Explorer Sport Dances around a Motocross Track: Muddy Monday
Wrecked Explorer handles the flooded oval with ease, but the driver never attacks the big jumps.
This week’s “Muddy Monday” video comes to us from the ak96 YouTube channel and it features a Ford Explorer Sport racing around what appears to be a motocross practice track. The venue could be used for a variety of things, but it is a small, dirt oval with a large box-top jump, a smaller jump and a whole lot of mud on one of the ends. This track in this condition would be impassable for many vehicles, but the three-door Explorer Sport proves itself to be a worthy mud machine.
Mall Crawler in the Mud
While the Explorer is one of the best-selling SUVs in the history of the American market, it doesn’t get a world of respect for its off-roading abilities, often being labeled a “mall crawler”. Sure, many of the people who buy Explorers didn’t shop with off-roading in mind, but that doesn’t mean that the vehicles aren’t capable of having some fun in the mud.
We don’t have any details on the vehicle in action, we can see that it is a second generation Explorer Sport in three-door form, so it is likely powered by the 4.0-liter Cologne V6. That engine offered 210 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque in stock form, but more importantly, you could get it with a 5-speed manual transmission. It sounds as though the vehicle in action here has the manual gearbox.
Dirt Track Fun
The odds are good that when this small dirt oval is used for its primary function, it is dry and there is no lake on one end. All of that water wouldn’t be much fun in a pack of dirt bikes, but it makes for the perfect conditions in which to punish a wrecked Ford Explorer. As the battered SUV makes laps around the small oval, occasionally cutting through the grassy infield area to change direction, the driver keeps picking different lanes. As a result, the Explorer slides along the slick mud on some laps while fording the deep water on other laps.
Sadly, the driver avoids both of the big jumps, but in every other part of this flooded oval, the Ford Explorer Sport shows that it is capable of offering big fun in the mud.