Michel Terpins: The Speed and Passion to Win
Rally car driving is one of the most dangerous and exciting sports in Brazil, and Michel Terpins is one of its most illustrious drivers. A native of Sao Paulo, Michel comes from a sports-oriented family – his brother races cars and their father was a well-known basketball player. His skills and talents have made him internationally famous, and together with his brother Rodrigo, they have demonstrated their racing prowess in a prototype race car outfitted with a V8 engine. Michel actually began his career by racing motorcycles until he switched to racing cars in 2004.
Michel and Rodrigo Terpins have also created the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. The brothers also compete in the Bull Sertoes Rally, a cross-country racing event that covers over 2,000 miles of tough terrain and takes seven days to complete. Well-known for having the most challenging terrain in the world, the event draws rally drivers and fans from all over the world. Terpins has participated in many rallies in Brazil during his career, and his style of combining aggressive determination with a hefty dose of fun has earned him thousands of fans worldwide.
Late last year, Terpins and his navigator Maykel Justo finished the 25th annual Bull Sertoes Rally. Despite having the lead in the first two stages of the race, mechanical problems during the final stage forced them out of first place and they ended up coming in fourth in the prototypes division and finished in 10th place overall. Michel Terpins has four championship titles and well over a decade of rally racing experience under his belt.
Outside of racing, Michel Terpins is a strong advocate for the environment, especially when it comes to deforestation and carbon dioxide emissions. Terpins is committed to compensating for any vehicle emissions by planting new trees in exchange, and works to develop sustainable timber as well as the reforestation of degraded land in Brazil.