Brit Mansell's Center Seat RZR XP 900
The Making of a Perfectly Balanced All-Race XP
April 19, 2013
Brit Mansell is ATV Scene's key note UTV editor. His side by side knowledge and racing experience is tops in the industry if you ask us. He has been involved in off road racing for over 20 years. Beginning his career on quads, he competed on the national motocross circuit eventually ending his career in the highest pro-level ranks. After retiring from racing quads, he had a short stint racing two-wheeled motocross and most recently found his home and a true passion racing and tinkering with Polaris RZR side by side machines.
His day job is just as motorsports involved as his weekends, Brit owns and operates Octane Media (a high performance web design company that caters directly to the motorsports and racing industry). Lately he's been building state-of-the-art e commerce sites for a few UTV aftermarket companies, which makes sense since UTVs are the fastest growing segment in the ATV industry.
When he's not in front of a computer, fabricating an RZR part or spending time with his family you can probably find him at a UTV race. He has been racing a Polaris side by side for the last four years.
The number 101 Polaris RZR XP 900 that he's gone to battle with at King of Hammers, UTV Rally Raid, ECORS (East Coast Off Road Series) among other racing events has been his tried and true UTV racing weapon of choice. He's used it to win back to back ECORS championships in the UTV Unlimited Class and runner-up in the UTV Rally Raid Outlaw Class. As UTV racing grows, and Brit predicts incredible growth in 2013, he is determined to defend his ECORS championship and win as many races as possible by having the ultimate machine and equipment possible, so for the last six months he has been hand-crafting a one-of-a kind perfectly balanced light-weight single seater RZR XP 900.
Ok first off, you've been working your butt off on this project. Why all the time and effort?
[Laughing] I have been asking myself this question a lot lately. All of the races in which I compete do not require a passenger. It only made sense to center up the controls and seating to gain better weight distribution. With this build, it seems like each change has required changing two more parts of the vehicle. In the end, after all is said and done, this should be a near-perfect driving experience, in the sense of balance and control.
Is it legal to race this? What class?
That depends on the series and the class. This vehicle will primarily race UTV Rally Raid and hopefully some WORCS races. At Rally Raid, the 1000cc-based vehicles already race in the “Outlaw” class where anything goes. At WORCS, I cannot find any rules excluding it from either Production 1000 or Pro, so from what I can tell it’s good to go at WORCS as well. I have contacted WORCS several times to ask that specific question, but I cannot get a response from them.