Attention Power Sports Enthusiasts,
OTR Wheel Engineering has been rapidly growing in the power sports and racing industry. We’ve decided to post this guide talking about UTV’s and ATV’S, their differences, different types and general information about our OTR Racing Team and what products we offer for power sports and racing vehicles. We hope to ensure that our customers have the right tools and knowledge they need to be successful in their power sport endeavors. Read our brief guide on the racing machines and be sure to check out our products!
Well, first things first, let’s talk about UTV’s and ATV’s.
UTV stands for Utility Terrain Vehicle. UTV’s have been a popular choice for those who are active outdoors. They are an extremely durable and reliable form of off-road transportation. UTV’s have typically been used for outdoor activities and transportation, such as hunting and farming/outdoor work. Their multiple rider capabilities, safety features, and design can reliably create a good time for friends and families in one machine. The lower center of gravity is advantageous as it increases the vehicles stability, but they are equipped with a roll cage to protect driver and passenger in the event of a rollover and seatbelts for safety. Its side-by-side seating arrangements (which is why they are commonly referred to as ‘side by sides’) give the owner the flexibility to bring multiple passengers or additional cargo along for the ride, which is what ultimately makes them different from ATV’s.
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) are four-wheeled vehicles intended for single-rider use. ATV’s design make them more capable of nimble maneuvers, which has always made them popular in off-road racing. Unlike UTV’s standard steering, similar to that in a car or truck, ATV riders steer using a handlebar system. ATVs are also able to be used as a hauling vehicles, similar to UTV’s, but are able to handle up to roughly 200 lbs. of cargo, while most UTV’s handle can range from 800 to 1350 lbs. Understandably, UTV costs will likely be higher than that of an ATV. Although, it’s likely that the better value would be the UTV purchase, which explains why their popularity has been rapidly increasing. Also, they’ve become quite the racing vehicle.
With the introduction of high performance models like the Polaris RZR and John Deere RSX850i, UTV’s have moved up in the power sports/racing world. These machines are categorized by engine displacement size in cubic centimeters (CCs) including, 150 to 300cc engines, 400 to 700cc displacement, and 800cc and above. These vehicles are no longer intended for just loading, hauling and outdoor work. They have evolved into LOADS of fun! (Pun intended)
OTR Racing; Our Team
OTR Racing has been becoming increasingly successful. Amongst our racing team are talented and exceptional drivers. Collin Truett, with our sponsored team Truett Racing, finished 1st in the UTV series Pro class at the Mid-East racing series in the first round, and took the overall win at the first race of the Single Seat season and also finished first in the UXC2 Pro Class in the GNCC Racing series last weekend. Jonathon Powers is a 5 year UTV GNCC racing veteran. Throughout his GNCC accomplishments, he’s had 4 XC2 Wins and 10 XC2 Podiums. Jamie McCoy is the driver for the PRO Class UTV GForce racing team that we sponsor. In 2016, McCoy was 5th in top 10 for the class. In 2017, McCoy has placed first out of the 4 races in the Mideast Hare Scramble. This year in the first round of the 2018 GNCC Series, McCoy finished first UTV UXC1 Pro Turbo Class. Brent Vanderford, Donnie Harrison and Robert Boynton are also among the talented people that make up our OTR Racing team. They have been making us nothing but proud!
OTR Wheel Engineering offers a variety of powersport tires. Throughout our racer’s accomplishments in both the 2017 Mid-East UTV Series’ and our CHAMPIONSHIP WIN in the 2017 GNCC Series, our Wizzard and HP-009 tires proved to be outstanding. Our tires combined for a grand total of 19 wins and 38 podium finishes! Our Wizzard’s bias cut makes it heavy duty tire for your most demanding side by side application. The non-directional tread design delivers great traction in all types of terrain. The six ply construction delivers serious puncture resistance and its deep lugs continue over the shoulder for sidewall protection. The tread pattern and wide footprint give this tire exceptional traction and life. The shoulder lugs protect the sidewall. Its radial construction will provide both recreational riders and ATV/UTV racers shock absorbing ride quality and comfort. As for our HP-009’s, another popular and successful racing tire, they are designed to give ultimate performance with side by side lug to void tweaked to give the perfect balance of traction, steering response, and mud cleaning. Shoulder lugs protect the tires sidewall and rim. Directional tread pattern with deep lugs excels in loose to intermediate terrains and is available with OTR Flat-Proofing TyrLyner® for an improved flat-proofing option.