Aljada – Sharjah’s largest mixed use destination – will host a thrill-filled new motorsport when the inaugural Red Bull Torque takes place on December 15, 2017. The event will feature 40 professional dune buggy drivers competing on a purpose-built and very challenging 120-metre oval course.
Highly modified dune buggies generate up to 1200 bhp and can cost up to Dh2 million each. The track layout will require the competitors, usually used to driving the buggies in the open desert, to develop a new skillset and tame the raw power of their vehicles in a completely new environment.
Competing drivers will have the unique opportunity to compete head-to-head, showcasing their personal and team skills, moves and motorsport creativity, with bonus points being awarded for various categories including fastest track times, wheelies performed, car design and engine sound.
Winning contestants from each round in the first of its kind event will progress to the next stage, with the last two drivers battling it out in the day’s showpiece event, the Red Bull Torque final.
Supported by master developer Arada, the Red Bull Torque event will take place against the huge and exciting backdrop of Aljada, which is spread over a 24 million sqft. area in the very heart of the emirate. Aljada’s Central Hub, the project’s leisure and entertainment district, will be a new destination for outdoor, indoor and extreme sports in the Northern Emirates.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Arada, said: “We are delighted to partner with Red Bull to bring this first of its kind event to Sharjah. Red Bull Torque promises to bring plenty of thrills to Aljada, itself one of the most exciting new communities in the UAE. This partnership is also in line with the project’s master plan, which has put walkability and an active healthy lifestyle for all Aljada’s residents at its core.”