Rally Driver Michel Terpins is a Force to be Reckoned With
Famed Rally Car Driver Michel Terpins has attained many titles in the sport of Rally Racing since his debut in 2002. The 40 year old Brazilian apparently has racing his blood, teaming up with big brother Rodrigo Terpins in 2015. The duo of brothers has become a force to be reckoned with, taking turns piloting their Prototype T-1 T-REX developed by MEM Motor Sport. Their most recent outing being the 25th annual Sertões Rally. One of the most tenuous races in all of Brazil.
In the past, Michel and his brother grabbed the seventh rank in the 22nd Sertões Rally. He bested that in the 24th Sertões Rally reaching the number 5 spot. The Sertões Rally circuit is infamous for unpredictably harsh terrain. Terrain that proves disabling for many drivers every year. The Sertões Rally also boast being the longest off road race in all of Brazil, measuring a dizzying length of 3000 kilometers.
Michel Terpins journey to Rally Racing began in 2002 when the electric young racer first participated in the Sertões Rally with a motorcycle. He has since graduated to cars and his current machine, the T-REX (brain child of MEM Motorsport), harbors a V-8 engine. This helps Michel confidently attack the rugged and unforgiving terrain he is determined to conquer.
When approached regarding the Sertões Rally, Terpins had this to say of his beloved T-Rex “Sertões is the most awaited event of the year, the most enjoyable to do, at the same time an incognito because we are faced with challenging steps every day, where anything can happen. What makes me sure is that we have a very robust car, meticulously prepared and now with V8 engine in ethanol and we are confident”
In addition to his success in the Sertões Rally, Terpin was runner up in the 2015 Brazilian Cross Country Rally.
One interesting tidbit about the T-REX T-1 Prototype is that although it emits Carbon Dioxide (CO2), it is outfitted with a Carbon Free Seal by the Green initiative which is a tree planting program that protects and preserves the Atlantic Forest areas.