Ruslan Yankilevich is not your average kid. Known for his incredible prowess behind the wheel of a UTV, Ruslan has a learning curve that most people would give their right arm to possess, and the fact that he learned to drive stick in mere seconds certainly proves it.
During a trip to the renowned Hoonigan garage back in 2018, a then 9-year-old Ruslan got behind the wheel of a stripped down Mazda MX-5 -- referred to as the "Shark Kart" by the Hoonigan team -- and after a few quick pointers, he was pulling off absolutely monstrous donuts with the confidence of a seasoned pro.
Just check out Ruslan in action, and prepare to have you mind blown.
Can anybody say prodigy? To not only learn how to drive a stick at the age of nine, but to pick it up so quickly and comfortably is some seriously awesome stuff. Just check out the reactions of his teachers, and you can see that they were more than just a little bit impressed.
But that's not all Ruslan showed that he could do. The real reason for Ruslan's visit to the Hoonigan garage was to see if he could take his 38-horsepower Polaris RZR 570 off the yard's "double stack" jump. Not all that shockingly, he completely nailed it and showed that pulling off sweet off-roading maneuvers comes about as naturally to him as breathing.
Wow. Pretty awesome, right? This is pure, unadulterated, high-octane stuff that most kids even twice Ruslan's age might not even attempt. I bet you weren't doing stuff as extreme as this when you were nine. I can tell you that I definitely wasn't.
Needless to say, this little dude is without a doubt going places.
This post was originally published on August 13, 2018.