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Old 12-16-2013, 02:23 PM   #706
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Any Edjumicated guesstimations as to what platform/layout RG's new Dakar toy is going to be SB...?

So far I've herad everything from front engined rear end banjo, to mid engined rear wheel independent, to rear engined a-arm buggy style...

Even a winged thing airbrake come downforce spoiler on the rear bodywork... but so far nothing more than a few "leak photos" from planet.RG and a lot of speculation over at RDC.

Any word from baja Bob?
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:31 PM   #707
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Even a winged thing airbrake come downforce spoiler on the rear bodywork... but so far nothing more than a few "leak photos" from planet.RG and a lot of speculation over at RDC.
Here's the latest

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Old 12-16-2013, 03:11 PM   #708
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Any Edjumicated guesstimations as to what platform/layout RG's new Dakar toy is going to be SB...?

So far I've herad everything from front engined rear end banjo, to mid engined rear wheel independent, to rear engined a-arm buggy style...

Even a winged thing airbrake come downforce spoiler on the rear bodywork... but so far nothing more than a few "leak photos" from planet.RG and a lot of speculation over at RDC.

Any word from baja Bob?
I haven't talked to Baja Bob (Rubbie's dad) since the last NORRA 1000. The guys at RGM are really good at keeping tight lips (esp. if they want to keep their jobs and get to go to Dakar). I don't know anyone there anymore anyway. All that being said, everything I've seen seems to lean towards a SST bastard. However I do know that he has some of the first of the new generation Albins tansaxles, which means he could do a mid-engine if he wanted.

Rubs is really good at the hype/marketing game isn't he? He gets more attention by not telling anyone than if he did!
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:42 PM   #709
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So far I've herad everything from... to mid engined rear wheel independent...
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However I do know that he has some of the first of the new generation Albins tansaxles, which means he could do a mid-engine if he wanted.
^^^^ Combined with this makes my ears prick up...
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:25 PM   #710
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door and wing
http://www.planetrobby.com/photo/pho...Photo%3A687769

and that ford taillight again
http://www.planetrobby.com/photo/pho...Photo%3A687795

they sure are a bunch of tight lips over there

regarding the albins though
I think he did say to the reporter in France that he is going front engine...
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:14 PM   #711
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regarding the albins though
I think he did say to the reporter in France that he is going front engine...
Front of the rear axle, front of the driver, front of the front axle? Regardless, I'm thinking Front of the Minis is what the objective is....

The thing must have been tested someplace, I can't believe Dakar is the "Tuning Session" for a three year world domination plan....
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:15 PM   #712
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If you spend enough time at planet robby you learn that the photos of the rig with hst camo on it, photos on the trailet showing the front, are some kind of test mule not the real deal. I'm calling mid engine rear wheel drive but we'll find out soon enough.

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:51 AM   #713
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I'm calling mid engine rear wheel drive but we'll find out soon enough.

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This configuration does have some advantages if you considering a 2WD T1 style vehicle for a DAKAR application (quick on both gravel, off piste terrain and in dunes) compromise.

I'm thinking kinda slightly shorter wheel base 2WD Tuareg or along the lines of the later mid 90's space frame T3 Mitsu Proto in a 2WD configuration... but with no limitation on wheel travel... think US A-arm/coilover bypass on all corners...

After a (longer than he probably would have thought) apprenticeship on Dakar... if he has tested this thing thoroughly (and the paint is not still wet - as this "leaks" promo gig may well be a charade to lure people int thinking)... then 2014 could be the year RG surprizes the establishment.

If not, there is always the "we were leading by 15 minutes if you take away the three hours downtime..." line, and he will turn up in 2015 with a fully assoeted "WD superoffroad Dakar winner. (But by then, so will X-Raid, Pugeot and/or Citroöen, SMG and EVR possibly?).

2014 can be the "RG strikes while the others are still napping year"... unless the MINI's have hitched up their skirts and have a surprise up their fishnet stockings?
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:01 AM   #714
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as long as its not mid pack
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:23 AM   #715
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The best damn thing to happen to Dakar would be for RG to win it this year.

It is setting the fox amongst the chickens in getting the competition cranked up instead of it always being the the mini's and the 'others who showed up, plus GdV'.

I'd like to see GdV win against this bunch, but if Robby was to nail the mini's to the wall, that'd really piss off that hornet's nest. That'd be better for the sport.


I think that financially, it'd draw more sponsors, especially from the NA market.

Again, better for the sport.


I still would rather GdV win it, fucker has worked hard for it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:24 AM   #716
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Front of the rear axle, front of the driver, front of the front axle? Regardless, I'm thinking Front of the Minis is what the objective is....

The thing must have been tested someplace, I can't believe Dakar is the "Tuning Session" for a three year world domination plan....

exactly
front of the exhaust ?
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as strange as it may seem I cannot quote TSC... some kind of mod magic perhaps?

The thing with this guy (RG) is that there are always a whole bunch of "ifs" with him.
if he has his ifs sorted there will be no ifs but only if his ifs are better then the ifs of others if and only if
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I still would rather GdV win it, fucker has worked hard for it.

and he seems like a real nice guy too
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:32 AM   #719
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Do you know how to change the thread title back to what it was and go start your own thread?
Why yes... but ast 2013 is almost past, and the RG fever was building for 2014... I added that to the title, so that the momentum YOUR thread had from this past year was maintained...

and so with that, leave the reigns back over to larry who has joined us here again.

It would appear that it is the preference of the OP that this thread is reserved soley for 2013 Robby Gordon fan related news - specifically.
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troy safari carpente screwed with this post 12-17-2013 at 11:03 PM Reason: So have cleaned the latest non-RG newsbits out... to DAKAR 2014 auto thread
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So insider info reveals that it has solid axle and it is basically a SST. Pics I saw of the side view show that it looks a lot like the new little Land Rover "Evoque" with a Hummer like grill. It looks bad ass actually. The crew is going to love the solid axle, not having to rebuild CVs every night will be more than welcome.
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