San Felipe in Baja, Mexico is home of one of the most grueling races on the planet. For the last half-century, the Baja 250, 500, and 1000 have put vehicles of all kinds to the test. This is the setting for Pennzoil’s latest film: JOYRIDE Baja.
Precision driver Rhys Millen is a veteran of both the Baja 500 and 1000. You’ve seen his performance before in JOYRIDE Circuit and Airlift Drift. Now Pennzoil have unleashed Millen behind the wheel of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition and set out to push the limits in the same extreme environment he’s faced in the Baja 1000. The sand can reach temperatures over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Beyond the challenges of the heat and scorching sand, there were large dunes, salt flats, and technical, rocky climbs to really test the performance of the car and the engine oil.
“This is the environment that tests every vehicle, every driver, to the extreme,” explained Millen.
One thing to take note is that the rigors of the terrain actually proved too difficult for the 4×4 pursuit vehicle used in filming as it got stuck chasing Millen. As a result Millen had to return to pull the pursuit vehicle out using the Jeep Rubicon’s wench.