To design a full size buggy that could be assembled and disassembled within a matter of minutes without tools and eliminate the need for trailers or buggy racks on the back of your car’ and for this reason the rear axles were designed as they were and not as an integral part of the chassis which would have been actually been simpler in terms of tooling.
We believe it will be the stiffest chassis on the market eliminating the side tube / goose neck bracket and with the rear shocks pumped to around 250psi (300psi max) it is an incredibly stiff configuration. One thing you could not see from the photo’s is rear axle triangulation – forward 340mm which also increases rigidity to the rear axles.
The ridged seat shape does however provide an easy platform with which to shape additional foam to your size to provide a snugg fit. After consulting with other Australian buggiers we have instaled a lap belt with an optional hard wire capabiliy.
The buggy will be manufactured by McConaghy Boats (China) a world leader in grand prix race yachts
Chassis – Hollow one piece carbon fibre the manufacturing technique is the same process used for aerospace / formula one etc
Front Suspension – twin fully adjustable air shocks mounted to a solid carbon fibre swing arm, this removes shock and vibration to both foot pegs and chassis
Rear Suspension – twin fully adjustable air shocks
Quick Release Appendages – aerospace quick release pins allow for rear wheels – rear axles – front end assembly to be removed from the light weight chassis / seat assembly – assembly can be achieved in under 150 seconds without tools and dis-assembled in 90 seconds.
Seat – Ergonomically shaped race car style bucket seat with formula one inspired fairings
The prototype buggy has taken over a year and a thousand hours of labour and would have been unbelievable without the support of McConaghy’s.
Who is behind this project?
An English Ex Pat Dave Hobbs who now lives in Sydney Australia, a mad kite nut and engineering designer and builder who just happens to work for a world class yacht builder.
The website will launch on the 1st November From the 3rd November the buggy will be at extreme kites speed week.
PTWs Critique of the buggy from the initial three photos only HERE and Dave Hobbs reply
Sand Yetis Critique of the buggy from all the photos HERE