Back in May of 2019, Indian Motorcycle (Europe) tasked Brice Hennebert of Belgium’s Workhorse Speedshop with transforming a 2018 Scout Bobber into nitrous-breathing, bespoke aluminum-bodied drag racer for GP legend, Randy Mamola to pilot at the iconic Sultans Of Sprint event. Born out of more than 700 hours of design and fabrication time, the project — dubbed “Appaloosa” — has now gone back up on the bench in preparation for yet another bout, this time Russia’s 2020 Baikal Mile.
Held in the arctic conditions of Siberia, the frozen lakebed venue routinely sees temperatures plummet to -20°C during the day and -40°C at night. To get ready for the 1/8 mile and 1-mile ice sprint races, the updated Scout — now christened the “v2.0” — has received a set of Dunlop SportSmart Mk3 tires fitted with hundreds of carbide studs — a task that took Brice’s mechanic a full four days to complete. Other tweaks to the 2018 Indian included an upgraded NOS system, a revised suspension setup from Ohlins, and the open mouth of the original fairing design has been capped off with a new carbon fiber nose cap. The new bodywork now sports a myriad of new, smaller intake ports in the bodywork, which was also treated to a new race livery.