COROLLA, N.C. — Sports car drivers are finding all the horsepower they bring to the North Carolina Outer Banks does them no good in the sand.

Sgt. Joey Davidson of the Currituck County Sheriff's Office tells The Virginian-Pilot that the sports cars bottom out in the sand and get stuck regardless of how powerful the car is.

Kit Williams, coordinator for the Cape Fear Chapter of the Sports Car Club of America says soft sand is unforgiving to sports cars that are built low to the ground. He says driving a sports car off-road "sounds bone-headed if you ask me."

Experts recommend that people go onto the beaches with four-wheel-drive vehicles only, and the tires should be deflated down to 15 to 18 pounds per square inch.