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Nimbus e-Car

If you’ve ever wondered what an electric off-roader might look like, check out this concept for the Nimbus e-Car. It’s spec’d with a 180hp electric motor, 200 mile range and designed with wrap around windows. I love the look of it.

See more photos after the jump.

Thanks to Mas for finding this one!

Link:
Nimbus™ e-Car – Future is calling / hemisferiocriativo.com

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There are many famous overlanding routes: Australia’s Canning Stock Route, for example, or Russia’s Trans-Siberian Highway. But what if you’re looking for an epic off-road journey a little closer to home? Well, a man named Sam Corerro has spent about twelve years scouting an all-dirt route across the United States for you. He calls it the Trans-America Trail.

The Trans-America Trail (TAT) makes it way 5,000 miles from southeastern Tennessee to the Oregon coast. It is meant to be driven from east to west, and was designed for dual-sport bikes, though it was recently tackled by Land Rover fielding its LR4 (see video above or Gear Patrol link below).

The route was laid out as to provide adequate fuel stops for non-desert-tank motorcycles and technical riding on every section of the trail. The Tennessee starting point was chosen on account of there being no continuous dirt any further east.

How satisfying ride across the U.S. on nothing but dirt.

If you’d like to learn more, check the links below. Scott Brady from the Overland Journal has made the trip and posted a descriptive write-up.

Links:
Trans-America Trail website
Scot Brady Rides the Transamerica Trail
Gear Patrol

 

This is just gratuitous hooniganism. An 800 hp trophy truck tears through the streets of Ensenada, Mexico. Squealing tires, girls in bikinis, jumps: all the tropes are there. That suspension though… the way it soaks up every ledge and bump, that’s the highlight for me.

 

Here’s a well-shot video of Pinzgauer 710M negotiating the Defense Mine / Cummings Cutoff trail in south-eastern California’s Panamint Valley. The driver doesn’t always choose the best lines, and the trail is pretty tough, but the ability of the vehicle is unfailing. It’s amazing to see what these trucks can do.

 

This video explains a bit about the Pinzgauer’s central tube chassis which keeps the vehicle torsionally stiff and its center of gravity low. It dates from between 2000 and 2005 when the rights to the Pinzgauer were sold to Automotive Technik Ltd. in the UK.

The guy doing the explaining has a Scottish accent, which is awesome.

A couple of weeks ago I dropped by Thorson’s Off-Road in Santa Rosa for a quote on a new skid plate. We got to talking and I was given a quick tour of the shop. They were prepping an insane looking Jeep for the King of Hammers, a 165-mile desert race in which teams must blast through open terrain at 100+ mph and also negotiate difficult, slow rocky sections.

The week-long event takes place in Southern California near Twentynine Palms, features motorcycles and buggies, and starts on Friday, January 30th. The main event takes place on Friday, February 6th.

See the rest of the post for links and photos of Thorson’s crazy Jeep.

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Continuing with the English buggy theme of the last post, allow me to introduce the Ariel Nomad. Remember the Ariel Atom, that bare-bones, tube-chassis tarmac sprinter? Well, this is its dirt-loving brother.

The specs are similar to the Rage Comet R. The Nomad is a little heavier at 670 kg (1,477 lb.), gets a little more power from its 2,354 cc Honda engine, 235 hp to be exact, and reaches about the same performance bar of 3.5 seconds 0–60 mph. It’s also from England. I’m not sure it’s set up to jump as well Comet but check out the video. It looks pretty fun.

Link:
Ariel Nomad

Check out this XCAR video featuring the Rage Comet R, a 200hp spiritual successor to the dune buggy. Like the dune buggy it’s a simple, rear-wheel drive machine, with a borrowed engine, and a penchant for on-and-off-road fun.

Whereas the original dune buggy’s performance could be described as peppy, the Comet R’s is absolutely Herculean. Instead of a 50 hp VW motor, it’s powered by 200 hp Kawasaki ZZR 1400. The 1,325 cc engine revs to 11,000 rpm and will hurl the 600 kg (1,323 lb.) Comet R from 0–60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. That’s supercar performance from a buggy that’s just as comfortable jumping berms as it is melting your face at a track day.

As a footnote, the original Meyer’s Manx dune buggy weighed about 635 kg (1,400 lb.). Oh, and the Rage Comet R hails from England. Blimey!

Links:
Rage Comet R

The Rubicon Trail is one of the toughest in the country. Though some of the most truck-destroying obstacles have reportedly been made less trecherous in recent years, the trail is still a grueling, 12-mile challenge. If you’re interested in tackling it, check out this video review from Terraflex. It’s one of the first I’ve seen that gives a good overview.

This is a 10-out-of-10 difficulty trail. Stock trucks can make it with difficulty but should expect damage. According to the video, 35″ tires, lockers, and 3″ of lift could be considered baseline for making through without undue stress.

If you do go, do your research, and don’t go alone. I’ve included some links below to get you started.

Thanks to Greg from gadmachine for suggesting this video.

Links:
Rubicon Trail Foundation (vehicle and general prep.
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County of Eldorado (trail conditions)

WCXC: Rookies on the Rubicon (a 7-part series on this site of man’s first time on the trail)

I’m not usually into guitar-heavy videos, but this one of BJ Baldwin winning the 2013 Baja 1000 is pretty awesome. The way his truck flies across the top of some of the whoops seems to defy physics. And the music is pretty decent halfway through.