King of the Hammers 2016 Info

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2016 Nitto King of the Hammers Celebrates Its 10th Event

January 6, 2016 – (Temecula, CA) – Considered the toughest one-day off-road car race in the world, the 10th running of Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries will take place January 29th through February 6th, 2016 on Means Dry Lake Bed, two hours east of Los Angeles.

Combining open desert racing with extreme rock climbs and descents, competitors will tackle trails with names like Wrecking Ball, Clawhammer, Devil’s Slide, Jackhammer, and Chocolate Thunder, all in search of one thing—bragging rights for the 2016 KOH crown.

One aspect that sets King of the Hammers apart from other car races is the vehicle itself. ULTRA4 cars are considered “unlimited.” Because competitors can design any kind of car they want to tackle the extreme terrain, car technology has been pushed to a new level. Many of the best competitors are often fabricators, and the cars they design are so innovative, they look like they rolled off a Mad Max movie-set.

Racing is only part of the King of the Hammers experience, though. Regarded as the “Burning Man for gearheads”, KOH is perhaps most famous for “Hammertown” --a makeshift town made up of RVs and tents that temporarily comes to life in the middle of Mojave Desert throughout the course of the week. In 2015, 60,000 spectators visited Hammertown and 500,000 watched the race during the online webcast.

What started as a one-day challenge among 12 friends back in 2007, the 2016 edition will now feature 425+ teams and five stand-alone races. Crowds are expected to be at an all time high, as will the excitement. For more information about King of the Hammers please visit The events will be broadcast live on the web at

KOH Featured Events:

KLIM King of the Motos – January 31:

King of the Motos is the first race in the week-long event. The extreme enduro is known for its epic land rush start.

Vision X SRRS vs. ULTRA4 Shootout Presented by King – February 1:

2016 marks the 3rd edition of this crowd favorite event as it pits SRRS “Rock Bouncers” against King of the Hammers “Ultra4” cars. This year, the event will take place on Chocolate Thunder. Vision X lights up the canyon as large crowds cheer wildly as vehicles race for the $7,500 prize purse. The fastest vehicle to the top is the winner.

Polaris UTV King of the Hammers – February 3:

The UTV race is the second oldest race in the KOH week. This year is the 8th edition and currently there are 51 team entries – 15 more teams than 2015. In 2015 only three teams finished the course within the time limit. Competitors will be pushing hard to defeat the six-time champion Mitch Guthrie.

Smittybilt Every Man Challenge – February 4:

This year’s Every Man Challenge will take place on Thursday, February 4th with over 100 competitors expected. It began as an opportunity for a wider range of racers and enthusiasts to compete while on the lakebed. The event grew quickly and has become known as a true test of “man and machine.” The 2016 race features three classes: Pro Comp Stock Class (4600), Rubicon Express Modified Class (4500), and the G2 Legends Class (4800).

Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima – February 5:

The main event is the final race of the week. 100 pre-qualified teams are currently registered. Five slots are reserved for the fastest qualifiers in what is referred to as the Last Chance Qualifier. Teams looking to enter the legendary race come from across the globe for a chance to make it into the main event.