are willing to risk death to conquer it. From these ranks of brave individuals, however, there are a select few who push it even further.

Take the planet’s toughest climates. Add some individuals of questionable sanity into the mix. Throw in some supercharged engines, wave a chequered flag, and you’ve got yourself one of the world’s most extreme motor races. These wild races take place all across the globe, with drivers journeying from all continents to test their vehicles not just against each other, but against the most difficult environments possible. Whether it’s the Gumball 3000, Malaysia’s Rainforest Challenge, or Mexico’s Baja 500, drivers in these races are pitted against some of the world’s toughest tracks, pushing both their driving abilities and their souped-up vehicles to the limit.

Below, we have a guide from Vertu Lease Cars detailing the world’s most extreme motor races, featuring notoriously dangerous races spanning entire continents, through jungles, frozen tundra, mountains and more…

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Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Al has always been a sucker for an adventure. As a kid he was lucky enough to be taken along on exotic far flung family jaunts and since then he's developed a taste for new cultures. From the sizzling street markets of Bangkok to the alligator infested waters of the Florida Everglades, he loves to be fully immersed in his surroundings, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of every new destination he visits. Travelling and writing aside, he has spent many years working in the fine wine trade and certainly knows his clarets from his chiantis. He also has a special fondness for craft beer and all things artisan as well as his favourite destinations; Jamaica, Austria, Netherlands, Thailand and Mauritius.


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