ner has a Sparks exhaust. There is a
nice roof, and since this is a pre-runner, it has a rack to carry added gear.
This machine has been used for some
long trips, like 500-mile weekends.
Total mileage on the pre-runner is
2400 miles. We found it was interesting that the car uses the stock doors.
For this car Cognito made changes
that made sense, but didn’t bother if
the stock parts work.
From the instant the Cognito
pre-runner fires up and starts to roll,
it is impressive. The combination of
the large tire diameter, wider stance,
improved suspension and heavy-duty
components combine to all but erase
terrain imperfections. We slammed
one deep, sharp-edged rain ditch that
actually put a jolt into the passenger
compartment, yet would have been
Cognito uses a hitch clip instead of
a cotter pin on the hubs. A zip-tie was
added as a safety measure. This is a
secure method of locking the nut, but it
is fast and reusable.
Cognito’s trailing arms are TIG-welded
from a variety of sheet-metal stampings.
In addition to being strong and light for
the size, they are a work of welding art.
It seems a shame to powdercoat them.
painful in any stock-suspended RZR.
For all other obstacles the car felt like
it was floating over them. We were
able to power the car out of turns,
drifting across whoops and ruts with-
out worrying about the car becoming
upset in any way. We found that we
had to hit jumps harder than normal
to get air. The suspension treats rises
that would be abrupt jumps in a stock
•Cognito Motorsports earned their
name with lifted trucks in the automo-
tive aftermarket industry. They cre-
ate parts that will make your vehicle
handle better than new; however,
Cognito is heavily gaining traction
in the UTV industry. They make sus-
pension and chassis parts for Polaris,
Kawasaki and Yamaha UTVs; howev-
er, their most recognizable products
are upgraded RZR parts, and they
have a racing resume to prove it.
Justin Lambert is the co-owner of
Cognito Motorsports and has piloted
his XP1K car to many wins, including the UTV World Championships,
Vegas to Reno and placed a respectable second overall at the Baja
500 over multiple Pro classes. The
Cognito car is designed to battle
through harsh desert terrain for hours
at a time and carry enough tools to
fix most mechanical issues Lambert
comes across. They have eliminated
any part that isn’t needed on the
car and strengthened and improved
almost every part on their Polaris. We
are excited to see where Justin takes
his RZR to the podium in the future!•
RACE RZR Justin Lambert pilots the Cognito
Motorsports-racing Polaris RZR XP 4 1000
with Mitch Alsup as his copilot and navigator. The roll cage is a fully custom-tube
unit that is designed to take abuse.
The whole cockpit has been crafted
to meet the racers’ needs. The copilot
handles the navigation tools and keeps
an eye on the gauges so the driver can
focus on winning races.
This UTV is designed to handle the
harshest desert terrain, so relocating
the radiator to a safer place with better
ventilation is a must. If they get a flat or
break parts, a rear floodlight comes in
handy for night racing.
The suspension that Cognito builds for
its racing UTV is the same setup that
you can purchase for your own machine.
It has one of the best and plushest rides
we have experienced to date.