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Old 12-29-2013, 07:10 AM   #751
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:00 AM   #752
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not so simple
Actually, it simplifies things tremendously as opposed to starting from scratch.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:46 AM   #753
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Well, first prize in a beauty contest it isn't going to win

First competition - spot the 10 cars (including boats) that make up the RG "buggy"?
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:05 PM   #754
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Rooting for Rubby, got to cheer for the underdog and its not possible to get excited by the thought of the boring X-Raid whitewash... Get in there RG and mix it up!
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:25 PM   #755
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Actually, it simplifies things tremendously as opposed to starting from scratch.
It would but this years Dakar ride is much more than an SST
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:08 AM   #756
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Looks like tail lights from a ford edge
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:23 AM   #757
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Well, first prize in a beauty contest it isn't going to win

First competition - spot the 10 cars (including boats) that make up the RG "buggy"?
I've just got Hummer, Raptor and Durango. What else is there?

Is that the way he's meeting regulations for production based car? A frankentruck made of various manufacturers parts?
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:32 AM   #758
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It would but this years Dakar ride is much more than an SST
Getting a chassis off the fixture table and making it a "roller" takes the most time. With the drive train mounted, the rest is wiring, plumbing, and mounting Dakar specific stuff. Not a huge deal, but then an SST, like any short course racer, are pretty bare bones. Perhaps you forget that all of the Hummmbuggies were Class 1 race cars prior to becoming Dakar racers. He has yet to build a Dakar race car from scratch.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #759
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Well, first prize in a beauty contest it isn't going to win

First competition - spot the 10 cars (including boats) that make up the RG "buggy"?
I can't spot anything that reminds me of a MINI
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:33 AM   #760
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Looks like tail lights from a ford edge
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:49 AM   #761
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His cars wheelbase through the years.

Is it getting shorter? Or just my imagination?
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:51 PM   #762
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His cars wheelbase through the years.

Is it getting shorter? Or just my imagination?
I thought the same, that this one was a lot shorter between the wheels.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:53 PM   #763
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Getting a chassis off the fixture table and making it a "roller" takes the most time. With the drive train mounted, the rest is wiring, plumbing, and mounting Dakar specific stuff. Not a huge deal, but then an SST, like any short course racer, are pretty bare bones. Perhaps you forget that all of the Hummmbuggies were Class 1 race cars prior to becoming Dakar racers. He has yet to build a Dakar race car from scratch.
Not debating what it takes to make a Dakar race vehicle, just passing on what I have seen (his shop is down the road from me)and what Robbie has told me about the vehicle as compared to the internet speculation.

When he decides to divulge the details I think you'll agree it is more than a SST chassis build. Similar in platform, maybe. Kind of like a Fox platform Mustang and Lincoln Continental Mark VII. Somewhere underneath it all there are similarities and a few common components but not the same vehicle.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:39 AM   #764
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Eager to the new Gordini airborne heading down the dunes!

I hope RG takes the whole enchilada in 2014.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:00 AM   #765
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I'd really like to see Robby put the whole rally together this year. He's got the raw speed; this new vehicle looks like it was designed to give up less in the tight stuff, while maintaining the old Hummer's advantage in the wide open stuff. I just hope he stays out of trouble and is seriously in the hunt.
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