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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=88748
Submitted by: Sensekhmet
Comments: 8  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 01-03-2013
View Stats Category: Truck
Description:
Chevy Trophy Truck that will run in this year's Dakar.


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#1
1-03-2013 @ 05:26:19 AM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
Ever since playing DiRT 2 and watching From Dust to Glory I've been in awe of American off road racing trucks and buggies.
I understand why they usually have automatic transmissions, but I still don't get the total absence of either glass or plastic windows.


#2
1-03-2013 @ 06:35:54 AM
Posted By : three50one Reply | Edit | Del
Sometimes they go through damp environments and event dust can collect on any plastic. That means that you need a way to wash it. Washing it adds weight. Weight it bad.

They have plastic on their helmet visors they rip off when they become too dirty. Glare would be a very bad thing.


#3
1-03-2013 @ 06:18:57 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#2, Wouldn't the weight of the washers and wipers offset having 5 inches of dirt in the vehicle? I know they wear pressurised helmets but I'm guessing things like gauges, instruments and pace notes are better off clean. Another reason I found was stones being kicked up into the glass, but I guess this applies mostly to circuit racing (plus it's probably better for the stones to hit the glass/plastic than your visor).

#4
1-03-2013 @ 06:48:01 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#3, Conventional glass is too heavy

Plexiglass scratches and induces glare

Thus, cheapest solution, run with neither and give the driver a helmet :p

And Dirt2 did indeed rock.

[Edited by Low-Tech Redneck on 1-03-2013 @ 06:49:05 PM]


#5
1-03-2013 @ 08:17:34 PM
Posted By : three50one Reply | Edit | Del
#3, You're assuming you have a closed cockpit.

They're cages with a couple skid plates.


#6
1-03-2013 @ 08:20:21 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
They're practically buggies with fake fiberglass truck bodies, aren't they?

#7
1-04-2013 @ 03:05:48 AM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#6, Basically yes (space frame) but I think ('think' being the key word) a 'proper' buggy is MR: then again there are FR and AWD buggies too.

#8
1-28-2013 @ 10:50:26 AM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
They finished 2nd in class and 22nd overall.
Speaking of Dakar, I feel bad for Gordon but it's hilarious that he still did not learn not to talk shit before the race.


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